Friday, October 28, 2016

Pup art

I was inspired by the work of Helene Knott - go here to see some of her patterns - soooo cute!

I wanted to try a cartoonish looking dog and not having the drawing talent of Helene I found a public domain copyright free to use drawing online and went from there.

The attitude of this little guy reminds me of my crazy little dog Zu so made my pup with her coloring.


Looking at her now, I think the area under the ears needs to be darker. I'll just shade that area a bit.

And maybe a dog tag attached to her collar?


Won't she look cool sitting atop a bookshelf?

Ready to pounce in case a squirrel or rabbit decides to invade my home


Friday, October 21, 2016

Goddess tears FMQ

I've been practicing Leah Day's FMQ design called goddess tears. It's McTavishing with a teardrop.

Another experiment here is using polar fleece as batting. As you can see it has enough nap to give a pretty good texture. The thin cotton batting I usually use doesn't have any more thickness than the fleece although the fleece has a closer tighter weave.


So far the only drawback is that I used a bright green with red stripes (something I would never wear) and the red shows through on the back which is a light color.

Go here to watch Leah show how to do this design. You will love it .


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

good morning glory!

Alida over at tweety loves quilting is having a blog hop this week where each blogger takes inspiration from some other work of art. It can be painting, sculpture, writing - whatever inspires or is admired. Go to her blog here for a list of all the other blogs and check them out. All so unique and oh so cool! Here is mine :

Good Morning Glory! 

My inspiration or "muse" is the fabulous Georgia O'Keeffe who among other styles is famous for her flower paintings that some say are ....... um, well let's say sexual in nature. She never  acknowledged this but then paintings are best left to the eye of the beholder and if said beholder sees vaginas and penises then that's up to them. I didn't try to recreate the suggestion of vaginas and penises though since obsessing over trying to make my flower sexual would probablly make me a little crazy so I went for the  close up factor and the lines of her work.

 Liking the white flowers she painted, a photo was taken of a morning glory in my backyard, then I cropped it to where there is just the white flower itself in close up.

  After tracing the lines from the printed out photo, reversing it and making my "map" I drew on freezer paper and made the flowing lines of the flower using as many shades of white that I could find.

I then colored in the yellowish part but decided that the yellow was to yellow and that white gray that was supposed to be shadow was to gray. But it was alread in there and I couldn't take it out so what to do?

Why just color over it of course!

white pastel oil crayons were used to lighten up both the yellow and the gray.

I wanted the stamens to stand out more so tried some pearl fabric paint - ok but a bit to shiny for my taste.

Also in the yellow part i shoose a light colored dull yellow and quilted close lines - that toned it down alot and made the stamens show up more.
You can see the difference here after whitening up the gray.

So don't forget to check out the talented quilters making art from fabric - you can click on the button on the top right of the sidebar to take you to the list.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Lotus bud



pattern/tutorial found in my Craftsy shop here or on Etsy here

The lotus has been a symbol of purity since before the time of the Buddha, and it blooms profusely in Buddhist art and literature. Its roots are in muddy water, but the lotus flower rises above the mud to bloom, clean and fragrant.

Had this background in my stash for years and finally found the right place for it.


This one I didn't quilt inside the bud except the bottom petals for a different look. Used sew batik's nuance line of gradient batiks in pink. Gives you all the values needed in one fabric.


This goes together pretty quick, using both freezer paper and fusible web.


We are in peak fall foliage here in Vermont and this is my backyard tree. Beautiful but I hate to see them all fall off leaving bare branches. Oh, well - such is the change of the seasons marking time.

Go outside today for a walk and enjoy the fall for winter will be here before you know it!

Next week I will be posting on Tuesday which is my day for the art on fabric blog hop - see the button on the right sidebar. I'm doing something Georgia O'keeffe like and am looking forward to seeing what the other bloggers are doing. Check it out on Tuesday!