Wednesday, March 7, 2018

It's Easier the Second Time Around!

I never appreciated before how much easier it is to make an art quilt when the design is already done. I didn't have to spend time on sketching to decide on the design, I just had to pull out my drawing and have it enlarged to my desired finished size, which was about 18" x 22". I also knew already what colors the various design elements were going to be, so there was nothing to figure out there either. This art quilt is made from 90% black and white fabrics and 10% gold toned fabrics. I rummaged through my fabric stash bins and found almost all of the original fabrics that I had used previously. I show the fabrics I pulled from my stash below:

I needed to piece the black and white background first. It required a white sky, and black or black/white hills and foreground.

I cut out the various sections and glued them to a piece of white muslin. The photos below show some of this work:

Here you see me in the process of gluing a layer down:

 You can see the blobs of glue on the white muslin that is the support for the background fabric.

This is the glue I am using:

I squirt the glue on a white plastic disposable plate and then use a small flat paint brush to apply it. I learned this technique from Susan Carlson. I love it and now I use glue rather than fusibles in many cases.  Here is a photo of the plate and brush:

My next step is to make the buildings in the distance. That I'll save for my next post. Thanks for visiting my blog!

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Another Black and White Desert

Years ago I made this art quilt for a traveling exhibit:

I called it "Black and White Desert". It was in a show in Poway, CA a few years ago, and one of my cousins saw it and liked it very much. It was not for sale, but she commented that she would like to have it.

This cousin recently had a milestone birthday, and a few months ago I was asked to make a second version of this art quilt for her as a joint gift from several of us for her birthday. I was very happy to do this, and we gave it to her just last week at her birthday party. I am happy to report that she loved it! My next few posts are going to show the making of this art quilt, which is shown below.

Mary's Desert Oasis

I call it Mary's Desert Oasis. She lives in the Phoenix area and it goes well in her decor. You can see how similar it is to the first one. I'll tell you more about this one soon! Thanks for visiting my blog!

Monday, February 19, 2018

"Attitudes!" is Making It's Second Stop!

Detail from "Diva in the Making" by Eileen Wintemute

My Attitudes! exhibit will be in Virginia next, at the Mancuso Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival. This show is next weekend! The exhibit can be seen from Thursday, February 22 through Sunday, February 25, 2018. 

The Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival is held at the Hampton Roads Convention Center located at 1610 Coliseum Drive, Hampton, Virginia. 

I hope you have a chance to see it! Thanks to Mancuso for this opportunity and thanks for visiting my blog!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Building Tiles

Several years ago I was showing a friend a city-scape I had made. She said, "Oh I have the perfect thing for that!". The "perfect thing" was building tiles.  Brightly colored squares made of plastic. They have a hole in the center that allows you to sew them on, like you would a sequin. Here is a picture of them:

Well I love to put these on buildings now. Of course I went out and bought a lot of them. I think I now have more than I could ever use in my life time, but they are pretty!

I put them on my blue and red tie-scape buildings, as you can see in these photos:

I sewed side panels on this and a back and made it a box shaped pillow. Here it is finished! Yippee!

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Monday, January 29, 2018

City Scape - Adding Oil Paint Stick

   I  decided to add some color to the background and foreground. I used oil paint sticks for this. Oil paint sticks are just that, oil paint in a stick or fat pencil like shape. The oil paint is a solid, not something that you would be able to squeeze out of the tube. You apply it by scraping the oil stick with a stiff brush and then brushing the oil paint on the fabric, or you can rub the fabric with the stick directly. I do it both ways. I use a stiff paint brush to spread the oil paint around on the fabric. I used a combination of dark and light blue and pale yellow on the background areas. I always let the oil paint set or cure for three days before I do anything else with the fiber art piece I am working on. Below are progress photos showing the stages of the tie scape as I added the paint.

   This is the way it ended up. On my next post I'll show you the next steps for this project. Thanks for visiting my blog!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

City Scape Background Quilting

After I put some stitches through the ties, I needed to do something with the background area. I decided to add some building shapes in the area of the tie buildings. You can see the outline of the buildings below.

For the sky, I just did a horizontal back and forth stitch, suggesting some clouds.

Below the buildings I did some linear stitching at different angles.

My next step is to jazz up the background fabric a bit. I'll show that on my next post. Thanks for visiting my blog!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Embroidered Building Facades

Red and Blue City Scape

This is a city scape made primarily with men's ties.  I have stitched the ties down to the background, and my next step was to add some embroidery stitching to the red building fronts. The red tie fabric looked a little too plain, in my opinion, so I wanted to add something to jazz up the front of these buildings a bit.

I am not a master embroiderer, so I rely on the simple stitches that I know well. I don't even know

their official names, but I use a cross-stitch, a buttonhole stitch and a straight stitch. The stitching was done with embroidery floss.  I've shown a couple of detail photos here, above and below.

The embroidery stitches stand up on the surface of the tie. I have also done some machine quilting stitching on the ties themselves to enhance the appearance of the top. This machine quilting often goes around the areas where I've embroidered and makes that location stand out more. In other instances it secures the ties to the backing fabric and batting so they don't look like they are puffing out too much.  Decorative stitches built in to my machine have also been used on a couple of buildings as well.  It's on to the background next...

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