Beware the bleeder!

I made a sweet little log cabin (not paper pieced) for donation to Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative/AAQI . When I finished the piecing it was not square so I decided to block it. Well, it blocked beautifully, square as can be and then I realized I was leaving a trail of RED! The tiny hearths were bleeding. I have no idea where I purchased, ages ago, the hand dyed fabric that I used for the center but it turns out it was not stable…no matter what I tried the bleeding would not be stopped. Sad day, I was so concerned that it would bleed on something else (I have a stain on my ironing board as a reminder of this little tragedy), I actually threw the piece away and made another one – this time paper pieced.

The finished “Little Log Cabin” is Awaiting Assignment on the AAQI site and it has navy blue hearths! Here are photos of the two quilts…

My Bleeding Hearth prior to blocking/bleeding
Little Log Cabin (it is square – bad photo)
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Pat Yamin and The Quilt Show

I have had the pleasure of meeting Pat Yamin (through a mutual friend) on a number of occasions and just learned that she will be featured on The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims. Be sure to check out Pat’s website – she has great products and ideas for today’s quilters.

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Another Beautiful Day and a little batik

These pink Camellias were a gift from my sister. Our gardens think it is spring!

I find that sometimes our wonderful southern California weather pulls me out of the studio and keeps me from working…But the outdoors can be inspiring for a fiber artist…so I guess that’s still working, right?!

I had some black resist left from a background fabric I was painting and draw up these little flower designs. I’ll be painting them soon…

Getting back to Quilting Away, Ann

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February mosaics

A couple heart mosaic frames…

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Then and Now monoprinting

I walk everyday. Lately I have become obsessed with looking for things to monoprint.  So here is a photo of a few fallen leaves gathered on one of my walks and the fabric that resulted. It will be the background for a Photograph on Fiber piece.

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Bonus surface

I stepped out back to turn my non-traditional Shibori as it dries. The pipe is suspended between two patio chairs with a drip pan under it, the bottom of which is lined with a piece of fabric.
I became very interested in the fabric in the pan as the drips began to merge. To some people it might look like a mess, but to a fiber artist it is another canvas to work on.

Using one of my foam stamps (I make my own stamps) I stamped a few leaves here and there. I laid a small piece of tulle down before stamping at one point (See tiny black poke a dots, sort of leaf shape).

I will over paint the piece at least once more so the white fabric will be gone and then who knows, maybe cut it up!

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Kitty fix

We have two eight year old cats. They are still mischievous to say the least but we love them just the same. I enjoy looking at their kitten photos, it reminds me why in the world we adopted them! Enjoy…

Our girls eight years ago.
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Call it Shibori?

Reading some comments posted in the past few days on Sew Daily blog has me thinking. Up until now I have called these pieces “shibori” (see photos below). Having read about Shibori (Arashi Shibori in particular) and watched it being created, I know what I do is simply make fabric that has been wrapped around a pole (or bottle), tied, compressed, and then painted. I know it’s not traditional Japanese Shibori but that is where the inspiration and techniques are derived from. I doubt there is a Shibori Master somewhere taking offense at me calling what I do shibori – I bet if they saw mine they would only laugh! I guess for now I will just call what I do “non-traditional shibori”…It’s obvious I haven’t study under a great Shibori Master but I have still learned a bit from them.
Quilting and Painting Away ~ A

Non traditional Shibori 1
Non traditional Shibori 2
Non traditional Shibori 3
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Surface design and layers

I’m working on some fabric that I’ll probably use somewhere in our photo and fiber pieces – Some (or all) are works in progress. I love being able to create my own fabric. It seems the possibilities are endless and I’m looking forward to exploring other techniques. I have a pole shibori wrap drying out back which I might post later depending on how it turns out.

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