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Great Falls, Montana, United States
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 painting. Show all posts
Showing posts with label painting. Show all posts

Thursday, February 10, 2011

A ROSE... is a rose ... is a rose... Fabric Paper Art Quilt

MORE explorations with FABRIC PAPER!
Lynn Anderson's Loretta Lynn's song comes to mind "I never promised you a rose garden...!"
This one was one of my beginning experiments... it's a little "wild" - and I look forward to playing with this technique more!  I do really like playing with the white opaque pens, but I must remember to write, before I stitch!! (there is something to be said for some pre-planning!)

Use one of those cool white opaque pens and write... clearly, or obscurely, as it strikes your mood. Black or white... or color.  I sometimes have a hard time being "messy" so this was a good exercise for me!

I love digging through the possibilities... exploring  the 'leftovers' of which I've really questioned why I was keeping them... and so now I save the cutouts from fusible cut outs, cards, newspaper clippings... anything goes!  They are kept in a specially marked plastic container, so I can FIND them! Of course, there are ribbons, and thread lace, paint... glitter. It's a project of "found objects" from my studio and beyond!

My Bernina #43 free motion couching foot provides a cool way to add roses, and of course, texture with punch!  Thread 'sketching' keeps it creative, loose and free.  A bit messy... and alot FUN!  Experiment, test, grow out of that box... and see where you can find ways to experiment with paints, and all kinds of different painting techniques... spatter, splat and roll! ...

Notice too, there is some thread lace in orangey/yellow at the very bottom, to the left.  That was leftover from an angel quilt that I decided I didn't want to use... so it got tossed onto this project....

hmmm... and the finished fabric paper QUILT:
JOIN ME!  We're going to have some GREAT FUN!
MARCH 1 (Tuesday) from 5:30-8pm OR MARCH 5th 10-1pm (Saturday)
at the QUILT-A-WAY

Sunday, February 6, 2011


This is the second in a series of small art quilts I am playing with.  These little quilts are what I call "fabric paper" and I hope you will consider taking "Fabric Paper' - a class we're offering at the Quilt-A-Way for $15.00 TUESDAY March 1, 5:30-8pm OR SATURDAY March 5, 10am-1pm.

The first art quilt was dedicated to Rachel --- that post was "Rejoice For Rachel" and you can view it here in case you missed it!  Both of these girls were part of a Sunday school class I taught. We went on a mission trip together with their Moms in 2005 to Albuquerque NM one summer.  I have had the privilege, honor and  continual blessing of knowing these young ladies! They are so very special, and it's been an incredible  journey to be a part of their lives as they have grown up. 
My inspiration:  Katie! Bright, beautiful, smart... very cute!  She's a junior in college majoring in Mechanical engineering,  and currently attending a semester in Ireland!  Such adventure! Oh, I wish I could be there with her snapping some shots in the countryside of my heritage!  Katie hasn't always loved me taking photos of her... but that hasn't stopped me too much!  LOL Katie. 

I so enjoy the designing process when the inspiration is so personal to me... and so many fond memories to work from and play with.  I loved thinking about all that Katie is... praying for her as I designed and quilted... colored and played!
  Here's your artsy journal quilt, Miss Katie!  I love you... MORE!  And I hope you love your quilt... and someday when you return home to Big Sky Country, it will be yours!
I had a really fun time with the King Tut black thread on top; black polyester in bobbin for free motion quilting on this piece.  I'm getting better... at getting out of my box in using a more 'free' sense of style, and kicking that 'perfect' thinking habit I've had in my head for FAR TOO LONG!
To all of you in 'blog land' out there ... I remind us all, corporately... it is the pursuit of excellence... NOT perfection!  It's the JOY of learning, sharing and loving...

Oh yeah! Texture in bobbin play!  I absolutely LOVED doing this!  It's rough... imperfect (love that!)... and it's pretty all at the same time... it adds a great 'sketchy' look too!  Double your fun - let loose, and let... go!  This is Ricky Tim's Razzle Dazzle thread in a light silvery blue aqua color and polyester is the best choice for top thread.

Reminder: the  stitches will not be 'perfect' either!  Your 90/14 microtex or topstitch needle has to go through some interesting layers of tissue, paper leftovers, batting, backing and topping with some glue and paint too!  Sometimes the top tension will be loopy... but I LIKE it in this particular venue.... it's Free... whimsical... charming!  .... and "no muss" --- just a bit like Katie!  I chose mostly pastels but they are bright... warm... and varied.  And that is pretty much how I think of Katie!

There is written text under the petals of this flower....as well as a tissue from a sewing pattern & some stickers, even!  I have taken my sizzix machine, and while cutting flower petals, have re-cycled used printed paper.  When I cut the fabric, I put paper on top, and so after cutting, you have all these cool paper petals with text on them! 

"Love Conquers .... ALL"  
"Areal beauty... our Katie Cutie"  detail of quilt at top center
Leftover envelopes... cards... candy wrappers...tissue patterns...
Christmas wrap paper... all are used in this little quilt! 

LOVE.... love.... LOVE those big flower prints... 
how I enjoy playing, rearranging... and stitching them!

May you continue to grow your life in Christ, Katie... leaning on Him, letting Him straighten your paths, as you live in the JOY of His salvation and allow Him to sustain in you a willing spirit. Amen, honey.  XXOO

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