July 10, 2014

In progress : Hexagon Quilt

I am loving this bright and kitschy texture. 
It reminds me of the times when I was little and played with my friends with dolls and their tiny handmade doll dresses. We made a community wardrobe for all our dolls so they could exchange their clothes and mix and match different pieces.  I still remember some of the floral fabrics those dresses where made from! I think one of my friend's mom was a seamstress and provided with lots of fun little leftovers for making doll clothes. 
Such fun and pleasant memories! 
For now this quilt is all pinned and ready to be quilted.
By hand or by machine - I still have to decide.

Red and blue hexagon quilt

My cat on the quilt

July 3, 2014

Fabric love : my favorite prints and colors

The brighter the better - this was the idea for this color combination. I also decided to clean up my fabric stash and cut lots of hexis for the new quilt. 
I selected mostly blue and red - ish prints which I have plenty and more. 
Happy 4th of July!

Fabric selection

Handmade doll

Hexagon rows

Cutting hexagon

June 18, 2014

Endless book : June review

Next pages of my endless book.
Even though I slowed down a little (it's summer, you know), I add something new every week. 
So, these are two of my June pages, more to come.
The previous pages could be seen here.

Another watercolor lizard

Pencil and ballpoint drawing

Endless book community links

June 8, 2014

New {summer} dress

This week I fell in love with this blue fabric and without waiting too long I made a dress. 
I re-discovered the retro feminine cut that is very popular now - 
fitted bodice and full skirt, surprisingly flattering and easy to wear.
 I now have a nice summer dress made from the Beauty Queen quilting fabric
that I bought form Hawthorne threads website.
I am a huge fan of Jennifer Paganelli's fabrics and this one is from her latest creations.
The pattern I used was Simplicity 1873.

Blue dress

Blue dress

Blue dress



May 24, 2014

Quilting : house quilt

As  much as I enjoyed to hand quilt this quilt, it came to the end and it is done!
I still need to label it and add a hanging sleeve to hang it on the wall somewhere in the house.
More pictures are coming..

Blue houses quilt

Cat testing

The quilt and blueberries

May 22, 2014

Endless book : May review

For this week I finished the details on bigger illustrations, added some text and gave an "aged" effect by splashing the yellowish paint over the white edges.
I used graphite pencils, watercolor paints and ballpoint pen on Bristol paper.  

Endless book

Endless book


May 17, 2014

Color and pattern inspiration : Paisley

I am inspired by the old-fashioned darker floral and paisley patterns a lot, no matter what season it is.
It reads bohemian and folksy like this collection of Moda Fabrics called Russian Tradition.
My next quilt will be blue and red, and I am collecting the ideas for it.
I also have a Pinterest board for Blue and Red images only.

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May 16, 2014

Feels good images : Hawaii

Some photographs from the trip to Hawaii in 2013.
We went there exactly this time a year ago, mid May. 
I just like to think about what I was doing a year ago sometimes 
and pull put old pictures and sketchbooks.
Keeping memories in three formats - mental, digital and on paper. 

Hawaii


Hawaii

Hawaii

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Hawaii

Flowers of Hawaii

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Hawaii

Have a great weekend, everybody!

May 13, 2014

Feels good

Feels good images - I was biking and sketching last weekend in Balboa Park, San Diego.
Definitely going to it again!

Sketching in the park

...and riding my bike..

May 12, 2014

Inspirational art : Cheung Wing Yee's tiny paintings and art dolls

As always with Flickr where I find the most amazing and inspiring art, I stumbled upon this very original artist from Hong Kong,  Cheung Wing Yee and fell in love with her images!
I am always amazed by such artists, who can manipulate different materials and turn them into
 a cohesive and very unique artwork.  Enjoy!
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bettycat/with/4544854456

tiny book 10

tiny book 2



tiny book under the apple tree

under the apple tree 4

under the apple tree 7

under the apple tree

birds 1

urara 丽

umi no odori 1

夫妇4

小草小花work in progress

love letters 8

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/bettycat/with/4544854456