Wednesday, June 15, 2016

A few more details on the making of the geese...

Linda Friedman asked some questions in a comment about some of techniques I used to make the geese. I thought it would be good to give that information in a post, so here it is:

I did not use patterns or paper templates to cut out the individual smaller fabric pieces that I used to make the collaged geese. I laid the paper diagram of the goose showing my value areas on a light table, and then laid the fabric on the paper diagram.  I used a marker to mark the outline of the shape I wanted to cut out on the fabric. I could easily see through the fabric with the light table, and this saved me the time and effort of cutting out a bunch of freezer paper pieces.

After marking on the fabrics, I used a small rotary cutter to cut out the shape. Some fabrics were just cut free form with my small rotary cutter. I like a small rotary cutter for jobs like this because I can make turns easily. I also avoid using scissors if I can because it’s easier on my tendonitis plagued wrist.

The fabrics were all fused on the back. I cut out all the collage fabrics for a goose, got them in place on the brown background fabric, and then fused them down once I was satisfied with placement.

I used a machine appliqué raw edge technique for the geese fabrics. After the pieces were fused to the brown fabric, I stitched them to the brown background fabric using my sewing machine. After the collage pieces were stitched to the brown background, the entire goose was stitched to the sandwiched background, batt and backing. I used a curving free motion machine quilting design within the geese to secure them to the quilt.


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Monday, June 13, 2016

Making a Gaggle of Geese!


Today's post is about the method I used to make the geese in my "Gaggle of Geese" art quilt. This piece was made for a Flying Geese Quilters Guild challenge - "All Creatures Great and Small".

detail of "Gaggle of Geese"


I used a fabric collage technique for the geese, with a little blending between the fabrics using colored pencil.

Fabric collage requires the use of several fabrics to depict value changes and create interest in a subject. My first step was to create piles of light, medium and dark valued fabrics for the geese.

dark valued fabrics, mostly


light valued fabrics



The challenge had a couple of required fabrics that were tan and brownish, and those drove the colors that I made the geese.

challenge fabrics
These fabrics have tan, brown and blues. 



Each goose had it's own paper “pattern” that depicted the shape of the goose and the major value areas on the goose, ie: light, medium and dark shapes within the goose. 


Each goose also had its own solid brown fabric shape for a background. Here is the brown fabric with the geese patterns on it. Each brown goose shape was cut out. I used brown because it blended with the goose colors well. If the collage fabrics didn't cover every last bit, the brown showing through would be fine.


The collage pieces were placed on the brown background in a trial and error fashion until I got the look I was after. Here are some pictures of the geese showing the fabrics used in them:






























My favorite goose is the one on the right. I think the expression on the face is great, and the blending with the colored pencil added a lot on this one. Thanks for visiting my blog!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Gaggle of Geese Design




My inspiration for this piece was a photograph on the cover of a local magazine that I saw in Smithers, British Columbia several years ago. I was on a fishing trip and the cover picture showed several geese walking across a road. I loved that image and always wanted to do my take on it.

I wanted to use my own geese images and drawings for the piece, so I pulled out photos I have taken of geese, and public domain images of geese I found on the Internet, and started to make several sketches of geese in different postures. They are not hard to draw, in fact, I see them as similar to a bowling pin. These are a couple of my sketched geese:



The next step was positioning them. I wanted it to look like they were in a group walking together, with some of them a little smaller than the others because they were further away.  I took my sketches and made copies of them at different size reductions. That way I had a variety of geese sizes to try out at different positions.





I tried several different arrangements of the geese to come up with one that suited what I had in mind. I then worked on a setting for the geese.  This was my drawing for the original idea I had, which was geese walking across a farmer's field. That did not pan out, and I'll talk about that in a future post.

Nevertheless, the layout of the geese in this sketch was what I ultimately used in my design.



I think my next post will be on the process I used to make the geese. Thank you for visiting my blog!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Gaggle of Geese



"Gaggle of Geese" by Eileen Wintemute
This is an art quilt I recently completed for a challenge put on by the Flying Geese Quilters Guild. The theme of the challenge was "All Creatures Great and Small". The quilt measures about 32" wide by 44" high. It is machine pieced (raw edge), machine appliqued, and machine quilted. I also used colored pencil to blend some of the colors.

In the next few posts I'm going to show some of the steps taken to make this art quilt.  Thanks for visiting my blog!

Monday, May 16, 2016

A couple more thoughts on beading....



I thought I would show my beading box. You see it below. It is a MacBook Air box.



The top of the box is lined with a black foam material, which makes a nice backdrop for beading, and it prevents things from sliding all over. It also contains the beads that inevitably escape the hoop (more about this below). I use the entire box to store a beading project, but when I am sewing beads on, I transfer what I need to the lid and away I go.

The embroidery hoop has a batting like fabric stretched on it and it sits in the lid as you see here. The beads I am working with are put in the hoop. The triangular metal plate is used to scoop and move the beads around.

I use beading thread that blends with either the bead or the background fabric. I choose the color that I think is least likely to be seen. The plastic baggies hold the large volume of beads that I am using. I scoop a few out at a time and put them in the hoop.

I also have scissors to cut the thread, a needle threader, a thimble to push the needle through the fabric, and tweezers. I use the tweezers to remove threads if I change my mind about how I have sewn on beads. The needle I use can't be seen here, but I like a long, straw needle for beading. Longer needles are easier to hold on to. I have chronic tendonitis in my wrist and it is easier on the wrist to hold on to a longer needle.

I can sit with this on my lap, watch TV with the hubby, and stitch beads on to my hearts delight. I transfer all these contents to the box bottom when I'm done, and put the lid on. It's a nice system for me.

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Beaded Birds

 




 A few years ago I made some small stuffed birds out of wool and denim fabrics.  I intended them to be ornaments for a tree, but I thought they looked a little drab after getting them done, so they've sat in a bin for a few years.


I recently decided that what these birds needed was some bling. So I pulled out my beads and started sewing them on.








This is what the new jazzed up birds look like:








I don't know about you, but I like the "blinged" birds much better. I took off the tree hangar and intend to just set them on a box or something. Maybe a box like this:












Here's the bird on the box:



I would paint the box, of course!  Now to finish beading the rest of them.....

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Angling Memories - Mixed Media




 Angling Memories



Here is a mixed media painting that I recently completed. It started from a watercolor wash that I didn't know what to do with.  On top of the wash I did some ink sketching, glued on some papers, and stamped. I used a fly photo from a magazine and a river scene from a calendar.  After I glued papers on, I did some over-painting, including adding some gold paint highlights.

I  tried to use a lot of imagery that I associate with fly fishing, and I have decided to call it "Angling Memories".

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