Celebrate Joyes

Friday, 3. July 2015 6:31 | Author:

Celebrate joys (8” x 10”)

A holiday weekend is always something to celebrate. Enjoy the weather, share smiles and maybe have a s’more.

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Thursday, 2. July 2015 6:31 | Author:

Long days and nights – stitching, creating, making.

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Hello Play Smile

Wednesday, 1. July 2015 6:31 | Author:

Tiny quilts make from selvedge strips fused to the batting and lightly stitched in place.
Girls are doodle stitched – I love drawing with thread.
Color is added with pigment pens.

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Hi Hello

Tuesday, 30. June 2015 6:55 | Author:

Hi! (tiny thread drawings on polyester felt I found up in magical floral/garden shop in Belgium last year)
Sometimes life throws curve balls and I need time to reflect, time to get lost in a few good books or dive into week long stretches of making for upcoming deadlines. I’m still around – focused on a big to-do list and soaking up summer. The amazing weather here makes me want to spend most of my free time outside – biking, walking or just driving to see a great view.
Hope you are enjoying a great summer filled with adventure and joy.

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Find Your Glad

Monday, 22. June 2015 16:07 | Author:

This is one of the glad message quilts in Sew Somerset. I don’t often keep tiny scraps, but sometimes I have to fuse them to batting and create a background.
This piece reminds me to find my glad – the thing that lights me up and makes my heart sing.

Sewing, stitching, creating, talking about and teaching art makes my heart sing.

What is your glad?

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Mixed Media Fun

Tuesday, 16. June 2015 7:40 | Author:

In January I showed the backs of these pieces that were recently published in Sew Somerset magazine. I like combining wood with stitching – it feels so warm and homey.
Washi tape makes a fun and quick background since many layers can be applied without needing time to dry.
The decorative stitches on a sewing machine can sew over wood veneer – just go slow.
The stripes in this piece had me picturing a girl walking along the beach.
Adding sparkly yarn over and under the wood was such fun.
And who wouldn’t want a green velvet skirt with a sequin belt?

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Finishing Felt Based Quilts

Friday, 12. June 2015 6:41 | Author:

The backs of some pieces are just so pretty and felt is great for doodling with thread. After stitching and coloring the girls on Play, Make More Fun, Remember and Bloom. I was momentarily stumped as to how to finish these pieces. Using bias tapes didn’t seem like it would provide the right weight for the hanger.

My friend suggested using facing and it clicked for me to use strips of felt for the facing. Instead of hand sewing the felt to the back of the piece, I applied fusible webbing to the felt before cutting it to size and fused the felt facing strips in place after sewing them on. I stitching once around the edge of each quilt as I applied the hanger that I had bent from floral wire.

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Thursday, 11. June 2015 6:45 | Author:

After finishing the remember piece, I took the doodling a step further and stitched leaves on this girl’s face after stitching ‘bloom’ across the face.
The background uses two different fabrics, both with butterflies, one with additional text elements. I colored the hair, leaves and shirt with pigment pens.
Bloom (8.5” x 13”)
I really like this piece even with the muted/mottled fabrics as the background, but I want to try this again with lighter/whiter fabrics as the background. I think the lighter/whiter fabrics will convey the happiness of this piece better.

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Wednesday, 10. June 2015 6:15 | Author:

I saw this fabric at a local quilt shop and my first thought went to painting it. I found it shortly after watching Lidija’s STITCHED 2015 class ‘Stitching Doodles’.
Thinking we were moving within a week, I had packed away my paints, but wanted to create. With this fabric, felt, pigment pens and my sewing machine, I set about to make something inspired by Lidija.
I laid the fabric on the felt and began stitching the girl. Once finished, I added color with the pigment pens. The fabric puckered and pulled since I hadn’t fixed it to the felt before stitching, but I was inspired to keep stitching and make it work.
Remember (9” x 10”)
Speaking of STITCHED 2015 – a needle tatting class was just added. I am so excited to try this. If you are interested in Lidija’s class, needle tatting or any of the other great stitching related classes, join STITCHED 2015. I love learning new skills and techniques.

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New Low Volume Text Prints

Tuesday, 9. June 2015 5:43 | Author:

I originally designed my text prints to go with my art quilts so I wanted creamy and tan color, but I’ve noticed that my black and white prints are popular. So I converted 4 of my cream and tan text prints to have a white background with either black or dark brown text.

Here you can see my original text prints and the new versions. Both version are available in my Etsy shop. I look forward to using these new low volume text prints in quilts for warmth or more traditional wall quilts.

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