Friday, December 28, 2012

Energy Pathway Stitch Detail

Machine Quilting Detail
Here is a detail from my Energy Pathway piece. I am highlighting here the machine quilting stitching I used, and in particular, the background stitching. I did a meander/fill pattern on the right and on the left I did a more orderly vertical line pattern. This pattern occurred to me in the middle of quilting the piece and I wasn't sure at the time if it would be a good idea or not. As it turns out, I really like the juxtaposition of these patterns against each other and plan to use this again on other quilts.

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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Serendipity Trade - Nature's Energy Drink

Natures Energy Drink
The fall Serendipity Group trade was sent last month and this is my piece that was sent to Mia Bloom. Our theme was "Energy Pathways". I struggled with this theme for a while, but I love to incorporate birds in my pieces, and decided to find a way to link birds to energy.

Here we have a hummingbird getting energy by sipping nectar from a flower that got its energy from the sun. That seems like a pathway to me.

I drew the bird and flowers/leaves from some photos and sketches I had. I these flowers grow alongside the North Umpqua River and I have done several sketches of them over the years. My sketch book came in handy here as a reference.

Detail of head and flower
I had a piece of hand dyed fabric that was striated and looked very "watercolory (new word). I decided to leave this fabric showing through the light value areas of the shapes and paint the medium and dark values. I used Tsukeniko inks for this.

I added eyelash yarn to the bottom and a couple of edges to ground it and give it an interesting frame.

Then I had to name the piece to link it back to the Energy Pathway theme, and "Nature's Energy Drink" seemed like a good way to do that.

That's about it for now. I will show a couple more details in an upcoming post, but in the meantime, thanks for stopping by my blog!

Monday, December 10, 2012


Here is a photo of some delphiniums and their leaves. One of my current projects is a delphinium fiber art piece for Artistic Expressions. The delphinium piece will be in an exhibit that travels to several Mancuso venues beginning next year. It is a great opportunity and one that I am very excited about. I love being a part of Artistic Expressions!

That makes three projects I am working on right now! It's a juggling act!