Saturday, February 04, 2023

Quilt-Art Exhibit

My exhibit at the local Public Library is underway and  getting at least some attention.  I am happy to report that I have sold one small piece of quilt art.  The piece "Hills and Fields" has been sold and delivered.  The photo of it, hanging on my wall is below. It is a bit lighter than it appears on my monitor.

Hills and Fields

This piece has both machine work and hand embroidery creating a colorful abstract image. 

I hope to have a video in coming days to give you a walk through of the exhibit. 

Until Next Time,  
Stay Creative 


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Friday, February 03, 2023

Friday Face Off

Welcome back for another fun Friday Face Off.  As always,  I am linking this to the Friday Face Off hosted by Nicole at  DVArtist  Clicking the link will take you to her blog.  It is great fun to see how various people interpret the challenge. 

Today I am pulling out another painting that should probably be in my exhibit, if there was room for her.  This is "Green-Eyed Serena" - one of my partial face paintings in watercolor. Years ago, I took a class with Janet Rogers on flowers and portraits. In the class, we saw one of her paintings that was a partial face.  I fell in love with the idea.  The class convinced her to give us a demo on painting one of these. At the end of the week, I went home and painted several, sometimes using photos of acquaintances as the basis for my partial face.  This one is just from my imagination. 


This watercolor is framed behind glass.  I tried to get a good photo with as little glare as possible. However the color came out a bit to the magenta/lavender side of things. 

Happy Friday to you all. 

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Wednesday, February 01, 2023

Baby Quilt Update

The baby quilt is coming along nicely.  Due to the sizes of the pieces of fabric I had in the colors I wanted, I had to make a design change.  Instead of half-square triangles in the corners, I  used more of the four-patch blocks.   The top only needs the borders added to be complete. Then it will be ready to layer and quilt. 

The thing that I decided to do on the applique blocks was to outline them with black just like I do on my face quilts. As there was no batting behind them,  each one was backed with a piece of tearaway/washaway embroidery stabilizer to make sure that the free-motion work didn't cause the fabric to pucker.  That worked really well. 

Here is a closeup of the Red Puppy and you can see how I outlined him.  You may also notice that I missed clipping a "jump thread" where I moved from the tail to the ear.  Just so you know, that has been clipped now. 


Even though the Sunbonnet Sue design was cheater cloth, I did all of the outlines on it also.  That makes it look more like the other applique pieces. 


I am having a great time making this baby quilt. 

Today I stopped by the library to take a quick look at my exhibit.  However, there was a couple there looking. So I introduced myself and offered to answer any questions they might have about my work. 
It was fun to discuss my quilts with them.  A bonus joy was finding out that the man knew my father. Although Dad is no longer with us, I still find people that remember him fondly.  
Yes, it really is a small world after all. 

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Monday, January 30, 2023

A New Bundle of Joy

Yes, one of my "adopted" family members has a new bundle of joy on the way.  I made a quilt for her big brother, and I decided to start on hers even though she isn't due for a few months.  Starting with Electric Quilt software,  I tried several ideas for the quilt.  Here is my current version of the quilt, although the colors are subject to change based on what is in my stash! 
Since I have been doing lots of fusible applique for the faces and other art quilts, I decided that I could certainly do some simple applique on a baby quilt. 
I didn't have all the exact things in EQ -so these are a rough approximation of the applique pieces. 

However,  I got going and have the applique pieces fused onto the background blocks.  It is also pieced together! 
First, I put the three hearts, cutting out one bit of the underneath one. The AccuQuilt die cuts three hearts so I decided to use them all - Why not? Right?
The bit that was cut away became the belly of the bluebird. So, that wasn't wasted. 
But then I keep fused scraps that are pretty small because sometimes a little is all you need. 

Next up are the Sunbonnet Sue and Sam.  These are an absolute CHEAT!  Yes, I had some cheater cloth with these on it. I can't imagine making an entire quilt with all of them the same.  I had the great idea of adding fusible behind two of them and fussy cutting them from the fabric. I think they came out great. Once the outline quilting on them is done they will look like I did all the work! Ha ha. 

The bottom row is done with the Puppy Dog die from AccuQuilt.  The red one was already cut and in my fused fabric bin.  I cut the purple one to be facing the opposite direction and gave it a red ear. 
I chose the dog motif because the family has a dog that protects "little man" as if he were her own puppy. I am sure she will do the same with "little miss" once she is crawling around. 

The rest of this will be just as easy with four patches and half-square triangles. I am seriously debating adding more applique perhaps in the four patches. I think some small hearts and stars would add a bit more pizazz to the quilt. What do you think? Should I add to it, or let the center be the star of the show?  


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