Project Wildlife

Aside from being a full time student, dear daughter volunteers at the San Diego Humane Society.  Project Wildlife was offering a Paint Your Favorite Animal class, so dear daughter and I decided to participate.  It was a 3 hour class, and we were to specify our animal of choice, or send them a photo. I chose a flamingo, and dear daughter chose a falcon – I think.  Here is my finished painting.  The instructor encouraged us to take photos of our progress.  Always a fun day to drive down to SD and visit with dear daughter 🙂

And here we are, posing with our work 🙂

Sashiko Workshop

Our local quilt guild, the Citrus Belt Quilters, recently hosted Nancy Ota, an amazing quilter/designer/teacher.  One of Nancy’s talents is in the art of Japanese Sashiko.  My friends and I were fortunate to participate in her workshop. Since I am of Japanese descent, it was all the more interesting.  Now I really want to make a Sashiko quilt! Or a jacket, or a purse… 🙂 I posed in front of Nancy’s beautiful work, and my friend Terrie is holding up a kimono from her trunk show that I purchased for dear daughter to use as a robe 🙂

Hiking

I’ve been under the weather lately, and thus have been missing my hikes.  So, I’m sharing some of my favorite local hikes 🙂 The abundance of rain this season has given us a beautiful and bountiful display of wildflowers.

Mt. Rubidoux:

Oakmont Oakridge Trail:

Diamond Valley Lake:

Vernal Pools at Santa Rosa Plateau:

Crafton Hills:

Wildwood Canyon:

Scott Canyon:

Whitewater Preserve Rainbow Rock Canyon:

And we even hiked in the rain! while visiting dear older son in Washington State; Poo Poo Point Trail:

 

 

Birthday Pillows

For the last three years, I made quilts for my mom and my sisters for their birthdays.  This year, I changed it up a bit, and made them all floral pillows.  My friends were making them, and I just love the look.  I had made some for myself, and as you can see, they are not just decorative pillows.  Someone who shouldn’t be on the couch is using them as camouflage 🙂

A Doggie Quilt

When we go out of town, I have a friend who takes care of our dogs.  She is a super dog lover, and takes such good care of our dogs that I wanted to make her a quilt.  I saw this on Pinterest, and thought it would be perfect for her.  In lieu of batting, I sandwiched flannel, and backed it with fleece.  I love the feel of this combination.  And here in So Cal, a lighter quilt can be used year round. It isn’t her B-day, but I liked the dogs on the bag, and the quilt fit just right 🙂

 

Frida Kahlo Tile

Experimenting with painting on tile. I just doodled Frida Kahlo and painted her on tile, which I found to be very awkward.  It’s very different from painting on canvas. And, you never know how it will turn out until it’s been fired. Despite it all, I think she came out kinda cute 🙂

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Community Service Quilt

I found these cute teddy bear blocks at our Guild shop.  They were in various stages of completion.  I took the five most completed blocks, finished them and made a baby quilt for community service.  I love working on baby quilts! – so cute and small 🙂

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Zentangle Weekly Challenge# 305 Marasu & Molygon

More like “Yearly Challenge” for me! 😉

I’m having an artsy painting kind of day today, and decided to check in with the Diva to see what tangling everyone was up to.  Duo tangle? Yes! When I saw Marasu & Molygon, I immediately thought of something organic, and keeping it simple – A snail and a chrysanthemum!

Zentangling is so much like quilting; free motion and repeating patterns 🙂

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My Latest Endeavor

Here is my latest painting.  I painted the canvas with black gesso, drew the outline with white chalk, and painted the flowers in my favorite color – pink! 🙂

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My Row By Row

I finally finished my Row by Row quilt;  a group effort with my quilty friends.  My theme was blocks/houses/flowers, and it now hangs in my studio.  Looks like someone needs a haircut 🙂

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Happy Holidays!

The last few months seem to have passed in a blink of an eye…  I am sitting at my desk, this Christmas Eve, feeling content.  Dear older son , GF, & puppy flew in from WA.  Dear younger son flew in from the Bay, and dear daughter flew back from her research trip to Peru just in time for Christmas.  And of course dear hubby, Koko, & Hiro home as usual.  Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

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A Gift Quilt

DH’s Academic Advisor for his PhD will be retiring from teaching soon.  And his dear wife recently retired from her career as a Medical Doctor.  So, it was time to make another quilt! They are originally from New Zealand, and I found this wonderful vintage tablecloth on Ebay.  I used a kit I had, called the Carriage Quilt.  It is amazing how well the colors of the quilt kit and vintage tablecloth came together.  It turned out to be a double sided quilt.   I love vintage, and I hope they do too.

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