Treasure Box

August 31, 2011 § Leave a comment

My sister Susan had never seen Coupeville, so I took her for a wander down Main Street to peek in the shops. At Jan McGregor Studios we discovered a little brocade box, handcrafted in Japan by a small family owned business. Evidently one bolt of brocade fabric yields only fifteen boxes.

This is no ordinary box. For as you lift the lid it begins to twist . . . and grow. . .

. . . until it has fully blossomed and the deep recesses of its interior exposed.

An amazing treasure of engineering genius. And Susan’s gift – to me!

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Pillowrama

August 29, 2011 § 2 Comments

Today my friend Tam lugged her Sears Kenmore, threads, fabrics, bobbles & beads over to my house, and we sewed up pillow covers from dawn till supper for the couches in the lounge area at her daughter’s coming wedding.

I divided my house into stations. The writing room became our sewing station with duo machines. The kitchen = ironing station (for once my countertop was completely cleared of paper stuff!). Living room = cut-measure-and-design station.

Sunday we drove to Anacortes and found some beautiful fabrics at The Quilt Shop and some trim extras at a little thrift store another block north. Fabric Plus on the same side of the street is one of my favorites – bolts of fabric lining the walls from floor to ceiling! It was closed or we would have gone there too.

Here’s the pillow I made, the main fabric from a shawl I haven’t worn for years. Mostly I measured out and prepped backings. Tam made 6 pillows, her brain on fire with wonderful design ideas. We both use a cool quilting/cutting mat and rotary cutter by Olfa. What an awesome invention that is!

Each pillow cover got stuffed and displayed in a chair to see how they’re all going to look as a comfy group on the big day.

Mother of the Bride

FUN !! 

Can't wait to actually be lounging among all this delicious elegance. I'll share the photo!

Dragonfly

August 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

Barley over Ebey's Prairie - Whidbey Island, Washington

Breakfast on the Fly

August 27, 2011 § 3 Comments

Common Crow - as Common Human...breakfast on the fly

Female Purple Finch

Brush Strokes

August 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

Celebrate

August 24, 2011 § 2 Comments


Shipped 33 pieces of art for ABCers – Carole Lexa Schaefer‘s and my next picture book collaboration – off to Viking. YAhoo! Yippee! Pub date: June 2012 . . . when I’ll be celebrating again!

cover illustration © Pierr Morgan (photo: shows how I used tracing paper to kick her leg out for more movement) - Viking, June 2012

Good Rain

August 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

Admiralty Inlet

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