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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Improvisational Hand Dyed Heart For @Ayearinstitches

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Beginning a new project often to have a hand embroidery palate
 is part of the adventure for me in the #ayearinstitches Challenge.
 This hand dyed improvisational heart includes some of my favorite colors .
2 strands purple DMC Feather Stitch & Y Stitch surrounds the lightest sections.
2 strands blue DMC Colonial Knots on the blue hand dyed fabric in 3 sections.
Linked to Off The Wall Friday, Crazy Mom QuiltsWhoop Whoop Friday
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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

"Girlfriends" Completed





Somehow I forgot to post about this piece once it was completed and 
mounted on the 18 X 24 inch frame. 
3rd in an  spontaneous series, "Girlfriends" is 3 free spirited females in black and white that are hand appliqued & embroidered  with fuchsia, aqua and green threads on a hand dyed aqua green background & lime border intersected with fuchsia and purple accents.
This composition exemplifies the innate need that girls and women have for each other. 
Created as part of #ayearinstitches, "Girlfriends" was hand embroidered a bit day by day and finally hand quilted in white cotton thread.
"Girlfriends" is available here 

Other compositions in this series :
"She Can Laugh"  - available 
Strength & Honor" SOLD
"Call Her Blessed" - available

Linked to Crazy Mom Quilts, Whoop Whoop Friday, Off The Wall Friday
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Monday, August 28, 2017

Labels Done - "Call Her Blessed" & Fiber Art Garden

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Day 238 #ayearinstitches 
 -Labels for " Call Her Blessed" & "Fiber Art Garden " 
were embroidered with Buttonhole Stitch using 2 strands of various colored (left over) DMC . Interestingly, I didn't realize until placing them together that both pieces have red backs.
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Friday, August 25, 2017

Binding Or Facing? "Call Her Blessed"

White buttons are planned for the vertical red strip on the skirt still.
But until then...
I'm vacillating between binding or facing this piece. 
If binding, darker on the light side and vice versa.
Would facing leave it too "open"?
Or maybe a thin scrappy binding?
Below is an uncropped photo on my black design wall.
Maybe black borders?  Suggestions?
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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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