Wednesday, August 31, 2011


This is a small quilt of about 20 inches square. It started with a monoprint on a white coarsely woven fabric.
I layered painted cheesecloth and braid on it then stitched some of the spirals by hand with perle cotton. It still needed something, so I cut Ultrasuede spirals and applied then to the top.

It is so busy that It needed a simple border. It is machine quilted echoing the spirals in the center and having straight line quilting on the border.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Journal Quilt

Today is Journal quilt day for the challenge for   This was a piece of white satin that I used transfer paints on to create the leaves. With transfer paints, you use fabrics with a high percentage of polyester. I painted papers with the paints, let them dry then laid real leaves on the fabric to act as a resist. After placing the painted papers on top, I ironed the piece to transfer the colors.

It is machine embroidered to make the leaves stand out-it was a faint print. I used a Pigma pen to make dots along the edges and the veins to add dimension. It's edged by zigzagging a yarn to the edge.

I'm glad Hurricane Irene is past for our friends on the east coast and hope it isn't too long before things are better. Every place seems to have challenges weatherwise, but I don't think I'd like to be in a Hurricane.  We are pretty lucky here on the West Coast of the US.

Friday, August 26, 2011


Each day I write down what I do fiberwise. It is a way to keep me working and really shows me if I accomplished anything. After I had completed this book with it's poor quality paper, I decided that I liked the covers on the book so well that I needed to do something with them. I took the wire binding off carefully and got rid of the cheap paper. It wasn't worth even using as background, text covered pieces. Next I cut plain and hand painted papers to size, punched the necessary holes and rebound the book using the Bind It All.

I love the cut out in the front cover showing the "centipede". I like bugs. They are so varied and interesting and sometimes have the most beautiful color schemes.
This is the only page spread I've managed to do this summer. It's mostly rubber stamps and stencils. I didn't realize how many bug related ones I had.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


My Art Quilt group meets here today, so it seemed appropriate to show a quilt. Also quicker, so I can get back to cleaning and getting ready.

I had made the violet and dark turquoise stripes into fabric years ago and decided that it was time to use it. The floral batik worked with it. I was going to add more, but the quilt didn't want it. We really don't have control, so it's better to give in to the quilt than to fight it trying to add something only to have to give in to it in the end.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Journal Quilt

This week's Journal Quilt for is done on a commercial white on white print that I painted over. It's a fun thing to do with surprises when you see what the print does. Next came more of those Ultrasuede spirals I cut years ago. I love using Ultrasuede for applique, as you don't have to turn under the edges which was a problem for me. They are machine stitched with metallic. The machine quilting is in a variegated rayon and echos the spirals. The edges are finished by zigzagging a yarn to them.

Friday, August 19, 2011


This quilt was done by using masks. I started with a light blue painted fabric and cut freezer paper masks to iron on it. The circles are those dots that are stick on labels. The rings are page reinforcers used in notebooks.

After masking the piece, I used more paint on it. The outer border is a hand dye. The shapes are outlined in hand stitching with Perle Cotton and a matte silk.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Painted Threads

I started with the pink perle cotton, because I had a cone of it in machine knitting yarn. I added blues to get the blend using Colorhue. In later experiments, no matter what I colored it with, it came out in this blend. There must be a finish on the yarn, so I'll try something else to change it. I'm more likely to use the thread for stitching than knitting, so it would be nice to have a color range-only so much pink can be used.

Thanks for everyone comments. DH had cataract surgery this week, so I've been playing nurse. Men need more TLC,

Monday, August 15, 2011

Bead Journal Quilt

This Journal quilt does double duty. It is the August one for and the weekly journal quilt for  I love getting two for one.

The braid is one that a friend gave me in a box of trims she gave me to use. Crazy quilt is the technique with a pieced background, then the braid was sewn on by hand, hand stitching was next, and finally lots of beading.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Altered Book

I just finished a class at from Sarah Whitmire    We did all sorts of things to the book, and I keep learning more about the products needed to do it. She's a good teacher and it was a fun class.

Here's the back. I used Vintage Ribbon on it that has a history. 4 of us were going to San Diego to the Fashion Show at Bazaar del Mundo when we stopped at an Antique Mall near the Los Angeles airport-not exactly on the way, but we wanted to go to the ribbon store there. The ribbons were on bolts of 40 yards, so we each bought one.

At the motel that night, we unwound all 4 and divided them, so we all got 10 yards of the two greens and two blues. This was not easy as the motel row was so little that the two double beds filled it and everything had to be done on them-no floor space. It was a crazy weekend and good memory.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011


This is a small hanging of about 24" square. It's the leftover squares of two other hangings. When they were sewn together, I didn't like how they looked and put the sheers over them. I think that helps, but it still isn't one of my favorites. The quilting is by machine and echoes the applied sheers.

Blogger posted it on its side, but I think I like it better this way.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Journal Quilt

Here's another Journal quilt for It's a little different. I've used paper I made, crumbled, then colored with ink pads--the white. The purple/blue is painted Lutradur and so is the triangles of orange The spirals are more of the leftover Ultrasuede-never throw anything out-attached with hand Chain stitch. The background has Seed Stitch by hand. Sequins and beads were also used.

I'm glad everyone like the Sunprints. They are easy to do but be sure to heat set the paints. Thanks to everyone who commented.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Sun Prints

On Tuesday a friend and I got together and made sunprints using Setacolor paint.

The shapes put on top of the fabrics in two of these are the wooden ones from the craft store. They are cheap and work well-heavy enough not to blow away, if there is wind.

 She has metal plates that we put under the fat quarters of cotton, then sprayed water on the fabric and painted them. After exposing them to the sun, we had the prints.

I really love getting comments and try to reach people, but my server doesn't want to give me the email from someone's profile. Email me, and I'll answer. It's fun to exchange ideas.

I also have to remember to give more information on things.  The fabrics from the last post were fat quarters, and I wanted to use only fabrics from the bundle, so the piece is about 30 inches square. Most of what I do is small, as that is what I enjoy making and why I get more done. My family all have lots of bed quilts and don't seem to use them anyway, so I rarely make them anymore and mostly for charity when I do. Also, what I do tends to be labor intensive and can be fairly heavy with embellishments, so hanging is an issue if they are large.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011


In June at Quilt group a friend gave each of us a bundle of fabrics from her stash. Another challenged us to do something with them. I decided to use my motif and came up with this small quilt. It was fun to try fabrics I would not usually have.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Journal Quilt

Here's this week's Journal Quilt for  It's very traditional which is unusual for me, but it uses three leaf blocks I had.