Not So Close to the Vest

I found some old photos of a few vests I made, taken before I owned a digital camera; the photos aren’t the best but I thought I would share them anyway. It was when I was going through my Seminole period! One was just an experiment in curvy piecing, though I’m pretty sure I hand appliqued it together!

curvy vestAll of the vests are made from a basic commercial pattern (sorry can’t remember which company; it is was ages ago) but the front and backs designs are my originals. They included lots of tiny Seminole work, a pieced cockatoo (sort of), some raised and folded pleats held down by a few hand embroidery stitches. Some were included in the fashion exhibit at a local quilt show, some were gifted, I sold and even wore a couple. They were a learning experience…I learned I may never want to make another vest!

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Watercolor and Flowers

I was looking through my art supplies and discovered an old box of watercolor tube paints that may have been my dad’s or maybe mine from high school!

old watercolours

They were pretty far gone, seeing as they were made sometime between the 1960s to 70s, but I managed to get some out of the tubes and decided to paint a little painting. It has been a really long time since I painted watercolor on paper and I’m rusty to say the least. It is very different from painting on fabric, which is more my thing but I’m happy with the painting. I think I may try to work it into a printed fabric design.

trumpet flower watercolor small

Now my creative juices are flowing and I’m ready to water down my textile paints and paint a watercolor on fabric… Looking at that painting makes me want to layer it and add detail using thread play and quilting. Would you rather paint on paper or fabric?

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Seeing Red!

No art work today…it was a beautiful sunny day, in the eighties! I spent part of the day walking in the local Parkinson’s Association 5K Run with a couple loved ones and a cast of thousands (lots of dogs!). This year the t-shirts were red, if you know me well, you know red is not my color but I was invited to wear this and I think it fit pretty well. What do you think?

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Thanks Ron!

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Leaf Napkin Ring How to Video

For those of you who prefer a video over a image by image tutorial here is the How to Make a Leaf Napkin Ring video from my Fiber Designs by Ann YouTube channel. If you make these rings I would love to see your creations!

Also, I’m looking forward to publishing more hand painted fabric videos.

Thanks for stopping by!

Ann

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Still Here and Kicking!

There has been much going on and I have been bad about focusing posting.

I was happy to learn that the Water is Life quilt exhibit at the United Nations Geneva has been extended for the second time and will be up until April 11, 2016. I’m really looking forward to seeing the quilts when they come to the States in 2017. I’m very proud to have a quilt in that exhibit. From what I have seen it looks like my quilt may be one of the simplest in design, other than it being a triptych, but that’s OK… sometimes simplistic says a lot.

In other news Terial Arts shared my Leaf Napkin Ring design on their blog recently and using my pattern, the owner Terry McFeely,  made a pretty blue fabric napkin ring with a sequin detail.

terry terail arts photo leaf napkin ring

It’s fun to see what others do with a design to make it their own. I’ll be posting a How-to instructional video for making the Leaf Napkin Ring on my YouTube channel soon.

More news coming soon.

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Loving Leaves

If you were to look around my home you would see that I love leaves. I have leaves on curtains, knobs, light fixtures, vessels, and beautiful lacy copper leaves hanging on the wall. Using leaves as inspiration, here is one of my most recent designs and tutorials for a simple to make fabric Leaf Napkin Ring. For the printable pattern and instructions see the Patterns & Supply Lists tab here on my blog.

1 leaf napkin ring white

4 transfer pattern to freezer paper 5 press pattern to center line on fabric 6 fold and cut out 7 remove pattern and fold lengthwise 8 sewing casing 9 insert wire 10 open out smooth seam 11 slip on napkin and shape

Here are a couple variations. Place the seam up if using a color fabric and jazz another up with rhinestones! A straight blade rotary cutter may be used instead and free motion veins could be added too. Do you have any other ideas?

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Flowers and a New Video

The weather is warm here, some would say hot but as I have probably said before I’m cold if it gets much cooler than 75 degrees. The garden looks like spring with flowers, bees, birds, butterflies, and lizards!first iris 2016My first irises have come up. I didn’t plant these here, they were displaced when the back garden was professionally reconstructed but they ended up in a perfect location.  I thought I would share a few of my iris quilts from the past…

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Iris head is from a pattern by Grannie "G" Applique

Iris head is from a pattern by Grannie “G” Applique

 

 

I only make and use original designs now but years ago I bought and use a part of a pattern from Grannie “G” Applique for this last piece (the iris head). I think she has some of the most beautiful applique designs and patterns! Geri was kind enough to feature this on her website way back then.

While we are talking flowers, here is my most recent video lesson for a fun and simple flower project:

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Stripping

I just figured out a new way to cut my quilling strips! In a few of my online lesson videos I have demonstrated how I cut strips using two rules and a rotary cutter. Yesterday, a couple days after my Mister said in passing “You need a paper cutter” (while acting out the motion of the old time ones with the big guillotine style handle – that give me nightmares!), it dawned on me; I own a rotary flat bed paper cutter. I figured out how to add a stopper and now I can cut my treated fabric strips a little faster and easier!

paper cutter strips

I’m working on some all white pieces (think bridal) right now but I’m sharing some color today. Making coils is one of my favorite things to do with my hand painted fabric and something simple to do when I have to sit still. This same technique may be used to make napkin rings, bracelets, and more.

rimmed glass flameless holder multi color coil napkin ring

Someone asked why I coil fabric when I could just use paper and one of my answers is that because I cut the strips by hand they are imperfect and so each coil has a more textured surface than paper and I love that.

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Sideswiped…

Well, I was moving along great, eating better and exercising more, getting the blood pressure and weight back in check, when I got totally sideswiped by shingles. It smacked me in the right side of my head and the swelling in my lip was so bad my husband accused me of getting Botox-ed. This nasty virus is not conducive to being creative but I want to be! I’m still on the mend but I’m so thankful for an awesome doctor and science-based medicine and that is all I will say about that!

cactus apple heart

My Mister and I were enjoying a walk at Lake Murray not too long ago when he noticed this single cactus apple and of course it being February it looked to me like a heart, (the two halves that come together to make one). We were married shortly after Valentine’s Day many moons ago and so that is when we celebrate love’s special day but it seems I always get heart shaped fiber art ideas around this time of year. Not being 100% has caused me to refocus; some ideas just don’t work out when one isn’t feel all there. But here is a little February fiber art anyhow. Have a lovely month!

coiled fabric hearts

Quilled coils from treated fabric

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Poinsettia Wall Hanging

poinsettia wall hanging finished

I’m happy to let you know that my video – “How to Make a Painted and Quilted Poinsettia Wall Hanging”  is up on YouTube! It is three videos that include thirteen sections from how to stiffen the fabric, to painting and quilting, to attaching the branch for hanging. I used the quilled fabric beads from my previous video lesson for the poinsettia center.

I hope you will check out my YouTube channel and take a look at my new and older videos. And if you do – Thanks for watching and thanks too for visiting my blog.

Quilting and Painting Away, Ann

 

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