Loving Flowers and New Videos…

Just some Springtime fun!


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Well, I’m editing videos, or at least I should be. The more I learn about this editing software, the bigger the learning curve seems to become!

So this is my little diversion. The spring flowers we have come across on our morning walks lately have been beautiful.

This is my first attempt to create this opium poppy in fabric. I like the edge on the center petal best, which was created by using fancy blade paper scissors (that didn’t like cutting fabric). The outside edge was just cut with regular scissors. I think I need to combine the two and cut a few individual petals out for better layering. In my button box I found clear buttons, I painted the back side and thought they worked pretty well for the center. I have some better ideas for making more, but this was a fun diversion.

  When I make more I’ll share how I actually “painted” and made the flower… Hint: I used this –

flexible conduit connector

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Talk and Share

I spent a nice evening with a local quilt guild sharing ideas and fiber art.

Thanks to Lois H. guild Historian for taking photos

I like to encourage people who don’t think they are artist enough to create original fiber art to just layer and drop paint, marker and pen marks on white fabric, then use a search frame to find something wonderful! Next add stitches by hand or machine for great cards and mini abstract art pieces.

I was surprised by a guild member who shared the waterscape she made in my Miniature Landscape class way back in 2004! She was determined to use that water fabric which, to my surprise, work in this great little scape.

The most fun was when greeted by many members who had either taken one of my classes, or knew me way back when we took Adult Continuing Ed classes together or they had volunteered at the San Diego Quilt Show in the Quilt Sales booth, where I had been chairperson.

I was told members were inspired to try some things that they hadn’t thought of. That makes me so happy because… that’s what it’s all about!

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Spring and Stuff

I’m once again behind on posting, no surprise there. I’m getting ready for a talk and fiber art/quilt showing for a local guild that I’m really looking forward to and I’ve been busy with the prep.

We have had beautiful spring weather days and it is important to take a break once in awhile so… A friend and I walked about 2.5 miles to pick up some fresh eggs and we got to see their chickens. I really like chickens; maybe because I’m a framer’s granddaughter or more likely because I have never had chickens! And I think there is just something about chickens and quilting that goes together. I have wanted to paint and quilt a chicken whole cloth for some time now… okay, another idea for the list. They are so cute and I love the sounds they make!

I have videos waiting to be edited (remember the hoop painted landscape? They’re stitched.). I’ll post the videos as soon as I can.

Linking to Nina-Marie’s Creations, where more wonderful art and links may be found!

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Escape with Thread Play

I finished the machine embroidery/thread play on the (once was) all white fabric landscape and I’m pretty happy with the results. You will, I’m sure, notice I have take artistic liberties; Don’t try to figure out what kind of trees, leaves or flowers those are!

Here are side by side pics of the piece; On left the before fusing/embroidery/thread play. The pieces were just placed on my design table so the arrangement may be slightly different. I also dusted some of the pieces with a bit more wax pastel before stitching.

I have always found it a challenge to stitch on my hand painted skies because I think they look better before, but it’s an art quilt so I stitch! Now I’ll have to decide if I want to satin stitch the raw edge and add batting, another layer of felt or cotton and quilt it, which would add more depth to the tree trunks and rocks, OR if I will move on to making another one which I will video as I “paint” each element for my series of lessons. Either way I’ll share it here. Thanks for stopping by!

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Free-motion and painting videos!

I have published a couple new YouTube videos. One is free-motion quilting a simple tree and the newest is a mini painted landscape (from previous post) that will be stitched in a later video or two.

If you take the time to watch them I truly appreciate it. If you enjoy them please comment, give them thumbs up and subscribe!

Free-motion quilting a Tree – https://youtu.be/ncYFCrBGw0I

Fabric Painted Landscape in a Hoop – https://youtu.be/EqLGMCo2Geg

Thank you!

Quilting and Painting Away, Ann

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Painted Landscape or Two!

I painted a little yesterday using my old quilt hoop (as the stretcher frame) and the Jacquard Textile Colors. The plan was, and still is, to do a bit of machine embroidery over the painting, then sandwich it and add some MeAnndering (aka free-motion quilting). But after I took the fabric out of the hoop to press it I realized my horizon line was just about smack in the middle of the painting and that doesn’t work for me.

Now the plan is to make two smaller pieces… YES, twice the fun!

I’m off to add a bit more dimension with machine embroidery. I’ll share that in the next post. In the meantime I’m linking up here to Nina-Marie at Creations… where she post wonderful content and shares links for other talented and inspiring quilt and fiber artists.

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The All White Landscape

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m making a series of lessons showing how I make different elements for a mini fabric landscapes. What I neglected to mention is that I would be starting with white fabric (Thank you, Snarky Quilter!). Here is the piece in progress, which means these pieces are not attached and there may be changes. I find looking at a photo of the piece, using a mirror or walking away for a while, can be helpful in figuring out what may need to be tweaked. I have some ideas for change already. There will be thread play and quilting over the entire piece, so if it appears to be lacking that may just be where I plan to stitch more colors and nature bits.

I used different techniques for each of these elements – Rocks (as mentioned in previous post), the most forward foreground, second foreground, water & sky, tiny hills/mountains, and tree trunks.

I hope you will stay tuned and thanks for stopping by!


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Mini Elements

I’m working on some techniques for making elements for mini landscapes quilt/pieces. Here are the rocks. I’ll share this technique as soon as I can. It is super easy, quick and fun… more to come.

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I remember…

I remember when I got rid of all of my embroidery paraphernalia; when I became a quilter! Before then, for years, I embroidered everything. Then a few years ago I discovered mark making with thread, more specifically, floss. So, off I went to buy all of  those embroidery tools and materials, again. But now I approach embroidery differently, not so much flowery, cutesy stuff but more as another layer and bit of interest to add to mixed media works of art. Having said that, this is what I did this week while resting with the flu. It is on a piece of my hand painted pole wrapped cotton (faux Shibori).

Even if the subject is no longer my cup of tea, it was fun to draw and stitching it was really good for my motor skills which have been feeling clumsy lately.

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