Inbetween art quilt projects, I find it satisfying to create notebook covers. These minis are an excellent way to utilize small, but precious, bits of special fabrics.
Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Tuesday, June 29, 2021
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Monday, June 28, 2021
BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN BREEZE
Sunday, June 27, 2021
Okay.....perhaps I shouldn't be such a tease.....here's a sneak peak at what's coming......piece still in progress.
Saturday, June 26, 2021
HAND WORK ALWAYS SLOWS THE PROGRESS DOWN
Nope, it doesn't look like much from this view.....however I've actually been working on this new piece exclusively for about a week. Hand appliqué & now the addition of hand embroidery has to be approached with patience......it just takes time.More to see real soon.......
Wednesday, June 23, 2021
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After more than a year meeting fiber friends in person...we are trying to make up for lost time. Several pals who belong to our Mountain Art Quilters Group gathered for a day of gelli printing.
Some were super productive, others took more time being thoughtful about their images.
I purposely stayed with a few select colors, mostly greens as seen above and below. Can't wait to see what they will inspire.
The time is now....grab some of your fiber buddies and make your own play date!
Tuesday, June 22, 2021
THE QUICK BROWN FOX.........
AND.....perhaps if you recognize the title of this piece, you will also know what the motifs represent.
Monday, June 21, 2021
ADDING MOTIFS & ASSEMBLING
Appliqué begins using my documented machine settings. Each one is edged stitched to keep them flat just inside and outside the zig-zag stitching.
I'm a fan of pulling ALL threads to the wrong side and tying off. Lightweight stabilize was then removed.
Finally, the back cover of the frame is secured and another label added.
Sunday, June 20, 2021
NEXT A BACKGROUND IS CONSTRUCTED
The color is actually ivory but I wasn't able to get the camera to believe it! It consists of small patches of varying sizes.
After only a few, I decided I didn't like it.....so out can the seam ripper.
Saturday, June 19, 2021
TRY TRY AGAIN!
The process of creating what I thought would be a straightforward project has expanded. So, rather than one long post, I decided to break it up into several which follows my previous intro post of this newest piece.
After the disappointment of not being able to get a useable print of the desired motifs on fabric....I began again.
.......to trace in the REVERSE onto the paper side of Wonder-under that had been fused to a light colored batik. TIP - trace on the bias of the fabric to reduce frayed edges. Each small piece would then be cut out and fused to a black circle.
Before proceeding with the step above, first I wanted to experiment to determine the color, size, density of the edge stitch I'd use to attach the back circles to the body of the quilt. Once satisfied with the results, they were documented along with the stabilizer I used. It was retained for when I was ready for that step.
Are you getting any ideas of what these images will be???
Friday, June 18, 2021
2 DAYS DOWN
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So....what have I been doing lately? Well...... 2 days, 2 FULL dedicated days and a couple of hours today working on a new small art quilt. I've been documenting the steps along the way to give readers an idea of just how long and involved creating one's own original art can take. I'll publish them when the piece if complete.
However, this is an example of time that ended up not well spent! I wanted to print some black circles with white lettering onto fabric. Hair tearing time.....no matter what I did, I got these mystery white lines. At first I thought my printer needed cleaning, which I did with no positive results. However, when I printed it using my laser printer the lines didn't appear. For some reason the ink jet printer (both 'the husband's & mine picked up these lines.
I assume the lines came from the text box that was embedded onto the circle. I even scanned a correct copy printed from my laser printer into my computer and then printed it on the ink jet.....no lines were visible then, but the black was very pale and the white was muddy.
I gave up on that approach and am now well on my way creating them another way.....stay tuned.....
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
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Monday, June 14, 2021
Saturday, June 12, 2021
It's been marathon sewing here the last two weeks. I'm fortunate to have a venue to exhibit my work that enables me to display both large and small works.
The quilting (which is not shown here - diagonal double lines with metallic thread) is in progress on this 61" sq. piece. I expect the art quilt to be available next week. I'm kinda ignoring everything else as I'm excited to complete it.
Wednesday, June 9, 2021
OUR SMOKY MOUNTAINS
You know when I throw one of these nature scene photos in my blog....it means I'm headlong into a project and not spending much time on anything else! This photo was snapped during our early morning 'forced march'.....as you can see it's just getting light.The phenomenon of what appears to be smoke rising from the forested mountains is what gave our area to be named the Smoky Mountains. It's actually fog that is created by the vegetation.
Tuesday, June 8, 2021
BUILDING A NEW QUILT
Hooray for the visitors coming to Asheville, visiting Woolworth Walk and taking home my work!!
Monday, June 7, 2021
SAND HILL ARTISTS EXHIBIT
I'm delighted to be included in the Sand Hill Artists Anniversary Exhibit. As far as I can tell, I'm the only fiber artist so it's an opportunity to display my work along with painters, photographers, wood carvers, etc.
If you are in the Asheville area, consider attending this free event....details below.
Sunday, June 6, 2021
SUMMER IN UPPER CRABTREE
Pausing from fiber posts just for today.....a look at our late circa 1800 log cabin that was found in TN by Appalachian Hardwood Company. We had a local craftsman reassemble it on our property in 2006. We (or should I say 'the husband') uses it as a garden shed.
It's summer in Upper Crabtree, a high mountain valley about 45 West of Asheville, NC.
Saturday, June 5, 2021
CAN'T LEAVE WELL ENOUGH ALONE
My previous post showed 4 new wet felted vessels......two were kinda plain Jane's. Of course they were lovely as is....but the embellishment itch that will probably remain with me forever had to be scratched.
Friday, June 4, 2021
This is what I do between creating art quilts.....small items help cover the cost of having a gallery space...and those purchases I'm just as grateful for as the big ones....well....almost!