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Saturday, February 28, 2009


A fun part of creating a piece where the components are somewhat random is that you can add coping strips here and there and make the puzzle work. These squares and coping strips were fused together onto the release paper that comes with the fusible web. The borders are next.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Blue Collage

This Quilted Desk Art combines blue batik fabrics
collaged with toile and speciality stitching.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Which One?

I've been playing with the hand dyed strips that Anita
slipped into my bag at Fiber Arts.
I want to make the piece just using these fun strips.
First, I added fusing to the backs of the strips.
Next, I randomly cut a center piece then fused the surrounding sides
to make an approximate square in a square design.
The challenge comes in that none of the "squares" are the same size
and the colors are so random.
I plan to add more borders of additional hand dyed fabric from Anita.
Which one do you prefer?

"I Can Do All Things..."

"I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me"
Phillipians 4:13
is printed on fabric that reminds me of hand made paper.
Another Quilted Desk Art.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Pray Continually

"Pray Continually" I Thess. 5:18
is framed as Quilted Desk Art and
uses the calligraphy on fabric shown on the last post.
I painted the back of the muslin fabric with
diluted yellow paint to give it some color.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Calligraphy On Fabric

Since I add Scripture to all my Quilted Art Pieces,
I wondered how I could accomplish it on fabric.
First I practiced on paper, then on fabric where the paint ran.
Next, I prepared some fabric with a diluted white glue and let it dry.
Then I diluted some acrylic paint and used it in a calligraphy pen.
It worked.
I plan to begin utilizing this technique in some of my Quilted Art pieces.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Surprise Design

I showed this Quilted Desk Art piece to the CWK group and
they thought it was so cool how the "trees" and "water" worked together.
What?? Oh- yeah - I meant to do that. LOL.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Stamping on Fabric

I've used a permanent ink many times to stamps verses on my pieces.
This time I used the inside rim of a top of a spice container
and the permanent ink pad to stamp some circles on the fabric.
Subtle but nice.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Quilted Desk Art

Purple, green and black batik fabrics along with collaged screen and
stamped batik heart create this fun piece of Quilted Desk Art.
Machine Quilted and signed by artist.
The black frame is 5 X 7 with a 4 X 6 insert.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

20 inch - 25 inch Square

Our local Neonatal Unit accepts tiny quilts that are between
20 - 25 inches square.
They prefer minimal quilting so I just sew a decorative stitch
around the perimeter.
You may want to check with your local Unit for their specifics.
Mostly for parental moral, these Preemie Quilts are fun and quick to create.
This is the second Preemie this week using the purple and brown 6 inch strips
and I have enough for at least one more.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Fun Fleece Clava

OK - I had to look up the correct name for this and came up with Clava.
It's really just a 15 minute project that's like a hoodie without the sweatshirt!
I had a pattern years ago but used my old clava to make one that
sewed up very quickly. It was great for today's windy day walk with my dog.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Purple Preemie Quilt

6 inch wide purple strips combine with 6 inch wide tan/brown strips to make this
Preemie Quilt for the Neonatal Unit at the local hospital.
I like purple!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Preemie Quilt Finished

I sometimes like to use 2 inch squares as "mice" to catch threads when sewing.
They can quickly add up to 6 1/2" 16 patches which when paired with a solid square
and borders added makes a great Preemie Quilt for the Neonatal Unit at our local hospital.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Part Of Something BIG

I am thrilled to take part in the Queen sized quilt that Carol R. is creating.
All 5 of us from Crafting With Kindness group contributed 6 inch squares which
Carol sorted into darks and lights.
She then drew a diagonal line on the backs of the lights to be sewn into half square triangles.
I sewed up this stack of them that Michele P. paired.
It's exciting to be part of a bigger project!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!

Our Valentine's Day celebration includes a giant Chocolate Chip Cookie.
Thanks to everyone who left a comment and/or a favorite verse about love
to enter the Give Away.
Congratulations to Jill whose name was drawn for the
Valentine's Day Fabric Post Card Give Away.
(Please send me your mailing address.)
Her favorite verse is "We love because He first loved us" I John 4:19.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Valentine's Day Fabric Post Card Give Away

This Quilted Fabric Art Post Card will be given away on Saturday, February 14.
To enter the Give Away, please leave a comment and/or your favorite verse on LOVE and why.
Thanks Michele P. for putting together the lovely basket with flowers for the background.

Monday, February 9, 2009

More Butterfly Tins

There's an amazing 3 day weekend for youth, Chrysalis and college aged folks, Journey that is an opportunity for them to renew or rekindle their commitment to Christ. During the weekend, they receive small token reminders of God's love called Agape. I collect Altoid tins (rectangular and circular) and cover them with butterfly fabric for Agape. (Oct. 18, 2008 entry showed circular tins.)

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Joy's Felted Wool Jewelry

Joy M. created this beautiful, felted wool beaded necklace, earrings and bracelet
after a short one hour workshop! She is a wonderfully creative woman.
She would be quick to tell you she only wears one or two pieces at a time
so as not to be too matchy matchy.
Great job Joy M.!!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

More Hand Dyed Fabric

I purchased this yard of hand dyed fabric (only 1/4 of it showing) from Anita at the Fiber Arts Alliance meeting on Tuesday. Great colors Anita!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Hand Dyed Fabric

So many are getting into hand dying their own fabric, like Anita who I saw yesterday at Fiber Arts Alliance, who slipped some strips from her hand dyes into my bag!! WOOHOO! Aren't the colors wonderful. I plan to be making more Quilted Art Post Cards with these!
Thanks Anita!!
YoYo count up to 22!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Colorful Yo Yos

It's been a long time since I've made Yo Yos that I had forgot how much fun & quick they can be. They are made from the circles that my granddaughter
and I were having so much fun with on Friday's blog entry.
60+ more to go.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Super Sew Party

For several years I have met with a group of quilting ladies on Super Bowl Sunday
to sew and create for an extended period of time. We start at 3 PM and go late.
Here's some photos of our projects this year. I appliqued some batik fabric to create a Valentine's dish towel.
Then I sewed some 6 inch strips which will be made into tiny quilts for Preemie babies.

Michele is almost finished hand quilting this quilt for her daughter.

Carol created some fancy dish towels and then cut several 6 inch blocks for a big quilt.

And home made soup and bread for dinner.
No photos of all the chocolate and strawberries.
We had a great time!