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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 collage. Show all posts
Showing posts with label collage. Show all posts

Monday, March 19, 2012

Sunday Sympatico ~

These are the stitching options I chose for the leaves on this screen printed fabric:
Of course, they probably won't stay that way... will play with some other ideas for the outside edges... or not!
Playing with the arrangement of left-over squares of the "Grace" foiled fabric ~

I changed my mind... with the arrangement ~
I love going on treasure hunts in my "Sunday Sympatico in the Studio" --- and I found a swirly cut-out hangin' out on my design wall.  So I snatched it from it's place there ~ and gave it a new home here:

And all-too-soon my favorite play-day ended! 
These are some of my thoughts: I may have to lose the squares.  I love the shiny foil on them, but I'm not excited about the color on them for this piece... I don't think.  Time will tell, and any other stitching, embellishment or couching will make a difference too.  I do think I really like the addition of the purple swirl batik fabric strip at the bottom, and the re-placement of the purple lace...

Got any other ideas for me? Oh, and I need a word or two, or three... thinking...thinking!

March Blog LOVE is coming tomorrow!  EnJOY your day!
XO
Leslie

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Cosmo Wonder

--- "Cosmo Wonder" Fabric Paper Collaged Quilt ---   
Latest in my attraction to fabric paper quilts, and
inspired by one of my most favorite flowers to grow in the garden:   
COSMOS! 
EnJOY!




I really enjoy using a very thick thread; it's like maybe 26 weight, made by YLI thread company, and designed by Laura Heine of Fiberworks Quilt Shop in Billings MT.  It's called  FUSIONS.  Love-love-love it. It gives a nice, thick punch of color and texture.  But you must use a 100/16 size top stitch needle if you want a smooth flow.  Then take it for a spin.
I usually put a  40 weight cotton or polyester in my bobbin, and (per usual procedure) lower my tension at least one level.
Detail of "Fusions" variegated thread on the far left and for the swirls.






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.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Weekend in Review

I started a three  new Fabric Paper Quilts.  This is what they look like after the initial collaging of layers of tissue, leftover papers, and hand-painted details.  They CURL up... and next, I will "iron them into submission!"
FABRIC PAPER class is set for MARCH 1, 5:30-8:00 pm at the Quilt-A-Way, and again Saturday 10-1 at the Quilt-A-Way.  I will also be teaching this FUN technique at Gallery 16 in Great Falls April 9th, 10:00 am to noon.  Also a trunk show of my Art Quilts will be the focus of a trunk show and mini lecture at the Gallery on SATURDAY, March 26th from 10:00 am - noon!  I'm so THRILLED to be there! 

And I FINISHED this quilt:  "Scatter Joy!" (Yay!)  More on it tomorrow!  I am teaching a class all about "bling" with Angelina fibers, metallic accents, gold foil both dimensional and flat, and more!  All of which were featured on this art quilt!  It will be held at the Bernina Silver Thimble quilt shop on MARCH 10th!  CHICKS... DIG GLITZ!  (Call 452-7222 for more information!)
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