Portfolio of older work

Thursday, January 26, 2012


Here are my first 4 attempts in my intermediate print class. They are black ink on paper.  The print is 11" by 12".  The  one the right is a direct print and the one on the left is a ghost print.

These are some of my deconstructed silk screen prints from my play date with Beth.  The prints are approximately 11" square and printed on bamboo/cotton fabric. These are the prints after they have been batched and washed.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites

Terry Jarrad-Dimond alerted me to an opportunity to show off a small (tee hee) portion of my art--a postcard!  The card is not due now.  But  I have filled out the intent to send a card form and emailed it in to artquiltselements@gmail.com.

Judy in the Dyes has been enjoying her tea lately.  And she has been leaving the used tea bags laying around.  On her fabric.  What a great idea!  Take a look.

The Quilt Rat is giving free onliine lessons for machine quilting.  Here are her instructions for thwarting the quilt police when starting and stopping stitching.  I wish I could say that I use this method but I don't.  But maybe someday I will care what the quilt  police say.

Memo Ignorat is a new blog that promises to be interesting if the pictures of her past endeavors is any indication.  I love the coat she made or is making.  Not sure is she is done yet.

Oh, ABSOLUTELY, you need to see Arlee's monoprints.  Check out the very bottom one. She shows the print and then the  print stitched.  Oh, she is now my goddess!  I have been trying to find examples to show my art teacher that incorporate lovely stitch and monoprints.  You can bet these pictures are gonna be shown around the art room.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Friday Favorites

I have started my new intermediate print class.  Tuesday we made our first prints and I forgot to bring my camera to show you mine.  I was going to bring the camera on Thursday but I ended up too sick to go to class. We were going to overprint with a second color.  So now I am a session behind and have no pictures to show you.

What is a new year without a new challenge and what better than to work on free motion quilting skills.  This challenge is one I am going to pass up since I am taking an intermediate print class that I am pretty sure is gonna kick my butt but otherwise I would be right there improving my free motion quilting skills.  Mine suck.  But this is on my later list for now.

How about starting the new year helping a worthy charity?  Pig Tales and Quilts is raising funds for Ronald McDonald House. She lists a variety of ways you can help.

I am always excited to learn new stitching techniques and here is a tutorial for doing wired needlelace.  Elizabeth Braun is from England so when she says "calico" she is referring to what we in the states call muslin.  If you are interested in stitch, you might want to follow along Linda's Sixty-five Days Till 65 journey.

Sorry,  that is all I got to browse this week.  With class two nights a week, my browsing time is seriously decreased.  I'll try and do better next week.

Friday Favorites

 Busy! Busy!  Busy!  I have not done very much cruising lately.  Instead I have been working on a new piece inspired by Rayna Gillman's new book, Create your own free-form quilts.  Check it out here.   There are some other posts on the Fire blog that explains the process a bit more.

Friday Favorites posted on Sunday ( oops!)
Sharon B. is incredibly generous with her talents and skills and here is one more example. In this post she shares some of her decisions when she is starting a new piece of handwork.  While her decisions and yours may not be the same, if you are a beginning or intermediate hand stitcher, it is a very good read.  And I totally agree with her about keeping things simple because if they get too complicated, then they don't generally get finished--at least for Sharon and me.

Another Sharon has been doing some zen doodling in cloth using black thread and a sewing machine.  Some of the design is from a free pattern and some is just Sharon doing her thing.

For Christmas my husband bought me two hand stitching workbooks by Ilza Aviks.  I want to get started on the exercises in them and this post at Novembergrass showed me a great way to experiment and still make the item look like a finished piece.  Don't you love the contained circles of directional hand stitching?  And this post gives me an idea of how to add stitching to this polyester transperse dyed piece that I am not in love with yet.