Another Swimmer Fabric Print!

I’m excited to announce another swimmer themed fabric is available in my Spoonflower shop! “Swim Champs” joins eight other fabric designs in the Swimmer theme, perfect for making a quilt, bag, or any other sewing project for your favorite swimmer! Click here to visit my Spoonflower shop! Click here to see swim related sewing projects.

A Swimming Quilt – Guest Post by Susan Finlay

Intro. by Eileen McKenna – “I enjoy designing fabric prints but I don’t sew! So, I’m always so interested to see what people make when they purchase one of my fabric designs on Spoonflower. I was so thrilled when Susan Finlay (Wee Susie Stitches) tagged me on Instagram when she posted her swimming quilt. SusanContinue reading “A Swimming Quilt – Guest Post by Susan Finlay”

Free Pattern: Sew a Super Deluxe Drawstring Backpack!

Mary Earle-Sigler of the Daily Sew, has created a drawstring bag “that you could sew with little experience, with ease, that could be sewn in almost any type of fabric and possibly some you already own. A carry-all for any size, any gender, and could be made for any personality or in any style with theContinue reading “Free Pattern: Sew a Super Deluxe Drawstring Backpack!”

Goggles! Another pool themed fabric

Hot off the Spoonflower press! My “Goggles” fabric has arrived. So excited for the addition to my pool themed fabrics. The “Goggles” design joins “Swimming Laps” and “Pool Tiles.” Where are all the quilters? These fabrics would be great for a quilt for a swimmer. You can order them on Spoonflower, just click here toContinue reading “Goggles! Another pool themed fabric”

Swimming Laps – a fabric print

I’ve loved the pool since I was little. I swam on a swim team all year round as soon as I finished lessons, and continued all the way through high school. My mother was from the city and can’t swim well. When the family moved to the beach she decided all her children had toContinue reading “Swimming Laps – a fabric print”

Ideas from my sketchbook

I have really fall in love with my sketchbook. For me, it isn’t so much a place to practice, but a place to come up with ideas and explore them. It is the epitome of no pressure, just playing. Often a new idea from my sketchbook becomes the inspiration for a painting or a pattern design. I’m tryingContinue reading “Ideas from my sketchbook”

Forcing myself to finish.

One thing I’ve learned about myself as an artist, is that I dive into a project with enthusiasm. I think it’s the Aries in me [read more about that here]. It’s great for starting a project, but for me, a couple of things can get in the way of finishing a project. I lose enthusiasm.Continue reading “Forcing myself to finish.”

The town pool opens today!

I’m looking forward to our local pool opening and swim team practice starting. Practice is early morning before the pool is open to the public. It’s pretty quiet while the kids are practicing. I usually sit and read. I’m a little shy about painting in front of others, but it would be the perfect time to sit and paint, withContinue reading “The town pool opens today!”