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

Monday, October 19, 2015

new ~ autumn glory ~ my new collage pattern

good morning glories ~

for many of us, autumn is our favorite season, for many reasons. one of them being the riot of color that decorates the trees in the rich colors of leaves as they turn.  the wind has pretty much taken most of the color off of our montana trees now, but i was excited to capture them in their full glory just a few weeks ago, as we were provided with stellar, scenic autumn glory in a recent trip to glacier park this fall!  

and that's how this new piece was inspired... and one day last week, it just popped into my head, and so out came a flowery fused, bright and bold collage of my interpretation of those pretty autumn scenes from our trip:  

to fuel my inspiration, i began with one of my most and favorite and talented fabric dye artists...  miss vicki welsh.  there was no question of where i would turn to begin this vision in my head.  it led me straight to her gorgeous hand dyed "blue sky" that was absolutely 'picture perfect' for my montana big sky!
the blue gradient is darker at the top of the sky, and lighter as it fades downward.  
i added tiny bits of sparkle with angelina fibers. {and my pattern gives instructions on how to use them}...  a tiny hint of sparkle here and there...  just like the sunshine sparkles on those leaves as they rustle in the dappled sunshine and shadows. 

those aspen trees?  they are from  hoffman california international fabrics, a screen print fabric called "woodsy winter." i made my classic round christmas placemats with it, and the leftovers were perfect for this project! i fused the fabric and cut the trees for my background.  my pattern also provides directions and the tree shapes drawn to actual size so you can cut them out of any "tree fabric" you decide to use to make your own masterpiece! 
i share lots of my tips and hints in my patterns.  and for this one, i used mostly medium scale flowers, which are approximately 4-5" in diameter.  just a few large ones, which i placed at the very top, and then lots of smaller ones!  

i'd say there were at least 150-200 flowers here.  {yes i have a large stash of cut flowers!}  yay!  because... that's how you can have the most fun!  having a great variety to pick from made this ... well... a walk in the woods!! lol
finally, here's the whole view!  you can really see how gorgeous the hand dyed "blue sky" fabric is here.  there is just something so lovely about a backdrop of pretty leaves in their dressed-up best in purple, reds... oranges... pinks and yellows!

the pattern is written, and i'm lovin' the new laser printer that provides a beautiful, color-true and picture perfect color copy  and incredibly clear photo for my patterns!  you can see the details!  i'm so excited about this!!   in my pattern, i also share my binding tips, color and scale choices, how to use fusible, and the line drawing will also indicate where to cut a curvy line if you'd like to finish it in that manner, too!

the finished size of my piece is about 21" wide x 36" long.  
and for a limited time, until november 1, 2015 you can order this pattern from my etsy shop at 25% off!  coupon code:  GLORY25. it will also be available locally, too, of course, at the quiltAway here in great falls, and the sewing palace bernina in helena.

thanks for coming by. happy, glorious, AUTUMN GLORY to you all!
soli deo gloria!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

poppy art quilt ~

good morning all ~

lately, i've been working fervently on class samples, this time for  timeless quilts from missoula, montana, as i've been asked to teach an art quilt class this early november, where we will be focusing on bobbin play, and i'm very excited to about it! how fun!
 any art quilt... well, my favorite kind of art quilt, begins with apiece of hand dyed fabric {this beauty is called the navajo gradient} from vicki welsh!!!  yay!  and a lovely, so very elegant stencil by rebeccabaer.com.  beautiful-beautiful!
 and i'm customizing it!  just look at these possiblities, with a stencil and paintstiks... grape and watermelon.  yummy.  this is not a quick process... a bit messy, and lots of scrubbing action with a stencil brush... but the results?  priceless!!  lol
 and a pretty spectacular background calls for a spectacular motif.  a large-scale print of a poppy.  {forgot to get a picture of the whole fabric}... slightly cut up, rearranged, and embellished, of course.  here's a shot of my auditioning:

 and now for the finishing touches... free motion quilting, of course. my favorite thing to do.
if you're living in montana {or want to travel there lol!}, this class is happening on saturday, november 8th, at timeless quilts and friends on reserve street, 10-4pm. {406-542-6566} we're going to explore lots of embellishment, bobbin play, and couching to create your own one-of-a-kind styled art quilt.

it's gonna be a good time!!

soli deo gloria!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Angelina Fibers

Ahhh... Angelina - fibers, that is.  Forget Angelina Jolie... these fibers are the real stars!    
Translucent, iridescent and beautiful combinations are yours for the making!

Just a quick 5 seconds or so with an iron!  Heat those fibers longer, and they will change to a darker color... which you may be after?!
PRESTO!  They bond to themselves, and you can peel them right off of the teflon sheet (or parchment paper or tissue paper).

and... instant gratification, I might add!
The sky's the limit... so 'get you some'!  (borrowed from Toby Keith song!) 

Tomorrow I'm finally ready to reveal my completed "Summer Shimmer" quilt that showcases Angelina fibers, Textiva film and bobbin play with free motion quilting.
In Great Falls, you can easily purchase Angelina fibers and Textiva sheets at our  Bernina Silver Thimble.   Get more ideas and lots of cool inspiration in this book; still in print, I believe! I'm pretty sure there is an update too... I think I remember seeing a newer book called "Between The Sheets With Angelina" --- can't say it's not a clever title, but I will say... NO MORE! 

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