Wednesday, April 20, 2016


One last post about the Matilda, Mary and Me art quilt, and that is outlining. When I have a color in my subject that is too close in value to my background area, I always like to outline it to add contrast and make it stand out more. I did that on this piece around the skin tone areas because they did not contrast enough with the yellow background.

You can do outlining with several straight lines of stitching, a satin stitch, or a small, thin piece of fabric. Here I used the later.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Matilda, Mary and Me - Quilting Stitches

I thought I’d show some of the quilting stitches I used on this art quilt in this post. I have some favorite stitches that I like to use in every piece, like swirls and piggy-backed shell shapes. I weave these throughout a piece to add some continuity in the stitches.


piggy-backed clam shells

In other areas I might want to emphasize a direction, such as the stitches used on my Grandmothers dress. 

Or add a bit of whimsy


If you want some ideas for quilting stitches I highly recommend Leah Day’s site (Leah Day). She has video tutorials and she did a 365 day quilt stitching project that gives you more than enough ideas.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Stitch Dialect Artist Reception

I'm proud to have three fiber art pieces in the SAQA Stitch Dialect show that runs from April 1 through 24. There is an artist reception this Sunday, April 10, from 1 to 3 pm, and I will be there. If you would like a nice thing to do on Sunday, consider going to this reception. There are works by 30 artists on display. I've seen some of them and they are very beautiful and impressive.