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Rebel, Rebel Sunday, Sep 18 2011 

Have any of you heard of Jamie Fingal? She has a cool DVD and concept called “rebel quilting.” She lays simple shapes on a blank piece of fabric, fuses them on in a pleasing arrangement and then quilts the heck out of it. I would strongly urge you to try out her DVD (available from Interweave) if you want to get the creative juices flowing.

Here’s my first take on the concept.

Seeing Red Saturday, Apr 9 2011 

Here’s the next in my series of small crazy quilts. I love the screaming face–got it from

Feeling blue again Sunday, Apr 3 2011 

I’m starting a crazy patch series themed with color/emotion. The first of the series is from my blue period. I always love the blue family; I don’t know why it’s linked with depression. 🙂

Feelin' Blue

Humming along with hummingbirds Sunday, Jun 13 2010 

I have now made three versions of this wall hanging, at the behest of people who want to own one. 🙂

This version is 15×21 inches. The background is hand-dyed muslin. I added a stencil of tulips along the bottom. The hummingbird is another stencil. I free-motion quilted the background. I don’t know what you would call my style. I think doodle-quilting might be the best description.

I used the same red fabric as used in the mid-border to create charms that frame tiny hummingbirds. I am very pleased with the piece!

Personal symbols Wednesday, May 26 2010 

This week, for Mixed Media Monday,  I invited artists to think about the myths and symbols they often use in their work. They were asked to create a piece using some of those symbols/myths and explain why the symbols speak to them.

My piece, Take Flight, uses the image of a bird and text. After thinking about my own imagery, I realized that birds and text both speak to me.

Birds/flight suggest freedom, spiritual paths, and creativity to me. They symbolize my desire to rise above my doubts, to create things that are beautiful, for my spirit to soar with joy, to escape the bonds of my self-imposed limitations.

Text, both readable and as a visual element, remind me of my efforts to make sense and give meaning to my life and to my art. While I sometimes use actual words (see “Joy” in this piece), I also like to use text with no intention of understanding the words. This helps remind me that sometimes, the words are not as important as the image.

The background of “Take Flight” is free-motion quilted. The bird is transferred over the top of words–written and printed–that I had printed onto fabric for another piece.  I added faux typewriter keys that spell “joy” on the right, and a line of moons fall below the bird.

Merging fabric and paper Tuesday, May 11 2010 

It is a common practice among art quilters/fiber collage artists to incorporate paper into their work. It’s something that always worried me because it seemed so likely that the paper would tear when stitched.

I decided to face my fears and create just such a collage.

The sparrow image is transferred onto fabric using TAP transfer paper. The gold paper is homemade and includes a layer of tissue paper and many washes of both regular acrylic and irridescent paints. Both of these were stitched onto a hand-dyed fabric that I had free-motion quilted.

Finally, to try something new, I stiched the quilt onto a canvas that I painted with gold and copper-toned paints.

All-in-all, I’m quite pleased with the results.

Detail of the free motion quilting

Detail of free motion quilting.

The stitching on the paper was finished with beads.

At the top, you can see where I stitched the quilt to the canvas.

Taking flight Sunday, May 2 2010 

Mixed Media Monday’s theme this week is “Mother.” This theme is pretty easy for me, since I’m always using my mom’s image in my work.

This wall hanging started with fabric I dyed, painted, stamped and wrote on. I added more texture to the fabric with some free motion quilting.

I had a quote from “Hamlet” in which he chastises his mother. (Not something I would ever do, but I wanted some text that included the word “mother.”) I gave the text piece a rust shadow to which I added some brads that looked like tarnished bronze.

Last year, I purchased an “inspiration kit” by Stef Francis that was so cool and beautiful that I hadn’t been able to use it.  (Sad, isn’t it?) Well, the colors in the kit (rusts, coppers, reds) worked so beautifully with my fabric that I knew it was time to open it up. I used the mottled felt as a frame for a photo of my mother, printed on organza. I mirrored that with a piece of rusty brown crinkled silk that framed two skeleton leaves (all of which were also from the kit). I added some hand-dyed green fabric, and found that the kit also had a lovely rayon variegated embroidery floss that ranged from browns to greens. I used that to stitch around mom’s photo and to add French knots at each corner of the crinkled silk.

And so, my mother takes flight in this fabric collage.

What’s black and white and red all over Sunday, Mar 7 2010 

This week’s Mixed Media Monday challenge was “It’s not all black and white.” I have a lot of black and white fabric in my stash, and I decided that I would dip into it those scraps and make another crazy quilt block. To play up the black and white crazy quilting, I used red for the embellishment. It was a fun challenge!

Mardi Gras is crazy Sunday, Feb 14 2010 

Mixed Media Monday’s challenge for the week is “Mardi Gras.” I decided to focus on Mardi Gras’ traditional color scheme: purple, green and gold. I’m working through a new book, “Fabric Embellishments: the basics and beyond.” One of the workshops is traditional crazy quilting, and I decided the Mardi Gras colors would be perfect for a crazy quilt patch. I added a number of embroidery stitched motifs, including a crown, and added a fleur de lis and several star charms.

So here is a crazy Mardi Gras celebration. Enjoy!

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