Monday, October 13, 2014

Playing with Pixlr

Now there's a collage application on Pixlr, which is the free website I use for photo editing and special effects. They have any number of fun ways to make your photos cool. Here's a picture of me from a camping trip this summer, with my lines magically disappeared!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Montana Trip

We visited Bob's oldest son Brad and his girlfriend Shannon in western Montana for a few days, and thoroughly enjoyed the gorgeous scenery around Missoula and Butte. We hiked up to Storm Lake out of Anaconda and were pleasantly surprised by the 70 degree weather. It was a rough 4-wheel ride up to the trailhead itself, and then about 2 1/2 hours up and back to the peak (above treeline)!! I was taking photo after photo out of the car window - so knocked out by the soft fall light and the leaves turning.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Quilting Arts Article!

I'm happy and thrilled to be working on my second article for Quilting Arts magazine, scheduled for April/May 2015! The technique I'll be writing about is the use of T-shirt transfer paper to put sketchbook drawings directly onto fabric. I'm planning on having two finished pieces and a step-by-step demo of my work to illustrate the article. Happy dance!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

More Stitching on Healing Quilt

I'm liking the look and feel of the machine stitching to add texture and dimension. What a difference it makes! As I do more, it gets easier - even the picky little areas. I have lots more hand stitching to do, and the fabric is already getting stretched out but I can spray with water and put it in the dryer on low. Here in Colorado I can usually just put the damp quilt in the sun, but the weather is already starting to cool down. I have to say, I love early fall here. So fresh and lovely!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Adding Details

When working on a project, I have a (very loose) set of steps to fall back on if I'm not sure what to do next. The first one is; do the givens first. If you get busy and take care of the most necessary and obvious elements initially, then you're free to get more creative. At this point, I'm taking a more critical look at the quilt and letting it tell me what it needs next. What stood out to me is, add texture!! So, I unified the different elements with hand stiching in the same dark blue thread color. Now that that's done, I'm seeing that it needs some machine stitching over the top. And my question is: what to use for batting? I don't want to use the same fleece I've used for the last few projects. I'd like to find something one step thinner and easier to deal with. What about felt? I've never tried it, but maybe this is the time to take the plunge!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Next Step in the Healing Words Quilt

I started by going through my stash of hand-dyes plus a few commercial fat quarters I keep on hand. I tore strips and laid them down to audition colors, moved them around, and after a couples days of going away and coming back to get a fresh perspective my quilt started coming into focus for me. I'm starting to sew down some of the strips. I need to put similar colors into different areas of the quilt in order to give it some unity, since I started with various focal points, like the bird and the leaves. I'm also thinking ahead about more hand stitching to unify the quilt even more. . .

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Fabric with Healing Words

Here's this morning's fabric with freezer paper stenciling, decorative painting, and the words: "kind, heal, and trust". I didn't want the words to stand out too much, but I want the viewer to be able to find them upon further examination. Hopefully whoever they're meant for will see and take them to heart. Since this is for the Centura hospital show, they're to help someone (or more than one someone) with their healing journey. I plan to do some hand stitching around the leaves next for added texture.

Stenciling on Fabric

I drew and cut out simple leaf shapes to stencil onto fabric for a healing themed quilt. I wanted simple shapes because I'm going to stitch around the leaves to add dimension. First, I ironed the freezer paper shiny side down onto the already dyed fabric. Next, I used a sponge which was on the dry side so the paint would be softly applied in light layers. Peel away and see the pretty results! Next, I'll add more elements for complexity . . .

Friday, July 25, 2014

Prep for Freezer Paper Demo

Today is my turn to do a short demo for our new group; the Surface Design Artists of South Denver. I chose to show techniques for freezer paper stenciling because we have a lot of ladies who primarily use commercial fabrics, and I want them to discover simple ways to make art happen. So I have a couple of my hand dyes (you can see in the first picture) and a piece of fabric I bought from Jo Ann's. I drew the bird onto the non-shiny side of the freezer paper, cut it out, then ironed it (shiny side down) onto the fabric to make it adhere. Since this fabric has some gold circles, I'll use gold Lumiere paint with a sponge through the stencil. This should be a soft effect which can be emphasized and enhanced with stitching later.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Flower Drawing

I drew a sunflower in my sketchbook using pencil, then a black skinny Sharpie, and colored pencil over lines I liked and wanted to emphasize. After that, I watercolored over it. You can still see the bold, bright lines through the watercolors. Next, I photocopied it onto paper-backed fabric I bought at Jo Ann Fabrics. I'm going to fuse interfacing onto the back of it, then try some thread sketching. This is a new technique for me, so we'll see how it goes . . .

One of my new transparent collages

Summer Dance

Summer Dance
One of my collages