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Salt Lake City Farmers Market 2012

Salt Lake City Farmers Market 2012

Great news —The Artists’ House will be selling at the Downtown Salt Lake City Farmers Market this summer.  I won’t be there every week, as I really don’t have enough time for that type of commitment, but you can find me there on the following days: June 16, June 30, July 14, July 28, and September 1.

This Saturday, June 16th, you can find me on the corner of 300 West and 400 South, about 6 booths in on 400 South.  I would love it if you would come by and say hello.

My booth will be full of handmade goods: quilts, fiber wall art, bags, dresses, skirts, etc.  Here are a few images to give you an idea of what I have been making.

messenger bag by the artists house angela flicker

sewn applique frog bag the artists house angela flicker

reversible sewn skirt the artists house angela flicker

monster zipper bags the artists house angela flicker

sewn cat dog applique bag the artists house angela flicker

Hope to see you there!

Wrapped in Love

handmade blanketsExactly one month ago, Jude Harvey Eugene was born at 8:30 in the morning.  The date was 11/11/11, my husband’s 30th birthday.  I would like to mention that the birth was completely natural, not induced like many people assume.  Ever since his arrival, my life has been a combination of euphoria and fatigue –just like the birth.

Jude, like all babies, loves to be held.  And to be completely honest, I love holding this little man.  Multiple times a day he falls asleep in my arms and instead of putting him down, I hold on tightly to the little guy, loving his warm body next to mine and his face so perfectly peaceful.

handmade blanketsJude’s older sister Monet, is adjusting well, although she is jealous at times (which is to be expected).  When she gets sad, she says to me “Mommy, I want to hold you.”  Unfortunately, I sometimes cannot, and she has to wait to be comforted.

handmade blanketsThe other day, both Jude and Monet were unhappy at the same time.  I needed to either nurse Jude immediately, or listen to his screams, which I honestly find impossible.  While I nursed Jude in one arm, I wrapped Monet up in one of her handmade blankets.  I gently put my other arm around her and told her the story of how the quilt was made with love, just for her, when she was a baby.  As we talked about all her handmade blankets, and who each one came from, Monet was honestly comforted and soon she was back to “normal”.

handmade Charley Harper QuiltI love this idea, that the work and love put into a handmade item can be felt long after it has been made.  And with that thought in mind, I finally finished Baby Jude’s quilt this week.

handmade blanketshandmade Charley Harper Quilthandmade quiltWords cannot express how in love I am with these two kiddos of mine.  And yet, more than anything, I want them to always know how loved they are.  Hopefully, after I’m gone, and everyday until then, the handmade items I give will remind my children of our relationship, and how loved they are.

Because people, smiles and laughter, more than anything else, is truly what makes a house a home, I hope you enjoyed this weeks “moment”…

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om [one moment] meet upOM is *one moment* and is a meetup designed to notice & relish a moment in everyday life. The meetup idea was created by Linda at her blog, a la mode stuff.  If you’d like to participate in OM, just click the button and you’ll be taken to Linda’s post explaining it all.

The Calm Before the Storm

charley harper machine applique turned edge and embroidery quiltThe past four months of my pregnancy have been difficult.  When I was pregnant with Monet, despite the morning sickness at the beginning, life went on as usual those last 5-6 months.  Everyday I walked to and from work 3 miles, I was energetic, and ready to take on the world.  I felt like a superwoman.  This pregnancy has been much different.  I have been struggling on a daily basis with intense back, hip, and sciatic problems, and as a result my normal busy-bee type personality has been put to a halt.  I can honestly only do a few hours of work a day when it comes to anything that involves walking, standing, sewing, gardening, and lifting my daughter.  Over the past few months, I have been very frustrated with this fact and I have struggled with it on a serious level.

When I started making Baby Jude’s quilt a few weeks back, I purposefully picked images that had a lot of hand embroidery in them, keeping in mind my situation.  For the past two weeks I have sincerely enjoyed sitting and resting while my daughter plays, and I comfortably sew by hand.  It has been rewarding and peaceful to say the least.  I can honestly say (now that the baby is only a few weeks away) I find my mind being alright with this idea of slow and rest –I’m calling it the calm before the storm.

charley harper machine applique turned edge and embroidery quilt

My moment for this week came just yesterday, when I finally finished the last 4 blocks.  I know these next quilting steps are going to be much more difficult to complete in my situation, but my mind is at peace knowing that it is ok if I don’t finish the quilt until after Jude is born.  So far it is spectacular!

Soon Jude will be with us, and hopefully with his arrival my busy-bee personality will also come back, as I heal and my body returns to “normal”.

charley harper machine applique turned edge and embroidery quilt

charley harper machine applique turned edge and embroidery quilt

charley harper machine applique turned edge and embroidery quilt

Now I just need to decide how to arrange the images on the quilt.  Any suggestions?

Because people, smiles and laughter, more than anything else, are truly what makes a house a home, I hope you enjoyed this weeks “moment”…

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om [one moment] meet upOM is *one moment* and is a meetup designed to notice & relish a moment in everyday life. The meetup idea was created by Linda at her blog, a la mode stuff.  If you’d like to participate in OM, just click the button and you’ll be taken to Linda’s post explaining it all.

Making Another Charley Harper Quilt

machine applique and embroidery quilt Charley Harper

Three years ago, I truly enjoyed making a  Charley Harper Applique Embroidery Quilt for my daughter Monet.  It was my first quilt, and so I think it will always be my favorite, as this is when I discovered and feel in love with the process of quilting.

I have always wanted to make another quilt following this pattern, as I really enjoy Charley’s images and the overall whimsical feel of the quilt.  Now that I’m pregnant, and the two kids will be sharing a room, I figured this was my chance.  Monet’s room was built around a gray and pale pink color theme.  I’m going to make Baby Jude’s quilt using a gray and pale turquoise-blue color theme.  I’ll post more later with how I’m going to integrate Baby Jude into Monet’s room, so that the room feels more gender neutral.

My moment for this week was being able to finish two of the blocks for the quilt.  The results are adorable and the best part was seeing how excited Monet was to see the blocks, in anticipation of her baby brother’s arrival.  Monet brought the blocks into her room and played with them.  She pointed out the fish block and the beetle block on her quilt.  She talked about how Baby Jude was going to sleep in her old crib –she went on and on.  And the entire time she talked about Baby Jude, her face was bright and smiley.  I know times will be hard when Baby Jude actually joins us, but I’m hopeful that these two will grow up to be the best of friends.  I can’t express how much that idea warms my heart.
machine applique and embroidery quilt Charley HarperBecause people, smiles and laughter, more than anything else, are truly what makes a house a home, I hope you enjoyed this weeks “moment”…

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om [one moment] meet upOM is *one moment* and is a meetup designed to notice & relish a moment in everyday life. The meetup idea was created by Linda at her blog, a la mode stuff.  If you’d like to participate in OM, just click the button and you’ll be taken to Linda’s post explaining it all.

Another Custom Applique and Embroidered Walking Bird Quilt

custom applique and embroidered bird quilt

Today, I’ll be shipping another custom applique and embroidered walking bird quilt –this one will be going to Australia.  My client, Meg, is a bit whimsical, which ironically always takes more communication when it comes to selecting all the fabric prints.  As we were corresponding via email, back and forth, we accidentally became friends.  What a pleasant surprise!

Here are a few pictures I took the other day after I had finished the quilt-top, and the last few photos are shots of the quilt after I quilted and bound it.

custom applique and embroidered walking bird quilt

custom applique and embroidered walking bird quilt
custom applique and embroidered walking bird quilt

custom applique and embroidered walking bird quilt

custom applique and embroidered walking bird quilt

I have truly enjoyed making both a friend and a quilt over the past few months.

Last Bunch of Interactive Play Quilts

interactive play quilts and machine applique and textile art

I’ve been working around the clock these days, trying to finish up the nine interactive play quilts I was commissioned to make.  I’m happy to report that I finally finished the last bunch.  As of Saturday, they are in the mail.  Would you like to see?

interactive play quilts and machine applique and textile art

The bugs in this piece are interactive and there is a hidden pocket behind one of the grasses.

interactive play quilts and machine applique and textile art

This interactive play quilt is a map of downtown D.C. –all the vehicles are interactive and stick to the road.

interactive play quilts and machine applique and textile art

There is a hidden pocket, to hold the play patches, behind the water.

interactive play quilts and machine applique and textile art

This piece has play patches of apples and birds and the pocket is hidden in the apple basket.

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They also wanted one of my tic-tac-toe quilts, with a pocket and play patches of X’s and O’s.

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The very last piece I made was an applique scene of a library, meant to hang in their reading area.

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I’m happy to be finished with this order so that I can finish up two other custom quilts this month, and then finally, hopefully I’ll be able to do some nesting and get ready for the baby boy who is growing rapidly in my stomach and kicking me constantly.  I have his quilt completely planned out, and I can’t wait to start on it!

Interactive Play Quilts x 2

Interactive Play QuiltsI’ve been busy working on the custom interactive play quilts I mentioned to you earlier this week.  I just finished an additional two.  This first one, of the record player, is for the medical facility’s music room.  It comes with felt records that can be placed on the record player –I still need to finish hand embroidering those.  The record player is also a hidden pocket so that the extra records can be held out of sight.  Go ahead, turn it on…

interactive play quilts

interactive play quiltinteractive play quiltThis piece is for the facilty’s workout room.  They wanted an outdoor feel and so we decided on a park like theme.

interactive play quiltsTwo more down, and only 5 more to go –I’m almost half done.  I hope your sewing machine is getting as much action as mine is these days.  Happy sewing!

More Interactive Play Quilts

interactive play quiltsI’m currently working on a large custom order –nine interactive play quilts that will be displayed in a medical facility for adults with disabilities.  Today, I’m going to share two of the pieces with you.  This first piece is for the facility’s entertainment room.

interactive play quiltsAnd this second piece is meant to represent the Potomic River, since the facility is near Washington D.C.


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The bridge in this piece is actually a pocket, and the sails on the sailboats are removable and interactive in nature.  My client really wanted the pieces to be bright, inviting, touchable, and interactive, so that the residents could do more than just look at them.

Only seven more pieces to finish.  I better get back to work!

My Summer Sewing Projects

custom machine applique quilt yellow flower

I’ve been busy sewing lots of summer projects as I prepare for Art Fair Jackson Hole and Sun Valley Arts and Crafts Festival.  Along with that, I currently have 11 custom orders that I’m working on, and I’m teaching kids at a few summer camps.  Needless to say, my summer has been more work than play.  The good news is, I have some work to share with you today, and I’ll have more work to share in the days/weeks to come.

custom machine applique quilt yellow flowerHere’s a quilt I just finished.  I love the simplicity and the brightness of it.  And as always, the raw edges on the applique are turned under.  Here’s the back:

custom machine applique quilt yellow flowerAlong with that, I’ve also made a few more applique wall art pieces for kids, with vinyl photo pockets.

applique wall art pieces for kids, with vinyl photo pocketsapplique wall art pieces for kids, with vinyl photo pockets

Each of these has vinyl pockets to hold photographs.

applique wall art pieces for kids, with vinyl photo pockets

Lastly, I’ve made a few more applique textile art pieces with a wedding theme.  These pieces of textile art are meant to remind any married couple of their actual wedding day, yet the mirror in the image reminds them of everyday there after, spent together, side-by-side.  Marriage starts with one happy memory, and yet opens a door for a future full of many more.

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I’m honored to be featured on Amy’s Creative Side today, as a Bloggers’ Quilt Festival Quilter.  Check it out. Thanks 😉

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Custom Wedding Scene


machine applique textile art wedding scene

I just finished a custom wall art piece for a client who recently got married.  She had a lovely pink dress, and a destination wedding –what a dream!  The wedding colors were turquoise and pink, and so I incorporated those into the scene.  What do you think?

Custom Wedding Scene Textile Art

I think they are going to live happily ever after.


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