The colors for this week are Raspberry, Tangerine, and a splash of lemon.
I had a piece of fabric already dyed with all three colors. I love this color combo and have dyed a lot of fabric, ribbons, and thread in this colorway. These colors say summer to me and remind me of eating sherbet, yum! I had fun creating my block for this week.
This week I followed the nature theme with a close-up of a flower. Just like all the other blocks in this series I fused squares of fabric and Pellon 805 together. Then I cut pieces of fabric and fused them to the base to make my design. I added free motion stitching to give the flower some shape.. I used french knots for the hand stitches this time around. I love the texture that french knots add to the fabric.
I also finished up all the blocks for Summer of Color and put them together into one art piece. I decided to finish them all individually instead of sewing them into a traditional quilt. I just don't do traditional when it comes to quilts. Here are all the blocks with the backing before I quilted them.
Here they are after I quilted them.
Here's what the back of the bird block looks like.
I spent a while figuring out how I wanted to combine all these into one art quilt. I decided to follow the nature theme and hang them from sticks. I used my hand dyed rayon ribbon to hang them and to sew the blocks together in the centers. I also wrapped the sticks with a ribbon that I dyed blue and green. I love how this gives a glimpse of summer scenes and invokes memories of past summers.
I hope that you like my art quilt. I enjoyed the Summer of Color challenge once again and look forward to next year.
I have been working on a few small pieces of art this summer along with the Summer of Color challenge that I am participating in.
These two photos are of a watercolor card that I painted. I wanted to play around with my Twinkling H2O's after doing so much textile art. I decided to paint this little whimsy girl on a thank you card. The whole card shimmers in the light. I love these watercolor paints for the beautiful rich colors and the shimmer and sparkle from the minerals.
I drew this fairy on watercolor paper a while ago and decided that I finally needed to paint her. She is also painted with the Twinkling H2O's. It is good to play with supplies and gain more knowledge about how they work. I also enjoy painting just for fun with no other purpose in mind.
I read about how Susan Brubaker Knapp took a denim jacket and stitched it with a sewing theme. You can read about her's here. I found a denim jacket at a resale shop here in town and decided to do the same thing. I have been working on this for a week, so I don't have very much done yet. This project is perfect for those times when I have to sit and wait for one thing or another or while watching tv and movies with my family. So far I am enjoying covering areas with these simple hand stitches. This project will keep me busy for a long time to come.
I hope that you enjoyed these glimpses of what I'm up to. Have a great week,
The colors for SOC this week are red, royal blue, and a touch of light blue.
I have a lot of blue fabrics and a bit of red that was enough for my plan for this week. I decided to dye a piece of fabric royal blue so that I had a piece dark enough. I have been wanting to make a royal blue piece for a while, so this was the perfect time to make one. Here is my selection of fabrics for this week. The one that looks white is actually a pale blue.
Here is more of the piece of royal blue fabric that I dyed.
In keeping with my nature theme I decided to make a bird on my quilt block for this week. We have a lot of birds where I live and I enjoy watching them. I loved creating this little bright bird. I used my pale blue piece of fabric for the background. Even though we were only supposed to use a touch of blue, this piece made a perfect backdrop. There is only a touch of blue dye in the fabric, so it fits well enough for me. I also added just a touch of light blue stitching to the bird feathers on the tummy and tail. I also added some cream like a real bird would have. I couldn't help but add some white swirls to the sky. I love the movement that the swirls add to the background.
I used rayon threads in the free motion stitching so that the feathers would shimmer in the light.
I hope that you enjoy my submission for SOC this week. Next week will be the last week and quilt block that I'm making for this quilt. I hope to see you next week.
This week the colors for SOC are pink, apple green, and a splash of dark green.
I happened to already have a couple of pink pieces of fabric to choose from and a large selection of greens. I love having different greens in my fabric stash, they always come in handy. We had a big storm this week that knocked out our power for a day. A lot of people in the area lost power for even longer. So I'm glad that I didn't have to dye fabric this week. I have to have water for that and no power means I have no water. It wasn't that bad though, just inconvenient. That is part of summer time in Michigan anyway.
So onto the art now....... I recently got a new dye called Granny Apple, so I had to use that dye for this week.
I decided that this color scheme was perfect for a little dragonfly and a grassy hill. I used Pellon 805 to fuse all the fabrics down to each other and to the batting. Then I free motion stitched the grass for texture and to make sure that none of those little pieces came up. I used a variegated perle cotton thread to outline the dragon fly with hand stitches.
When I put the whole quilt together into a nature themed art quilt, it will all come together and be quite lovely. I am really enjoying the colors this year and seeing all the creative projects that the other artists are making. If you would like to check them out click here.
Until next week,
This week the SOC colors are lavender, grey, and a splash of plum These color were fun and inspired me to design a panel that wasn't a flower. I challenged myself to make every quilt block in this series relate to nature and have both machine and hand stitching. It is nice to create different themes for each block. So far I haven't added any backing or done much quilting in the backgrounds. I am planning on adding those details when all the blocks are done.
These are the fabrics that I dyed for this project. I don't have any plum dye so I used a dark purple/red that I already had on hand. My lavender looks bluer in the photo than it is in real life, because my camera has problems with purples. It is a lovely color and one of my favorites.
I knew what elements I wanted to use in this block from the beginning, but I played around with the placement a bit. I finally came up with something like this.
I fused the fabrics down after I placed them just like I wanted and machine stitched the ground, tree, and the darker part of the sky. Then I added stitches for the leaves of the tree.
I hope you enjoyed this week of SOC. You can see what the other artists are up to on this page.
I'll see you next week,
I am going to go on some extra artistic dates this week and next week. It is important to do things that make your artistic heart sing for joy. Going on art dates keeps me inspired and learning new ways of working.
I'm going to go to Hollanders this week. I have never been there before and am really looking forward to this visit. It is a shop filled with decorative and artist papers and book binding supplies. I have been wanting to make some new artistic books and journals for a while now. I'm planning on buying some supplies to make this happen. I love looking at pretty papers too. I'll share photos later if I end up with some pretty new papers. You can check out their shop here.
Next Monday I get to go to an all day quilting workshop. I have been looking forward to this workshop for several months now. I am taking Garden of Eden by Laura Wasilowski.
In this tempting class create a small art quilt teeming with every flower in creation. Build a blooming garden on a green base of lush leaves, curly ferns and wavy blades of grass. Add simple daisies, jolly tulips, and colorful chrysanthemums to the mix and you have a garden that Eve would envy. All from colorful fused fabrics. Directions for free cutting flowers, bias leaves and fused quilt assembly processes are covered.
I'll share photos with you after I go to the workshop. It should be a fun day of learning and hanging out with other quilters. You can check out Laura's website here and see examples of her work. She is also giving a lecture at the Jackson quilt guild that evening. I'm sure that it will be an entertaining and informational lecture.
Now that you know some of the art dates that I enjoy, please share your own ways to keep inspired and learning.
The colors for this week are coral, teal, and a splash of bright white.
I had a coral fabric to use, but I had to dye a teal. None of the ones that I had were quite the right color. I love dyeing fabric all different colors so that I have a stash of fabrics to use when I want to make some textile art. I also dyed a piece going for a pinker coral. I added a little too much pink for it to work, but I still have the pretty fabric for something else.
After I got my fabric ready, I put the two pieces of fabric together with a piece of stabilizer in the middle. Then I free motion stitched flowers using a zig zag stitch. I cut the flowers out and stitched them to my teal quilt block with some white perle cotton thread. I love adding dimensional elements to my quilts.
I think that all the quilt blocks will look wonderful turned into a quilt at the end. It will really come to life when I add the stitching to the backgrounds. I hope you enjoy my creative process. Have a good week,
I made a video last week when I was sun printing. Today I edited the video and put it up on YouTube. I hope that you enjoy seeing a bit more of my process.
I will also put this and a link to making my sun printed pillows up on my free tutorial page in the next few days.
Have a great weekend,
It is time for Summer of Color again. This has been one of my favorite summer art activities every year for the past three. I am expecting this summer to be a blast too. I love having color prompts that prod me into directions that I may not have gone in otherwise. The colors for this first week are aqua blue, yellow, and a splash of hot pink. I like using these colors anyway, so this one was fun and easy.
This year I decided to make quilt blocks that are 6" x 6" and after all the color prompts I will make a wall hanging art quilt. I love making textile art and want to continue in that trend this summer. I'm going to try and stick with a nature theme this year as well. Here is my first quilt block.
I used all cotton fabrics that I dyed myself. I added fusible to the back of the fabric, cut out each element, and fused them to the teal background. I added stems with embroidery thread and I machine stitched the flowers and the vase.
To see the whole quilt developed and finished please keep following along every week.
Have a great week,
Local people, what workshops would you be interested in taking from me?
• Painting a textured whimsy canvas
• Painting an art journal page and learning more about art journaling
• Dyeing cotton fabric
• Making printed fabric art cloth
• Sun printing fabric and making a pillow
• Any other ideas
I'm wondering what people are interested in learning. These workshops could be for adults, kids/teens, or a parent child mix.
Please leave me a comment and let me know what you would have fun trying out.