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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Art Imitating Nature…

As I mentioned recently we have had windy, rainy weather and that means a lot of palm fronds have sailed to the ground all over town. This reminded me to share the little art quilt below. A while ago I was experimenting with a piece of my hand painted fabric that had been treated with Terial Magic Spray Stabilizer and then put through a pasta machine. The experiment was a failure but I decided rather than waste the fabric I would try to make a small art quilt using it. Once I started working with the fabric I kept thinking it reminds me of something but I couldn’t put my finger on it… until my Mister and I were walking at the bay. There I saw a piece of fallen palm frond and as soon as I saw it I said out loud “That’s it!” When the strands of fiber separate they make thinner, thread like strands running perpendicular and that is exactly what I got when I pulled the fabric apart.

palm tree fiber
wind dancers

The tentative title is The Wind Dancers…Notice I hand embroidered tiny leaves, ballet shoes, and then French knots on a skirt of silk. So much fun! It makes me think of a forest of trees swaying in the wind.

wind dancers detail
The Wind Dancers – detail

Sometimes failures bring on happy endings… Have you resurrected what you thought was a failed piece only to rework it into a happy ending?

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Cutting Through the Clutter

I was having a hard time working in the studio and decided it was time to clear away the clutter and make an enjoyable work environment again.

design table mess
design table clear again

The advantage of having the space I have is there are many places to store things… the disadvantage of having the space I have it that there are too many places to shove things!
And shove I did, until reaching for anything caused an avalanche and finding what I was looking for took precious time away from making art.
So the other day I brought in a six foot table and took everything out of one side of one cabinet. Tossed, sorted, filled and labeled containers. Cleared off the design table and one of the sewing tables. There is still half of the room and the quilting machine table to clear (I know there is a machine under there somewhere!) but already I feel better and I’m off to sandwich a quilt!

studio cupboard better

I hope you have a peaceful and happy place to spend this New Year do what you love! Quilting Away, Ann

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How to Make Quilled Fabric Flower Center Beads

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