Thursday, November 20, 2014
Friday, October 17, 2014
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
I made the wrap again from the free pattern at Fabric Depot. The slits hold the wrap around you, so you don't have to hang on to it. This one is a little shorter--so am I! The yarn is Red Heart. The cables don't show as well in the variegated, but I liked the yarn better.
Monday, October 13, 2014
This idea came from a Quilting Arts TV episode in the 1300 series. It starts as a 9 patch that you slash both ways through the middle and rearrange.
At first I had it as a window pane setting then realized how much matching of seams would be involved. I think this is a better layout interest wise. I know 2 corner blocks are in the other direction but felt that contained the piece better.
It's 60 by 48 inches.
Friday, October 10, 2014
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Monday, October 6, 2014
Friday, October 3, 2014
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
The word for the Art Squared challenge this time was Icon which to me means a religious symbol. I searched the internet for inspiration and found a cross that was close to what I had in mind. They wanted $10 for me to download it! I picked up a piece of printer paper, folded it and cut my own cross.
It's foiled using copper colored foil and edged by machine with a metallic braid I had. Then it felt like the quilting should be in copper metallic thread. It's 17" square.
I learned a couple of things about foiling. Where the foil paper is folded in packaging, it doesn't foil well. A metallic pen can fill in empty spots.
Monday, September 29, 2014
One time I demonstrated how I put a Cabochon on fabric. I decided that the sample needed to be put into a piece, so I've been stitching and beading it. It's 6" square and now needs to become part of a wall hanging or maybe a purse. When the time is right, it will tell me.
Friday, September 26, 2014
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
This month I almost forgot to post the Bead Journal Project Button. The time goes so quickly.
I decided to use a flower I had beaded as the center of the button covered in fabric. I' not sure I like it, but it's a new direction to explore rather than my usual cabochon.
Monday, September 22, 2014
Friday, September 19, 2014
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Monday, September 15, 2014
Friday, September 12, 2014
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Monday, September 8, 2014
It hangs in the widow above my machine, so I can see it daily.
Friday, September 5, 2014
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Monday, September 1, 2014
Friday, August 29, 2014
At one time I saw a book that had the most interesting cover with bugs on it. I've taken it apart and put in my painted papers decorating them gradually to reflect the bug theme. I love bugs. They are so varied and often with the most unusual color schemes.
This page was done by using a bug stencil from Diane Erickson and put molding paste through it. When it was dry, I colored the bugs with a green Gelato-a new art tool for me to play with. They look like lipstick tubes and have yummy colors.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Monday, August 25, 2014
Friday, August 22, 2014
Quilters use a scrap of fabric to start sewing so nothing goes down the throat plate of the machine. I've been using the scraps that way starting with a 2" center and doing Log Cabin blocks. It's amazing how fast you end up with blocks. Each stack has at least a dozen blocks. The random piecing of the strips adds to the design. These just have the 1" then the 1 1/2" strips on them.
I love using up bits and pieces to come up with something but somehow the stack of strips never goes down.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Monday, August 18, 2014
Quilts, Inc. brought their quilt show to Portland, OR and added stitching and knitting. We had a good time looking at the exhibits and, of course, helping the economy by checking out the vendors. I bought this stamp set from the British company www.colouricious.com I get their email and have some of the DVD's they produce. It's fun to see how others do things. The hummingbirds are what I wanted, the rest a nice bonus. They are about 3" beak to tail.
The background is a charity quilt I'm working on.
Friday, August 15, 2014
The next in the series of pieces done with Japanese 14" wide fabrics from my collection is this one. It's about 36" by 24". I hand stitched around the print using threads I painted. The quilting is dense echo quilting by machine. I like letting the print determine where the lines should go.
The detail shows the quilting. The glow was in the print.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Monday, August 11, 2014
Friday, August 8, 2014
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
A friend and I were in Fabric Depot and found this wrap pattern. We decided to both knit it. The one front side has two slits in it to put the other side in and hold the wrap in place. It's a free Red Heart yarn pattern and was fun to knit.
I did learn to check things better. The pattern called for the solid yarn which has 330 meters to ball. The variegated has 215 meters, so I ended up buying more. The cables show but not in the distance. The other thing I learned was that the model on the pattern was tall; I am short, so it comes down much lower on me. A friend suggested I belt it. I've started another but will try making it shorter. It is very comfortable on and warm.
Monday, August 4, 2014
I was up all night with a sick puppy, so while he was outside, I sat near the open door and made these 3 cards.
The stars didn't show well enough until I outlined them with a gelly pen.
This used the torn paper strip that I made at Art and Soul years ago-never throw anything out!
The Big Shot die cutting machine was used for the flower and the stars on the other card. The paper had been put through the Xyron to get adhesive on the back before cutting. I am very glue challenged. It ends up everywhere but where I want it. I found that if the paper is lightweight, it is very hard to get the backing off and the image down nicely.
Friday, August 1, 2014
I'm enjoying the challenges with all the words I'd probably never think of.
Thanks to all who comment and read my blog. I seem to have trouble when I try to reply to them. The only way I can post now is to go to the Google Chrome site.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
I'm back to working on circle designs. I was inspired by a segment on Design Matters TV http://www.lindakemshall.com/
They cut through pages to reveal what was on the other pages. I decided to see what would happen with the circle cutout. I didn't try to line up things thinking that offsetting things would lead to other designs.
The cutout page needs things that work on both sides. Now I'm thinking that I need to embellish the cutout.
Monday, July 28, 2014
Making it was also a challenge. The library had a DVD on jewelry that I watched showing how to use memory wire. They made it look easy but warned not to use your regular wire cutter on it as it would nick them. That should have told me that making the loops at the end would be hard.
It was also the first time I used spacers to keep the two rings of beads apart and in place. You have to be sure the beads aren't too big and that they don't end up interfering with each other. It was a learning experience but I'll try it again but not for a while.
Here's the other side with the special beads from my Daughter-in-law.