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I love creating art. I love the Creator! And through that love, I find a little slice of heaven on earth and I give Him all the glory! It's a great adventure and I'm excited to see what's around the bend! Come join me, won't you?

Thursday, February 24, 2011

LET LOVE BE YOU GUIDE - Fabric Paper Art Quilt

Hmmm... yes, I'm really lovin' it... paper fabric or fabric paper... collage... or journal... whatever you'd like to call it... I'm LOVIN doin' it!


The basic muslin, tissue paper top has been created, painted, and "ironed into submission" - as I like to call it!  I will layer it with batting, a stabilizer, and backing fabric.

I may at that time, add my flower fusings... cutting some from prints, some with my sizzix machine. 


 

Then it time for stitching.  This little artsy collage quilt is done entirely in WHITE thread - a
 FIRST for me.  I'm usually gravitating towards lots of color, or at least a variegated thread many times will be my choice.  This white thread is a 40 weight KING TUT from Superior Threads.  LOVE Love LOVE it!








And some more white thread stitching around painted elements... And then a bit of copper-gold metal leaf... (below) This is the real stuff and it's flakey, but oh-so-very fabulous when it's finished!


Can you see the outline of the paper doilie?  I LOVE this texture!


See the clearish looking swirly spots on top of this picture to the right?  That's the glue from Jones Tones foil glue.  It's different from the gold leafing in the above pics; it's dimensional & slightly raised.  Or you can 'smear' it a bit... whatever strikes your FANCY!
 Here, (above picture) foil has been applied (although you may not see it very well); it's there!  I like the little dots especially!
And... "that's a WRAP!"  I mean, I've just wrapped the backing fabric to the top for a 'binding' -- being very liberal with that word!  You could also choose to cut it with a pinking shears on the edge, and brush those edges with paint (maybe next time!) or a zig zag stitch, or cording...or more.  Regardless,  it's simple.  No muss---no fuss.   Finished!  And I really... LOVE that!
Inspired by
Ephesians chapter 5, 
known as the "love & marriage chapter" of the Bible.  5:2 says "Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God."

Soli deo Gloria! Thank you Lord for sending us your Son, and for loving us first.

3 comments:

beth said...

It's beautiful. Thank you for walking us through the process. I have a question about that first step. fabric, tissue and paint. Can you explain that one a little bit more?

Leslie McNeil of MarveLes Art Studios said...

Beth! It would be my honor and pleasure to do just that! Thanks for asking! I am planning a post (hopefully for tomorrow - Friday) with more visual details on collaging this way. My biggest problem is that I forget to take pics when I first begin! I have lots to share, so I hope you'll check back! Thanks again.

Terri Stegmiller said...

Mmmm yum! I love how your posts are so full of eye candy. I, too,love King Tut thread. I don't have to much on hand as I'm trying really hard to use up what I already have. Did you know I wrote a book on paper quilting?

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