Monogramed Journal

I love monogrammed things... mugs, shirts, cards, anything! So why not journals or sketchbooks. Moleskin makes great blank journals with a card stock cover to decorate with stitching, painting and fabric.

Here is my journal...The "J" on the top can be taken off and has a string attached so it can be hung. Just little added detail. It is a perfect gift, quick yet personal and fun to make.

All you need is...

Blank journal

Piece of paper and pencil

Paint brushes 

Soft body acrylic paint

Fat 1/4 of fabric

Fast to Fuse fusible web

Heat and Bond light fusible web

Paint brushes

Thread to match fabric

Baker's Twine or string

Paint both front and back of journal. While the journal dries prepare letters.


Draw around your journal on the piece of paper to give you the guidelines for drawing your letter. Pick a letter and draw the size you would like. Cut out letter. Cut a rectangle out of both fusibles a 1/4" bigger than the letter. Press the heat and bond to the wrong side of the fabric. Lay the letter reverse on the heat and bond and trace around. Cut out letter. Pull of the paper and fuse to the cover of the book.

Fuse fabric to both sides of the Fast to Fuse rectangle. Lay letter on top and trace around. Cut letter out.


Using a satin stitch on the machine stitch around the letter on the journal.

Stitch around letter with the Fast to Fuse.

Make a small hole at the top of the letter and on the journal, using a hole punch or an awl.

Pull a piece of baker's twine through the hole on the letter. Pull string through hole in journal and tie with a bow on the inside front cover.

Tada!!! A cool personalized sketchbook!

Have a Great Day!!!




In the studio.....

I am back in the studio today. Always feels good to have a quiet day with the kitties. As I walk around my space I realize how many projects I have in progress. Some for personal satisfaction and others for work. Besides my looming fabric deadline here are a few others that I have calling to

This is a quilt that I started a long time ago...I embroidered one of my favorite quotes on it......

" I tell you, the more I think, the more I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people" - Vincent van Gogh

Now if I can only get Sophie off of it I could quilt it.....on my new Bernina 550 QE. Oh my, it is so amazing to sew on....its like butter! Quiet, smooth, and the stitches are perfect. I am in love!  Totally excited to quilt with it...which is one of the reasons that I haven't started quilting my "quote" quilt. Maybe tonight.....

These are two paintings that I started when Ross and I were in the City. He is so awesome about letting me have personal creative time when we are on a trip. I am very lucky! I do hope to finish these soon. It had been months since I had painted, felt so good!

And now for my beautiful Cocoon Linen all folded nice and sitting on my table waiting for me to make skirts and pillows and bags.....OH MY!  Cocoon is my spring collection of fabric, inspired by butterflies and my daughters. They love to watch the butterflies on our wild flowers and chase them around, laughing! Just makes me smile thinking of it. The rest of my sample yardage should be here soon.... yummy cottons and voile. I am planning lots of fun projects for a Cocoon Simply Made Summer.

The projects are endless....I have several more in progress. Can't seem to do just one thing at a time - I float around my studio sometimes getting bored with one project and starting another then going back to the first one. Is that normal? I wonder if it is not the best use of my time be so scattered but I am not sure how to change it.

Well, I must focus.....back to the fall collection....feeling a little stuck at this time but it will all come together, doesn't it always!

Have a great day!



Library Show...

I was asked to show my fabric at a library show this month. It kinda stressed me out because I had no idea how I was going to show the fabric. Until day before yesterday when it struck me to cover a bunch of my canvases with fabric. Today Sondy and I hung the show. Looks pretty good.....
Have a great day! I am getting ready to tape a radio program with Pat Sloan for American Patchwork and Quilting radio. That should be fun!!!

Library Show...

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The rest of the best of 2010.....

Where did I leave off on my adventures of the past year.....OH yes, mom had a huge accomplishment this year - I was a very proud daughter seeing my mom be inducted into the Quilter's Hall of Fame. Tears filled my eyes as she spoke of her lifetime of quilting, realizing that I have been apart of it for so many years.

she just glowed that night, it was great to see her so happy.

I have learned that I have to be happy with me and quit trying to please everyone else or I will never full fill my dreams or destiny that it is time to lead my life to the fullest.

Talk about an AHA moment! To quote Oprah...

The year had some normality's....Quilt Show to be came and went perfectly....

The kids enjoyed it to the fullest...

We had birthday milestones.....





we planted our garden and watched it grow....I loved the excitement from the kids to go out and see what had grown over night.....every evening we would spend hours outside in the garden - eating most of our produce raw and playing in the flowers and sand.....I enjoyed every second and found such peace in the laughter and silliness of my family.


I got more ink this summer for my Violette Grace...


and realized that I have to really control myself  not to pick!!! very bad habit....

We played in the ocean and sand.....the energy and excitement of the kids oozed over to us adults and we all got a little wet.


Sunbathing and cuddling became a norm in our house....


especially as we brought new family members home....



to my amazement it isn't too hard to have three cats, three kids and a puppy.....instead of being totally overwhelmed I am learning to embrace the chaos and laugh at it all......HUGE for me!

There were so many firsts this year......

the first guitar lesson...


the first soccer game.....I am officially a soccer mom, and a dance mom, and a Tae Kwon do mom and, and, and, and.....

The first day of school....for my baby.....

This winter I had an awesome opportunity to do something special for my girlfriends....two women that I have know since we were kids but it is only now that we have become such great friends. We were having a Christmas dinner at my house when Sondy pulled me aside and told me that she pulled Trea's name for their family secret santa and she really wanted one of my little bird paintings....How could I ever say no, I was honored! Well, funny thing is towards the end of the evening Trea pulls me aside and tells me how she got Sondy's name for secret santa and wanted one of my birdy paintings....I was so excited to get to do the paintings for them....and oh so wished I could be a fly on the wall when they opened gifts.

Luckily I had Julie (another girlfriend of ours) at the studio when I was painting and she mentioned it to Sondy's husband so he got a photo for me....kind of like being a fly on the wall.....
Sondy's perfect for her...
Trea's bird.....she loves green...

And the girls....

I loved being able to something that was so special to them, it filled me with joy and satisfaction.

So my friends this is it.....part of my year in photos......there are times I wish I could express more in words and find more time to share where I am and what I'm doing with you. For me this year has been filled with tremendous growth....I am proud of myself and who I am and who I am becoming as I believe that life is ever changing and so am I....thank you for all of your kind words over the past year and I hope to hear from you more.

find your beauty this year and push yourself in some way or another......

to a great 2011!!!
my love and gratitude!



35th Anniversary......

As promised some new projects that are in the works for the 35th Anniversary of the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show and the Stitchin' Post......

This week I finished up the photos and we went to print on a calendar for the are a couple of shots.....

It has been fun but a lot of work, quickly.....sometimes we have so many ideas and way too much to do that projects get put on the back burner until it is time to turn it in. AHA such is life!

On Tuesday July 7 we are having a Birthday Gala for the Quilt Show......there will be an art auction - among other things - this is the painting I did for the auction... 

There is the unveiling of the DVD.....


Oh, this is going to be so cool! Can't wait to see all the footage put together.....Kara Jensen is the videographer....I think that is the proper term....anyway, she is awesome and I am totally excited to have the opportunity to work with her.

The last fun project.......BEER!!! (ok, fun to me and fun that I got to design the label)


Three Creeks Brewing is our own local brewing company and they were totally up for the idea of making a special summer brew for our show!!! Just have to get the quilters to drink more beer and less wine....At least I know we will have some in our fridge!

For now those are the projects that I have been intimately involved in....not that there are not other great events occurring during our week of festivities. But for me I can't seem to get my finger into everything....there would have to be 3 or 4 of me to do that. Should be a great year.....


Winter at the Oregon Coast......

Ross, Teague and I just returned from a 3 night stay in Manzanita, our favorite beach town on the Oregon Coast.  Mom and John watched the girls while we had a little, amazing only having one child. Ross slept in one morning and I got really nice, quite, one on one time with Teague. It was different from time at home where there is so much going on that I don't just sit and play with him. He was smiling and cooing, it was awesome.......we had nice walks on the beach - hit the weather just right - it was raining the day we got there and raining the day we left but nice while we were there. I recently got a new lens for my camera - LenseBaby - Composer. It is a different lens that is predominately out of focus but for a small sweet spot that once you focus in on then you can tilt the lens to be able to move the focus is going to take some practice to get used to it but I did get some fun photos.

The little man......


the beach......




My cute husband!



I had time to paint.....these are the two paintings that I finished....little 6"x6" paintings - love little paintings right now........



Hope you had  a great week!!!