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 πŸ˜‰

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.'  

Friday, July 27, 2018

Red winged blackbird in progress

Picking out all the fabrics (my favorite part) I’ve got a good collection of black and grey batiks

Getting fused together on parchment paper

Background quilted

Next week he should be perched and singing in the dead of night, taking these broken hearts and learning to fly 🎼🎼🎼🎼 and now you are only waiting for this moment to arrive - 😍

Friday, July 20, 2018

Raven art quilt

I finished the raven this week. I like how he came out.
Been watching a lot of quilting arts tv lately. We don’t get in our area so I recently found out if you subscribe to the quilting company you can watch it online. Well worth the 8 bucks a month in my opinion.

That’s where this feather came from ( one of the episodes)

I also gave up on the 100 day project. Got sick of the leaf prints after 27 days and the other people in the group were fizzling out also so I suggested we change to a daily creative post. Do something creative every day be it sewing, drawing, inspirational thinking and post it every day. Only a couple of us are actually posting every day and most have dropped out of participation it I’m still doing it and have made a couple of “cyber quilting friends there”. There are still a couple people doing the 100 day project although not every day but that’s ok as long as people are creating stuff that’s important. 
Anyway it’s quilters daily creative post on Facebook - join us! 

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Raindrops on roses

 I’m learning how to paint raindrops. First a rose. This is with the paint wet.

And after drying with raindrops ( that look more like bubbles) but still pretty cool. The rose itself lost a lot after drying though. I tried adding more paint and screwed up the corner.
 Here is the first raindrop I made. Looks like a marble

 Second try, now these look more raindrop like. I think raindrops need to be irregular while bubbles would be perfectly round. So much fun to make  and gratifying. Something different. If you want to try just google how to draw a raindrop. You tube will show you how and it really is pretty easy. You can do it!

Friday, July 6, 2018

Notebook cover

Pretty in pink

Pink is not a color I use much but it looks good with the white and beige.

Love how this quilting turned out

Friday, June 29, 2018

Daily leaf continues

Tried making shadows on my leaves. Not great but not bad either

And finished a composition notebook cover. This I love how it came out. I know I keep saying how much I enjoy making book covers but it is so gratifying and each one is different. Plus relatively quick. 

I’m preparing myself for the 100 degree heat wave that’s coming. Not looking forward to it at all. No outside activity so the only good thing is that I will have more time to sew since there won’t be any dog walks for a week. 😩🐢

Friday, June 22, 2018

100 days project week 2

Color this week. I’m learning you need a high contrast between fabric and paint also the paint needs to be put on thinly and the first print is like that first pancake - you need that test one for the rest to be good πŸ˜€

Friday, June 15, 2018

100 days project for quilters

My daily leaf print project is underway. Here is week one. I think I will do a different color theme each week. It’s quite fun and I’m enjoying the interaction with others doing the same 100 days on Facebook. One is doing a surface design each day, one free motion quilting a design a day out of a couple of adult coloring books, a couple people are improv piecing a block a day. A few are simply taking time each day to work on a project and showing the progress. 

I’m also learning from them. One person blew my mind when she said she changes thread a lot on her sit down long arm (of which I have and threading the sucker can be a pain). She cuts the thread on the old spool near the spool itself and leaves the rest of the thread still on the machine. Then puts on a new spool, ties the old thread to the new and just pulls it through. Now why didn’t I think of that! Brilliant! You really should join our group, if only to see what people are doing.

I’m also starting a Raven. Here is all the feathers in the nest.

And another in the cutting stage.

What are you up to this week?

Friday, June 8, 2018

A quiet moment between friend

I revisited a pattern that I made a few years ago. It’s one of my favorites so thought I would make another one.
My friend Glen just found out her beloved dog Chloe passed away when she was in Europe on vacation. This one is dedicated to you Chloe 😞

I especially like the moon quilting on this. 

In other news I am going to do a 100 day project, ever heard of it? You lick something creative and do it every day for 100 days. At the end you are either completely bonkers or you have 100 of something and hopefully have learned something along the way. If nothing else you learn commitment and discipline. And I can sure use that. I can’t guarantee I will make it to 100 days but I’m going to give it a go! I have formed a Facebook group called 100 Days project for quilters in the hopes that if I lost my every day project it will keep me accountable. I have always been in love with Linda McLaughlins weekly leaf projects so am going to do am”daily leaf”. Linda stitches hers and they are wonderful but I will do a combination of printing, painting, free motion and maybe applique. Not sure what form each day will take but it will be a different leaf every day.

Wanna join us? There are like 20 people in the group so far. You can start whenever you want, the only rule is that you be kind. 
Check it out here

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Jackson Pollack on fabric

 This is day one of the Art with Fabric Blog hop where you make a quilt inspired by any artist and I decided to do Jackson Pollack

this is a Jackson Pollack painting that sold for 140 million dollars 
this is my pollack style fabric art that will not sell for 140 million dollars
mine was inspired my this pollack that hangs in the Met.

I'm sure you all have seen his paintings as he is one of the most famous of the modern artists from the 1940's era when modern art was in it's early stages.
I've always been one of those cynics that didn't understand this type of art but I am now "getting it"
What changed my narrow minded old fashioned stick in the mud ways?
this book 
It is historical fiction set in the 1940's and is a must read for anyone that loves art or just loves a good read - I listened on audio book and it was really good 
So after watching a you tube video or 2 on how to paint like Pollack
 (what did  we do before you tube) 

I took some fabric that I had rust dyed to start with
 then I took some regular house paint - that's what Jackson used
(we are on a first name basis now that I am painting like him) (grin)
and I dribbled

 then I flung and spattered
 and dribbled some more only bigger and with more passion!
 finally after much dribbling, flinging, passion (and a few glasses of wine) - I ended up with this masterpiece - not bad!

If I were to do this again I wouldn't quilt it. I had no idea how to quilt this and just haphazardly went about it and frankly made it look worse. 
All in all it was really fun.

please be sure to check out the other bloggers posting today for the art with fabric blog hop- click here for a list of who and for clickable links to their blogs each day all week. It's really interesting to see what people do - such a wide variety of talent.