Saturday, April 24, 2010

Inspiring art

Loved the colorful textured art at a recent art show. It was created with torn canvas! Another had a mosaic on canvas. And, the tropical scene really spoke to me.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Drowning in Debt

Drowning in Debt is a quilt I made for an online art quilt group.The Fast Friday challenge theme was Under the Sea. My quilt reflects our economic times. The text, Debt, was cut with the Cursive 101 cartridge.
I designed a life preserver by scanning in a coloring page and I cut fabric with with the Cricut. The white and orange fabrics had Heat n Bond Ultrahold fused to the back and were cut without the paper with the fusible side down on the mat. After I finished, a friend told me that Life's a Beach already a the life preserver image! Oh well...I learnt how to do it myself and am so pleased with Make The Cut and Inkscape software.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Miller Woods Spring Nature Walk

Miller Woods is a Beech-Maple Forest, owned by the Plymouth Canton Schools is located on Powell Road and has weekly guided tours in April. We enjoyed the walk and rediscovered wonderful trees and wild flowers including the tiny harbinger of spring, bloodroot, ginger, white trillim and the highlight, the colorful red trillium.

Friday, April 9, 2010



From Terry Grant in Portland
Liquid Stitch appears to be a fabric glue that is used for hems, etc. Liquid Thread is a liquid fusible. It used to be called Liquifuse, which I think was a more accurate name. I use it for all my fusing. I use it to fuse only the edges of the fabric and I like it because it leaves the fabric softer than most web fusibles and it seals the edges of the fabric much better to prevent fraying. It is applied to the fabric, then you can fuse the fabric with an iron. If used properly it fuses extremely well. I have developed a technique for using the Liquid Thread that works very well for me. I dilute it with water so that it flows better. I find that straight from the bottle it tends to glob and not spread smoothly, but diluting it slightly makes it much more manageable. Tutorial by Terry Grant:

From Linda Cooper
I could skip the teflon sheet part if I added Appli-Glue about one part to three of the liquid thread-water mixture. So what I have is about 2 parts Liquid Thread, 1 part water and 1 part Appli-Glue. Before I added the glue the treated edge seemed to flake and crack off a bit (Terri solves that with her Teflon sheet pressing). So I don't use the glue as glue, only as a bonding agent for the Liquid Fuse.

Cut out my applique to Broderie-Perse on its final outline, turn it over, lay it on junk paper, and outline the edges with the mixture in the fine-tip silk painting bottle. I let it dry (about 15 minutes) and place it where I want it on the finished piece and put a press cloth over and iron in place. When all the appliques are in place I make the quilt sandwich and quilt without having to do any pre-appliqueing. The edges are sealed and only need the final quilting stitches to hold them in place. Add decorative stitching.

"G is for Garden" quilt with this method here: I painted these flowers with Tsukineko inks and Fabrico markers on white sateen and then cut out the flowers and used the Liquid Thread-glue mixture.

Clean your iron with a piece of wax paper. Sprinkle on some salt ,fold the wax paper over then and run the medium hot iron over it a couple of times

Sheers: Cotton organdy, silk organza, sheer cotton lawn fabric won't shrink like polyester organza. Fusing sheers to misty fuse between two layers of parchment paper (parchment-sheer-misty fuse-parchment-iron). Pretty much any sheer fabric can be ironed, just put a cloth over it. Use a piece of white cotton interlock as pressing cloth, along with low heat.

Free, easy program Posterazor
Enlarge, print designs Dubai UAE International Quilt Show The Artist's Body exhibit

Friday, April 2, 2010

Celebrating The Model T Era

Celebrating The Model T Era was the final quilt in a series of my Decade Quilts of the Twentieth century. 38”h x 31”w

The Assembly line revolutionized the 1910s...Developments of that period included stop signs, traffic signals, drivers license, maps, Artificial kidneys, bras, 35mm camera, crossword, Hollywood, iodine, Kotex, lipstick, mixers, refrigerators, Taxi service are among others included in the quilt.

buttons, beads, charms, jewelry, piping, trims, vinyl, windowscreen, sheers, net, doorhinge, washers, lockwashers

Pothole Patchwork

16"w x 24"h

Alternate route advised
Expect Delays
Frustration Ahead
Incubating bright ideas (lightbulb spool)
Jackhammer (needle on sewing machine)
Longterm relief
Men at work
No Kidding!
Potholes patchwork
Questions..when will it end????
Road rage
Ultimate Parking Lot
Vanity plate: caution
Windshield cracks walk winter
X : Don’t tailgate

The skeleton: the End of construction ! :)

1000 Artisan Textiles

I am so excited that 2 of my quilts, are being published in the soon to be released book, 1000 Artisan Textiles by Sandra Salamony & Gina M. Brown

0823 Celebrating The Model T Era, 38” x 31” (96.5 cm x 78.5 cm): hardware (door hinge, washers, lock washers), appliqué
0824 detail of Celebrating The Model T Era

0825 Pothole Patchwork, 16” x 24” (40.5 cm x 61 cm): stitching with metal soda cans, paper cord sewing machine needle, other mixed media

I originally did Pothole Patchwork for an Adventurous Quilter's Challenge to use the color orange...and thus the construction theme.

The Model T Era was the final quilt in a series of my Decade Quilts of the Twentieth century.

The book is in the warehouse and I cannot wait to see my babies in print!