July 28, 2010

keep rolling

The tiny quilts keep coming and I’ve been adding them to my Flickr account. You can now see them in my sidebar. I have decided that the daily tiny quilt project will end the last day of July. I'm going to be doing a little last minute traveling, getting school supplies and working on my new studio space in August.

I'm looking forward to getting my studio set up and getting the paints back out. I have a new technique I'm dyeing to try, but I'll tell you a little about that later.

July 23, 2010


I was at the mall today, which really never happens, and saw this charm bracelet AND it was on sale AND it goes with today's "tiny" quilt. I had to have it!

Have a wonderful weekend!

July 22, 2010

"tiny no. 2"

Oh, my gosh! I made another one.

I woke up this morning wanting to go to Boulder, CO. I love it there!

ANYWAY...about this little quilt...For “Tiny No. 2″ I played with a little grays and red. The batik stripe fabric was made by A Stitch and Dye’s Malka Dubrawsky. It’s fun to add a bit of patterned fabric with all the solids.

This piece measures 6-1/4 x 8-1/4 inches. I’m trying to keep all the pieces 6-1/4 inches wide so they can work together in a group. I’m not finishing the edges…that would take too long and I definitely wouldn’t be able to finish even a tiny quilt like this in a day without getting super burnt out. I have some more alternative ways to hang art quilts coming soon.

I have the pieces I’m going to use for tomorrows quilt all laid out and ready to go. Can’t wait to show you!

July 21, 2010

a different way to hang

Here is the first of some tiny quilts I’m going to be making (maybe!). In fact I’m going to call this quilt TINY NO. 1. I was trying to come up with a different way to display these little quilts and I thought of the ever present “binder clip”. It looks modern and would look really nice displayed in a group or on a curtain wire with clips (which I must have for my new studio).

This quilt is 6″ x 6″ (approximately) and is made out of my hand dyed fabrics. In fact, it’s made from a quilt I started earlier this year that I hated and decided to cut up.

MAYBE I'll try to make one of these daily until school starts.

The digital paper thing didn't catch on for me very well. Thanks for everyone who got involved.

July 15, 2010

digital papers

I was a graphic designer for 15+ years, so making computer graphics is something that I have done  A LOT of. But making digital papers for scrap booking and craft purposes is something new to me AND the software I am using to make it is new to me.

Following are the few papers I came up with. Please feel free to right-click and download them and use them in your PERSONAL projects and gifts. Or just download them and let me know what you think of their quality.

Tomorrow I will tell you a little bit about the FREE software I used to make these papers and I'm going to try to come up with a little digital collage illustration using them.

Thank you for your help! :)

July 13, 2010

any digital scrapbookers out there?

I'm really dragging my feet about getting back into painting and I think I'm going to stop for now and start ALL OVER AGAIN when the kids go back to school. It's just too hectic. My "studio" is in the living room and I just can't deal with it anymore. Today we've had kid after kid after kid come over, which my son loves, but I tend to get a bit stressed. There is a reason my kids are 11 years apart!

I'm counting the days when my daughter moves out to the dorms and I will be invading her room with my art supplies. (Come on August 19th!!)

I've been pacing around, making lists, not quite knowing what to do with myself. Then I thought...I've been wanting to make some digital scrapbook "papers", why don't I give that a try? So, that's what I've been up to. And it has been fun! :)

So, I was wondering if there are any digital scrapbookers out there or paper crafters who use digital "paper stuff" who would like some of the items I'm making...for FREE!

The only catch is...I want to know how they work for you! So, if you're interested, send me your email and I will send you my freebies when I get them finished (probably Thursday evening). I will contact you about a week after you receive the files with a few questions.

Any questions? Post them in the comments or email me! Thanks!

July 8, 2010

why paint daily

I have been missing my daily painting times and I don't know why I can't get into it. I'm going to give it a try again tomorrow.

One of my favorite daily painting artists, Carol Marine, has a great interview on the "Artists Helping Artists" show on blog talk radio. Follow this link, then scroll down to On Demand Episodes. You will see the July 1st show. Just click the play button to listen.

July 7, 2010

new web site


In preparation for the exhibit I’ll be in tomorrow I decided to put together a quick Web site. I gave this a lot of thought and decided to register a domain through blogger and create a blog/Web site using a template I found at Cinnamon Girl Studio.

Stop by heatherbennettquilts.com and let me know what you think.

July 6, 2010

grandpa's gum

Black Jack Gum - Grandpa Muller's Favorite

On July 3 we had a memorial service for my Grandpa Muller who passed away in February. It was fun to hear the different stories about grandpa. But something all us kids remembered was his love for Black Jack Gum. Have you ever had some? It tastes like black licorice...

Ugh! I still haven't got back into my painting routine. I'm going to have a lot to catch up on!!