Day 19 of 30: Autumn Block

I just love the colors of Fall and especially pumpkins.  And I miss them now that I’m living in the desert.  It’s still Summer here with highs near 100 this weekend.   I know that many of you are starting to see the colors change.  Enjoy them for me, won’t you?

Autumn Block by Pam Schoessow

Autumn Block by Pam Schoessow

Day 18 of 30: New Bird

A new variety of bird has been sighted in North America.  It has a patchwork tummy and appliquéd wings.  It is causing quite a stir.  Could a quilter possibly be behind all this?

New Rare Bird by Pam Schoessow

New Rare Bird by Pam Schoessow

Fun wIth Copic Markers

I have often read about Copic markers on various art blogs.  So when I was in an art supply store recently, I decided to make the investment in a new media to see what they were all about.  I love the saturated color.

Original Art by Pam Schoessow.   11x14 on paper

Original Art by Pam Schoessow. 11×14 on paper

The Bird Tree

So where to the birds go to hang out?  The Bird Tree of course.  It’s a fowl favorite!

The Bird Tree 5 x 7 inches on watercolor paper  by Pam Schoessow  pamelajeannestudio.com

The Bird Tree 5 x 7 inches on watercolor paper by Pam Schoessow pamelajeannestudio.com

Celebrate Autumn

I think this will be my last Autumn painting for awhile.  The leaves are just starting to turn on the red maple at the end of my driveway.  As I observe the changing colors, I am reminded of what a glorious world we all live in.

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I went out last week to a farm stand in Wisconsin and bought 10 pumpkins of various sizes.  Then I stopped at Walmart and got several inexpensive mums.  This is how I decorated by my front door.  It won’t win any awards, but it makes me happy.

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I used an antique wooden ironing board that I got years ago as a plant stand.

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The quilt was an inexpensive buy off of Ebay.  It’s in pretty ragged condition, but it looks great by the front door.  And I don’t worry about it getting dirty or faded.  

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I have several vintage quilts that I use on my front porch.   I change them with the seasons.   It helps establish me as the “quilting house” for my long arm customers.

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Hope you enjoyed this little tour.  Happy Fall!

 

 

 

Memory Quilt

Sue wanted to honor her father by having a quilt made out of his old suits.  Her friend Brenda did a wonderful job piecing a quilt top that was very pleasing–adding a floral print that softened the look.  I recently finished quilting it.   It’s a large bed sized quilt.

ImageI quilted feathers in the “suit” areas to soften and unify the different wools.

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In the center, I quilted a feathered wreath.ImageOn the other side, it’s easier to see the border design.  The solid lime green backing fabric really shows off the quilting.

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ImageThis is one of the those quilts that was really an honor to quilt.  I love how it turned out.  

 

 

Yellow Bird in the Coneflowers

I love coneflowers.  I love watching them pop through the ground every year.  Mine are are growing strong and I expect to see some flowers appearing in a few weeks.  I love the shape, with the “cone” center and the petals that droop down.  They are so fun to draw.  Where this bird came from I have no idea!

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Zinnias and Marigolds

The house where I grew up in Salt Lake City, Ut had a long wooden fence along the driveway that separated our yard from our neighbors.  My mother always planted flowers along the fence–tall zinnias in the back with shorter marigolds in the front.  They were  planted from seed and would bloom in their glorious splendor about mid June through September.  I loved those beautiful flowers and have been taken with zinnias and marigolds ever since.   I have tried to capture these flowers from my memory in this small painting.

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Red Roses and Purple Flowers

I just had to paint something today–it’s been so long.   I’ve been chained to my long arm for weeks it seems.  But I’m leaving on a trip today and am taking my paints.  No sewing!  That really surprises my Mom.  Usually when I go to visit her, I bring all sorts of piecing projects I want to finish.  I think she feels neglected.  I promised this would be a no sewing trip.  I hope she doesn’t mind if I paint all day.

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Bouquet

It’s very gray and rainy here today.  A perfect day to stay home and quilt!  Here is more quilter “eye candy” to brighten up your day.   This cute wallhanging was pieced and appliqued by Kathy H.   I think the quilting turned a very nice quilt into something really special.Image  The background quilting really makes the wool applique pop.  What do you think?

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Spring has Sprung

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Spring has Sprung

Two days in the 60’s ! Spring is definitely in the air. Can’t wait for my tulips to bloom. They are just poking through the ground now. I do have some blooming crocus. This pot of flowers just makes me happy. Hope it lifts your spirit too.