The bells have stopped
But the flowers are still ringing
Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 | Stanley Almodovar III, 23 | Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20 | Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22 | Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 | Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22 | Luis S. Vielma, 22 |Kimberly Morris, 37 |Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 | Darryl Roman Burt II, 29 | Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 | Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 | Anthony Luis Laureano Disla, 25 | Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 | Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50 | Martin Benitez Torres, 33 | Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37 | Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26 | Amanda Alvear, 25 | Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35 | Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25 | Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31 | Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26 | Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25 | Miguel Angel Honorato, 30 | Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40 | Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32 | Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19 | Cory James Connell, 21 | Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37 | Luis Daniel Conde, 39 | Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33 | Juan Chavez Martinez, 25 | Jerald Arthur Wright, 31 | Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25 | Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25 | Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24 | Jean Carlos Nieves Rodriguez, 27 | Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33 | Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49 | Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24 | Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32 | Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28 | Frank Hernandez Escalante, 27 | Paul Terrell Henry, 41 | Antonio Davon Brown, 29 | Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24 | Akyra Monet Murray, 18 | Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25
Artists or art that turns me on and feeds my muse! Like it or dislike it, what about this art inspires your own art or creativity? This is called Tantra 04-15,2015 by Dieter Balzer. $15,000
YOKE DU YOUR
Look around you. Design is everywhere! How can you incorporate the beauty that surrounds you into your art or craft? Tableware and architectural tile masters Heath Ceramics have teamed up with boutique wallpaper company Hygge & West on a collection of wallpapers that carry on the signature Heath aesthetic.
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Cute, cute, cute. Try your hand at making a little bunny sashiko sachet. I want one. Let’s do it! Here’s how:
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Drop the crayons and actually draw something! Start with a simple mandala on air dried clay. Then, make a fridge magnet. Here’s where to start and how to make a few:
Artistry by Russian beadwork artist, Olga Orlova. Click on the link to see much more of her work:
Sink your toes into the sand with these needle arts projects!
Staples of needlepoint, embroidery floss and threads are crucial to any project. Whether you’ve already purchased a needlepoint kit and want a few extra skeins of floss in case you run short, want to substitute a color or are creating an embroidery design from a cross stitch chart, embroidery floss is a “must have” for any project. Shop the Keepsake NeedleArts collection of embroidery floss and threads for all of your needlepoint needs, including embroidery floss cards . Keepsake NeedleArts embroidery thread and floss lines are of the highest quality and sure to make your needlepoint projects easy! They also offer a wide variety of embroidery floss storage tools and organizers so that you can always find exactly what you’re looking for when you need it!
BIG JOE’S CHERRY CHICKEN BBQ
What You’ll Need
- chicken thighs
- fresh cherries
- habanero infused honey
- barbeque Sauce
- orange juice
- bourbon liquor (optional)
FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE: Big Joe’s Cherry Chicken BBQ [Recipe] | http://nj1015.com/big-joes-cherry-chicken-bbq-recipe-3/?trackback=tsmclip
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If anyone can figure out how I can make some coin from the burn marks on my ironing board cover, please let me know. Maybe if I didn’t forget to actually pick up my iron occasionally, I might not have to make a new cover. Anywho, this is totally on my TO DO list. Make on with me. Here’s how:
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Yipee! A no sew beach cover up. Mine would have to have printed words on it. “Do Not Net. This is Not a Whale!” You can just cut, knot, and wear. Here’s how:
SO DRINK, CHUG-A-LUG CHUG-A-LUG
What You’ll Need
- granulated sugar
- seedless watermelon (1 pound)
- fresh lime juice
- fresh mint leaves
- silver tequila
FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE: http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/watermelon-tequila-cocktails
STUDY SAYS MAKING ART REDUCES STRESS EVEN IF YOU MIGHT SUCK AT IT
Read the article here:
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I’m actually waiting for an order of Procion dyes from Dharma in San Raphael. I have this art quilt idea (No, I am NOT telling). In the meantime, I’m firing up my ice maker. I can do a little ice dyeing with the leftovers from my project. Here’s how to ice dye:
WORDS TO LIVE BY
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Now is a wonderful time to find and press wonderful flowers for your bejeweled adornment. Here’s how to create these made with nature crystal charms:
MAN CAN LIVE BY BREAD ALONE!
SWEET APRICOT BREAKFAST BREAD
What You’ll Need
- ½ recipe Crusty Flat Bread Dough
- a little water
- brown sugar
- dried apricots
- mixed spice
- icing sugar, to dust
- dry yeast granules
- mashed potato
- extra virgin olive oil
- high-grade or baker’s flour
FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE: http://www.annabel-langbein.com/recipes/sweet-apricot-breakfast-bread/407/
HAPPY FATHER’S DAYspiration . . .
Happy Father’s Day to all of the Dads out there
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Wow! How cool is this embroidery on canvas shoes? I love this so much. Don’t stop at flowers. Or, don’t stop with embroidering only a few flowers. Go for it, kids. Here’s how:
SPICY PINEAPPLE LINZER COOKIES
These sandwich cookies, adapted from chef Frederico Ribeiro of New York’s Te Company, are an homage to the classic Taiwanese pineapple cake. Here a super-buttery vanilla bean shortbread gets a nutty dose of hazelnut flour, and sweet pineapple-rosemary jam gets balanced by the spicy, fermented, and grassy flavor of Japanese yuzu kosho paste. Be sure to let the cookies rest overnight (or at least a few hours) after assembling so the jam sets in place, and don’t skip the lime zest and flaky salt topping for a sweet and savory cookie that has a nice habit of electrifying your taste buds.
What You’ll Need
For the Cookie Dough
For the Pineapple Jam
Maldon sea salt
FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE: http://www.saveur.com/pineapple-linzer-cookie-recipe
Check out the most beautiful runway show ever . . . keep your eyes out for this strapless embroidered illusion gown! Tell me what you think in the comments section.
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Meow meow meow Mr. Rogers meow. Meow painted shoes meow. If you’re a cat lover, you are going to love these DIY shoes. Here’s how to make them:
Live…every Sunday morning
Here’s what you missed this morning:
Here are some of the answers to today’s questions from viewers (if you have any questions, leave them in the comments section below)!
- Terry Maleski, I am so happy you liked the Quilts of Valor II PBS special. It was such a wonderful opportunity for me to share my love of quilting with my quilting buddies, along with Quincy Collins.
- Su Holmes, I am always collapsing after I record one of these things. It is so much fun to do when to actually engage with people who my love that it’s worth the hangover.
- Pat Goltshalk, I don’t know really much about the project from the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild. I think I’ve heard they are collecting quilts for the families of those killed at Pulse? Don’t forget that I’ve been off-line since the massacre. Here is a link to what I have found: http://theorlandomodernquiltguild.blogspot.com/2016/06/details-for-quilts-for-pulse-donations.html
- Candace Roen, I’m officially out of the dude group. I’m not sure if that’s a good or a bad thing LOL
- Beverly Pearce, I have only used Aida cloth for cross stitch one time when the world was still using gas lamps. I don’t recall, but I don’t remember it getting softer as I stitched on it.
- Cealie Grim Cushing, I am using this for bookbinding so I may not be using thread. If I do, it will be bookbinding thread. However, Deborah Wilson-Zweig says she uses fake sinew when she makes moccasins and things.
- Trish Powers Wells, I purchased the mesh bags at Joanne Fabric near the cash registers.
- Ronnie Anger-Gearhardt, I had totally forgotten about revealing what my big decision was going to be. I made the decision and I’ll tell you next week just remind me.
- Bill Locke, I guess I never knew I could get an eBay store? I’ll have to look into it. I sell under the name PickeRoadStudio. I will be posting links to all of the auctions.
A very fine and rare Art Deco tutti frutti brooch, designed as a stylised diamond tree set with four engraved ruby leaves. The diamond flower pot is decorated with black enamel. Mounted in platinum. Circa 1925. Total diamond weight: approx 1,35 ct. $19,858.66
Isn’t this the most beautiful treatment for a quilt border? From my buddy Barij, here’s her free downloadable pattern for her garden tea party quilt. Get it here:
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I thought you might like this. It’s a free screen saver for your iPads, phones, laptops, etc. of spools of thread! Download it here:
This is the Papagena scarf to knit. Now, if you’re wondering why there is a flute in the picture it’s because Papagena is a character in the opera, The Magic Flute. Get it? Here’s the free pattern:
WHEN I HAND SEW……
OK is this twig terrarium not the cutest? Now’s the time to plan and create your DIY indoor garden. Just walk outside and start digging up wonderful little plants for your jar (if you like something in your neighbor’s yard, just nab it — they won’t mind). Start here to make your own:
Really? I have to. I … just …. just . . . . have to have a mermaid tail!
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What a fun little doll to whip up… and from socks! So make one, or 10. Not so sure, however, how she might look with tube sock stripes running across her face . . . just work with it. Here’s how you make one:
STRAWBERRY RHUBARB CHEESECAKE
What You’ll Need
For the Crust
For the Filling and Garnish
FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE: http://www.saveur.com/article/recipes/cheesecake-with-charred-rhubarb-compote-and-sliced-strawberries
Love this simple crocheted Amimono Kimono jacket. I especially like it because of the wider, somewhat larger cut. Not designed for a carrot stick. Here’s the free knitting pattern:
MY CRAFT UNIVERSITY CLASS
Instead of adding plain borders, elevate even the simplest quilt top to a work of art. Mark uses humor and creativity to teach borders step-by-step, making this a great online course for beginning and advanced quilters. After you learn these borders, you will want to make them again and again.
You Will Love This Course If You:
- Want to add new borders to your skill set
- Enjoy making your own artistic choice
- Want to make your borders shine
- Like to learn more about working with panels
- Enjoy getting inside info and history about quilting
- Enjoy creating holiday-themed quilts
- Enjoy quilting for yourself and others
- Want to add a holiday theme to your quilt borders
- Want to add interest to your borders
- Want to design your own holiday border blocks
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I know this is called a ‘modern granny square’ quilted pillow cover… but it looks like a non-modern, very classic, Irish Chain, to these old eyes. That said, what a beautiful combo of colors. I love this project. Check out the See Kate Sew blog for a tutorial:
i bought my first pattern
Oh, yeah. Mark Lipinski in a dashki in 3…2…1… I’ve never sewn apparel. This oughta be hideously good! Bwahahahahaha
dyeing fabric for an art quilt
I ordered a half dozen small Procion dyes to create an art quilt. They should be here within a few weeks — Dharma delivers by horse and buggy — and I’ll get started. I have a vision but it’s ‘out there’ and may be difficult to impossible to get together. If anybody can pull it off, I can. I’m preparing myself for permanent multicolored hands, face, clothes, grass, trees, etc. It’s how I roll.
thank you for your birthday wishes
Thanks to everyone who wished me a happy birthday on June 15.
It’s going to take some getting used to finally hitting my mid 30’s. I will try to stay strong.
The Quilt Show
My episode airs on The Quilt Show today! I was already pretty sick when I shot this episode with Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson but didn’t know just how sick. I had begun to have night sweats in Denver and within 3 weeks I was hospitalized with 104-105 degree spiking fevers once or twice a day. I hope you enjoy the show. Here’s the link to THE QUILT SHOW, check it out: https://thequiltshow.com/watch/show-list/video/latest/show-1813-quilts-of-valor-and-intent
quilts of valor
What a small world. I was contacted by the Quilts of Valor reps to see if I might be able to award a quilt to someone in New Jersey. I agreed. When they sent me the information — the request was from my neighbor for her father who fought in Korea.
Now, I don’t know this neighbor as she lives about 2 miles away, but apparently walks on Pickle Road (it’s a dirt road and where my Pickle Road Studios is located) and we get lots of walkers and horses.
We’ll be meeting next Saturday when I present the quilt. I’ll post pictures on the next blog.
pop up coloring shop in nyc
I guess we need more funding cuts for art education in schools to support more pop up stores like these. Fostering the lack of creativity and any kind of original thought is the new American way.
Found on Facebook:
“Come to the Strand for a Pop-Up Coloring Bar: an evening of relaxation, creativity, and self-reflection. The Real Art Therapists of New York Coloring Book features artwork by 50 professional art therapists living and working in New York who invite you to start a new journey towards a more creative and de-stressed life. Join us in the Rare Book Room and choose a page from their beloved coloring book to see first-hand how art can be used for wellness and discovery.
Purchase of a book enters you in a raffle for a chance to win a private art therapy session with a licensed art therapist.
Purchase a $10 gift card to attend. Colored pencils and coloring sheets will be provided!”
I guess we need more funding cuts to art education in schools to support more pop up stores like these. Fostering the lack of creativity and any kind of original thought seems to be the new American way. Please contact your school board and advocate for art education. Volunteer. Mentor another human and help them find their inner artist. We all have the capacity to create — not color in the lines. Blech!
cross stitch pattern coming
Well it happened. Caitlin Eichler is now Caitlin Holder. Cait is Kidney Mary’s daughter and Kidney Mary is my kidney donor, making Cait and me kinda brother and sister as we both of organs from Kidney Mary.
This is the ring bearer pillow I designed and made for her. I designed it, and sewed it with the intent of deconstructing it, so that I could then stretch and frame it for hanging. She wants the pillow. I understand that. The rings are new, the day so sweet, the experience so fresh . . . and as my buddy Alex Anderson said, “Give her five years, she’ll be asking for the frame!” LOL So true. Anyway, I’m creating a PDF pattern of Caitlin’s Ring Bearer Pillow that will be on sale within a few weeks. I’ll let you know when.
new quilt design coming
I had mentioned that Mr. Electric’s first book with Simon and Schuster will be released in 2017. Of course, I’m designing a quilt that will celebrate the book. I’m also designing a few cross stitch, and redwork embroidery pieces. All of these patterns will be released around the time of his book release. Can’t wait. Once luscious color is missing here — on back order. It’s supposed to be here this week. The fabric, by the way and if you even give a damn, is Michael Miller’s Cotton Couture. The hand is just wonderful. I might have to say “toodle loo” to kona. 😦
paying my bills
I’m still de-stashing as a way to clear my physical space, my creative-in-my-head space, and to continue to pay off my medical bills. I know it’s a pain in the buttinski, but consider this like an NPR fund drive. I don’t have sponsors so I’m relying on this stash busting to help me pay my bills and continue to put food on my table until I can get back to work. I’ve already booked 2 venues for 2017, by the way. I will post all listings to eBay on my Facebook pages and on the blog so everyone can have a chance to bid on what you might like.
After 12 Years
After send my quilt to a long armer 12 years ago, I finally got it back last week. When I sent it away, and over the course of quilting it, some of the fabrics ran when trying to get the blue water soluble marks off of the quilt. Embarrassed they put it into a box and forgot about it, to ashamed to tell me. Yes, there is some bleeding, but I love this quilt. As I wrote on my Facebook account:
“IT’S HERE! THE QUILT CAME HOME! I opened my door today to find a postal box and there it was along with the beautiful note from the long arm quilter. It seems there had been a bit of a problem with the quilt, an honest accident, and I totally understand why the quilt stayed away for so long. When I sent the quilt to be quilted originally, I received a phone call asking if the long armer’s daughter could quilt it for me instead of the woman I had originally sent it to (and I think she did a very nice quilting job, by the way). In any event, and for whatever reason, the quilt was marked with a water soluble pen (… And we know how that goes…). When the quilt was dampened to remove the water soluble lines, some of the appliqué pieces and embroidery thread began to run. Horrified and embarrassed, they tried and tried to ‘fix’ the bleeds. Neither of the quilters knew what to tell me and how to handle it and so they waited. I understand that– who wants to give that kind of a news? So the quilt sat there, then went into a box, and out of sight, out of mind. Out of sight, out of mind just happens to be the story of my life so I get the pathology and fear and procrastination that goes along with that. LOL Yes, there is some bleeding on the front, And some fairly significant bleeding on the back at the quilt which is white fabric. Of course, this means I will never be able to enter it into a show. The good news is this was NEVER EVER meant to be entered as a show quilt and was just a signature quilt of sorts by a group of friends to one of their own, who supported their act of civil disobedience and equality when Jeff and I married for the first time in New Paltz, New York, and marriage equality was illegal. As I laid this quilt on the ground to photograph it for you, I became very weepy as I read the names of all of the quilters who pieced a block – some now very elderly, some now are very sick, some no longer with us, many moved away. Bleeding, not bleeding, I love this quilt so much. You know, I think I might have been the first OUT gay that many of the quilters in this little country guild had ever met, and they welcomed my family and me with open hearts and open minds. I don’t care about the bleeding fabrics. I don’t care about whether it had been wet or not. I don’t care if parts look jacked or screwed up. It was an honest accident. I know that I &%)# up several times a day! I just don’t care. I am so thrilled to have this very special piece of my personal history back where it belongs. I knew this quilter was honest, there was never any question in my mind about that. I knew that one day I would get the quilt back. Thank you for your support as I waited. Today I am humbled and grateful and basking in the memories of my old buddies and that once upon a time quilt guild. xoxom”
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OOOOO MMMMMM GGGGGGGG A doughnut themed caftan? A CAFTAN? Order me a bolt o’fabric and laser cut me some doughnuts. Oh, and pass a jelly filled. Start here to make your summer caftan:
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