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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.
It's for sale in my Etsy Shop - Free Shipping
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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.
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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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Knitted Preemie Hat - Free Pattern & Tutorial

During these cold days, I find knitting a tiny Preemie Hat 
for the local Neo Natal Unit quite satisfying.
I use up bits of yarn and pray for the little one who will receive it 
along with their family.  
Here's my
I'd enjoy seeing a photo one one you knit too.
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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Reversible Modern Clergy Stole Commission - SOLD


I enjoy working with a client to get 
just the perfect Clergy Stole for their needs. 
Often it is for a gift and each stole is unique.
This Reversible Modern Clergy Stole 
is 5 inches longer on each side as the client requested.
The Ordinary Times side is pieced in various green batik fabrics while
the Wedding/ Baptism side is pieced in various white batik fabrics -
both in an improvisational style. Machine quilted.
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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Blue Striped Neo Natal Knitted Preemie Hats

 
Blue striped yarn make these Knitted Preemie Hats for the local Neo Natal unit a breeze.
I have added a bit of gleaned green yarn in for exta measure.
They are quick and fun to make.  I have written up a free pattern if you'd like to try it out.
Free Pattern here
I'd enjoy seeing photos of your creations too. 
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Monday, February 27, 2017

Reversible Modern Clergy Stole | Ordinary Times | Wedding| Baptism | I Am My Beloved's

I just completed this Reversible Modern Clergy Stole this week.
Side 1 is  created from various specialty white batik fabrics in improvisational style and enhanced
by the black hand embroidered verse, 
"I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine"
Song of Solomon 6:3
Side 2 is composed from many specialty green batik fabrics in my improvisational style
including a hand discharged bird on the left side. 
Machine quilted in white cotton thread.
This would be the perfect gift for someone graduating seminary
or for a congregation to bless their pastor with a thoughtful gift. 
It is for sale in my Etsy Shop.
OR I would be happy to create a unique one special for your occasion.
Just leave a comment below. 
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Friday, February 24, 2017

Day 23 February Art Daily & Day 53 #ayearinstitches

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2 days in early February were used to hand embdoider this collage background
for this composition. Then Day 3 began these
daily flowers which have been such fun to create.   Combining the two challenges of February Art Daily and #ayearinstitches has been good guidelines. 
A client has requested this piece and desires a section  of the verse
from Matthew 6:28 -
"flowers of the field grow" hand embroidered. 
So just a few more flowers before that.
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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Day 46 #ayearinstitches

The fun challenge continues and I seem to like the newest flower more than the last.#
2 strands purple DMC applique light yellow batik flower using Straight Stitch with Colonial Knot atop & Running Stitch on twisted green batik stem.
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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Neo Natal Knittted Preemie Hat | Free Pattern & Tutorial

A purple and teal knitted Preemie Hat this time.
I like to keep a tiny hat on my pair of circular needles
so as to pick up and carry with me for waiting times,
or at night as the day winds down. 
I use up bits of yarn and pray for the little one who will receive it 
along with their family.  
Free Pattern & Tutorial here. 
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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Asheville Quilt Guild - Star Community Quilt

As part of the Asheville Quilt Guild, assembled
these star blocks that various guild members created,
added the pieced sashing and machine quilted it on my friend's 
long arm machine.  This was my first attempt at using a long arm machine 
but hopefully not my last. 
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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Fiber Art Valentines & Birthday Greetings To The HUB

I delivered these Fiber Art pieces
to The Hub in Fairview, NC yesterday and they are for sale.
Only $12.50 each and would make wonderful Valentine Cards
that last far beyond February 14. 
I'll also be teaching a workshop at The Hub
February 8th from 10 AM - Noon  in case you want to create some
Fiber Art Valentine's. 
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Friday, January 27, 2017

JOY | Quilted Heart #Ayearinstitches



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I completed this hand embroidery/quilted
heart to finish out Day 26 of #ayearinstitches.
Using teal and purple DMC, it has Colonial Knots,
Seed Stitch, Buttonhole Stitches & Lazy Daisy Flowers.
Not sure what I'll stitch next but I want to continue with
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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

New Reversible Modern Clergy Stole | Ordinary Times | Wedding Baptism

Reversible  Modern Clergy Stole  | Ordinary Times | Wedding White
Since this unique Clergy stole is reversible - perfect as 2 unique stoles adding variety during Ordinary Times and perfect on the reverse for Weddings, Baptisms & Special occasions. 
Side 1 is created from many green batik fabrics in artist's improvisational style including Free Style Cobblestone blocks. Machine quilted in white cotton thread. Perfect for Ordinary Times. 
Side 2 is composed of many specialty white / cream batik fabrics in artist's improvisational style enhancing hand embroidered, Machine quilted in white cotton thread. Perfect for Weddings, Baptisms & Special occasions. 
It is for sale in my Etsy Shop - $185
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Monday, January 23, 2017

#Ayearinstitches Update

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Day 17 completed the hand embroidery part of this Fiber Art
Wallhanging.  I'll machine quilt it and start another project as I press
on in the #AYearinstitches.
See completed piece here -
"Sentinel" 20 inches X 18 inches
$175
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Friday, January 20, 2017

Fiber Art Valentines

I really like Valentine's Day and use the opportunity
to share Fiber Art and words of love.
I like to get started on Fiber Art Valentines early.
I also like to offer workshops so others can create them.
They are a perfect little "I love You".
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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Fiber Art Valentines

I like to get started on Fiber Art Valentines early.
I also like to offer workshops so others can create them.
They are a perfect little "I love You".
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