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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?
Showing posts with label angelina. Show all posts
Showing posts with label angelina. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Artsy Summer Flower ~

You may remember my post featuring this quilted flower, (see here), which was screen printed using Margaret Applin's thermofax screens
Once printed, I heat-set it, and then with right sides together, faced it with batting, and another layer of fabric.  I stitched around the perimeter,  in the shape of the flower, (leaving an opening), trimmed my seams and corners, turned it right side out, and pressed it.  I free motion quilted it prior to attaching it to the quilt top. It was quilted with variegated thread, and then black thread, which was King Tut from Superior Threads.
I used a Crafters Workshop Stencil that had 'random-like' words on it, and used a couple different colors of acrylic paints, and added this to the background fabric.  Heat-set to cure.
I added some bobbin quilting, angelina, and other little trimmings of fabric for grass, toward the bottom of this piece, using my wavy rotary cutter.

Free motion quilting... simple, 'free' and a few flowers here and there...
 I wanted to add something to the sides, a bit on the 'wonky' or uneven look... adding color and texture, but not to take away from the main attraction of the screen-printed flower.  I decided to take leftover snow-dyed fabric (from Chris Daly~ love love her snow dyes!), and fold narrow little strips, which were attached with a straight stitch, and the backing was then just folded over and stitched down. It's definitely wonky.  And I like it!
Also, forgot to mention that I added a few more screen prints at the bottom of the background fabric. Love that pattern. 

Just for fun.

Because I can!

EnJOY~Soli Deo Gloria!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Summer SHIMMER - completed!

This is what I began with.  My first piece of shibori-styled, hand-dyed fabric, made in the glorious summer-hot days!
 These are the threads I chose to create Summer Shimmer:  YLI threads in three styles: Candlelight, Pearl Crown Rayon, and Designer 6, all wonderful textures of thick threads from YLI.  I also used GLITTER and Rainbows tri-lobal polyester from Superior Threads.
And I also chose a bit of Angelina fibers and Textiva film in golden tones for a reflective feel, which makes me think of the fun of a pool with a bunch of kids laughing, jumping around and splashing! See posts here and  here.

I cut it into long, curvy pieces, and placed them where I wanted them on my quilt top, before I began quilting.  (It's really alot easier that way!)  I added additional angelina fibers, too. 
 The picture above was when I hung the piece in my dining room to evaluate.  Hmmm... I'm likin' it ... still - it needs 'something more.' Back to the machine! Add the GLITTER thread in a darker, turquoise blue.  Binding is already on it, too, at this point.  But I knew that I could still add thread play without any buckling or warping... so I DID.  Can you see the difference in the picture below?  A matter of personal preference... but I did some MORE!
The next picture is without the Glitter thread... 
And then... after adding a bit more of the Glitter thread.

I think I'm on the right track - it fits in with the summertime images I had as my inspiration when I began with the piece.  
Sometimes.. it just takes a few days for me to figure it out... and not being in a hurry is a big advantage.  Getting it "just right" --- like "The Three Bears" children's story with the beds...chairs, and porridge. 
And I think this piece is just right now!
I found that after playing with it on the wall, I really liked the versatility of it hanging either vertically or horizontally.  My favorite is the horizontal, which evokes childhood memories of playing at the pool, laughing, screaming, splashing, taking swimming lessons... the beautiful cool, aqua blue water, and then later in the afternoons... the heat waves from the hot prairie sun as we dried off! The pool was very much a sanctuary for myself, my brothers and sister, and some peace of mind for my Mom.  She saved to buy our family season passes, and made sure we knew how to swim.  As a single mom, at least for those few summer months, she knew we were well occupied, having fun, and safe at the pool.
I think the Glitter added that 'fine bit of detail and movement that really appeals to me, personally.  There is a point in free motion quilting, when you may be a bit disappointed with your threadplay, and think it's not going as well as you'd hoped.   That is exactly where you should be, as you progress in getting to know more in the quilting process.  You will find with your stitching, when more is needed, and when it's time to stop! It's really a matter of the time spent free motion quilting, I think.  I'm figuring it out more as I quilt... more!  As I continue to learn, I've also realized how much there is to just loving the learning process, itself.  It's not just about the finished quilt piece. It's really part of a larger journey.
Let me be transparent with you all here, regarding the photo above, with the yellow and blue curly-q's.  I'm not sure I'm crazy about the blue ones... perhaps I went too far. Or perhaps I could have chosen a different motif... I don't regret it, it's just part of the fun of exploring, trying new things... and stretching yourself beyond what is comfortable!  Be adventurous... be something of a risk-taker! I'm glad I did, as I've discovered more about what I like.
But I sure do really dig the overall look, and feel, and the happy SUMMER memories this evokes for me.  It gives me great joy!
 I dig the binding, too.  It is a commercial batik... and I think it most excellently ties in with the feel of the quilt---it's colors, it's movement, enhancing the overall quilting style, yet defines the space and shows off the lovely curving edges that emulate that pool-like quality I was going for.  It's a darker color value in the same color family, and finishes nicely (in my opinion!). Most importantly - it makes me happy when I look at it. 

Begin! Choose something you love, whether it's the fabrics, a pattern, threads, quilting, motifs, or all! Be inspired. Love what you do. In teaching, I encourage students to do just that.  Just begin!

So this is how it is hanging right now.  I will make hanging sleeves for this piece so it can either way. 
Which way do you like it best?  Hanging vertically or horizontally?
Note: picture above was taken before I added the additional Glitter thread.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Textiva Film

I love playing with TEXTIVA film!  It's so pretty... and shiny ... did I mention that it is so ... shiny and pretty?!!

And so many beautiful colors. Ethreal looking, sheer and semi-transparent...

and fusible... but only to itself, or to it's sister product - Angelina fibers.  You can scrunch it, like the wrinkled piece above, on top of the new package. Lovely texture! I do love to play with this stuff!  Here are the directions straight from the package:
It's best to have a teflon sheet... or a piece of parchment paper, to fuse the fibers or textiva on.

Textiva is also fun to cut up!  And it is what I began some of the embellishment on my quilt "Summer Shimmer."

I hope you will try it!

I've cut it into simple, randomly cut strips, using the rotary cutter.
I've just chopped it up, randomly.  But you could certainly make obvious, deliberate shapes of your own choosing.

Make up your own recipe!  Here I mixed three different colors of angelina fibers, and sprinkled the cut-up textiva pieces on top.  Next, I laid over the corner of the teflon sheet, and pressed... for about FIVE SECONDS!  It's that fast!  Leave your iron on it longer, and it will discolor... which may be a good or a bad thing, depending on your ideas... personal style, and intended use.
It is finished!  Ready to embellish.  Now you can just place it on your fabric, paper, or clothing item.  I stitch right over it.  I can also tear it, precision cut it into specific shapes... or not!  Tomorrow's post will show more about ANGELINA FIBERS.  EnJOY!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Summer SHIMMER - Preview

(Not if but when!) ... the spring to summer weather makes it's debut in MT, I will post pictures of the Shibori dyeing with the PVC pipe. Until then... we live with the winter-barely into-spring weather!  As mentioned earlier, this is one of my first pieces of "shibori-inspired" hand dyed fabric which I made last summer on my back patio!  LOVE doing that!  You can see how the whole cloth piece started out in the post yesterday right here.

And so began my inspiration for this whole-cloth inspired art quilt. (This picture is tinted a bit yellow as the light in my studio isn't quite correct for taking accurate color pictures.)

In the photo above I've used my terrific Bernina #43 free motion couching foot... Currently, I know of no other machine that has a foot THIS EASY TO USE!  I've used it to couch my favorite hand dyed yarn.  I've also added lots of bobbin play, using YLI threads, and Razzle Dazzle thread.  You can also see I've played with some Angelina "Textiva" film in a golden yellow colorway. (It's the shiny cellophane-looking product in the top of the pic above)
And I've added some of my hand-dyed rayon ribbons --- it's an aqua-greenish-blue color.
I hope you're intrigued, and will come back to see the finished art quilt.  I will also be posting pictures of the exact threads I used, and a tip for pulling up bobbin threads and tyeing off, as well as the "HOW TO'S" on angelina fibers and textiva films in this week's posts.

Fun Fun Fun in the Sun!  (even if it's only in my imagination)!

I think I want to play some BEACH BOYS music and get that summer-time inspiration warmed up!

Sunday, April 17, 2011


This is what we woke up to on Sunday morning.... 
SNOW - again.
Our Best Dog Micah LOVES the snow...

Now this is what I'm dreamin' of...
(in my sewing studio, that is!) --- SUMMER!  

Blues and yellows are favorite summer colors... and this piece of fabric is my inspiration.  It's the first attempt at dyeing using the shibori technique last summer in the backyard. It was super fun to do... and I'm looking forward to doing MORE...someday...soon!

I've begun the quilting... free motion couching, tri-lobal polyesters... angelina fibers... and more... to come. 

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

"Scatter Joy:" Art Quilt

I LOVE to FINISH project!  Nothing like that feeling of accomplishment!  I'd been working on this piece for a couple months, and had published the finished picture in yesterday post - in case you missed it!  Sometimes things have to "simmer" on my quilting stove for a while!  Just call me a regular ol teapot! LOL.  I began with a piece of hand-dyed fabric, in BRIGHT orange!  Then came the words "Scatter Joy" from a notecard I 're-purposed' from my favorite art teacher/artist extraordinaire - Katie Twedt!
I'm getting better at including some decorative stitches... no need for me to be prejudiced!  After all, everyone likes to get into the FUN... including the silver leaf (made for wood) but it's great on fabric!

And then it was time to apply a ZIPPER---lime green!  Fabulous! Easy to apply free motion, as well as adding a decorative stitch - the triple straight stitch! And an experiment with some metallic foil - this time a different type, from "Jones Tones" with their dimensional foil glue.  I tried to hurry-up (mistake!)... and dry it faster with my heat gun.  No, No!  It bubbled... perhaps it's okay on another day... but I didn't like it on the zipper, when it bubbled. No biggie... onward and UPWARD! A dab of black thread.  This glue product is easy to sew through, FYI!

I had made my angelina fibers into a "fabric sheet" previous to placing on the appliques, of course.    I got to put into play my sizzix machine and the fusible appliques were a breeze!  No tedious hand-cutting, tracing... sore wrists!  I bought mine from Patsy Thompson's webs site!  (She has good sales, too!) AND great service!

 Then a bit of a zig zag free motion edge-stitching on the flower petals- I call it the herky jerky!

 And you may notice... I don't let it bother me when the lines cross!  "There is a time for everything under the sun" and free motion is no different!!!  Sometimes I don't like it to cross...sometimes I'm really lovin' it to cross!!!  Shake it up girls... break down that box that walls you in... and enJOY!

 I forgot to mention earlier... I also textured the orange fabric with bubble wrap, brushed with textile paint... as well as paintstiks!  I enjoy doing that so much!

As you can see, I also used two different bindings... couldn't make up my mind?!!!  YUP.  Sometimes that's a dilemma for me.  I liked the graphic "pop" of the black and white circles fabric... and I loved the purple to tie in the turquoise thread stitching and purple of the flowers - and it called out to be curved.  Straight edge was a bit boring!  So... curved edge it was... even though it's still a bit of a boxy shape... but I LIKE it.
I hope you enjoyed the show! 

Friday, January 28, 2011

JoyFUL we Adore Thee!

My current project is one in the works for today's blog.... and it all started with this: THE BIG SHOT! I do alot of fusing... and I love it!  But sometimes cutting with the hands is well... hard on the hands!  So have been waiting ... thinking... contemplating about the Accuquilt GO and those cool quick cut dies for several years... and am glad I went the Sizzix direction. SAVED me lots of moo-lah!  Now I am not saying Accuquilt isn't fabulous... it sure is.  But that much money out-of-pocket (about $500 just to get started with the GO)... wasn't happening for me, personally!  
Many thanks to Patsy Thompson and Kelly Jackson, both of whom were gracious, knowledgeable ... and really helped me decide about which machine to purchase... and showed the "how-to's"  through their terrific blogs,  being KIND and taking TIME...to answer my emails and the many questions I had!  The gal at Patsy's store (whom I have now forgot - maybe it's Nicki) is SWEET to help when I CALLED -- she even checked the box to tell me what it actually contained so I could get all the info I needed about accessories... YAY! I dearly adore... personal service!  Don't you?!
Batik fabrics, Steam-A-Seam, and a pressing sheet... and some time... time to play... rearrange... re-organize... and then... Poof!  It's like...

           h   a   p   p  y...
a ... bit... addictive.... and.... 
m  a  g  i  c  a  l !
Turning to some hand-dyed fabric of mine... hmmm... let's try this 'marveles' orangy-tango piece...  a touch of paintstiks, bubble wrap as texture.... stencils...textile paint, a mesh bag... throw in some fusible circles... (just because I can!)

 and then  a  ...   z  i  p  p  e  r  !
and... if necessary... use words!

v  i   b  r  a  n  t  !
and don't forget.... the.... 

a   n  g  e  l  i  n  a  !!!
and "sew ye shall reap... so shall ye sow..."
J   o   y ...

It's a  p  l  a  y  t  i  m  e  in progress!  
more to come...

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