painting: reflection

Reflection

Oil on canvas, 12″x12″

Another painting from a reference photo by Gary Odell. I pulled several of his images one weekend, and was so excited by them that I sat and painted them over the next couple weeks. The lighting, the poses…each had something special I wanted to interpret through paint. In this one, it was the light through the mane and tail. I also like the reflected colors playing over the back and stomach. And water? Yes, it’s more difficult than it appears.

Available in my etsy shop. Thanks for looking. Sold, thank you. πŸ™‚

Softly, Softly, by the River’s Edge

Softly, Softly, by the River’s Edge

There’s a lot of “wow” factor to this one in person. I will be sorry when it sells. The reference photo I worked from was taken by Gary Odell, of wild horses in–I think–Arizona.

I imagine the horses’ lives are constantly on edge, with dangers from inside and outside the herd. Trust is pretty rare.

24″ x 36″ x 7/8″ oil on stretched canvas, Original artwork Available in my etsy shop.

Paper or canvas prints available at Fine Art America.

Romantic Log Cabin Lap Quilt

Remember I posted a while ago that I was making a log cabin quilt with all my romantic colors? I had cut strips and strips (and strips and strips) for a couple days, so that my fabric was all ready to go when I had the time to make something.

(Yes, I still have plenty left for a couple more quilts.)

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I used all the soft florals in pastel colors, keeping the blue and green “cool” colors to a minimum.

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I think it has a shabby chic yet modern feel to it.

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I hand-tied it at the centers and corners of the blocks, rather than quilting. After washing and drying, the layers will fluff up softly.

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Do you love the reverse side fabric? I do. I found it at Walmart, and bought a whole lot–I made pillowcases for me out of it, too, because the design reminds me of pretty vintage sheets.

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Here’s a close-up of some of the pretty romantic florals. I love all these fabrics so much.

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The dimensions are 42″x52″. Perfect for a lap quilt, or toddler blanket, or to add a little romance to your living room. It’s in my Etsy shop now. Thanks for looking. πŸ™‚

sewing with Tilda fabrics

I’ve found my sewing mojo, and have been inspired by new fabric purchases.

Tilda’s collection “Bon Voyage,” released earlier this spring, features bunnies. It’s been at least five years since she’s used rabbits in a collection, so of course I had to stock up!

I love the bunnies, but was a little less enthused by the medallion prints. They left me sort of “meh,” you know? That’s all on me, of course, and I’m sure lots of other people are excited by the patterns.

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Now that I have so many different Tilda fabrics to work with, it was time to make a quilt!

Flying geese allowed the pieces to be large enough to let the fabric patterns take center stage. Each block is 9″ by 4-1/2″.

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I think I used Tilda collections, Apple Butter, Harvest, and Bon Voyage. I know there’s a fourth one there, but I don’t recall the name. There’s little birds, and of course the bunnies.

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The reverse is a fabric named Fable, I don’t recall the manufacturer, which features bunnies and squirrels. I love the color, an ethereal sky blue. Of course I love being able to showcase so many bunnies in one quilt! I purchased the fabric from Lark Cottons in Portland, she has a very responsive shop and is quick to ship.

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Tah-dah! I finally purchased labels for my sewing! I waffled over the name I should use, and decided since I’ve been using mybunnies3 for my painting shop name for 20 years, I’d keep it up for my sewing, too.

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The finished size of the quilt is 51″x57″ before its first washing. A good size for a lap quilt, or to throw over the back of your couch. The cotton batting is summer weight.Β I’ve listed it in my etsy shop.

Perfect for a picnic blanket, or just to make any place a little bit more lovely.

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