Pay it Forward Belinda, Jo, Sammy and a number of other talented ladies have posted this on their site recently. Now i't is my turn! I will send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment on my blog requesting to join this PIF (Pay it forward) exchange. I don’t know what that gift will be yet and you may not receive it tomorrow or next week, but you will receive it within 365 days, that is my promise! Possibly before Christmas....
The only thing you have to do in return is to pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog. So basically, if you’re one of the first 3 comments, I’ll send you something crafty that I’ll make! Once you sign up, copy and paste the above paragraph on your blog, and three other lucky people will be recipients of your handmade work.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
My dear Friend Patti B... sent me ornaments last year ... they were beautiful and such an inspiration I went on ebay to find the silver bulb holders to make some of my own this year.. I found many and sent them to Patti b and Patti g...
Here is what I did with the german glass that Patti B sent me ( and some that I found elsewhere) and alittle vintage photo and stickles... This is not the best photo..you really can't see how much it glitters
Friday, November 23, 2007
My dear friend Patti G. has inspired me with her ornaments.. So I decided to try my hand at them.. I took and image of an atc I did and printed it on fabric... and then fused and sewed until these were done... I still have some finishing touches to make on them...
I attended the Mancuso quilt show and came home with a piece of rusted fabric. I was intrigued with it. It happened that that same weekend my husband and I went to an auction. He ended up buying a barn and all the contents in it were rusted.. So I gathered up a bunch of pieces to try my hand at rusting fabric. I found some info on a website and began. First I mixed 50/50 ratio of white vinegar and water.. I soaked the fabric with it.. Then I placed the rusted pieces on and around the fabric. THe first batch I made turned out just ok.. See the third photo... I had some solution left so I grabbed some fabrics that were light in color but, had some images on them.. I soaked these fabric longer and turned them around in the container for about a week.. The first ones I only had in for a few days. So these are the fabrics I ended up with...after you are finished rusting the fabric you have to put it in a solution of salt and water.. 50/50... for about 15 minutes.. Then throw them in the washer with a mild soap..I used shampoo...This was really fun and I can't wait to get back to the barn to collect some more rusted cans...
Saturday, November 17, 2007
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Sunday, November 04, 2007
This is a quilt I made for the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative. You can see the auction of these quilts here..
There is a new auction the beginning of every month. This was really fun to do. Here is my artists statement.
I used mainly cottons and did a raw edge (Lesley Riley technique) applique. I just layered the fabrics and stitched them down. I printed the photo onto fabric paper and fused it down. I stamped the words onto fabric paper and fused it down. I added the fibers, flower and heart buttons. And used a pillow case turn for the binding. I have a dear friend who's mother has alzheimers. She lives in D.C. and her mom lives in Wisconsin. She spends a lot of time traveling back and forth. Her mother is so wonderful. It is hard for me to see how she has become so unaware of her surroundings. It is really sad. I had gotten the I Remember Mama book when it first came out. I showed my girlfriend the quilt called Rosemarie - now and then by Pat Moormann Kumicich and we both broke down in tears. What an amazing quilt. I wanted to do this quilt for my girlfriend and her mom. The photo represents my friend and her mom years ago. Moms are so special. I used the photo along with vintage looking cotton fabrics. Her mom loved flowers so I wanted to add a flower. And the hearts on the fiber represent all the heart strings that are being tugged when you go through something as devastating as having a loved one with Alzheimers
Thursday, November 01, 2007
My Journal quilt came to me one Saturday morning.. I have always wanted to make a quilt depicting the way I feel about having houses being built where the Blue Herons nest. The area surrounding the Herons nesting trees was never to be developed. Well, now it is developed. There are only a few houses in the area but, I am sure there are more to come. And their back yards are the dead trees with the Herons nests in them. I am surprised that the Herons still come back to their nests to raise there young.
I started with the backround. Simply the sky, the marsh, and the river that runs through it. I found some photos of houses and placed them on the quilt. Then I cut out a tree and started adding bits and pieces to depict the marsh and the neatly groomed yards where the houses were. As this quilt came together I decided I wanted to use the actual houses in the quilt. So I took my camera and photographed a few of them. Then I printed them, along with some Blue Herons onto fabric sheets. Once I got the background done and sewed down I fused on the houses and Herons.
I was having some fun putting different colors of Angelina Fibers under the river to make it look like it was shallow and deep and just for some color.
Then I started to do some thread painting… I haven’t had much experience with thread painting but, I caught on quickly… and it was fun.