Monday, February 8, 2016


Every year I make valentine postcards for some of the young people in my life and this year is no different, although this year I think they were easier than normal and I forgot to take process photos. When I started thinking about what to do, my first thought was of sitting with my youngest Grand daughter and cutting out various sizes of hearts. So thats exactly what I did, I put misty fuse on the back of a red fabric scrap and started cutting out hearts.
They were fused, stitched and will be on the way to the post office later this afternoon.

The Weekly Leaf

Back in the summer of 2012 I wrote an article for Quilting Arts magazines Dec 12/Jan 13 issue on deconstructive screen printing with masks. Then in the spring of 2013 I presented the same thing for Quilting Arts TV season 1200. I made several samples and used the most successful ones in with the article and on the show. One of the less successful ones has been hanging out in my sewing studio's pile of fabrics that I don't know what to do with. I pulled it out and ironed it.

As you can see I only dyed half the background, I think I may have run out of the thickened dye I was using. Using my 6" viewfinder I picked out a section.

Ripped out the piece.
And got ready to stitch.

Week #6

Daily Stitching Updates

Gelli Prints #33-#39

Sari Ribbon #326-#332

Monday, February 1, 2016

Using up scraps

I've been on a path of using up what I have and I have lots of fabric to use. I pulled out some fabric scraps around Christmas and started piecing them together and ended up with three quilt tops, this weekend I quilted them. They will be used as donation quilts, last year I donated fifteen quilts, so I've got a good start on this year. This is what they look like.

The Weekly Leaf
This week I used paintstiks brushed off of a mask onto hand dyed red fabric.

Then added lots of stitching in the parts with the paintstik color.

Week #5

Daily Stitching updates

Sari Ribbon  #319-#325

Gelli Prints #26-#32

Linked to "Off the Wall Friday"

Monday, January 25, 2016

SAQA Spotlight Auction

I will not be going to the SAQA Conference this year but I've sent in a piece for the Spotlight Auction. I really enjoyed participating last year, although the prices went up beyond my budget. The piece I've sent in for this year was a sample I did before last weeks tea bag leaf. For this one the leaf was free motion machine stitched and the background hand stitched. When I read the size requirements for the submission I found that it was the perfect size.

I added the felt back because it needed to be 6"x8". Since it will be matted for the auction, the felt will not show.

The Weekly Leaf
This week I pulled out one of my pressed leaves (I have a box full)placed it on my fabric and traced around it.
Then added lots of stitches.

Week #4

Daily Stitching updates

Gelli prints #19-#25

Sari Ribbon #312-#318

I've also printed quite a few black circles onto white fabric squares, 9" and 6", then cut them into 3" squares. So far I'm a bit discouraged with my results of rearranging them, but it's helping me realize just what I do have to print to get similar results to the small piece I showed last week. Of course those pieces had been printed and cut up several years ago and where much smaller, so trying to recreate them has been a challenge.

Linked to "Off the Wall Friday"

Monday, January 18, 2016

Playing with black and white and tea bags

I got good news this week, I have a quilt accepted into Artist as Quiltmaker XVII.
White on Black #3
78" x84"
It is one of my favorites and there wasn't room for it in my show in Covallis, so I'm happy it's getting out in the world.

I've been thinking of doing more black and white pieces so this week I played a bit with some small pieces. I had a baggy full of 1.5"squares that where cut up from larger squares of black circles on white. I did these several years ago and then never used them. There was fusible on the backs of all of them so I laid the squares onto a piece of 8"x10"batting and fused them down. Then quilted it.

I like how it came out and am thinking about how to do something of the same idea, but much larger.

The Weekly Leaf
This week I played with some of the tea bag papers I've been saving. I drew some leaves on the paper with a brown ultra fine sharpie.

Colored the leaves with a Derwent Inktense pencil.

Then used a water brush to go over the pencil.

The tea bag was then fused to my fabric with misty fuse. I did turn it over when I fused it so the leaves where curving in the other direction.

Week #3

Daily stitching updates

Gelli Prints #12-#18

Sari Ribbon #305-#311