Friday, October 12, 2018

Blue heron quilt

 I’m not thrilled about how he came out but it was really fun experimenting with the hairy fabric for his body. Where I went wrong is the pattern honestly. I cropped a photo and now see it would have been better either left whole of cropped higher up showing less body. It just seems not in proportion somehow. Oh well, live and learn. Anyway here are some pics of making him.


 But first a closeup.


 The pattern made from a photo I got online from a free to use public domain site

 polyester fabric that was whith with long hair like stuff that I painted with a thinned out paint. Here it’s wet

 Here it’s dry - pretty light but different shades which is how a heron is colored. So perfect!

 Laying out the pieces after fusible has been applied and paper removed. See thru white fabric over the pattern for a base.

 Quilting the moon!

 Beak before shading

 After

 Originally the part around the eye was that lighter color. That was cut out of fabric but I thought it looked to much like a mask once it was on there. To small so I took a blue sharpie and colored in to make it bigger. But then it was to light.

 Nothing some light blue thread can’t fix.

To me my favorite part of art quilting (well next to picking out the fabrics, and maybe the free motion part) is getting into a corner - a mistake or a how can I do that? And figuring out how to fix it or do it. It’s like a puzzle. 

What’s your favorite part of quilting?



Friday, September 21, 2018

Dragon fly


Finally something finished to show you! 

I used shiny poly fabrics which were fine to work with but wanted to try zig zag free motion and boy my janome did not like that! The thread kept shredding. I tried different needles, different threads, tension - you name it. Finally using a 90/14 embroidery needle seemed to work the best. One of the things I tried was putting the feed dogs down (which I don’t normally do for free motion and never had any issues) but I thought I would try it and the janome 6600 that I have wouldn’t let me put the feed dogs down while doing the zig zag. It kept telling me I had the darning foot on and how dare you zig zag with your darning foot on! 

Has anyone else done free motion zig zag with feed dogs down with a janome? 

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Angular quilting


I usually do curves and swirls so this maze design I saw on you tube took some practice. I’m quilting a black background so you can’t see all the “learning “ that happened. The texture is great though. 

The short video is here in case you want to try



These are the fabrics I got to go in the background. The pink is the same pattern as the yellow with the circles but it reads solid. I’ll have to fix that. Maybe take a green sharpie and go over the circles. I do like the colors together so want to keep the pink. 
Stay tuned next week and I’ll show what this is gonna be! 

Friday, August 24, 2018

Jeans upcycle


I’ve been hoarding collecting jeans for awhile and haven’t used them until now. 

Yes, another journal cover - this is the last one for awhile. (Maybe) ☺️(sheepish grin)

The inside flaps are from the flannel shirt front

How cool is that! 
 Also made a collar for zu zu. I found the buckle on Etsy that can be personalized and used her old collar for a pattern. Here’s a tip the woman at the pet food store told me - dab some clear nail polish on the engraving and it won’t wear off. 



I don’t wear nail polish but had some polycyclic which is just as good . 

Have you made upcycled stuff?  What do you make?
I keep wanting to do more of it but then my beautiful batiks call “use me! Use me! “

Friday, August 17, 2018

This week

What did I do this week. Well I priced and tagged all the stuff I have made for the fair which takes a lot of time.

I also finished this

And rust dyed this

And this

And still had time to order some fabric online (or maybe that was last week)


Anyway I received it today. That’s the thing about ordering online you kind of forget about it and then get a lovely present in the mail. 
Have a great week!

Friday, August 10, 2018

Simplicity/ Solitude/Serenity


I had a little landscape but seemed rather “potholder like” so on a canvas it goes. Couldn’t find my glue gun so used this stuff I had in my hardware tool kit left from putting baseboards in my kitchen. Seems to work ok.

Of course not a perfect fit - need to put something on the bottom so it looks like I planned that empty space.

Printed words on paper and covered it with clear tape to protect. Don’t like the looks of the shells though 

Darker and more shells? A little yarn? Better but still not right

More yarn and small driftwood pieces found on the beach. - yes! Simplicity found in solitude causes the serenity of a finished art quilt 😉

Friday, August 3, 2018

Black bird singing in the dead of night


Finished! I love a good moon, don’t you?

Did you know that Paul McCartney wasn’t writing about a bird? Here is part of an interview with him about the song

'I had in mind a black woman, rather than a bird. Those were the days of the civil rights movement, which all of us cared passionately about, so this was really a song from me to a black woman, experiencing these problems in the States: “Let me encourage you to keep trying, to keep your faith; there is hope.”

As is often the case with my things, a veiling took place, so rather than saying, “Black woman living in Little Rock” and be very specific, she became a bird, became symbolic, so you could apply it to your particular problem.'