New Quilt/Wall Hanging Design

The Winter Trees design is one yard that can be a wall hanging or quilt panel, or be cut up into separate pieces for quilting and crafting.  It can be purchased this Fall in silk, cotton, canvas, or a variety of other fabrics including faux suede.  It will be available in my Spoonflower shop.

For now, this summer's newest design are these toss pillows from Redbubble with my - sort of vintage looking - floral photographic designs, sizes 16x16, 18x18, and 20x20.  Redbubble lets customers buy the zippered cover, for pillows you already own, or the cover and pillow interior.  They are on great fabric, and even if you don't like mine, they have so many incredible artists and designers, you're sure to find something you love.

Art and the ABCs

For a while now, I've had a children's page with art activities and games for my blog Urban Explorer.  I now have a book from drawings I started for this page and fabric design knapsacks.  No sense leaving a good otter swimming alone, so I made an e-book, ABC World of Creatures, which features my drawings paired with the alphabet song.  Here is the K page for example:

Summer Writing - Not Much Art

I haven't been doing much art lately; however, I am sticking with fabric design.  I have a new set of toss pillows from floral photographs and working to bring this tree art quilt from the Winter Barn Owl series to market and Youtube How-to Video.

I am probably redesigning a few books covers this summer, too, like Willow the novel I am also writing.  I did a quick digital sketch for an image in the Cover Box for Camp NaNoWriMo, so it wouldn't look blank and dull.  I will have to recreate the cover though and take some photos for that.

Read excerpt updates from Willow.
I've been working on learning forums and sign-ups with an immediate response - Autoresponders, I think they are called - so if you signed up for the Free Print and did not get it yet, please send me an email, HERE.  Also if you've commented but I haven't responded, I did not receive the comments.  A forum is my next try.  Look for it, here, by Fall.

My Winter Barn Owl Quilt is a Cheater..

Quilt!  Cheater quilts are from fabric yardage that has an image to be quilted - but does not have to be pieced together from separate, cut-out sections.  This barn owl is on the same yard as the snowflake corner details, trees that look pieced, and background that simulates hand-dyed pieces.  Quilting by hand or machine then adds artistry to make a blanket or wall hanging.  This fabric has two more yards to it for a three yard cheater quilt and also a hand-designed backing fabric which matches the snowflakes in the corners.  It can be made the way it was designed, or cut up for different quilts and wall-hangings.  Personally, I like the trees together, so I made a cheater quilt fabric with just the trees, too.  I'm still buying and checking swatches (the first run was almost black because the blue was dark but not saturated) but will post, here, when all three yards are available at Spoonflower.  For now, this piece is ready and awaiting my first try at quilting.  I think I'll skip this one and go for the trees.