Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Summer of Color (Purple)

I had fun with purple this week.  I want to thank everyone who left comments.  It really makes blogging worth it.

I tried a new technique for this atc.  I made chenille cloth.  I sewed six different purple pieces of fabric together.  I sewed lines across the fabric pieces on the bias.  I then cut all but the bottom layer of fabric between all the lines of stitching.  After that was done I washed it so that the fabric would fray and show the layers.  The fabric is very soft after washing it.  I painted a metal heart charm with fingernail polish to add some shine and sparkle.

I took a very dark piece of dyed fabric in Imperial Purple to make a night scene.  I put a basic tree and hills on the fabric with stitching.  I then took shimmery fabric paint and painted over the stitching and added some silver stars.

My daughter was into silver roses this week.  She made a small card and a fabric atc.

Have fun creating in orange for next week.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Horse shirt

Here is a picture of my niece in her completed birthday outfit.
She is a little horse lover and farm girl.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Summer of Color (Red)

I am finally getting to post my red ATCs for Summer of Color.  Red was fun to work with even though it is a color that I don't often use except as an accent.  I had a beautiful piece of hand dyed fabric that I made a couple of years ago.  I used that for the base and then stamped images on top.  I love dragonflies and I had a stamp of one that I carved earlier this year, so adding something with wings was easy.

This is my daughter's submission.  She didn't have time to sew this week, but she had fun with a dragon stamp and embossing powder.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Summer of Color (Brown)

I am finally getting around to posting my brown week items.  I have had a lot going on this week, so even though I finished early I just didn't get around to posting.
I want to say thank you to everyone that commented last week.  It is nice to be encouraged and appreciated.

This is my first brown piece.  I decided to use all the colors of hand dyed brown fabric to make a collage.  I used pieces of old watches for interest.  The green watch part is my bold color.

This is the next brown piece that I and my sister have been working on for my niece.  She loves horses so we are making her a horse shirt for her fourth birthday.  This is a great way to use brown with a bold color. 
 We put a small applique of cowgirl boots on the back of the shirt.

The next two items are my daughter's submissions. 
 A friendship bracelet made from brown and pick yarn.
Her first ATC.  The saying by Dr. Seuss is:
You know you're in love when you don't want to fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.
Have a fun time creating for red week.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


Here is a small wall quilt that I have been working on for a couple of months off and on.  I made it for a friend, who really loves her dog Zoe.
 Here is what it looked like before I quilted it and after the thread work was done.

 Here is what it looks like after the quilting.
This is the first time that I have done a mitered binding.  It was quite an experience putting it on.  It should be easier next time around.  The fabric I used for the border is some of my hand dyed fabric.  Making this quilt was an enjoyable experience all around.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Summer of Color (Yellow)

I enjoyed seeing everyone's pink pieces.  There was so much variety and so many wonderful art pieces.  This challenge has been a great inspiration to me.  Once again I want to thank everyone for all the great comments. This week I made two atcs.  I took my inspiration from all the flowers blooming at this time of year.  I love seeing all the flowers during the summer. Here are my yellow pieces:
 The idea for this atc came from a flower that is blooming in my garden right now. I first made a pale yellow background using wax pastel crayons.  Then I thread sketched the flower in black and added color with wax pastel crayons.  I had to add a bit of orange as well as yellow because the two go so well together. I added some ribbon on the edge with gold in it for my metallic accent.
For my sunflower I used the same method as my first atc.  I added some colored fabric scraps to the edges.  I wanted it to look like a window that you can see the flower through.  I added gold paint to the middle of the sunflower to give it a bit of metallic.
I got the idea for both of these atcs from Quilting Art Magazine.  I loved the article from the latest issue about thread sketching flowers and adding fabric scrap borders.
Here are some pictures of yellow flowers that my daughter took this week.  Enjoy a bit of my summer.

Now off to find inspiration for brown week.