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Sticky Mess

I found myself in a sticky mess this morning. I was ironing a super cute apron that I got in a Brave Box from {Brave Living} Brave Girls Club this morning, because I wanted to add some embroidery to it. And I realized that the wording was an iron on and I probably shouldn’t do that. So, I pulled out my pressing cloth, which I realized after I began pressing, had Wonder Under stuck to it. As you might imagine, it transferred to the apron.

I Googled how to get it to clean up and didn’t find much, quickly, which I found weird. What I found was the question on a site, which you had to be a member of to find out the answer. However, one lady – sly like a fox – or not realizing, put the answer in her comment! So, I wanted to share it here.

If you have Wonder Under or some like product stuck to something, the path to removal is covering it with a damp cloth and hot ironing it. It actually hurts my brain to think about it…”Won’t I be setting the Wonder Under for all time???” Well, no. You won’t. I ironed and scraped a little and wet the cloth again and ironed some more. It just came right up. I have no answer for it.

It appears to have transferred onto the cloth, so you may not want to use an Anna Maria Horner True Colors fat quarter like I did, but I will say, she worked like a dream! Hope this helps!

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Graphic Design · Handmade · Life

When I Find Myself In Times of Trouble

This is an unusually difficult time in the lives of myself and my husband – not between us – thank God, but in his work life, which is causing us enormous amounts of angst.

So, my go-to always is create. Yesterday I made a couple of pincushions and today I illustrated my version of a flower. And later I’m going to work on a new quilt.

I can feel my stress levels going down and my blood pressure drop and my stomach settle.

There is a reason that people say that ART SAVES. It’s because it does. Seriously. Crochet and sewing have quite literally saved my life before and I feel it at work again. Bless you, art, for coming to my rescue once again.

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Surface Pattern Design

Illustrating My Life Away

I’ve been spending a TON of time illustrating over the last week. Here are a few of the things that I’ve been making. This is a repeating pattern that I made.Screen Shot 2016-08-05 at 1.47.23 PM.pngIsn’t that fun? I love that it’s so like the Mexican tiles that I see all around me here in Tucson.

This is a cactus flower that I illustrated yesterday. I’m in absolute LOVE with it!

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And here’s one more flower that I am totally in love with. Different source materials, but I think the result is just as pretty!!!crochetflower3-01.png

Graphic Design

Flying

One of my very first projects as a designer was to create an eBook for artist, Kelly Rae Roberts. It was six years ago last week that I completed it. It’s amazing to me how time flies. In the time that followed, I’ve created a ton more eBooks for other artists and much more design work; logos, websites, ads, banners, signage, book covers, you name it, I’ve probably designed it. I’m so grateful for these roots that have brought me to where I am today doing surface pattern design.

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Almost Done!

I started this quilt a few months ago, even got it quilted, but I haven’t bound it yet. It’s a Jelly Roll Jam Quilt, pattern by Fat Quarter Shop, video here on YouTube. And the fabric is Farmhouse by Fig Tree & Co. for Moda Fabrics.

The pattern on the video is for a 3 x 3 quilt, (makes sense when you see the pattern). I chose to make mine more of a lap quilt, so I did mine 4 x 4. It worked up so quickly and was really fun to make!  Also, you can make two of the 3 x 3 sized quilts from ONE Jelly Roll!!!  That’s a lot of bang for your buck!

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Isn’t that fabric sweet? I love it!

Surface Pattern Design

Busy, busy, busy

I’ve spent the last couple of days making patterns!!!  I’m not awesome at it yet, it really is much more difficult than it looks, but I LOVE it and can lose hours doing it, so I’m going to keep practicing.

Here are the ones I’ve done most recently. The butterflies and flowers in the top print are from Dover. I hand recolored some of them to get just the look I wanted. LOVE how it turned out!for blog.png

This one is a hand re-drawing (by me!) of part of one of my friend Stephanie Lee’s paintings. She’s given me permission to play with work as much as I want and I am!  I would love use this fabric for the lining of a purse or as a small wallet or pouch.

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I am so loving the process!!!  Stay tuned for more patterns!

Handmade · Surface Pattern Design

Taking the Next Step!

IMG_5032 2.jpgI’m super excited to have received my Spoonflower color map in the mail yesterday. Spoonflower is a company that prints fabric. And they’ll print in very small quantities, which is a super plus in my book!

They have a pretty limited selection of colors, so it definitely reinforces my desire to work with a fabric house someday. But for now, printing my own fabric and wrapping paper with Spoonflower is an AWESOME option! I’m thinking about making a few rolls of Christmas paper this year!

I’ve already sent away this morning to have some quilt labels printed on fabric!  I’m on the edge of my seat waiting to see how the colors match up to the fabric I’m working with and what the quality of the words is like. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that they print clearly and cleanly!