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March 15, 2018
Clearing Out Storage Cabinets from Notes from Studio B

In the past week I've made two trips into Boise to the Apple Store, spent over three hours with a tech and my iPhone still will not send pictures to my computer. Very Frustrating !!

I've been taking my frustration out on my storage cabinets and have been clearing out lots of old stuff. Of course I've found some treasures that I won't part with, but the majority is going away. I found some cross stitch pieces I started fifty plus years ago, finished the last one in the 90's and have never done anything with ...

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March 8, 2018
Another Donation Quilt from Notes from Studio B

I've done very little sewing this week, but a whole lot of time on the computer with Apple Support. One of my problems solved, another I figured out myself and the third one I'm hoping will be taken care of tomorrow when I go into Boise to the Apple Store. Ugh!

I did finish up another quilt top, got it and the one I showed last week layered and ready to quilt, I just haven't done it yet.

2018 Weekly Leaf wk10

2018 Daily stitching days 61-67

Lots of french knots and more background done.

71 Days ...

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March 1, 2018
And the stitching goes on... from Notes from Studio B

I pulled out scraps again this weekend and pieced another donation top.

The stripes are pieced and were originally made for something else at least a decade ago, feels good to actually use them. Sometimes I wonder if I will ever run out of scraps.

Weekly Leaf wk#9

Another one from the dyed soaked paper towel.

2018 Daily Stitching days 54-60

The upper right corner and some background.

71 Days of Marks  days 53-59

I'm running out of pages in the sketchbook, so I'm doing more than one per page and using a different pen. The last ...

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February 22, 2018
ยป Notes from Studio B

Am I the only one that struggles with a title for each blog post? I find it hard enough to write a post let alone title it, so no title this week.

Last week I had a plan to do a quilt out of some of my hand dyed shibori fabrics, I even drew out a pattern for it, but it was just not coming together. Over the weekend I decided to scrap the whole thing and while I was cleaning up my mess came up with another idea. This one came together in about an hour.

I just have ...

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February 15, 2018
Second donation quilt done from Notes from Studio B

I pieced and quilted the second donation quilt and it's in the pile ready to go. I had a piece of teal flannel that was used for the back and binding.

My little cat is always looking for things to get into, I came downstairs yesterday morning and found this.

Actually thats only part of it. She had taken a ball of pearl cotton from the studio to the dining room, wrapped the chairs and then across the room and around a few more legs. Although you can't see it, that glob of thread also has the needle ...

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February 8, 2018
Using up fabric in donation quilts from Notes from Studio B

I've been in the mood to just sew so I've got one donation quilt done and another in the works. The main fabric for the first one was a large piece of stripped fabric given to me by a friend, it was quite old because it was only 35" wide, but I loved the colors. I added some of my hand dyed fabric and this is what I came up with.

The second one started with a pile of colorful leftover pieces from a quilt I gave to one of my granddaughters. The pieces were all 1" wide ...

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February 1, 2018
More Wet Cyan Leaf Pieces from Notes from Studio B

I was on a roll earlier this week and finished three small wet cyan leaf pieces. The first one is very small and will be sent off to the SAQA Spotlight auction that will be held at the annual conference in San Antonio.

6"x 8"
The second will probably be my contribution to the SAQA online auction in Sept., although it is now hanging in one of the Four County Art Guilds locations.

Three Poplar Leaves 
12"x 12"

The third one is hanging in the City library, another art guild location.
 Blue and Orange Leaves
20"w ...

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January 25, 2018
The good and the underwhelming from Notes from Studio B

Last week I was reprimanded for only showing the good stuff and not showing what I was underwhelmed about. I thought about it and realized the comment was right, I should show the good and the bad. I've done enough daily projects over the years to  know that when I start something new I'm frequently disappointed with my early attempts. Yet if I can push through the early fumbling there's always the possibility to learn something. Not only learn a new technique or process and with continued practice master it, but also learn something about myself in ...

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January 18, 2018
Just Stitching from Notes from Studio B

All I have to share is the stitching I've been doing, I've actually done some other stuff but it's just not worth sharing. I'm up to 17 days of mark making and I'm very underwhelmed with what I've done and I've done quite a bit of knitting on my sweater of many colors, the body is done and the first sleeve is in progress.

2018 Weekly Leaf #3

Before stitching

After Stitching

2018 Daily Stitching days12-18

I'm also about two thirds of the way done with the indigo shibori quilt.

I'll ...

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January 11, 2018
Daily and Weekly Stitching from Notes from Studio B

I don't have much to share this week, I'm still stitching away on the indigo colored quilt and I'm still making marks daily but I have to tell you they are pretty boring so I didn't even take pictures.

2018 Daily stitching days 5-11, one corner done.

2018 Weekly Leaf #2

Before stitching

After stitching

I'll be linking up with "Off the Wall Friday" and "Slow Sunday Stitching".

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January 4, 2018
Lots of New Starts from Notes from Studio B

I've been busy starting new things!

Weekly Leaf #1

2018 daily Stitching
days 1-4

I also have a birthday coming up in March so I'm doing a very simple daily for 71 days, since I'll be 71. I have never been able to stick with a sketchbook or drawing routine but I love to make marks, so I'm doing 71 days of mark making. I've started with an old sketchbook, a bottle of India ink that has been around for several years and a scruffy old paintbrush.

Day #1



I like the first ...

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December 28, 2017
Finishing up 2017 and getting 2018 ready to go from Notes from Studio B

I finished the last of my weekly stitching pieces this week.

Here's the whole years worth of Signs Of Life: The five universal shapes

Next year I think I'm going back to leaves, at least I'm starting out with leaves. I have several of the botanical/eco printed leaves on silk that I've decided to use. This is what I have for a start, if I decide to keep going with it I will have to print more.

I'm going to stitch them onto canvas, in the picture above I have the leaves laying on ...

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December 16, 2017
Christmas Postcards and a try at English Paper Piecing from Notes from Studio B

My last blog post seems like a long time ago, but when I checked it was about two weeks ago. I spent most of that time sick, I had been concerned about getting the ugly bronchial mess my husband had but instead I got a deep sinus viral mess. High fever, terrible headaches, etc for about a week, I'm now almost back to normal.

I took my usual process pictures of what I was working on with my phone camera as usual and then discovered when I went to write a blog post that my phone and my computer ...

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December 1, 2017
2017 Daily Stitching #2 done from Notes from Studio B

We had a fabulous Thanksgiving, a houseful(10 extra) for three days. Thanksgiving morning the kids, grandkids and I did our usual 5k Turkey trot and had our after race coffees and smoothies.

We had purchased a new front door and my sons installed during the afternoon, fortunately we had unseasonably warm weather. The door was a bit of a project but went quite smoothly. We replaced a 32" door with a 36" one.




The view of the pretty tree across the street from the really cool window.

As you can see it needs some finishing touches ...

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November 22, 2017
Excellence in Fibers from Notes from Studio B

Earlier this year I entered the 2017 Excellence in Fiber competition and while I was in NY the rejection email arrived. This week I got the great news that my first daily stitching piece for this year was selected to be in the online gallery, a selection of pieces that didn't make the final cut, you can see all of the selected pieces here. I'm really honored to be in this selected group, do check out the gallery, there is some fabulous work there. This is my piece, "Happiness"

This is a real quick post this week, I ...

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November 16, 2017
A herringbone quilt top from Notes from Studio B

While we were in NY I watched several videos on facebook that were from Quilt Market in Houston, one of them was Victoria Findley Wolfe demonstrating how she does a herringbone quilt. I loved the effect and over the weekend I pulled out a bunch of multi colored hand dyed fabrics and started cutting them up. On Monday I finished up the top, it's about 52" x 60"I just sewed until I ran out of cut strips.

I'm happy with it and I think I'll even keep it for myself, but with a very busy week ...

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November 9, 2017
I'm back from Notes from Studio B

I have been traveling for the past couple of weeks, went to Wallkill, New York  to visit family and to be tourists. We celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary.

Went to a nieces wedding where I met up with all three of my younger brothers, first picture together in many years.

We borrowed my brothers car and drove to Corning, NY to visit an uncle of Don's and to spend some time at the Corning Glass museum. Then on to Niagara Falls since neither one of us had ever been there.

Then back to Wallkill to just hang out for ...

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October 19, 2017
Just stitching from Notes from Studio B

It's been a quiet week on the creative front, but I did go thru some old stuff and purged! One was blocks from an exchange done in 2000, an online stamp carving group held an exchange of ten inch blocks printed from a stamp that each individual had carved. Most of the participants were not familiar with fabric printing since the majority of the group worked only on paper. Out of the twenty blocks I received only three appealed to me, but I've kept all of them for seventeen years. They have moved into the box of fabric ...

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October 12, 2017
More small pieces from Notes from Studio B

I'm in the process of making more small pieces, both leaves and yoga inspired. The yoga inspired ones were printed a few years ago and were languishing in my pile of possibilities. They are cyanotype on magenta fabric, using some shapes cut out of heavy dark paper.

I've got three canvases painted a dark navy waiting for me to attach them.

I've also started the piecing process with a couple of the wet cyanotypes on turquoise fabric. This is how they look this morning on my work table.

The fabric that was used for both of these ...

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October 5, 2017
Wet cyanotype, reupholstery and more french knots from Notes from Studio B

I played with a few more pieces of wet cyanotype this week using some old pretreated fabric and I'm quite happy with the results.

Because the treated fabric was past its prime it didn't get the usual intense blue, but more of a blue gray. I will probably use  these in another set of small leaf study pieces.

All the ones that were finished last week were hung today in various venues around town.

I finished the quilting on my abstracted overgrowth.

Last Spring I dyed some heavy weight hemp fabric to use on my big old chair ...

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