Saturday, October 30, 2010

let the beauty we love be what we do: Art Quilting Studio#links

let the beauty we love be what we do: Art Quilting Studio#links Can' wait for the new Art Quilting Studio!!! I love Somerset's publications and I wish the fiber-art pubs were more frequent. Until then.....I'm hanging on the edge waiting for new inspiration!


I'm working hard this weekend at finishing my series on the cornflower photos I took. Everything is coming together nicely and I'm so excited for the copper wire to make the art quilts pop! It's all handwork from here. Here's a taste:

The texture from this picture frame I found in NH is stunning and it's calling to me to incorporate somehow in a new piece. Maybe I ought to practice my drawing skills. I can see that design digitally, in a screen, in a transfer to fabric, all sorts of ways. We will see what becomes....

I can't wait for the new Art Quilting Studio to come out and it looks like Ruth Rae is searching for new work!!Yahoo! Check out Ruth Rae's blog here.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Creative Weekend

Wow! I've been doing lots in the studio this weekend (basically Saturday) and experimenting with reverse-applique and newspaper screen prints. Of course, I'm also working hard on my mixed media submission for CPS which I hope to have completed this week (I'm very excited!!!) I pounded a lot of copper wire yesterday for this project (thanks to a very generous donation by my BF!!)

After downloading two new Quilting Arts Workshops DVDs, Beryl Taylor's "Mixed Media Art Quilts and Kerr Grabowski's "Adventures in Surface Design", I was totally inspired to try the techniques. I experimented with a leaf design for the reverse-applique, which I'm not too thrilled with as I'm working through it. I will try another shape/design again and with only a few layers, but here is a pic of how far I did get.

I loved both workshop DVDs and I experimented with the newspaper cut screen-prints. THis first design worked out fine and then I ran into problems as soon as I flipped the newspaper over to incorporate the reverse print in my next run. The paint was drying way too fast and I had to scrape it off. You really have to move fast with this technique. Anyway, at least this one worked out great. I'm already thinking of how to develop this into an art quilt.

And last, but not least, a glimpse of the copper wire pounding results :)

Monday, October 18, 2010

Hub Bub: Quilt top Finished and a bit of business

Hub Bub: Quilt top Finished and a bit of business: "Last night I sewed the last two seams in my Big Quilt Project. Despite the hilarious wonkiness of the whole top, there is a great deal of sa..."

I love this post!!!!!!!

Sunday, October 10, 2010


I'm loving fall right now as the mornings get really cool and the sunny days reflect a blanket of cinnamon, amber, and gold all around us. I'm a little disappointed that the colors are not as vibrant as last year but we still have a lot of leaf turning to go.

After visiting Applecrest farms in Hampton Falls, NH yesterday, we stopped at a little antique shop. We had no intentions of buying anything but couldn't leave without this old picture frame that had a really unique embossed border around it. I plan on using that border to get some patterning onto fabric using the Shiva paintsticks. Who knows where else that design may end up????

I'm dedicated to finishing a trio of free-motion stitched flowers that I worked on last weekend to create a series to send off to Sew Somerset. Haven't heard anything back from QA yet and I'm hoping they like at least one project that I've submitted. We will see :)

Happy Fall!!
(me and Jim at Applecrest)

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Crochet Things

Wow!! I can't believe it has been a month since I have posted last. If I had any followers, they wouldn't tolerate that! hehehe I have been hard at work with the stolen hours I have working on submissions to Quilting Arts Magazine. I'm done for now and can't wait to get started on some pieces for submission to Sew Somerset. In the meantime, I'm hooked on crochet again. This seems to happen every now and then when I see a great project that draws me back in. I'm having fun with it and incorporating some of it into my quilted projects. I'll probably continue using edge trims and fine gauge yarns. I experimented with yo yo crocheting and that's fun too and works up really fast. I'll be working on some crochet gifts for the holidays during my lunch hours when I can. I plan on a reduced budget for xmas this year but I still want to give practical and beautiful things. Crochet is perfect for that.

Here's a snapshot of yo yo's and an edge I was practicing with :) Not half bad!!

I'm also saving a bunch of glass jars and bottles lately, not sure exactly why, but you never know what idea will pop up next. Happy October!!!