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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 hand-painted. Show all posts
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

painted apron ~ from my heart to yours

good morning!

ohhh the summer sunshine is fading... and rainy {perhaps even snowy} weather is headed our way.

so the seasons change, and for a little while i am sad to see summer end, but i also get to look forward to autumn!

and  "sew it goes..."  

today's feature is a different motif and finish on another apron.  these were packaged in a set of three.  a very basic, white canvas, easily painted on.  while i am specifically showing these projects using the silks acrylic glaze paint, i have a couple of them in the works using paintstiks, which is also a wonderful way to accomplish a simply beautiful design element... whether applying free hand sketches... or using stencils, stamps, or silk and thermofax screens.  and i will offer a separate class on embellishing them with thread play, with all the tips and hints for successful free motion style, as i have done here:

while offering this class at prickly pear quilts in the city of helena on october 4th, i'm excited to also be offering several new classes here locally in great falls, at the bernina silver thimble quilt store very soon.  {call bernina to let them know you want to be put on the class list}.  i'm very excited to be teaching, showing all the different samples, ideas, and experimental design fun you can have, too!
definitely from my heart to yours!  these aprons make inexpensive and practical gifts to give, whether it is to a homemaker, cook/baker, or artist!  they are meant to be used, and enJOYed!  
i always like to use a stabilizer as it makes free motion so much more fun, and well... stable!  all of these are listed, as all are easily applied.  there isn't a wrong one... just different choices.  i do always choose a heavyweight as the weight is important.  a fusible is convenient, unless you don't have it! in that case, 505 spray is handy and a simple alternative for using any type of embroidery stabilizer product.
i chose the heavyweight cut-a-way type.  depending on the density of your quilting... a tear-a-way type would have worked good... {if it was just the heart shape}, but i knew i wanted to put a sketchy border around the heart, and one thing about tear-a-way, is that when you go to tear it away, it can also pull the stitches, and because i didn't want to do it that way, since a sketchy border, is... well, "loose n' sketchy" ... i chose cut-a-way. that's not to say it's the only way to do it... it's just what i chose.  and that's what i did after the quilting was finished, i cut it away.  while it keeps the quilting stitches stable while quilting, eliminating puckering {very annoying}, it will soften with washing, and on the apron, since one is wearing it over clothing {hopefully!} ahhem... it's not a problem like it might be on the inside of a t-shirt.   {just sayin'}

notice i put two layers of cut-a-way on the  backside of the apron.  one would have worked.
 i was just experimenting! but it was good n stabilized!
 free motion.  chose your feet wisely!  both of these two are good choices.  the "c" foot gives a bit more visibility.  the #29 clear one on the right, also has good visiblity, and i think it helps to stabilize the needle and fabric because it has more "foot on the surface" when quilting.
of course, as you've read so many times before here on the blog, i love using masterpiece in the bobbin, and magnifico on the top.  i'm using my favorite needle of all time, the 90/14 topstitch with titanium coating, and an extra long-lasting, very sharp needle point.  i usually adjust my top tension downward, 1 full number.
get yourself into position, relax {drop those shoulders} and add some texture, and color action!  relax.  this is not perfection... it's just "coloring with your needle and thread" and it is not {i repeat NOT} meant to be stressful!  feel free to go outside the lines!
 as you can see above, i auditioned the position of the writing i wanted to add, using the frixion pen, in which the ink disappears when an iron touches it.  {my most favorite new notion!} this little sketchy phraise is not meant to "fence me in" ~~~ it's just meant to give me confidence on placement {feel free to erase it with the iron and begin again}... and so i decide where i want to go, and i also have the freedom to change it as i'm quilting, if i feel i want to!  
 yes... the paint ran a bit on me.  but i don't think that's a big deal, and in fact, i rather like the artistic feel of it. i like to quilt over the words twice.  this means i go backwards once i hit the last letter on the last word.  it takes practice to go backwards!  {and frontwards as far as that goes}, but i like the look.  it's meant to be "sketchy" and freely done... {not perfectly!} 

and above all, 
lightly done and done light-heartedly!
i did forget to add my quilted signature... will have to do that later.  

it's a sweet, simple bit of practical art.  and anyone can do this...  just come willing to see, and come put your own style onto a bit of an apron and make it uniquely yours.

blessings on your day!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

a painterly quilt ~ with silks acrylic

happy morning!

i had a great time this past weekend, and our montana weather was sooo so so perfect.  still mornings, warm 70 degree temps, and getting to do something that's been on my creative 'to-do' list for a long time, actually.  finally ~ i got to painting on white cotton fabric with these gorgeous acrylic paints - silks.  made by the makers of h2o's watercolor paints, luminarte.  you can view them in more detail on their website:  dreamingcolor.com/what-are-silks.

what are silks?  they are semi-gloss glaze acrylic paints.  not just for fabric, they go on paper, canvas, terra cotta, and a multitude of other surfaces.  they are silky-smooth, and shiny!  lots of depth of color, and so easily blendable.  i am learning that after i paint, it's fun to spritz with water, which moves the paint, and creates multi-colored effects as the design edges soften and other colors appear too!  i just love how they sparkle on the white cotton fabric. love love!

the results:

 and of course... where there is one... there are more! 
{and more inspiration}  
i will post the finished quilted piece tomorrow. 
thanks for stoppin' in on my painterly summer day!
blessings on your day!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Shine ~ Shine ~ Shine !

Here's the third of my series of my first canvas, finger-style, painted pieces hanging together on our dining room wall:
My Sunshine, Shine and She Believed She Could (click on the links to see the posts if you'd like).  Of course, all are now newly listed in my etsy shop!
One can never consent to creep... when one feels the impulse to... SOAR!   That is so say, let's SOAR and SHINE!  Shine!  Shine!

Be sure to come back tomorrow... for the announcement post on the winners of Rowan's Raffle Quilt, and all the "MarveLes" prizes I'm giving away to those who bought raffle tickets from me!  And later this week, I'll post on my finished pieces of 'feathers on leather' I've been working on, for Chris Daly of Dye Candy.

I'm excited ~ are you?  Shine on!
EnJOY and check out the Beauty in His Grip today!


Sunday, June 5, 2011


Be not afraid.  Matthew 14:27. That was what I read that early morning, June 2nd, as part of my daily devotion time.  

And this poetry that came with it.  It was revealing, and personally, compelling.

So, to the sewing machine it went with me.  And as I reached for this piece of fabric, I hesitated a little bit.  It was hand painted and dyed by me, and I spent alot of time adding subtle luminous highlights with fabric paint... and I was afraid to quilt it!

I've had it out for several months... thinking it was time to 'just do it' but feeling somewhat paralyzed... afraid to attempt something (for fear of failure) and unsure of what it should be, and that old nemesis..."what if I ruin it?" feeling... ever feel that way?  

Crazy!  It's JUST a piece of fabric.... so without a clear pattern or idea I just began...  loosely ruled lines onto the cloth; thought about the word placement.  I liked that idea. It felt good.  It felt GREAT to start on it!  Adventure: here I come!

Bolstered by this verse from Matthew and the poem, I knew Today was THE Day to "walk by faith.'' And... to Go for it!

So I did... only it was via stitch, needle and thread.

I love it.  I am thankful for the faithfulness God has shown me when I follow His lead.  Two days later and 20 hours of quilting. I understand better... "God's Deep --- not yours." 

I am content.  I feel that I accomplished more than just a finished quilt.  Small step.  Of course it's not perfect.  If I felt more compelled (which I don't) I would pick out the thick white thread at the top of the Matthew verse.  It's awkward... and tentative... like the way I felt contemplating this fabric for the past few months... and also when I first began stitching.  Hmmm... food for thought isn't it?  Hesitant stitching? Hesitant faith?

I've always kind of wondered when I hear that the Amish women deliberately make a mistake in their quilts for symbolic reasons. Oddly, and perhaps mistakenly, I feel that to be a study of contrasts.  Arrogance in thinking you could even be perfect in the first place?!  And humbleness at accepting our imperfections... As for myself, I don't have to plan it!  It just happens!!!   

I enjoy looking at the luminosity that flows from the threadplay. The symbolism and journey.  Another lesson learned.  Another step closer to hearing what God is calling me to do.  To and step OUT --- and quilt --- in faith.  Amen.

Thank you to our dear Father God for the inspiration.  
"God's Heaven - Not Yours."  
Wonderful words.  Wonderful inspiration. 

Soli Deo Gloria!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

"BE FREE" Collaged Fabric Paper Art Quilt

When you're ripping, tearing... plotting, planning and PAINTING... might as well go for it and make several at once!  (It's kind of hectic and somewhat messy!) That is one thing I love about this fun and easy process of "fabric paper!"  It can truly be personal and fun to you, and dare I say the hot word these days... "Green!" 

Save those tissue papers, calendar pages! Leftover bits of fabric... fusings, notes... printed articles, cards, stickers... and then add paint!

Add playful stitching... words if you'd like!

Lots of color, pattern and visual texture.  Perhaps a bit of BOBBIN PLAY... just because you CAN.  Whatever you do... "Be Free!"

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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