A Collaboration On Friendship and Motherhood – Umbrella Prints Trimmings Challenge Entry 2015
























What started as a friendship in creativity and motherhood turned into a challenge to expand our horizons and spend some juicy time together.  My friend Robin King (@r0bingail on instagram and Robin Gail Art on Facebook) is an amazing artist and our times together are full of painting, needlework, children and dressing up.  When the Umbrella Prints Trimmings Challenge (Umbrella Prints: 2015 Umbrella Prints Trimmings Challenge #umbrellaprintstrimmingschallenge) came around again this year, I knew that I wanted to do it together.

To start our project, we had an image in our minds of a child holding something precious and stumbled across a picture of her daughter at a younger age holding one of their ducklings.  This picture became the basis for our piece and Robin drew her image on inexpensive painter’s drop cloth.  Taking inspiration from the work of Kristin LaFlamme (Musings | Kristin La Flamme | Textile Art), I tried my hand at free motion quilting for the first time and stitch sketched over the image with my sewing machine.  Robin and I added some eyelet for a dress and then cut up the beautiful Umbrella Prints scraps into feather shapes that we then glue basted down in the shape of a duckling.  There was little more then lint left after using all of the scraps!  From there I free motion quilted the feathers and fabric down with invisible polyester thread and backed it all with waterproof oilcloth to make a picnic blanket that we got to test out with our kiddos at Robin’s house.

The best part of this project was spending time with such a special, creative lady and trying out so many new things.  I have no doubt we will spend more time together pushing and nurturing each other in our paths as mothers, friends and artists.


My Feather Purse is Done

Well friends, instead of packing and getting our house ready for vacation, I have been sewing.  (Please tell me someone else can relate).  As I mentioned in my last post, I free-formed a pieced feather using my brown and black Umbrella Prints Trimmings packet.  I sewed these onto a leather scrap using my Janome Memory Craft machine and a leather needle with no problems.  I finished the edges of the metal zipper with some more trimmings and sewed it all up with my Juki Industrial Machine.  I didn’t follow any pattern though there are a gazillion similar clutch/purse patterns available on the internet.  I used some Robert Kaufman yarn dyed linen for the lining and a vintage Turkish Tassel for a zipper pull.  Now, off to do some packing!

Thanks for indulging me.


Umbrella Prints: 2014 Umbrella Prints Trimmings Competition.


Looking at other people’s entries, I guess, I was supposed to take out the fabrics and display them more?  The instructions said to take off the plastic and take a pic which I did. Obviously I’m too literal. 🙂 





A Feather in Umbrella Prints Trimmings

A couple of months ago I discovered one of my favorite fabric companies, Umbrella Prints was having a competition with their trimmings.  I ordered two trimmings packs and got busy making up a bag of my own design with the blue trimmings.

Umbrella Prints Trimmings Challenge | Entropy Always Wins.


With another pack of beautiful brown and black trimmings in my possession, I couldn’t resist playing some more.  Last night without a well thought out plan, I just started cutting and sewing (my favorite way to create) and came up with a feather.  I picked up some scrap leather from a local upholstery store recently on sale ($4 for two beautiful brown scraps and some white 80s style leather that I am dreaming up plans for).  I am hoping to put the feather and leather together into a clutch or ipad case.  I would love any suggestions!



This is not my first rodeo with pieced feathers.  I made a bag and some pillows with the very popular Anna Maria Horner free feather pattern, (Anna Maria Horner) and some hand printed Malka Dubrawsky fabric (a stitch in dye by stitchindye on Etsy).




I will finish this little project up by the end of the month and still not sure if I will add it to the official Umbrella Prints Trimmings Competition. (Umbrella Prints: 2014 Umbrella Prints Trimmings Competition)  Regardless, I LOVE creating with these fabric tidbits.

My husband and I are taking our kids to Washington DC next week.  If you have any good recommendations for restaurants or off the radar favorite attractions send them my way.