Monday, November 30, 2020

PASSWORD KEEPER

Are you drowning in passwords?  Little scraps of paper stuck here and there doesn't cut it anymore does it?  I discovered some snap-in buckles among my buttons stash and came up with this organizer.

I saved one for me and the rest will be added to my Woolworth Walk gallery space.  In this season of gift buying, please consider supporting small business, no matter where your small business is!


 

Saturday, November 28, 2020

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY REMINDER

 I can not tell you how true this is.......use the link here to visit my gallery shop....oh and consider shopping!!!


Tuesday, November 24, 2020

BEADING AGAIN

 Almost my entire career in the quilt world centered around sharing my love of embellishing through my books, magazine articles, lectures, & workshops.  Beading on fiber was my favorite subject.  

Yet, I rarely bead anymore....not because I stopped enjoying the process, but because my focus now is creating wall art to sell.  Sadly, (and I don't get it) beaded fiber work is a slow seller here.  

The yearning to bead continues, so a few days ago and I decided to add some dazzle to one of the composition book covers I sell....the results are below.  It's not quite as in your face, rather it's more subtle due to the close color scheme.







Saturday, November 21, 2020

WINDSWEPT

Quilt artists who create original work tend to agree that quilt designs  develop best when you 'listen' to the quilt.  It's a statement that sounds like new age mumbo jumbo.....however it's true.  I worked with this general design once before where the focus was koi fish.  It didn't work!  

In all my nearly 40 years creating original pieces, only twice have I given up.  One was actually a wearable art garment and the other a wall quilt that eventually got cut up in order for parts of it to be utilized in another quilt.  I'm very determined once I begin a piece.....happily I became immediate best friends with Windswept...... Hopefully someone else will too and give it a home.

                                      WINDSWEPT - 13.5" x 24.5"

                                            AVAILABLE HERE

Japanese fabrics, hand dyed cottons, eco-print linen, appliqued & hand embroidered with metallic thread, machine quilted, finished with faced edging, prepared for hanging.  **Free shipping for Christmas 2020

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Friday, November 20, 2020

WORTH THE EFFORT

 6 stitches forward, 4 back!! Metallic thread is challenging to hand stitch through several layers of fabric because it tends to shred off its core. The results can be worth the effort though.



Thursday, November 19, 2020

FALL COLOR DRIVE

Our car club had to postpone our Carolina Fall Color Drive recently due to bad weather.  Our new date was pretty much colorless, but not in good cheer.  Everyone was delighted to see masked friendly faces.

Our drives always include potty stops.....which can be challenging now since covid has closed so many locations.  Luckily the facilities at Caesars Head State Park were open and there was room for all 26 cars to park.
The views are incredible........


Beautiful blue skies, beautiful vehicles, weather was warmer than we expected and far more comfortable without the ever present mountain  winds.  We went on from there to a social distance picnic lunch at Table Rock State Park.  I totally neglected to take pictures.....but won't forget the wonderful day!

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

OLD TRICK TO MARK DARK FABRICS

  I’m using a Hera marker to create lines on this dark fabric that will be hand stitched with metallic thread. This will avoid visible pencil marks showing.



Sunday, November 15, 2020

THE BEAUTY OF CRABTREE VALLEY

We live in a lovely rural mountain valley in Western North Carolina........45 mins. West of Asheville & 24 miles East from the Tennessee border.  The scenery never disappoints.  These photos were taken off our covered porch.

About 7:15 AM - Looking North East

                  View looking South - down Crabtree Valley - 5:30 PM
Look how green the grass remains in mid. November...no wonder we moved here!

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

COLORFUL BABY QUILT

After over-taxing my brain on my last project, I've cut polka dot squares & I'll do some mindless patchwork stitching. It's the start of a baby quilt that will feature motifs with the baby's name and birthdate will be added after the big day arrives.



Monday, November 9, 2020

NEW WORK - "RARE FIND"

Most car collectors dream of finding that rare car in a barn, old garage, or abandoned outdoors. This is a project that has eluded me twice before, but now finally conquered. 

RARE FIND - 17" X 12"
Hand ice-dyed & rusted cotton sateen, batik cottons, microwave dyed cottons, hand & machine appliqu├ęd, hand embroidered, machine quilted.
Piece is finished with a facing and fabric backing, prepared for hanging or have it framed in a shadow box for display.

Sunday, November 8, 2020

BEAUTY X 3

Beautful fall day, beautiful scenery, and beautiful vehicles....... 


Photo courtesy of Jim Moore

Thursday, November 5, 2020

STITCHED LETTERING

The line under the lettering gives the impression it was stitched using a machine program, it wasn't.  It's the appearance of an authentic Porsche badge.  The thread color didn't work quite as I hoped but by adding an additional motif it all worked....     Almost ready to reveal the entire  piece.


Monday, November 2, 2020

WISH I'D THOUGHT OF THIS SOONER

 When creating one-of-a-kind art quilts, it's not uncommon to find yourself wishing you'd have thought of this or that detail sooner. It took awhile come up with a solution for this problem.

I belatedly decided to add lettering onto one of the major design motifs.  Sure, there's lots of methods to do that prior to securing the piece onto the quilt.  But once the design is in place, choices are limited and proceeding with caution to avoid running the entire piece is prudent.

After dismissing several approaches, I dug out a plastic stencil and traced the word onto fabric to test size and font acceptability.  Next, I considered using the stencil directly onto the motif and tracing with a black permanent pen but the potential for a mistake was too great.
Instead I used tracing paper & scrap fabric to practice a varity of stitching methods to transfer the lettering by hand and machine.

Finally, with some trepidation, paper was taped to the motif and the letters were stitched by machine.  Did this work?  Not exactly but the issue was resolved.

If you've been following my blog, you'll probably now recognize the reason why tires are also one of the design motifs.  Stay tuned, won't you?