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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 bobbin drawing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label bobbin drawing. Show all posts

Saturday, March 3, 2012

~ Bloom ~ Finito

This is where it all started ~~~
From "A Wrinkle In Time" Feb 2, 2012
 and from there to here...using a couple of the most coolest thermofax screens from a favorite quilt artist and designer, Ms. Margaret Applin!  See my post "Thermofax Play Day" for more details! And those tulips eventually...  became the focal point of this piece!  Cool. I didn't plan it... it just 'happened' as I waited...
"Tulip in the Works"
and finally ~ several months later:  FINITO!  (I have no idea if it's a real word) - and I'm not looking it up - just go with my creative wordlplay, pretty please? LOL!

Bloom is  9.5" wide by 8.25" tall
The beads were sewn on by hand, individually on each little 'flower' at the bottom of this piece.  It was not fun. It is very difficult to put a needle and thread through such tough 'paper fabric' with my hands... but it was worth it.  Because I LIKE it!  But I'll tell ya - it is WAY easier to do this by machine!

and I decided to finish the edges using my ribbon stash. But first, I chose to use the 'pillow-finish' style, where I stitched right sides together, and turned it out, but also ended up fusing another piece of fabric to the back, using steam-a-seam 2 Lite, to cover all the stitching, and to help protect the integrity of the bead work's (the knots on the back). Then I added the ribbon embellishment and stitched it on. 
 And the bobbin work done in the iridescent white thread represents (to me at least) the tulips we get in a MT spring, oftentimes come with... yup - you guessed it - SNOW!  Or at the very least - FROST!
And I deliberately chose to only add beads to the bottom  'snowy-frosty flowers' on this piece.  The top ones are more indicative of snow falling, where the bottom is well, just creative in how you want to look at it.
The 'thick' thread that you see on the top upper left, in a 'triangular' quilting motif, (see photo above) is this:
 YLI Fusions.  It's a size 24/3 ply thread meaning it is THICK, top stitching type of thread.  It requires a size 100 needle... and perhaps even 110, depending on the application, machine, fabric.  I had a tough time getting to come off the spool smoothly, and needed to use a separate thread stand, as the thread 'stuck' from the wooden roughness on the cone, as you can see here:
But it's beautiful!  And to me, it's worth the extra fussin' to get the texture and thickness.  I love adding that kind of contrast to my art quilts.  The best bobbin thread was polyester, the Isacord brand, which is 40 weight.  And of course, I lowered my top tension quite a bit. I used it in the impression of small, little flower shapes at the bottom right of this quilt.
And just a hint on the tulip 'peeking from the binding-right hand side:
Otherwise, on all my other thread applications, I used exclusively, Superior Thread's "Rainbows" in solid and variegated polyester, a 40 weight thread.  Masterpiece in white (most often) was in my bobbin, and I used their newer, 3 ply that I recently ordered.  Love it!  Oh, I used King Tut in white to outline the word, 'bloom.'
Figuring out what to do with the open 'blank space' that was open to the left of the tulips was a bit of a challenge.  What to do?  And then suddenly, this past Tuesday evening, the idea of the word 'bloom' came. And I wanted to do a different style of what I will call 'word quilting.'  This style excited me, and it was also a good practice point for me---attempting such heavy stitchery on a delicate papery-fabric surface, and it's quite easy to pierce it in such a way that it makes a hole & tears away.  I was thankful this did not happen!  And... the best part of all?  IT WAS FUN!
I am considering whether I should enter this piece in the Quilting Arts Reader Challenge?  Maybe you should consider one of your pieces, too!

Whether or not you do - I hope you have some fun today! 
Thank you for stoppin' in!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Pressing Onward ~ Bloom!

Stitch by stitch~
I think and unwind.
Pretty threads 'sew' sublime ~
The blooms appear, in all ways, all kinds, 
and very much in their own...
good time.

May your day be filled with blooms --- and all things divine.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Idaho Inspiration

The inspiration for this quilt (and Summer Meadows, posted earlier) came from pictures I shot on our way to Lewiston, Idaho over Memorial Day.  

We stopped by the side of the road to give our little girl dog a water and stretch break.  Those lush green meadows were just absolutely gorgeous!  And 'look Mom - no rain' !!!

And when I got home, I decided this was was the perfect hand-dyed piece of fabric that would showcase all those beautiful shades of lush green.
Bobbin play.  

Free Motion Couching.  

Curvy edges.
Love the gleam and brightness of the metallic threads. 

Just like the green meadows glowing under the luminous clouds in those few, but super bright sunny minutes of that day. 
Let your imagination take you to a special place with color.
If you haven't seen the Bernina #43 foot... see more on it on my blog (everywhere!)  But you can see my best hints and tips  published in an earlier post here.  

The beautiful hand dyed yarn  (that post here) I received in the mail last week also found a home in this piece.  Just the right colors, and free motion quilted in a large, open flower motif. In that motif, I also overquilted a bit with a variegated tri-lobal polyester... just because I can!  It was very fun to do! 
Soli Deo Gloria!

Friday, June 3, 2011


Sweet Summer Meadows.  

There's nothing quite like them.  

Young grass, tender flowers.  

Sweeping carpets of velvety greens.

Shadowy, cool depths inviting you to come on in and lay down.

Summer bounty.  Fullness.  Delightful and fleeting.
So take your time.  Rest.  EnJoy.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

LAUGHING LISA - Art Journal Quilt

This fabric paper art collage-journal quilt is #3 of my "Girlfriend Series" (can't think of a better title)  and very, very, special to me: "Lisa Laughs!"

This beautiful woman is my Sister... a best friend... a loyal confidante... a prayer warrior... a loving mom (to Rachel and Joe), (Aunt to Katie) a wife, and lawyer.  She loves Jesus... and our Lord has given her many wonderous gifts!   One gift in particular is  her smile... and ...
  l  a  u  g  h !

I thank God for the wonderful memories, the friendship and sweet gift Lisa has been to me as a mentor, friend and more.  
These are a few of my favorite and most  sweet and memorable pictures I've taken of Lisa!
Daughter Rachel and Mom Lisa
She doesn't carry a tune very well but her laugh... is simply infectious!  What a gift!

And who cares when the singing is sung with such JOY?! 
Laughing out loud?   

Living life joyfully?!

Lisa and Christy laughing... loving... enjoying the water!
And how 
we love to play at the


She has a HUGE 
h  e a  r  t  !
  and she lives in the knowledge of God's love, mercy and grace.
Lisa's artsy collage style quilt...

  l  o  v  e
   y o u ! 

 And we joyfully THANK GOD for you! 
Psalm 37:3-7  "we pray that trusting is what we do first... dwelling in the land enjoying our safe pastures... delighting in the Lord.... 
and as we commit our way to the Lord 
...we know he will make our righteousness shine like the dawn... 
and the justice of our cause like the noonday sun... 
be still before Him... 
wait patiently for Him... 
do not fret..."

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