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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Post Cards For Team Bailey Bird

My 14 year old niece, Bailey 
was diagnosed with Leukemia early March of this year.
A postcard campaign has begun and of course mine is a fabric postcard.
If you would liek to send her a postcard of love and prayer,
message me and I'll send you the address.  
Postcards will be read to Bailey until she is able to read them for herself!
Prayers requested. . 
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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Which Direction? Improvisational Piecing With Didi Salvatierra

I took a great workshop with Didi Salvatierra today.
I used many precut hand dyed fabric strips
 gleaned from another quilter quite awhile ago.
The white is the design wall NOT park of the composition.
My color palate is a bit brighter 
so I plan to add some bright accents - Maybe embroidery 
or maybe just machine quilted. 
So, the question is, which orientation is most pleasing in your opinion?

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Handmade Aqua Vinyl Clutch

My Fiber Arts Alliance group had a workshop
on creating our own vinyl sheet using
bits and pieces of fabric and threads.
It was a quick process and everyone's came out
so unique and clever.
I used remnants from my latest project
and followed the teacher, Denise's great directions
to create this vinyl clutch.  It would be a great gift idea.
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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

New Design Wall - Blue Advent Clergy Stole

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I'm finally getting a design wall up in my new space.
It's great for working on projects like this
blue Advent Clergy Stole.
Linked to Off The Wall Friday, Crazy Mom Quilts
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Monday, August 7, 2017

"Call Her Blessed" In Progress

4th in a spontaneous series honoring women,
"Call Her Blessed" 
combines many, many cotton batik fabrics 
to create this female form on a pieced black and white background.
I'm adding hand embroidery daily as part of the 
#ayearinstiches challenge and having a great time.
Linked to Art Of Homemaking Mondays, Off The Wall Friday 

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Friday, July 21, 2017

"Girlfriends" Border - #ayearinstitches

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I've really enjoyed this composition of female shapes.
It's 3rd in a series that I did not intend. 
The border is almost completely quilted with
white quilting thread.
You can view the first 2 here -  "She Can Laugh"
Linked to Off The Wall Friday, Crazy Mom Quilts, Whoop Whoop Friday
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Heart Block For Hospital's Heart Path Program

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Each year Quilt Guild members are invited to make a "Thank You" block f
or the outgoing Guild President. 
This year's recipient requested red hearts to create a piece
 for our local Hospital's Heart Path Program.
Red Feather Stitch Outline on pieced red batik heart
on white background. I also printed "love" on the center section.
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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Blue Ensemble - "Girlfriends" Quilted Art

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Day 192 #ayearinstitches 
3 strands royal blue Chain Stitch for pants and blouse 
with Back Stitch accent around blouse Starburst.
Now these 3 girlfriends are ready for a border.
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Monday, July 17, 2017

Wedding Anniversary Gift Continues

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A few more hand embroidery stitches - 
2 strands yellow DMC Alternating Running Stitch in the bottom yellow batik section 
& Cross Stitches in the upper cream batik section.
I am planning to add some buttons too. 
Day 197 #ayearinstitches.
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Friday, July 14, 2017

It's Wedding & Anniversary Season - Heart Art

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Weddings / Anniversaries are aplenty this month so 
I've begun some hand embroidery on a multi pieced batik fabric quilted heart. 
3 strands light green Button Hole Stitch,
3.strands pink DMC Lazy Daizy Stitch &
 2 strands yellow DMC Colonial Knot centers.
I will mount it on a black cradle board for ease of display. 
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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Friendship Girls | #AYearInStitches

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Summer has been full of renewing friendships near and far.
No wonder my art reflects that
with these 2 black/white female figures
hand appliqued down with black Pearle Cotton thread.
Next came a fuchsia Running Stitch skirt  and belt with one Lazy Daily flower
and Colonial Knots for the bodice section.
Her friend has a lime green Chain Stitch outline and Cross Stitches
in the centers of the printed flowers.
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Of course a third was needed.  She's being appliqued down with
black Pearle cotton thread.  
Looks like they are having a fun time. 
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Friday, June 30, 2017

Embroidery Quilt Collage Continues

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Day 178 #ayearinstitches 
Another repetitive strengthening design today although a bit larger. 
2 strands lime DMC Colonial Knots on the mixed blue Straight Stitch flowers
 with 3 strands Straight Stitch for the stems.
Fashion fabrics are hand embroidered/ collaged through batting and backing at the same time.
I like this technique.
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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Thursday, June 1, 2017

It's Not All Black And White Art Quilt

 Began as part of my #ayearinstitches challenge
these three black and white flowers
and stems are hand appliqued down to a hand 
appliqued background.  
Hand appliqued black snap centers
were the perfect pop of fun.
View in process photos here  and here.
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See the small "Post Card" art created from the remnants here.
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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

"Strength & Honor"

Strength & Honor | Proverbs Women | Modern Art Wall Quilt
It's finished.  This has been such a fun project.
Stitching and posting about it daily as part of the #ayearinstitches
has been such a good discipline for me.  
"Strength & Honor" is 100% hand created beginning with 
artist's surface design of female models, hand embroidery and hand quilting. 
"Strength & Honor" is 2nd in a series.
The center section resembles the world a bit and reminds that women are women worldwide. 
Each female figure is unique representing various moods, personalities and stages in life.
Yet, there is victory and even though days may be challenging, 
"Strength & Honor" helps keep perspective.
Measuring approximately 22 inches X 20 inches it is ready to hang.
It's for sale @ etsy.com/shop/juliebagamary
Linked to Wow Me Wednesday, Thursday Favorite Things, Crazy Mom Quiltshttp://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/2017/06/pink-flamingo-gingham-quilt-top.html, Off The Wall Friday

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Day 140 #AyearInStitches - Black & White Flowers

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I admit - I began the #ayearinstitches January 1st with much enthusiasm 
which has waned from time to time.
 And yet, overall, the discipline of hand stitching and
 posting daily has been good for me in life's great and not so great days. 
Today I completed Flower #2 using black Pearle cotton Buttonhole Stitch.
Linked to Thursday Favorite Things
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Hand Embroidery Continues In #Ayearinstitches

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A new art collage begins with 2 strands green DMC 
Knotted Fly Stitch on hand dyed fabrics.
After adding hand painted circles and squiggles,
 I hand embroidered the green hand painted fabric to the collage using 
2 strands green DMC Ladder Stitch.
Thing 2 on this latest Fiber Art Collage -black Pearle cotton thread horizontal 
Seed Stitch applique black/white batik stem.
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Freedom Girls -#ayearinstitches

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Using my remaining Surface Design girls etc.
I'm created a new collage.
This Girl of the collage is on hand painted fabric using the 
paint top as a stencil and then.
2 strands purple DMC Chain Stitch outline highlight her shape.
This composition tastes of playing with paper dolls
 which I have not much experience. 
Stitch seems much more fun.
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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

"She Can Laugh" 4 Women Wall Hanging

Mother's Day is coming and it can bring a mix of emotions for so many reasons.
I recently finished this small Quilted Art Wall hanging that gives hope to whatever situation you may be in. It is For Sale in my Etsy Shop
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"She Can Laugh" is 100% hand created beginning with artist's surface design of female models,
 hand embroidery and hand quilting.
Measuring 14 1/2 inches X 11 1/2 inches it is ready to hang.
Each female figure is unique representing various moods, personalities and stages in life.
Yet, there is victory and even though days may be challenging, "She Can Laugh" helps keep perspective.
It would be a great Mother's Day gift for your mom, a friend or yourself. $85
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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

"Be Healed" Embroidery Complete

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Since I chose not to mark the fabric, 
I used parchment paper pinned to the
Fiber Art piece for the word placement.
 I hand embroidered
"be healed" in black Peale Cotton thread. 
I'm not sure it was the best way to do it,
but it worked. 
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Monday, April 24, 2017

Mother's Day Fiber Art Card

Mother's are so special in our lives and often it's a challenge to find them 
a fitting gift to express our love.
I like to create Fiber Art Cards and use the opportunity
to share Fiber Art and words of love.
I like to get started on Fiber Art Cards early.
I also like to offer workshops so others can create them.
They are a perfect little "I love You".
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Friday, April 21, 2017

April Art Daily - Women- A Year In Stitches

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Look closely and you can see the 
aqua Running Stitch outlining
this modern woman that is part 
of a small composition resulting from
our Surface Design group fun.
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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Mystery Woman - April Art Daily

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1 of 4 sections of a small collage with fabric painted
in our Surface Design Group.
Many stitches removed and replaced - this section is done.
2 strands grey DMC Colonial Knots in dress section, 
Running Stitching elsewhere in female form. 
2 strands lime DMC horizontal Running Stitching for background.
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

April Art Daily Progress | A Year In Stitches

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Our Surface Design Group experimented with
Gelli printing again - this time with masks of female shapes.
What fun!  I concentrated on paints of aqya gray & lime.
Now, I'm creating a small collage with 4 of them.
this one has a Seed Stitched "blouse" in aqua over gray.
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Monday, April 17, 2017

April Art Daily Update - Collaboration With Chloe


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Day 15 April Art Daily  & Day 105 #ayearinstitches 
When my 9 year old granddaughter gave me this drawing
, I knew right away it was a great composition and I planned to use it for a Fiber Art piece. 
During the #ayearinstitches & April Art Daily challenges,
 I hand embroidered the batik fabric pieces in collage style,
 added accents and finally machine quilted it.  
She loves it....me too.

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

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Day 91 #ayearinstitches
2 strands green DMC Chain Stitch applique 2 more green batik leaves to this composition.
I'm also posting this on Facebook @ April Art Daily. 
Please join me in creativity there and encourage others.
Linked to Thursday Favortie Things, Crazy Mom Quilts, Off The Wall Friday
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Monday, April 3, 2017

Day 3 April Art Daily

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Day 3 April Art Daily &
Day 93 #ayearinstitches
This composition, "be healed" is making progress. 
Machine quilting 4 different designs in 4 quadrants of the background
 and fun aqua swirls quilt the hand appliqued flower petals. Lots of stitching.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Let The Sun Shine

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Inspired by a piece of art given to me,
I'm creating a simple cheerful scene.
that begins with some bright sunshine.
2 strands yellow DMC Long & Short Straight Stitch Applique 
a sun as part of the background.
April Art Daily begins in a few days.  
Whatever your artistic medium, please consider joining me
and please spread the word.
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Monday, March 27, 2017

Alabama Chanin Style Swirl Skirt

I have admired the Alabama Chanin  technique & designs and hand work for a long time.
I've read books, looked at photos on Pinterest 
and admired friend's projects using  Natalie Chanin's  methods.
I chose to try it out for myself and up-cycle this grey t-shirt skirt.
First I painted white circles on the hemline using fabric paint and a stamp.
Then I backed the hemline with an up-cycled darker gray t-shirt.
Next, I hand Big Stitched outside the swirl using a white Pearle Cotton.
Finally, I cut out the top layer of the swirl revealing the darker gray.
I am pleased with my skirt and am pondering my next project.
Have you tried this technique?  Photos please.
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

"Shining Stars" - Collaboration With Mom

My mom came for a 2 week visit and we collaborated
on this wall hanging for my sister. 
Mom chose the blue batik fabrics and placement of the stars.
 It's machine quilted and a fun reminder of Mom's visit.
Linked to Thursday Favorite Things, Crazy Mom Quilts, Off The Wall Friday 
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

"Sentinel" - $175

"Sentinel" is being delivered today in preparation for an Asheville
 Gallery show for the months of April & May. 
"Sentinel" began on January 1, 2017 as I participated 
in the #ayearinstitches Challenge (hand embroidery stitching each day)
along with others around the globe. 
All hand embroidered in various purple thread on a 
hand dyed yellow and purple fabric.
A snap is part of Sentinel's eye as it keeps careful watch.
Machine quilted in white thread. Designs of pebbles, swirls, spiral circles 
and spiral squares. 
Machine signed by artist.
"Sentinel" 20 inches X 18 inches
$175
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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Day 74 #ayearinstitches

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I'm enjoying re-purposing a few
yellow batik quilting sample pieces like this one where I also
added hand painted aqua leaves.
I will be offering these for sale since they make
thoughtful Mother's Day gifts. 
Day 74 #ayearinstitches 
2 strands purple & yellow DMC Lazy Daisy Stitch 
applique purple batik flower with Straight Stitch center.
 2 strands green DMC applique green batik stem.
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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Collaboration Wallflower Creation | The Button Florist

I have admired the art of 
The Button Florist - Celia Barbieri for quite some time now.
Naturally, I contacted Celia when I wanted to create some button flowers from some of my many
buttons and use this plaque from my daughter with my husband's favorite verse inscribed into it,
along with some of the buttons from his old work shirts 
to create a Wallflower.
Thankfully, Celia's offered her expertise & a few ceramic buttons to my limited skill
and our collaboration creation was born.  I am very happy with it.
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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Scrap Vortex Fun

Awhile back, I participated in a Scrap Vortex Quilt A Long  -
Here's a new bit of piecing using that technique.
Not sure of it's final destination yet. 
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Monday, March 6, 2017

Update- Bird Cage Art Collage - $125

Completed this piece by machine quilting
on the background, adding silver metal buttons & binding. 
 It's mounted on a 11 inch X 14 inch black wooden cradle.
Ready to hang.  It's available for sale here. $125
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Friday, March 3, 2017

Bird Cage Art Collage | A Year In Stitches | April Art Daily

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yielded the center section of this composition where 
2 aqua birds were stenciled with embroidered eye
 surrounded by a hand embroidered bird cage. 
Now it's a part of a Bird Art Collage where I added more embroidery 
as part of the A Year In Stitches Challenge. 
Day 61 #ayearinstitches 
2 strands teal DMC Back Stitch around the 2 birds in a cage
 & also Lazy Daisy Stitch outline. 
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