Saturday, December 8, 2007

Christmas cards


I made several Christmas cards for a swap online. This was my favorite of all so I thought he should greet you as you open my blog!!

His head is made using my felting machine and then I embroidered his facial features with my Singer XL6000 embroidery machine. The blue background is encaustic wax art.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Elements class




I've quilted three out of the four quilts I made at QU class. I still need to put the bindings on them. This class taught me a lot of using different threads and materials to make a picture/quilt.


Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Pay It Forward

I happened to be reading Judy's blog the other morning and realized I was one of three reading and or commenting for the PIF on her blog. So here I am posting about the Pay if Forward.

"I will send a handmade gift to the first 3 who leave a comment on my blog requesting to join this Pay It Forward exchange. I don’t know what that gift will be yet and you may not receive it tomorrow or next week, but I promise you will receive it within 365 days! The only thing you have to do in return is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog.


Anyhow the first three people who comment, will receive something in the mail from me - not to sure when or what. All I ask is that you continue with the PIF exchange on your own blogs. Keep this random act of kindness moving on.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Espresso



I finally finished the Espresso piece that has been laying on my cutting table for a few months. I had some antique spoons my Mom had given me so decided to tie them on the piece. I free motion quilted the top and put a tiny binding around the edge of the border. It turned out well now to keep it out of my daughter's hands!!!


She loves all things Coffee related.



Also finished my Fall wall hanging and it is hanging on my wall.


Wednesday, October 24, 2007

QU Elements class


I am now on lesson four of this class entitled Earth. Haven't started it yet but I'm close!! Here are pictures of my first three weeks worth. Water, Fire and Wind. I have added machine embroidery to each of them. I haven't sewn the mermaid down because I need to quilt that piece first then sew her into the picture. The fire dragon doesn't show up too good in this picture but you definitely know what he is. And the white doves in the clouds was Linda's (teacher of the class) idea!! My clouds looked okay but lacked a focal point so she suggested I put some birds in the picture.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Embellished Beads




These are hand made beads I received in swaps. I embellished them today using wire, ribbons and small beads. These will look good on small journal pages & art quilts.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

QU Elements class


I started a Quilt University online art quilt class with Linda Schmidt called "Elements" So far we have made a water scene (my ocean) and a fire scene. Much harder than I had anticipated but I've learned sooooo much from this class. We have a weeks break and then begin the final two elements, clouds and mother earth. We will then quilt our four pieces and finish them either in a quilt or as individual pieces. What fun this has been so far but I have to admit I was totally stuck at the beginning. I just couldn't get the water to flow as it should. It took me a few days to get the feel of what I should and should not be doing!!

Saturday, September 22, 2007

COFFEE


This is a piece I have been working on. It's coffee dyed paper towels & brown tissue paper. Paper with old advertisements of coffee and a machine embroidered picture of coffee. I still have work to do on it but it's coming along. I want to rip the edges and burn them a darker color then quilt it onto some coffee bean fabric I have. I'm not sure where this piece will take me but the journey will be fun!!!!

Altered sweatshirt




I took this pullover sweatshirt and made it into a "raggedy" jacket by sewing patches all over it, then free motion embroidering onto them, put a zipper up the front and knit a scarf out of yarn ribbon for the collar. I love it, it's totally me!!!


Thursday, September 13, 2007

Box trades & Beads

Here you see all the beads I have received from a Bead Swap so far. These will come in handy for embellishing fiber arts. The top 12 are from Dottie Cullen, next 22 are from Karen Stiehl Osborn , ten are from Joan Lane and the bottom 12 are mine.






Here are three very colorful boxes I received from a Box Trade on Surface Design.


The left black/green box is from Carol Clasper. The bright green/red is from Sue Miller and the pink bottom box is from Lorri Chambers. They are made from Fabrics and embellished with beads. Beautiful work ladies and Thank You!!!

Friday, September 7, 2007

Purple Poppy PC



I would appreciate it if you would go to the link above (Purple Poppy PC) and vote for my purple poppy postcard #102. I would love for it to make the 2008 Art Card Idea calendar deck. Only one vote per person so tell all your friends too!!! And thanks a bunch for voting!!!

Sunday, August 19, 2007

SUNFLOWERS ??







Last weekend I dyed fabrics. One piece jumped out at me. It was a 2 yd piece that I had tied all one direction and dip dyed it. When I took the rubber bands off and laid it out the design looked like a huge flower!! Well to me anyhow........ your eye might see it as something different!!!

I set to work using one of the flowers as a trial run to see if it could be worked into a huge sunflower and yes it can!! This piece still needs lots of work but now I know it is "workable." I sent a piece to three of the people I know are very creative to see what they will do with it!! I think we need a vote though........Do you think the blue should be at the top so it gives an indication of "sky" or at the bottom as in this picture with the yellow at the top giving the indication of sun??? I think "maybe" the blue should be at the top with the yellow sun shining lower on the stem of the flower?????? Hmmmmmmm give me your thoughts please!!




Monday, August 13, 2007

Fabric Dying



















Today I finished my dying for a swap on Surface Design. I was especially pleased with the white wool felt in the top picture. I scrunched up a 1 yd piece and put it into a 1 gallon jar, then started pouring colors in. I started with gold let it run to the bottom and soak in, then turquoise, hot pink and purple. I love how this piece turned out!!!! As you can see from the photos I dyed a lot of fabric today. Hubby even moved the old washer from the garage outside and hooked it to the garden hose so I could do a cold water rinse to set the Rit dyes. He's a keeper that's for sure!!!!!

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Art Card Deck Ideas


















I entered the above six fiber art post cards in the Art Card Deck Ideas contest. 52 winners will be chosen for a calendar page in the deck along with one grand prize winner!!!

Please go to this website and view all the wonderful entries!! There are some beautiful Art Cards!!! It will be interesting to see whose card makes the Art Card Deck!! http://www.artcardideas.com/2007/artcardgallery/index.asp
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Quiltie and ATC's


I made these for a swap on Unlimited Textiles group. 5" x 5" quiltie and 3 ATC's. The quiltie is entirely felted/punched on my Xpressions machine. The pink colored ATC is Fiber Fusion. The yarns & glitter were added to the wet Fibers and left to dry. The copper glue globs were added last. The turquoise cards are silk fusion, punched rovings and machine embroidered dragonflys.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Journal pages & PC's


































I have just finished the Spring, Fall & Winter journal pages for swaps. I did the Fall and Winter on my Xpressions felting machine and then added some pumpkins and snowflakes from my scrapbooking stash. ( I am not a scrap booker).
The spring journal page was made using a paper towel for the background thus the tiny little flowers you see. I then added sticky backed quilled flowers and butterflies and punched a sheer netting over the top to hold the flowers on.









I recently finished these Postcards for a swap on Surface Design "Embellished Layers". These will go to Phyllis in MI, Carol in NC, Mags in Wales & Dale in Australia. I used many different embellished layers and fibers for these.

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Coin Purse & Old lace















Today I used the piece of old lace and silk I punched to make a small coin purse. It's very antique looking and I like it!!! The pattern was made by Anne Pyle and Ellen who do digitizing. It was a breeze to make. You can see all the steps in these pictures.

Old Lace & Chiffons






Yesterday I played with my Xpressions machine. I took old ecru and tea dyed lace and punched them into a piece of wool felt. I also used tea dyed silks and chiffons. I think I will take this piece and make it into a small purse.




I then took a piece of pansy print chiffon and punched it into green velvet (heavy velvet & broke two needles) I like the out come but not the broken needles. I also punched it into a piece of white wool felt along with some coral puckered chiffon. The coral was one of those weird puckered stretchy shirts I got at the Goodwill store and cut it up for punching. Doesn't work as well as I had thought it would.



I'm in a box swap on one of the Yahoo lists. I've made one box using my Xpressions machine. Now I need to get busy and get the other three done.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Materials




My friend and I went to the quilt shop. I have a weakness for batiks and tye dyes. Can you tell?? I bought these all at the same time except for the top right fabrics. I got most of them at the quilting expo. She was having a sale on some of them.
The froggies were another shopping day. I just couldn't pass up the froggies and then of course I had to have fabrics to go with them!!!