Exciting happenings!

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We moved to South Carolina in February 2013 and lived in our motorhome until September 30, 2013 when we moved into our new home.  From November 2013, when our “stuff” got here from CT until now, my sewing “stuff” has taken up a good portion of the house.  One of the extra bedrooms is home to my longarm quilting machine, the other is home to my fabrics, threads, embroidery supplies and sewing machines, and the dinning room is home to the embroidery machine.  We looked into adding a 2nd floor, but that would have been a lengthy (and costly) option.  Instead we have decided to convert the 24′ x 24′ building in the backyard into my sewing/art studio…AND that construction has started!  We have installed windows along the north side of the building as well as french doors with picture window side lites on the front – replacing the garage door.  The front of the building is going to be bricked to match the house, and the plain old concrete floor will become a colorful stained concrete beauty.  The ceiling and some of the walls will be covered by  beadboard painted white (or maybe distressed), there will be a metal accent wall, and the back wall will be entirely storage covered by sliding design wall doors (Thank you Sarah Ann Smith for the inspiration and idea!)  Today the electricians will be coming to start the interior wiring.  There will be LOTS of overhead lights and LOTS of plugs.

The Garage

The Garage – Before

After

The Studio – After

Workshop

I traveled to Charlotte NC last week to attend a workshop taught by Sarah Ann Smith.  I have “known” Sarah online for many, many years, and had the pleasure of meeting her in person a few years ago when Deirdre Abbotts and I traveled to Fall River, MA and had dinner with Sarah.  You never know about workshops…will there be “one of those” students?  Will the teacher actually teach you something?  Will you find out you really don’t like the technique being taught?  This workshop was WONDERFUL!  I can’t say enough about Sarah’s ability to keep the class engaged for three days, offering helpful suggestions and gentile critique.  My sister actually went with me, which made the experience that much more enjoyable.

This is my result from day 2 of the 2 day workshop:daylilly

 

And on day 3, which was actually a separate one day workshop on thread painting in which we learned the techniques for adding shape, shading and texture to our designs, only we did it on a photo that Sarah had printed onto the fabric at Spoonflower – what a great idea!  (Note to self:  remember to try that with the pinecone project!)

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And of course the required picture of the two of us

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Work Completed

I was commissioned to make banners for the Patesville Masonic Lodge.  There were three banners in all.  One was 6′ wide by 4′ the other two were 4′ wide by 6′.  All had machine embroidered letters and logo sewn on to blue satin.Nov292014_0002Mar062015_0001

Painting

Since moving to South Carolina I have been painting.  I took a beginner’s class at Black Creek Arts Council under the instruction of Frankie Busch.  After the beginner’s class I joined The Wednesday Painting Group.  This year the group had our first show at Black Creek.  I had two paintings hanging in the show.  When the show was over and I went to pick up my paintings, I was thrilled to discover that Purple Cone Flowers had been sold! My first watercolor sale!

Purple Cone Flowers - SOLD

Purple Cone Flowers – SOLD

still life

still life

 

I’m a terrible blogger!

I always start out with good intentions, but then life gets in the way.  So here it is, almost a year has gone by since the last post.

What have I been up to in that year?  Well, I’ve been attending a weekly watercolor painting group at Black Creek Arts Council here in Hartsville.

I received two first time entry ribbons for a quilt I entered into the Swamp Fox Quilters member challenge.  One of those ribbons came with a membership in the Quilters of South Carolina guild and I attended their fall retreat where I took a doll class.  (I of course still have not finished that doll!)  I entered a quilt into a juried show sponsored by SAQA and was juried into that show.  My quilt Collard Greens will be displayed at the Ruth Funk Center for Fiber Arts in the Southern Accents show starting in May.  I joined PAQA South http://paqa-south.org and have entered two quilts into a juried show they are sponsoring.  I’m waiting to hear.

I was also juried into Artisans of The South Carolina Cotton Trail as a fiber arts member and am excited to be participating in my first show next month in Georgetown, SC.

And as you can probably guess by the header photo, I got a new car.  It’s a 2011 Synergy Green Camaro SS, 6 speed manual transmission with a 6.2L corvette engine…VAROOM! I have not been this excited about a car since I custom ordered a suburban back in 1988.

 

 

 

What an absolutely gorgeous day!

While out driving around this afternoon I was struck by how quickly Spring has arrived here in Hartsville.  The Dogwoods are in bloom, the forsythia is in bloom, other trees are in blossom, leaves are popping out on the trees.  Everything is screaming SPRING!  I for one am happy to say good bye to winter.