After having fun making fast cut stencils (see my video) I made a quilted card from one of the stenciled flower prints.
Fast stenciled & quilted card
felt back before gluing to card stock
Using a pinking rotary cutter I cut out the stenciled design to my desired size (I wanted the finished card to fit into an envelope I already had). Next I cut out a piece of felt (this will be the batting) about 1/8″ larger than the stenciled fabric piece. I lightly sprayed the felt front with Sulky KK 2000 Adhesive, then centered and placed the fabric onto the felt. I took this to the quilting machine and free motion quilted where ever the designs sent me.
I used the envelope to determine the size to cut the card stock (fold before cutting) and centered the little “quilt”, then measured and cut the card stock. Next I used artist gel medium, spread on the felt back and placed it onto the card stock. I used hand pressure and rubbed, then left it to dry over night. The next day I had a lovely little gift card. The recipient could just display as is or add a mat and frame.
It was so much fun I know I will be making more!
I have been working on this painted whole cloth for a while now and finding it, with it’s many layers, a challenge. I believe the best paintings have many layers but when I approach a piece of fabric (canvas), I know in the end I’m going to stitch it and that sometimes presents a problem. Many layers of paint make it much more difficult to quilt and especially hand stitch through. A part of me loves this challenge but another part of me wants to avoid it at all costs! As I’m learning more about art and stretching as an artist I’m discovering new ways to create and new materials to use. Layering with finer weave fabrics and even paper can build the layers without hindering the stitch work.
a work in progress
The next quandary… Does combining those materials remove me from the “Art Quilt” category and push me into the “Mixed Media” box? The line seems to be blurring for me but when I enter general art competitions, the submission application always wants me to categorize the work. No matter how much I paint or add materials other than fabric to a piece I want to be called an “Art Quilt” artist. Maybe this is still me shouting “Quilts are ART!” I think, thanks to the fabulous quilt and fiber artists producing and sharing their work, the general public is beginning to see quilts as art (whether utilitarian or for the wall). Let’s keep showing what we’ve got!
I figured out this very fast way to make and cut a stencil using my sewing machine.
- Fast cut stencils and fabric prints
Then using textile or acrylic paints to make a print on fabric. Maybe you have a quilt with solid alternate blocks, this could be a fun way to add a bit more to those blocks and something more to quilt around. I hope you’ll watch the video and comment.
Next I think I’ll try using these stencils ( and the pieces that are removed) on my Gelli Arts Print Plate!
It’s been fun but I’m glad that Shore Rocks is finished. I’m very happy with it. It is a hand painted whole cloth and it is machine quilted. I tried something different with this one and was pleasantly surprised with the results. I wanted tiny bubbles for the sea foam. So after a few tries with just textile paint and water (and an egg whisk) I figured out what I thought may hold the bubbles… I used egg whites. I thought if the old masters could use egg yolks as a binding agent I should be able to use the whites as a foaming agent. I beat together egg white, a bit of water and the paint to a frothy foam and drizzled it onto the fabric (which was lying on a horizontally positioned canvas). Gradually the bubbles burst leaving tiny bubble imprints in the “foam”. After the piece was totally dry I hand washed it removing as much of the egg as possible. I will admit the first time I ironed it my studio smelled of fried eggs – NOT good! So I just washed and ironed the fabric until there was no longer the smell and/or feel of egg residue.
Prior to quilting
A disclaimer – Ann is not responsible for any outcome you may have using this egg white technique. Having said that – Go wild, after all where would we be without experimentation and exploration!
I discovered this leaf on my front walkway about a week ago. We had a heavy rain and the leaf was beaten so that it was not only broken but a part of it was sticking straight up. I thought it very much resembled a feather. So I took a photo and then I painted the leaf on to fabric. I like how the background fabric, which was a scrap piece from under a shibori/pole wrapped project, shows through the painted leaf. I’m not sure if I will quilt it but all of those veins are kind of calling for it! I wasn’t looking at the photo when I painted it so I took some liberties.
I find the older I get the more I just love the autumn season – Our autumn is about 82 degrees outside right now but still it is gorgeous!
I’m mailing off used rotary cutter blades for replacement today and I’m sewing the binding on to “Shore Rocks.” Because the binding is hand painted it is a bit stiffer than commercial fabric so I pulled out the quilt binding clips I bought ages ago. I haven’t used them much but for this piece they will be a great help – my hands aren’t as nimble as they used to be, I’m sure some of you can relate. I’m reminded of how glad I am to have the fantastic tools we have now. They make creating art so much more fun and certainly easier. It is awesome when the tools and gadgets are designed by the people who actually use them and they seem to continue to improve them. Sometimes I can’t imagine how people come up with the ideas for some of the products or how our grandmas did without them! Then I think – The “mothers of invention” were our grandmothers (and grandfathers too)! What is the best or most curious quilt gadget you have bought or seen?
The Art in the Park 2013 at Mission Trails Regional Park was a fun evening. It was especially nice to share the time with my son who was also one of the participating artists. The artwork of over forty artists will be on display until Oct. 18, 2013 – for more info go to MTRP
“Trail” is one of four of my pieces on exhibit at Mission Trails until Oct. 18, 2013 Photographs by Cameron B. Scott
I’m happy to share that four of my pieces have been juried into Mission Trails Regional Park ~ Art in the Park! More details may be found here – MTRPF Art in the Park The pieces are all from my Fiber and Photograph series and one of them has not been exhibited before. The photograph for this piece was taken at Mission Trails by my son, Cameron B. Scott. The piece background fabric is pole wrapped (Shibori) with painted silk pieces and fun free motion quilting. The main event will be October 5th (Cameron and I will be there) but all of the art will be on display from September 22 – October 18, 2013 in the beautiful Visitor Center.
We have had a bit of a reprieve from the heat today. I do believe fall may be on its way although our summers often fool us by heating up again in October. Still I shouldn’t complain – our weather is beautiful. It had been too warm for working in the studio and so I have been going through some old quilt photos and wishing I would have taken better pictures of them.
This little art quilt makes me think of fall. I painted the back sky fabric otherwise it is made of commercial fabrics. It has machine thread play and quilting.
This little pieces was made before I did much fusing. It was a move away from hand applique and sadly the results were not what I planned for. But it ended up having a lot of dimension and I’m happy with the free motion quilting. That was really fun, no plan, just go for it!