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

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

white buffalo collage beginnings ~

i know.  

someday... i'm gonna move on to other projects, techniques, and fabric goodness... but maybe in a 'couple somedays' and whatever that means, i am not sure?!    and so... the more you do... the more you wanna do... and that's how it's been with me in this super technique.

and who wouldn't want to play with a "white buffalo" ~ a new pattern just released a couple weeks ago from, yes, you guessed it ~ laura heine.  just look at those cool arrows on that fabric {from art gallery fabrics} on the left border?!  i think i fell in love more with the background fabrics at first, than the buffalo ones.  but it's all good!
buffalo... yes it's been a design i've been purveying across the web, so right away, i had to dive into this baby!  the color theme is burgundy reds, mauve pinks, corals, and sage green and of course, brown.  i also took creative license to change up the legs a bit, adding a fourth one in the back, and straightening out the front just a bit.
i have also found it's a bit difficult to find large, creamy, and also brown themed florals ... but i worked with what i had, and i think it's going to turn out!
and i'm using brown silk velvet for the horns, tail and some of the hooves, too.
i'll be showing some close-ups, and some other fun design details and more in this very montana-esque fabric portrait of our iconic {montana} white buffalo! 


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

"potpourri" giraffe collage finish ~

hi there ~

he's a tall one, right!  and now he's hanging out with all his friends at the quilt-a-way shop here in great falls, montana.  i so enjoy this shop, {and i'm working one day a week there, so i can hang out too!}  what a fun, super group of people, there.  

i'm playing with a new idea, from a drawing out of my sketchbook... it's a bighorn sheep. {with a heart nose!}  yes!
have a wonder-filled day!
soli deo gloria!

Monday, February 23, 2015

"potpourri" ~ details of a giraffe collage

hellloooo ~

yup. you guessed it  ~ the collage bug still has me in it's grips! this time it's the giraffe, titled "potpourri." another creative and playful pattern by laura heine.  i have not been paid by her, {or received a special price either} to feature any of these fyi...  but i have been a big fan of her style and quilt shop for a very long time; since i first walked into her shop a little over ten years ago! 

you know, i have been cutting and fusing flowers for many years, to embellish with... and what really appealed to me with this particular animal, is the landscape of the giraffe body... what a great space to use super large flower motifs in!  i was a kid in a candy store, for sure!  and i had a terrific "already waiting" stash of flowers to apply.  i believe one the key elements in this giraffe design, is to put a very, very large flower on the flank... and build around it.  i chose a big big sunflower shape.  

the pic below shows how i started out... many things get changed around, tucked under, and placed over... as you play, play, play!  note you can also see some of my tiny scraps, leftover after cutting flowers out from the main fabric, and they make great "sideliners" on legs, n such!
i always start by grouping all my flower motifs by color, and then by scale/size, and i usually just stack them like decks of cards, surrounding the image.  this image was traced from the pattern, using a large sharpie pen, and i also used a fusible interfacing.  if you don't have voile, this type of lightweight interfacing works super well, too. or use a light muslin. either one is good.
i really wanted to use this flower, but it didn't work overall into the color scheme.  but then... it would have made a great mane for the giraffe.. but the background i chose would have made it disappear, but the lace edge on this flower would have made a great mane... maybe next time?!

below is a closeup of the eye, which is two halves of two different flower motifs.  i thought it was a fun combination that really helped the eye to pop.  giraffe's are generally heavy-lidded looking, at least to me... and that is the look i was going for.  the first pic is the "before" and the second is the "after" ~ the makeover, essentially:
 notice there is a tiny bit of polka dot fabric, and layered it with a very small, but oh~so~very~pretty piece of blue silk velvet for top half of the "horns." i also used it on the lip area, {but it's a bit blurry}.  and a paisley print motif on the cheek area, to accentuate the curves...
and rather than quilt the same motif over the entire quilt surface, i chose to define the leaves {very loosely} around the head of the giraffe just a tiny bit more, adding a different thread color and a different design. there's no need to get too much detail as it won't really be all that noticeable. but i loved the thread color, and i wanted to use it up... and i love this newspaper print fabric as the background, too.  i was happy that the quilt shop here carried it!
so i couldn't use my lacey edge for the mane, and instead, i chose to emphasize the mane of the giraffe with a striped style of floral fabric, one that had the same size motif in a repetitive, parallel line.  as you can see, i cut around the top edge, to emphasize the curve of the mane:

 and a close look at the details of the long neck, below, and a few smaller motifs that are of the light value, mixed in as i worked into the upper neck area.  it pays to keep smaller flowers grouped together... don't cut them apart until you need to, but it's easier cutting to leave them attached, in groups of two or three.
the shoulder area... notice how a pop of white and light, makes everything else come alive, just a little bit more. i enjoy adding tiny detailed flowers on top of larger motifs.  
below is the detail of the belly where i began with a large poppy, tucked under the sunflower, and then added a pop of turquoise in the butterfly, which was deliberate as to bring a bit of the blue colors from the lower leg, all together into the whole piece.
 and more butterflies!  and as you can see, i quilted the grass in straight lines.  easy-peasy.  i didn't need to go into a lot of detail on the hooves, as they get covered up {for the most part} with the grasses.  but because i used dark fabrics, you can see the dark shadowy illusion of them.

 detail of the legs, and i love the dark value fabric on the inside leg, compared to the right leg... i'm finding i'm getting the hang of this better, the more i do!  and i love that pop of white and black batik daisy the best!
 i really like the bit of sparkle the kaffe fassett fabric; those tiny little flowers on the leg area.  notice the tiny grouping, cut as one unit, makes for a lovely snap~crackle~and~pop!
 hope you enjoyed these details. 
i'll post the finished piece soon... 
as soon as i can get a picture of it, it is so tall! 
so. much. fun.  
and for those who have inquired, i'm working on putting together "rocky" the mountain goat pattern, very soon!

and i'm so excited by the response we've received, 
we now have a third class set up at the quilt-a-way.
date:  saturday-sunday, april 11th and 12th, 11-4pm.
thanks for coming on by!
soli deo gloria

Thursday, February 19, 2015

o hello spring ~ a collage mug runner

hey  ~

here's an example of mini-collage ... you know... for those little bits of leftover floral motifs.  the background fabric is a leftover scrap of batik.  and i picked colors that were complimentary to it, creating chat i call a "mug runner." that would be "runner" as in larger than a mug rug, but large enough for coffee and a snack!  lol

spring continues to buffet us here in central montana with a warm wind, and morning temps of over 40 degrees.  the geese are here... the grass is greening up... could spring be making an early appearance?  
maybe... we shall see!
"o ~ hello spring"
{even if it is only temporary!}

soli deo gloria

Saturday, February 14, 2015

be mine collage ~ happy valentine's day! {and winner!}

hi there all you valentines!  

here's another idea for collage, in case you end up with a few leftover motifs?! {you betcha!}   and this charming little heart is perfect for today's valentine theme!  happy valentine's day! 

thank you so very much for entering the giveaway, taking time to spend a few minutes here, and checking out the goods!

well, sir brian is out working unexpectedly today, so i had to use the random generator. it's always more fun when i ask him to pick a number between 1-72... but here we go anyway!

True Random Number Generator  14Powered by RANDOM.ORG

elle... you are the sweet valentine winner
of a yard of your choice 
and misty fuse, fusible web!  
congratulations my friend.
{vicki will contact you}

soli deo gloria!

Monday, February 9, 2015

a spring fling with collage ~ and a giveaway!

the lawns are greening up, the winter wheat is up a couple inches and bright green in the balmy february weather we've been enjoying here in central montana!

so why not celebrate a bit of that in a collage technique, presenting a beautiful spring table runner?  yes!  easy.  and guaranteed to brighten your day! 

and today is the announcement of a prize package giveaway from the fabulously talented hands of vicki welsh.  she's giving away a yard {squeal!} of her gorgeous hand dyed fabric, of your choice and... 2 1/2 yards of misty fuse, a spidery-light, almost invisible fusible web.  how sweet is that?  {misty fuse fusible doesn't change the hand of the fabric.}  i wrote about it in a post "just the facts on fusible" if you want to see what it looks like on fabrics.
 my collaged table runner began with inspiration from vicki's hand dyed fabric; here's the link:  red-purple gradient that is just so yummy, you almost want to take a bite out of it!  

did you know vicki welsh does custom orders, too?! you can't go wrong with a "stash pack" -- a lovely pack of five pieces of hand dyed 100% cotton mercerized fabric.  the stash pack is a total of 1.25 yards of glorious  graduations within the same color theme; a great way  to begin, and awesome for piecing, too.

vicki follows a meticulous process of washing out the dye to eliminate bleeding.  the fabrics are so well done, and the colors are really fabulous.  it's on my hit list to get my hands on every one of them!!!  lol 
 this is how i quilted it. in the perimeter on top of all the collaged floral motifs, i chose to free motion with the yli fusions thread, a 24 weight thread with a 100/16 needle.  love the chunky texture, and it's always interesting how the thread ties and unites the flowers together, too.  i try to catch as many raw edges as i quilt, too.  even though the edges are glued down with steam-a-seam 2 {the lite version} and completely washable, it's just a good idea, overall.  i don't fuss about it too much, really.  this will be totally washable, too. i always like to dry them flat, and then press from the backside first, then on the front as needed.

i chose a magnifico solid, polyester, 40 wt thread for the quilting in the red-purple gradient fabric center.  i just wanted it to pop with a little dimension, and i love how it contrasts with the busyness of the flowers, but ties it all in, too.
 here is the backside... a batik is the fabric i chose, and i really do like the contrast of the white on it.  it also makes this beauty reversible. i used superior's masterpiece cotton in a white color for the bobbin thread with both of the top thread types i quilted with.
 i have some pretty silk flowers {wish they were fresh} and even they look quite charming on this spring runner:
the curvy edge is really nice on this floral design, too. i didn't measure at all;  it's randomly cut as a continuous smooth curve along the edges with my rotary cutter, and then bound with a bias binding.
my favorite detail is the small dark purple flowers that are silhouetted into the solid hand dyed fabric... i was glad to find it was so worth it {to me} to cut out these delicate darlings!

this runner is now hanging up at the quilt-a-way shop here in great falls.  the first collage class is full, and we've got quite a few students signed up for the second one, which is set for saturday and sunday, march 14th and 15th!  you can also create this runner instead of an animal if you would like.  
leave a comment here today, to be entered for the drawing. one per person.   brian will draw us a winner and i will announce it this coming saturday, february 13th.  i think that is a real fun way to begin a valentine's celebration!

a big thank you to vicki for sponsoring this giveaway!  

blessings on your day, and happy valentine's day, too!

soli deo gloria

Friday, February 6, 2015

cool runnings ~ creating with collage

hi ~

i'm still loving working in a series exploring more possibilities with collage.  this time, i'm trying something just a bit different than the collaged animals, but still using the lovelies {flower fabrics} i've patiently fused and cut.  i've got a few more tips on cutting those little beauties...

it's been fun to thumb through my fabrics and see what might work for collage.  and, as i've been cutting, i'm learning that it can be really cool to leave some of the flowers attached.  they can always be cut apart later if needed.
and that is particularly a great technique cutting for the tiny, small floral fabrics, such as the kaffe fasset shown below:
while generally, collage is about larger scale floral fabrics, the small ones are key, {and fun} too.  they make for great little fillers, in places where you might need to cover up empty space, and, they are wonderful left in small groupings, not to mention you can change up the center of any other flower, too, using them!
another great floral for collage seen below, and what i love about it is that you get "two for one" in the color scheme, as well as design and scale.  the golden part of the flower can be cut away {i used it on the moose's shoulders}, and the pink part of the flower is a great one by itself, too; you can cut it apart into several other creative cuts... or not.

 and this fabric, seen below, is full of light pink, light gray color value... while not noticeably evident are the the lines for cutting around the perimeter, they make great fillers, and i've enjoyed putting them in my "forest animals" collages. 
and the fabric below, kinda a mixed bag of elements... all of them pretty fun {i haven't used the hands}... and lots of variety is always great to have as you peruse fabric shops, or your own stash!  i like the delicate purple flowers seen in this fabric, and while they take more time to precisely cut, they are truly lovely in their element of delicate motifs.
and i've left the coral bunch of tinies attached to the pink flower below... this will be fun to use!
i like to keep the leaves attached on many flowers, too. again, you can cut them away if they don't fit with your design plans.
and i've found {so far} that these little baggies are a good storage solution for small cuts of flowers.  i no longer throw them into a larger bag, even if they are of the same color-way, as it's simply too time consuming to find them again. so they go into a small baggie, kept within the larger one!

this fabric ~ a red pink gradient, from vicki welsh, is so lovely, and i think it will be a fun background to play with more collaged flowers....   

now to choose threads and get back to it, {playing some more}!  i'm really excited to make a new collaged table runner, combining it with one of vicki welsh's beautiful hand dyed fabrics, to create a very 'spring-full' table runner!

come on back for the finish on monday!  vicki and i are  excited to present a valentine's giveaway ... bet ya can guess what it will be... maybe?

blessings for your friday and beyond!
soli deo gloria!
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