Sunday, March 29, 2009

IF: Subtract and Legendary

Subtract gave me a chance to paw through my fabric stash and find a few cute novelty prints. Actually...I did the same thing with Legendary.
I was hoping for a dragon but Kokopelli seemed to fit the word.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Dream catcher

I was given a hand dyed silk scarf to needle felt fibers onto. The silk was so light that the fibers dragged it down and I hated it as a scarf. So, I cut it in half and hand appliqued one half to some gorgeous hand dyed brown fabric. I used a thick fabric that I bought in quantity at a yard sale for the batting and it really shows off the quilting. I needed a little more sparkle so I hand stitched the ribbon yarn around the outside after binding the quilt.
There are a variety of fibers and the needle felting went very quickly.

I let these pieces dangle a little.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

IF: Breezy and Intricate

Here are my latest Illustration Friday pieces. Breezy started with some fabric that I had made years ago swirling paint. I added hand stitching with metallic thread and a few rubber stamped clouds.

Intricate reminded me of lace so I used some that my Great Grandmother had made and I added pearl-like beads for decoration. I have a lot of other projects in the works but they are not ready to be revealed yet.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Rogue Art Quilters new show

Our latest quilt challenge went up on Friday at Fabric of Vision in Ashland. The challenge was to create a quilt that speaks of Ashland or the Rogue Valley and to use a sequined fabric in pink or silver. The results are wonderful:

Shirley Snowden created this park like scene.

Sarah Breckenridge used the pink sequins to create her wonderful circle.

Rona Barnes did two quilts based on plays that the Oregon Shakespeare Festival will be performing. We have Don Quixote fighting windmills....

and 76 Trombones leading the big parade.

Pat Gleitsmann recreated the Elizabethan theater with gorgeous thread painting.

I opted for pictures of Ashland and lots of green! I had great fun beading the leaves.

Elaine Turcke recreated night skiing on Mt. Ashland.

And Cynthia McKee gave us a taste of Lithia Water from the drinking fountains on the plaza.

Christine Smith recreated her Craftsman house and the cat on the stairs is wearing a sequined collar.

Our newest member, Carol created this wonderful Shakespeare quilt.

Note the sequined beard!
The show will be up for the next two months. Don't miss it!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

IF: Instinct and Urban Decay

This is my photo of Urban Decay in Ashland. It is the remains of a greenhouse which has completely disappeared since this photo was taken. The challenge was to take a section of the photo and create a quilt out of it.
I used soy silk to replicate the plastic sheeting and my gelatin printed fabric to replicate the wire fencing.

Buttons were added where there are circles in the photo. I mounted the quilt top on black batting, layered a backing behind it and quilted the piece leaving the batting exposed around the outside. No binding.

Insinct was more difficult. As you can see I am not much of an illustrator but my first thought when I saw the word instinct was to run!