Painted Fabric Landscape Part Two

It’s finally here…

If you are an experienced machine quilter/embroiderer or thread play person, this may not be for you but I hope it is encouraging for people who have been wanting to give machine thread play a try. Thanks for watching!

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Painted Fabric in a Hoop Part 2

Funny how things get pushed to the back burner or taken off the heat altogether.

A short time ago someone commented on my Fabric Painted Landscape in a Hoop video that I posted in 2018.

Unhooped and before split

As I was looking through files to find some information about that video I found several clips I hadn’t remembered filming. They were of the machine quilting, thread play, and How-to for cutting the two tiny quilts out of the fabric.

Thread play close-up

So I’m editing the clips for the part 2 video now but it is taking some time (You may remember that my editor moved out, though he may still come to my rescue on this one!). Anyway, here are the finished tiny quilts.

Thanks for stopping by. I’ll post the part 2 video shortly.

With butted corner binding finish.
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Projects & New Lessons

I’m happy to say I have a few new lessons and a new course on and will be adding more soon. About…
“Curious is an innovative and engaging marketplace that connects lifelong learners with exceptional teachers from around the world.” “Curious offers a free trial which gives you a week of Curious+ at no cost. Enroll in some lessons, browse the collections – try it before you buy it!”, I’m amazed by all that is offered there; everything from dog training, to mixed media art, to how to tango!

Some of my new lessons are…

How to Painted Leaves on Fused Fabric

How to Make Fiber Art Paper

How to Make a Foam Flower Stamp and How to Make a Mixed Media Tag.

The tag is made using the fabric leaves, fiber paper, and the stamp.

I will also be posting new videos on my YouTube channel as soon as I can and have re-uploaded a couple older fabric painting videos that had to be edited (music changes), here’s one of them…

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Leaves & Dragonflies

I have been working on videos, some will be on and others on my YouTube channel. One thing leads to another and where I thought I was just making a How-to Paint Leaves on Fabric video, it turned in several projects. I actually have two leaf videos; one for making the autumn color leaves featured here and the other is a how-to paint the green leaves which will be painted on fabric that has fusible on the back.

Here is just one of the projects… It is a reverse canvas using the leaves I painted, wonderful fibrous paper, paint, a mixed media dragonfly, and a real vine branch. It’s no masterpiece but it was fun to work through and make.

Just thinking it through…

The blue background w/gold stamped dragonfly is fabric I painted for another project but I like how it worked for this one.

I used gel medium to apply the blue background fabric and then delicate fibrous paper.
I painted some of the fibrous paper green and yellow…
Still auditioning…
Some painted green leaves on background. I like this better… Layers for the win!

Needed something in the lower left corner. Trying some more branches & still moving the mixed media dragonfly around.
Attached the corner branches and the mixed media dragonfly, splattered a little paint and done!

I only wish I had been videoing this project. I guess there may be another reverse canvas in my future but first I’m going to make an art quilt using more of these leaves because I just love painting them!

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Color and Compassion

Happy New Year to You!

I plan for there to be more color and compassion in my 2019.

Here are just a few of the colorful and inspiring bits spotted on my 2018 walks…   

I wish I had a better photo of this adorable pup who was sporting an very orange mohawk!

Be safe, be happy, be creative!

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I made a little canvas for my niece; Thanksgiving and her birthday fall on the same day this year. The kitty design is one I used in a small art quilt some time back that was published in Quilting Arts magazine. The photo isn’t great, the kitty is actually in black marker (on my monitor it looks blue). Hand made flower stamp and the end of a chopstick used to make the dots.

Painted fabric, marker, stamped and wrapped around a 4″ canvas.

I want to do more little pieces like this and add some stitching, it was really easy and fun.

I hope you do whatever makes you happy in the coming holidays and I thank you for stopping by my blog.

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Loss and Moving Forward

The past couple weeks have been challenging. On a somewhat happy note, I celebrated a big birthday. On a not so happy note, I completely messed up my blog but thanks to tech support I’m back up and running. And a very happy note, I’m looking forward to giving a talk for a local guild later this week.

But on a sad note, my dear sister-in-law left us.  Though she was a nurse by profession, she and her husband traveled the world and she was a very talented photographer. I may have posted these in the past but in memory of her I post them again. She gave me the three photos in these pieces just for me to see, saying “they weren’t especially good” but I still found them inspirational and I’m so happy I could use them in my art.

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A Challenge with Hand Embroidery

I remember about ten or fifteen years ago getting rid of my hand embroidery materials/tools. When I was young I hand embroidered everything! But then I became a quilter and wouldn’t be creating hand embroidered piece anymore. Fast forward to 2017 and I was buying back all the tools I use back then. I think now that I primarily machine quilt I’m enjoying the comfort of the slow rhythm of hand embroidery once again.

After embroidering on a quilt (I’ll share in a future post) for the San Diego Quilt Show quilt challenge ; the theme being “Wild, Wild, West” I kept going and made this hat for the block challenge.I first draw the  hat on paper, then scanned it into Adobe Illustrator, made it a vector and resized it. I applied white fabric to an 8.5″ x 11″ piece of freezer paper, pressed very well and sent it through my laser printer. I heat set it and hooped it up.

When the embroidery was finished I hand appliqued the underside and the entire hat this a pretty mottled “batik.” And to my surprise I won a Viewer’s Choice second place ribbon!
I’m going to ask our historian for a photo of the exhibit; I believe there were fifteen hat block entries… I did a quick walk-by but was pretty busy and didn’t see most of the show and so didn’t take photos outside my booth.

Do you hand embroider? What floss do you used and do you wrap your hoop?

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San Diego Quilt Show

I’m recovering from the quilt show where we had near 400 quilts in the general display and over one hundred quilts for sale in our Quilt Sales booth. I had help from some awesome volunteers, members of SDQS (who are also volunteers!), and from my patient husband (who has helped me with this show for many years). Quilts were on the drapes, on the tables and on hangers… It was a lot of quilts! About a third of the quilts and a pillow in this booth sold.

Because the theme for this show was Wild, Wild West, I designed a turning display rack using chicken wire; my husband build it to display my “For Sale” artwork. Then our daughter said…“You have to put a chicken in there!” so… As with the quilts, SDQS receives a small percentage of any sales.

I’ll share some of my other items in future posts but for now here are my coiled fabric bottle cap magnets which are located on the metal circle on the chicken wire display . I had a bunch of fabric coils left from other coil projects and this was a good and fun way to use them!

I was pleasantly surprised to have won a second place ribbon for a piece I entered in the “Hat” block challenge. I’ll share that and my challenge quilt in the next post.
Until then, quilt away!


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Quilt and Painted Fabrics

I haven’t posted for awhile in part because of a queen size quilt. As a member of San Diego Quilt Show, I volunteered to make one of nine quilts for our 2018 charity;
Warrior Foundation/Freedom Station. The quilts will be on the beds and at the end of their transition each warriors will take their quilt with them. This is the second time SDQS members have made quilts for this organization.
It had to be an approximate queen size and I discovered that as far as large quilts go I’m very rusty! First of all, I’m not a fan of making red/white/blue color themed quilts or of making traditional patterns anymore. So the entire time I fought with myself and I’ll confess that I made more mistake (big mistakes!) on this one quilt than I think I have made in my entire quiltmaking life!

quilt pieces playing on the bed

I wanted to use fabrics I already had but I didn’t have any appropriate prints and because I paint most of my fabric now I didn’t have much period, so I did end up buying some. When it came to the lights I decided I would paint my own fabric. The circles on the left were made using a dauber tapped in Jacquard Lumiere textile paint on a white, tone on tone (with tiny dots) fabric. I like how the tiny dots show in the larger gold dots. The red swirls were a homemade stamp and I didn’t love the results so I sewed up a star stencil (see how-to video) and stamped over the swirls. I made a wavy stripes stencil the same way and applied that over fabric I had splatter/spray painted. The tiny rings were made using an eyebrow pencil cap tapped in more Lumiere.

The tiny red flower fabric blossomed… It was just going to be tiny red flower but it needed the blue center dots and then it needed a little gold… and still there was too much white was showing through        so I tapped all over with the end of a small paintbrush dipped in more blue. Finally I was pleased.The top is finished and I’m happy with it. I have to piece the back and find a local, kind and generous longarm quilter to quilt it. I’ll post more about this adventure later and share the finished quilt… a deadline will make that happen! Hopefully all of the quilts with hang in the show in September.


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