Monday, April 20, 2015

Sparking creativity

I'm trying to do some exercises to spark creativity.  One of them is to take a picture every day.  And I'm trying to do it, at least some days, with my macro lens for my iPhone. The cool thing about doing this is that looking through the camera forces you to see things in a different way.  To really look at them.

This is a poinsettia leaf--one of the two tone ones.  It's on my deck and it rained last night and I thought it would be a cool picture.  And I like it.  My husband thinks it looks like a medical slide, LOL, which shows how people see thing differently.  He sees pathology, I see a quilt!

I think I'll send this to Instagram tagged as a quilt ideas--sort of my virtual sketchbook.  Anything that  gets me thinking about a quilt is a good thing.  What things do you do to get inspired?

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Scrap Quilts: From Antiques to Art

I'm giving a lecture today at Sully Plantation, in Loudon, VA at noon. Looks like it's going to be a damp day. :) I'm going to be discussing Scrap Quilts, From Antiques to Art. It's a little bit history, a little bit quilt theory, and a little bit trunk show. I'll post some pictures later, but I also wanted to post some of the books and sites I found as I did research for the talk.

There's an exhibit, Scrap ART, August 16-October 16, 2011 at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles

Wish I could go!

And there are good virtual tours of collections here:
Great Lakes Quilt Collection

Smithsonian Institute of American History

Here are some great books about quilt history:

And here are some of the latest books on making Scrap Quilts:

I do love scrap quilts! It's soooo much fun to examine the quilt closely and look at all the fabrics!

Everyone have a great day, and do some quilting! (Oh, and next weekend, I'm going to be at Art on the Avenue with my friend Lynda Poole Prioleau...more on that later, too!)


Wednesday, January 26, 2011


I just finished taking part in the ArtHouse Coop's Sketchbook Project. Fred mailed my sketchbook for me (I was sick with the flu). 28000 artists signed up for the project!! Of course, some will have dropped out, but there will still be a boatload of sketchbooks. ("I think we're gonna need a bigger boat.") They will be on tour, and the tour comes to Washington, DC in April. I can't wait to see some of the other sketchbooks.

Here's a link for more on the Project:

and a link to pictures from last year's Sketchbook tour.

I'll post a couple of pages from my sketchbook when I get them on the computer.

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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Hey, I'll be vending at Art on the Avenue, Alexandria, VA on October 2, ...

Hey, I'll be vending at Art on the Avenue, Alexandria, VA on October 2, ...
Come join us at
Art on the Avenue
Saturday, October 2, 2010
We’ll be in Booth E193 between Randolph & Raymond Streets
on Mt Vernon Avenue
Alexandria, VA
Betsy & Linda
map & directions at

Friday, June 04, 2010

OK, now what?

I signed up for the Sketchbook Project. The idea is to sketch on a theme (I selected "in flight;" thought it would work well with my interest in birds) and create a sketchbook that will then be submitted to the project in January 2011. Pretty much anything goes--sketchbooks don't include just sketches anymore.

You can rebind the sketchbook, have pages that fold out, use paint, ink, fabric, etc on the pages as long as you keep the original dimensions. If you're interested in the project, go to!

The sketchbooks will be on tour and be part of the permanent colection at The Brooklyn Art Library.

There is something intimidating about a new sketchpad. I've read of people scribbling all over the cover just to make it seem "used." What will I do? More later!

Location:Grimsley St,Alexandria,United States

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Obi what can you be?

OK, I know it's a bad title, what can I say? Too much sunshine in California. But I discovered a Japanese Art & Antique shop in Pacific Beach. I only had a minute but found this $9 obi. Love it and as you can see, it's already been decostructed! (It was great to rip something apart because I wanted to, not because I had to undo a mistake!)

Oh, Obi, what will you be? Stay tuned!
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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Quilting in San Diego

I'm working on a couple of different projects while here in San Diego--a couple of commissions, a burlap challenge with my quilting buddy Lynda, and a couple more things, but I got distracted when I found these packages of batik strips (I did buy them to use in the burlap challenge, and they will go in that). I also found a rubber stamp set by Kate that allows me to stamp the cutting and sewing lines for hexagons. So now I'm doing a batik Grandmother's flower garden thingy... Going to Rosie's Calico Cupboard in San Diego (La Mesa) is always dangerous for me.... I also found some wonderful things at Quilter's Paradise in Escondido. Another awesome quilt shop, and HUGE. Next year, I'm bringing an additional suitcase just for fabric! 'Cause I need more fabric.
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