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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Go Green! returned

Go Green! by Quilting Arts Magazine requested entries that were 5 inches square and had a recycled theme. Mine was hand quilted and included many recycled blue batik tidbits, recycled window screen for a design element and binding, recycled beads from previous projects, recycled gold embossing powder and a recycled piece cut into a spiral from brass ornaments made last Christmas. Upon it's return I noticed how more contrast would have been better. So, I've gold embossed the verse on a lighter fabric and will attached over the original one. I'm thinking of sewing it to a painted canvas but not sure what color to paint it yet.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Fun Mail & A Question

I received this beautiful Fabric Art post card in the mail today. What a treat. I won the drawing Blog Giveaway #9 from Thanks Cheryl!

Oh- I'm still seeking ideas of price for the individual pieces in my series. Check back starting yesterday.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

#5 Done + extras

I sewed some square in a square blocks from my batik remnant bin. I even had a verse already stamped and embossed in there. Woohoo! So, #5 in the series is now ready. Next, I have to name the pieces and price them. They are 8x10 quilt pieces on 10x14 black painted canvas. SUGGESTIONS for price???

I may keep on making more blocks for a future project. and the really small remnants made it to a post card.

Friday, September 26, 2008


#3 #4

Just to be sure I had plenty of time, I checked out the deadline for submissions of an exhibit I am applying to yesterday. I THOUGHT it was Oct 30 which gave me a month more but it's Oct 3!!! YIKES.

So, I got busy and finished up #3 and #4 in the series. I plan to make 1 more - I hope. OH- and if #4 looks suspiciously similar to the piece I made for Collage Mania which 100% proceeds benefits American Cancer Society, it is!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

King Sized Art Quilt

It took me about 2 years off and one to piece and hand quilt this king sized art quilt for our bed. I designed it to represent our family at the time. The large aqua heart represents my husband, the large purple heart for me and each of the 4 kids had their favorite smaller pieced heart (on the bottom right) that also included remnants from their graduation quilts. The small yellow heart (bottom left) represented a baby that died and has preceded us to heaven but later after we adopted came to represent the 5th child. In the borders are hand quilted scripture verses about marriage. The last photo is of the back and pieced heart label. After all the designing, piecing and quilting I realized that it would probably look much better on a huge wall, which we don't have but it's been great to sleep under.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Published Quilted Art

Recently, I discovered a July 2008 issue of the magazine, The Laurel of Asheville, and saw a photo of the quilted art piece that I donated for silent auction at the Asheville Quilt Guild. What a pleasant surprise. The photo doesn't show how the bottom edge was at an intended angle resembling a table cloth. After many tries, this is the best photo I could get from the magazine.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Winter Piece

Thanks for the comments on "scrap" vs "remnant" yesterday. Now, I just need help to know how to reply to comments.

This is the beginning of the next piece in the series. I had pieced the background awhile back for a different purpose but like how it works for this. I want it to have a winter look which is challenging to do now since the leaves are just beginning to show color. The trees are ironed over freezer paper and the trunks will be also and tucked behind the trees when I decide what fabric to use for them. Thanks Carol for the remnant for the middle tree.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Purple Preemie Quilt From "SCRAP" Bag

When cutting more 6 inch strips from my "scrap" bag this week, I realized that I had enough purples and creams to make a Preemie Quilt for the local Neonatal Unit. Now, I just need to get some flannel for the back.
On another note, I'm not so sure I like the term "scrap" bag. It brings up thoughts of something I really should toss. So I looked up "scrap" in the online Thesaurus and found "bit, chip, crumb, drop. fraction, fragment, grain, leftover, morsel, ort, piece, remnant, shred, snippet, speck, waste." Hmmmm, remnant isn't bad so I looked it up and found "ash, balance, crumb, dreg, end, fragment, leftover, ort, part, piece, portion, rag, relic, remainder, remains, residual, rump (LOL), scrap, shred, stub, trace, vestige." I'm still pondering this but am leaning toward "remnant". Any thoughts?

Sunday, September 21, 2008

2nd in Series Done

Yeah! This second piece in the new Quilted Art Series is finished and sewn onto the painted canvas! Now to title them...hmm - later in the series. :)

Saturday, September 20, 2008


Maybe you've noticed that I've been finishing up some UFOs (un finished projects).
This piece is from an online class with Terri Stegmiller - Daisy Doodles. (See June 24 entry).
It just needs the binding sewn on. Then only one more item on my current list :)

Friday, September 19, 2008

New Quilted Art Series

I have begun to create a new series of 8 X 10 inch pieces which will each be sewn onto black painted canvases. This is a nice manageable size yet still challenging and the black canvas creates a nice "frame". (The first of this series was posted August 30.) And all the fabric is from my batik scrap bin. On this new piece, parts of the border are already sewed on....just awaiting the hand embroidered verse that didn't get finished yet due to going to see my granddaughter. Got to keep priorities in order.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Never Thirst

I've taken this piece far enough in my Take if Further Challenge. I finished putting on the button with beads on this piece and it's done and will be in my ETSY Shop. ( See side bar)
The verse is " Whoever drinks of the water I give him shall never thirst." John 4:14

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Button Necklace

I meet with some ladies weekly to have good fellowship and to be creative. It's mostly "bring your own project" but a couple of weeks ago Joy brought in a button necklace that she had made. And after a little persuasion, agreed to show the group the process. It takes a lot more time than it looks but we all had fun. Thanks Joy!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


Well, I only had one taker on the Hankie Give Away from last week. Baumcat, I need you to send me your mailing address please.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Beading and Hankie

I've added the beads to the top portion and some buttons and beads to the bottom purple curve. I plan to add similar buttons and beads to the lime portions. I'm still not satisfied with this piece. I'm still open to suggestions.

As for the Hankie Give Away (posted Sept 10) I finally got a taker. I was beginning to wonder if anyone liked it at all. Give Away is Monday is anyone else is interested.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Taking it Further

I posted this piece on Aug. 29 requesting help to improve it by taking further. So far I've added the purple and lime curves and plan to sew down the purple beads to the top grey portion. Stay tuned. Any further suggestions??

Friday, September 12, 2008

More Fabric Post Cards For Sale on Etsy Shop

I think I've figured out the Etsy Shop now and have added these 2 Fabric Post Cards for sale.

They are made from batik fabrics, machine quilted and have a special deckly edge. They are great for gifts and to mail and/or frame.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Hankie Give Away

Thanks for kind comments and prayers for my back. I'm much better after much rest and hope to be 100 % soon. "Being still" as in Psalm 46:10 is hard but good stuff.

This Vintage Fall Hankie will be given away Monday Sept. 15. If you want a chance at it just leave a comment. It does have one tiny stain on the berries in the bottom right section.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Fabric Post Card on Etsy

I injured a disk in my lower back so I haven't been creating quilted art for a few days. I've been reading Anne Graham Lotz' book, God's Story while lying on my back healing. Last night, Chris helped me get along further on my Etsy Shop. I added a post card. Woohoo. I think I can do it on my own now when I can sit for longer periods of time. To see items in Etsy Shop just click on it. It's on the top of the side bar. Thanks Chris!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Collage Mania

Here's the finished donation piece that I am submitting to Collage Mania -part of Fiberart For A Cause. All donated pieces will be available May 5, 2009 for a $80 donation to American Cancer Society and then the remainders will be available May 6 & 7, 2009 for a $40 donation. 100% of proceeds go directly to American Cancer Society. Collage Mania raised over $13, 000 in 2008.

Monday, September 1, 2008

More 6 inch strips

I've been cutting more 6 inch strips for donation quilts from my "scrap" bag. You just put smaller pieces together until they measure 6 inches wide. What fun!