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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Thursday, January 11, 2018

My "Attitudes!" Exhibit - One Week Until the Show Opens!

"On the Boulevard"

I'm proud to have my "Attitudes!" series in Mancuso's World Quilt Florida Exhibition. The show opens one week from today, on January 18th and runs through the 20th. It is at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando Florida (9800 International Drive). I wish I could be there to see it! I'm very grateful to Mancuso Show Management for the Opportunity!

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

This is a partially finished city scape that uses men's ties for the buildings. I have cut the ties in various sizes to make the buildings. I am using three different ties in this piece. I also am using solid blue and black commercial fabric for the building shadows and the top of one of the buildings.

The tie pieces are placed on a hand dyed men's handkerchief. The dye color is a light blue. I have placed the handkerchief on a commercial striped fabric. There is a piece of batting and backing fabric under the striped fabric.

I cut the tie sections and arrange them in a way that looks interesting. I use a bit of glue to hold them in place, and then begin sewing them down. I sew them with my sewing machine using a buttonhole, zig zag or decorative stitch. The stitching goes around each of the shapes. This stitching is done through the tie, handkerchief, striped fabric, batting and backing fabric. Here is a picture of the back with some of the stitching visible:

It's not particularly neat looking. I intend to use these as pillows, so the back will be inside the pillow and won't be visible. My next step is embroidery work on the buildings. Thanks for visiting my blog!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Finishing Up A City Scape

Red and Blue Tie Scape

I like to use men's ties to make city-scapes. I cut the ties and use the various parts as buildings. I like to place the ties on a background that is a man's handkerchief. I associate the ties and handkerchiefs with men's work attire from a by-gone era. I like the idea of using these to create a depiction of the place they would have gone to work. It's an homage to working attire in a big city, I guess.

The ties often are made of interesting and beautiful silk fabrics. They are not stiff and often end up being a little wonky in their appearance as a building.  I think that adds to the charm of the city.

I have made a few of these over the years, and I have taught workshops on making a "tie-scape". When you teach a workshop in something you end up with a few partially finished items, all at various stages of completion. I've decided to finish my in progress tie-scapes, and I'm going to show that work on my blog. 

These are photos of a couple of other partially finished ties scapes. I plan to finish all of these, but I'm going to start with the one I show above. Thanks for visiting my blog!

Red and Brown Tie Scape

Blue and Yellow Tie Scape

Friday, December 15, 2017

Some Recent Things I've Been Doing


I thought I"d show you some of what has been keeping me busy lately. This is a picture of me with my niece, who is depicted in my art quilt, Shootie-Pie. This piece is one of my "Attitudes!" pieces that is in my exhibit.  I have been busy getting all the pieces done and the exhibit ready for shipping. It will ship today to the Mancuso Florida World Quilt Show!

Watercolor! I've been taking two watercolor painting classes this fall. One is in a class room and one is plein air. I've been focusing on painting more quickly. I don't have a lot of time to paint at home, so I want to get a painting done while I'm at the class. I try to paint on a smaller scale and move more quickly. My work is looser than it otherwise would be, but I'm improving with the faster painting practice. This was an assignment on palm trees. It is from a photo I took in Hawaii.

Ukulele! I play ukulele and this is me (second from the left, the shortest one) doing "Santa Baby" at a performance with the group I play with. It is a lot of fun!

I hope you are having a wonderful Holiday season! Thank for visiting my blog!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Mediterranean Inspirations

I have been traveling this fall quite a bit and haven't had time this last month to do many posts on this blog. But I am getting back to my normal routine and will start showing a project soon.

My travels took me to Oregon for a fun fishing and camping trip with friends, the Houston Texas International Quilt Festival and a Mediterranean cruise. The cruise was the best of the three trips. I visited Italy, Croatia, Montenegro, Greece, France and Spain. Every port had interesting sights to see and visit. I am posting below some of my favorite photos from the trip:

Rome Architecture

Gaudi Sagrada Familia in Barcelona

Naples Balcony

Corfu Greece Knitting Shop Owner

Roman Cafe

I took over 1,000 photos on this trip, so these are  obviously just a minor snapshot of what I saw. It was an inspiring trip from an artistic point of view. It will be a highlight in my life for a long time.

I've got a few activities that will keep me tied up through the middle of December, but after that I will begin posting a new project. As always, I thank you for visiting my blog!