We will now take a brief intermission.

It is time for some regrouping and redesigning of my blog, Etsy shop and the direction my art will be going.  I think if you forge ahead without an intermission, summer vacation or long weekend to breathe and recenter your life all kinds of things may happen that knock you off your path.

Recently I put the small gallery at the top right of my blog. WOW! It is that tiny gallery of thumbnails that gets the most clicks and views in my stats. If you have read this far, should you see something you want more information on, please send me an email at

Some art is in my under used Etsy shop,  HERE.

We will be returning without any words from sponsors!

My Spring Garden is a blooming quilt

My garden style is loose and layered, front to back and tall to short. Colors play against one another, like pieced quilts. I plant for a variety of shapes and colors of leaves  mixed together. My iris are blooming among the autumn sedum, nestled around the boxwood. If you look closely you can see the toad houses with their shell walk ways under the Mahonia holly. The leaves of this holly turn red after the early yellow clusters of flowers are spent. Soon the blue holly berries will form.

The woad is blooming yellow and  plays against the variegation of the barberry bush. The hostas peek out from under the azalea shaded by the dogwood. The peonie is ready to unfurl its blood red pom poms about the same time as the miniature climbing rose bush beside it. But those pictures are for another day. Linking up with

Iris mix and sedum Mahonia holly Toad houses Woad and barberry bush Under the Dogwood

I’m a winner!

Shannon Conley at  was having a giveaway for Sandra Siders new book. Well I WON!

Not only did I get a copy of the book, but it was nicely packaged in a piece of hand stamped fabric and a piece of ribbon in my most favorite shade of yellow.  I asked Shannon about the fabric and she said she had been in a fabric exchange with some other artist and this was a fabric she received. If you know who designed this and the stamps or screen that was used, I would love to know about it.

I also have a piece in the book, it is number 845 in the section on Abstract and Conceptual art quilt designs. This is for sale in my ETSY shop. Click Here to see it and information on how to purchase.

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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood **New Work

A beautiful day in the Neighborhood $200

Its been awhile since I had something new to show my readers. My small A4 challenge group’s theme was Monochromatic. It is never as easy to do as it sounds!  I chose to use a piece I stitched from rust dyed fabrics.
I know, I used blue thread for my hand stitching so it technically isn’t monochromatic but I plead artistic license!

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Let your Freak Flag Fly!

April’s Arts in the Cards inspiration is Fly Away.  With spring here, the garden centers are all flying those brightly colored plastic pennants that dance in the wind to draw attention to their new planting stock. Those, and bright clear spring colors were my inspiration for this month’s trading cards.

J Paine Dawes  artist trading cards