Monday, October 21, 2013


Today I started quilting pillow shams I embroidered for Mother.  I embroidered one set for her, and one set that she will be giving as a gift.  I started with hers...

These aren't going as fast as the little quilt I did this weekend, but they're pretty! One Down...3 more to go.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Quick Little Quilts

I have a trip to visit my Mother , kids, and grandkids coming up in a couple weeks, so I've been making things to take with me.

I love to do quick strippy quilts when I need a kiddie gift. My sister Mary does these, but hers are a bit different than mine. I cut all my strips the same size and prefer to add applique, plus I do mine completely on the longarm. This one I did a while ago, all on the longarm...piecing, applique and quilting. Very fast and very easy...cute too!

But I needed 2, so time to whip up another.  I cut all my strips 6 1/2" x WOF. I cut 6 solid and 5 in a cute mermaid print.

Then I cut out hearts with my die cutter...the fabric was pre-fused with misty fuse

Next, I fused the hearts in place on the solid fabrics

All ready now to go.  I loaded backing and batting on the longarm, then stitched the first strip down at the top. (sorry, I forgot to take photos) Then place the next strip right side down on the first one and stitch along the bottom edge.  I use my channel lock to get a perfectly straight seam. Flip the strip down and press. Continue doing the same stitch, flip and press until all your strips are sewn in place. Stitch across the bottom edge of the last strip and now your top is all pieced and stabilized.  I then stitch up one side back to the top of the quilt.

Back at the top again I'm ready to quilt and applique each strip as I go. On these I did a blanket stitch around the hearts. I did a little video on this technique back in can find the post here if you want to see how I do it. I just made my way back down to the bottom row by row, completing the applique and the background quilting working back and forth from side to side.  The whole quilt can be pieced, appliqued and quilt all with only one stop and start.  On this particular quilt, it took me 15 minutes to piece all the strips, 10 minutes to applique and quilt each solid row, and 5 minutes to quilt each print row for a grand total of 1 hour and 40 minutes!  The finished quilt measures 40" x 66"....perfect size for a 7 year old little girl.

And one of my drip dyed backings

I also made a little shoulder bag for her ipod touch

And I  made a couple pencil rolls for budding artists to carry their colored pencils around

I still have a few more things to make this coming week.  And looky what came in the mail today...

My 8" round Gelli plate!  Can't wait to play with this! That's it for today,  have a great weekend!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Vision of the Night

Today is the reveal of the first project of our new group Art Squared.  The theme (chosen by yours truly) this time is "Mystical".  The works can be any medium, but must be in a square format with a minimum size of 6x6 and maximum 12x12.  "Vision of the Night" is my interpretation.

"Vision of the Night"

The first thing that comes to my mind when I hear the word "Mystical" is the Moon.  Much of my work incorporates images of the moon.  In this piece, I combined the "Wadjet" or "eye of Horus" with the phases of the moon.

Horus was a sky god whose eyes, it was said were the sun and the moon. Ancient myth describes a battle between Horus and Seth, in which Horus' right eye was torn out.  Thoth, the god of magick, restored Horus' eye.  It is said the myth relates to the waxing and waning of the moon, during which the moon appears to have been torn out of the sky before being restored once every lunar month.

The base fabric background was dyed with fiber reactive dyes. The eye is painted with Pro Chemical textile paints and Jacquard Lumiere.  The moons are black and white Dupion silk and are machine appliqued to the background.

The batting is Quilters Dream Puff and it is quilted with Superior metallic and silk threads. Lastly, it was mounted on stretcher bars.

Be sure to head over to the Art Squared group blog to see the fabulous work of the other artists.