Monday, September 25, 2017

Woolin Rouge Designs + Island Batik = TRUE LOVE

  One of my true passions is creating wool applique' themed art quilts and intermingling the appliques on a mixture of various fabrics.

I have been dabbling at this for awhile now.  First with a very talented textile artist named Sylvia Gauthier who co-created Woolin Rouge Designs with me. And now I work alongside Jane Anderson who is a longtime friend and also a talented textile artist.

Recently Woolin Rouge Designs had the honor of bringing an art quilt design to life with fabrics from the Island Batik Beaujolais Collection.  This gorgeous batik collection was designed by Kathy Engle and is available for purchase in local quilt shops now.

Down to Earth

There are 29 fabrics in the Beaujolais Collection.  
Plus you can also purchase the collection in the following ways:

Beaujolais Stamp

Beaujolais Stack

Beaujolais Strips

For Down to Earth, we chose these two perfect batiks.

Beaujolais - 111709872 Background
Beaujolais - 111707845 Outer Border/Binding

                            For the inner border we used a little something from their Basics

Smore - Basics

 And for the backing/sleeve we used another fabric from Island Batik's Basics

Pinecone - Basics

 The leaves, moon and deer appliques' are created from felted wool that we collected from hand dyer's across the country.

If you are interested in purchasing the pattern Down to Earth, please visit the 
Woolin Rouge Designs Etsy store.  If you are interested in purchasing a fabric kit, email us at and let us see what we can do.

We'd like to thank Island Batik for allowing us to be apart of your design team.  
You are such a welcoming and wonderful company to work with.
With Warm & Wooly Regards,
Traci & Jane 

Sunday, June 25, 2017

“I must have flowers, always, and always.”
Claude Monet

Saturday, June 10, 2017

'Tis my faith that every flower
Enjoys the air it breathes!
~William Wordsworth, "Lines Written in Early Spring," Lyrical Ballads, 1798

Saturday, April 8, 2017

.~ Hide n' Seek.~

Hide n' Seek by Traci Suzanne Marvel

My artistic spirit craves peace and quiet. 
There is a space in the middle between peace and quiet that I do my best work. 
 I call that space tranquility. 
The second I set foot on the Sundance Resort's property, tranquility greets me.
 This painting Hide n' Seek expresses how I feel when I visit there in the fall.
 It is a magical place where I go to both hide and seek.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

.~ Love is Here to Stay.~

 Painting by Traci Suzanne Marvel

It's very clear, our love is here to stay
Not for a year but ever and a day
The radio and the telephone and the movies that we know
May just be passing fancies and in time may go
But oh, my dear, our love is here to stay
Together we're going a long, long way
In time the Rockies may crumble, Gibraltar may tumble
They're only made of clay
But our love is here to stay

  Music written by George Gershwin with lyrics by Ira Gershwin

Friday, February 24, 2017

Fruits of the Spirit - Self Control

Today my mini goal was to create something new that represented Self Control.
Self control is defined as the ability to manage your actions, feelings and emotions.
Harder said then done at times.
Flip side of Self Control? 
LOVE this statement by Zero Dean on Self-Discipline.
Like a muscle, the more you exercise self-control on a consistent basis, the stronger you get.
As your self-control increases, the more you gain the ability to direct your life in a manner that is congruent with the true you.
The more congruent your actions are with your thoughts and feelings, the better you feel about yourself and the decisions you make.
Every time you feel good about a decision you make, it raises your self-esteem and your self-confidence. You also reinforce in your mind what you are capable of and it makes it less difficult to make similar decisions in life.

Heading out to exercise my self-control muscle.
How about you?


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

.~ Goodness Gracious .~

Oh my...I lost my way on this task.  But here I am to pick up where I left off.
Today my mini goal was to create something new that represented goodness.
Some synonyms for goodness are:
good will

Some antonyms for goodness are:

I use to work in an elementry school.
At the end of every day I would tell the children as they left
remember to use your super powers for good and not evil!

It always made them laugh.
But I hope they truly took those words to heart.

“Do your little bit of good where you are; 
it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”  Desmond Tutu

I am off to do a bit of good today.
Perhaps you will too.

About Me

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Oh give me just one day to free my mind,to create to listen, to walk, to quiet my soul,to cool down,to carry on~ My photographs and other artworks are inspired by the wonder, simplicity and quietude of every day life. In every photograph,sketch, painting or textile piece, I hope to capture the spirit, the mood, the song of my subjects. I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. My creative spirit awakened when I moved to Northwest Montana where there was plenty of room to roam with my camera and places to be alone with nature and its inhabitants. All my photographs are professionally printed by acclaimed Bozeman, MT artist/ photographer Rob Outlaw on archival quality fine art paper. My frames are custom built by artist Richard Moore of Wind and Snow Art Gallery in Polson, MT.