Saturday, August 18, 2018

Futuristic Flowers - Part 2

In addition to all the interesting textiles, I decided to add some Lumiere Metallic Paint to my project.  First step.  Add some paint to red suede.  It worked great and ended up kind of like patent leather.

Then I added some black and gray (4 shades) orange peels around the gold paint.  I absolutely love the way the pot turned out!

I also left some holes in my flowers and leaves for paint.  Here you can see the areas I needed to paint drawn on my background fabric - a black chambray denim.

Finally, I put down all the pieces.  Now for stitching......come back next week to check it out!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Friday, August 17, 2018

Free Motion Friday - Filling Rectangles with Feathers Part 1

I am having such fun playing with feathers.  For this first rectangle I went for a classic curvy wreath idea.  The central feather on the top got extended.  I'm not sure I'd do that again, but there's a reason this shape is a classic!

Yes, this one is square, but I forgot it last week!  I did a big curvy s shape and then feathered it.  I love the way they flow.

Here's the first long rectangle I tried.  The spine has curls, but they come off straight from the curl before instead of in a curve.  I'm not sure I would do that again.

This last one I love!  I did a curvy spine, but it's off set.  The center of it is definitely on the right.  I like how that gives it a different feel than if it was symmetrical and in the center.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Futuristic Flowers - Part 1

I am having a lot of fun using non-cotton materials on my new project.  I decided not to use any traditional quilting cotton in this project.  I'm using silks, leather, chambray, and velvet.  The chambray is the background.

The three flowers below are each different.  Shier big shapes are all silk  The middle is dupioni and I'm not sure what kind the other two are, but they are beautiful.  The two circles on the left are leather and the one on the right is velvet. do I make these materials workable?  Terial Magic.  It's amazing stuff.  It makes things stiff as cardboard and easy to use.  I find that I can apply Steam a Seam fusible to all the materials except the velvet.  

For the velvet I use a light box to draw the shape right on the back.   Then I use a fine line of Elmer's School Glue.  I stick it where it needs to go and then iron from the BACK side to set the glue and make it stay put.  It works like a charm.  I also set the fusible on the leather pieces from the back because it would take too long for the heat to go all the way through the leather.

Come back Saturday for some more on this Futuristic Flowers project!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Monday, August 13, 2018

Flowers from a Walk with My Dad

My father and I took a walk along the Minnesota River last weekend.  Here are a few pretty wildflowers.  Enjoy!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Saturday, August 11, 2018

My Houston Auction Quilt

Once again this year I was asked to make a quilt for the small quilt auction in Houston for the International Quilt Festival.  I decided to make it match one of my quilts in the show, Dotville.

So this is Dotville Jr!

I had a blast playing with dot fabrics again.  Making mushrooms and trees.  My son was so inspired that he made one of his own.  But his is a mushroom house LOL.

Here's the back.  I love that you can see all the quilting.

Goal for the day.....get the binding on and sleeve attached.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Friday, August 10, 2018

Free Motion Friday - Filling a Square with Feathers

Lately I've been playing with filling squares and rectangles with feathers.  I was working on a secret project.  Don't worry.  I'll show you soon.  As part of this project I was filing squares with feathers and I decided to try filling them each differently.  

I started by drawing a spine and then filling the space around it.

The top image was started with a V shaped spine.  The middle image with a curl for a spine. And the bottom image a shallow curve for a spine.  They all work but definitely give a different feel to the spine of the feather.

For the last two squares I used a very gentle curve and then using a feather as a spine.

So....if I was to do it again, which would I choose?  I like all of them, so I suppose it depends on what shape I want to emphasize.  Until next week when we'll get into rectangles!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Quilting my Dad's Digital Art - Part 3

BEADS!  I had such a blast playing with beads.  The quilt is all stitched and I took a ton of pictures of the beads on the quilts so I could decide what I like...


You'll have to wait and see what I've done!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Monday, August 6, 2018

Inspired by Decoration

I love the decorations my mother has in her house!  Check them out.

I love the arrangement of these squares...

I hope you get to quilt today!


Friday, August 3, 2018

Free Motion Friday - A Sampler

I was getting a class proposal together the other day and I realized I needed a sample for a picture for my Beginning Free Motion Class.  So what to do?  Make one of course!

I pulled out two stencils I forgot I had, traced them.  Then stitched them.  Then I added a ton of different background fills.  I love how it turned out! 

Let me know if your guild might be interested in this class!

I love that this has nine petals.  Now I want to play with the stencil some more...

I hope you get to quilt today!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Quilting my Father's Digital Art - Part 2

I started quilting dad's art by doing a sashiko pattern across the entire surface. This was a challenge because I wasn't sure I wanted to wet the fabric and I wasn't sure how I was going to mark it.  I started with thin doctor paper (the kind that is on the doctor's exam tables) marked in my design.  This didn't last long as I realized I didn't want to rip it all off.  So I marked dots with a purple air erase pen to know where my curves were.  I used five different colors of pink Aurifil 50 weight thread to accomplish this down the length of the quilt.  I knew I had to change colors as the quilt gets darker and darker.

Then I wanted to add so pizzazz to the black lines so I found this AMAZING Wonderfil GlaMore thread which is 12 weight rayon with a twist of metallic in it.  I went through the needle beautifully and only broke once on me.

Here I am testing it out finding the right tension.

See the bottom line?  It has GlaMore on the bottom.  It adds just a few hints of sparkle.

Here is one line all done.  Both sides have been stitched.

Come back Saturday for the next step...BEADS!

You can find all my dad's art on his website here.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Just Wanna Quilt Podcast!

Hello!  I've had a blast speaking with Elizabeth Townsend of Just Wanna Quilt for her podcast.  You can check out the website here.  

Kathy Shier and her daughter Suzy Webster talk about appliqué and their award winning quilts, Part 2 of 2

I did a podcast talking about my quilts and going to IQA Houston.  My chat is linked here.

Elizabeth wanted to talk to my mom too so our joint podcast is here.

And you can listen to all the Just Wanna Quilt podcasts here.  

I'm going to be doing a live Facebook interview about my quilts in Houston this year with Elizabeth and I'm looking forward to it. 

We talked about a lot of fun quilts including the following pictures...

What fun that was!  Have a listen and tell me what you think!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Quilting My Father's Digital Art - Part 1

I'd been wanting to quilt some of my father's digitally created art for a while.  My favorite of his was leaving me stumped, but as I was wandering around his website I found this beauty.  I knew I had to quilt it.  So I dived into the world of Spoonflower.

Here's the fabric when it came in the mail!  I was so excited.  The print is called Order to Chaos.  Can you see it?  The top is so orderly.  Perfect rows, no color in the background.  And then things get interesting at the bottom as the checkerboard gets more wonky and darker and the black lines go crazy!

How to quilt it?  I have some transparency film that I use to try patterns on top of quilt tops.  Here were a few ideas:

This one is wayyyy to busy...

Stay tuned for what happens next!  I just found out that this quilt got into International Quilt Festival Houston!  I am BEYOND excited.  Three years ago I had a quilt there that I did with my mom.  Now one with my dad!  It's a family bond.

I hope you get to quilt today!