Tag Archives: mosaic

Rock, Paper, Fabric, Glass

I remember someone being perplexed by quilters because we take fabric, cut it up, then put it back together again. It’s not just quilters; so much of art is cutting something up and reassembling it.

Paper – My daughter recently gave me some of her (dry) wet palette and wipe-up papers. I paper collaged this little bird. The wing was a piece of painted paper from my stash and the only part I may work on a bit more.

wet palette and paper towel papers
Cut paper collage bird

Designing and cutting up fabric continues to be my favorite activity.

This art quilt was made many years ago. I designed it for a San Diego Quilt Show challenge – The multi-color fabric had to be used in the quilt; it won first place, and though I hadn’t thought about selling it, I was approached by a couple, at the show, and they bought it, then commissioned two more art quilts from me.

Night Trails Original design, hand appliqued and quilted.

I absolutely love mosaic and went through my mosaic making period but after a few years I realized fabric is more forgiving, lighter weight, and safer!

Palm tree mosaic mirror
Abstract mosaic extension to our front porch.

And finally, I get to the “Rock,” which actually began as Gator Board to go around my roadrunner on painted fabric. I wrote about finding this piece of painted fabric in a previous post and that I had an idea for an unusual finish.

Roadrunner at Red Rock. My daughter drew the original roadrunner but I slightly altered it.

I have to admit to being very pleased with the roadrunner piece. I think I succeeded in finishing this art quilt in an unusual way! It is wired for hanging.

Have you cut anything up lately and put it back together?

Reminder – Next post I’ll announce the giveaway winners from the August post.

What’s Up Wednesday

Yesterday I delivered and installed (with the help of my handy assistant) my most recent commissioned art quilt. The best part – the client was very pleased!

finished garden view art quilt

I’m working on new Curious.com online lessons but I thought it would be fun to take a detour in today’s post and share some cutting up and putting back together that doesn’t involve fabric. Except for the bleeding part I love cutting glass to make mosaic!

mosaic flora mirror

And I love designing and cutting up tile!

porch mosaic 1
porch mosaic 2
front porch mosaic 2

Do you think most quilters like puzzles? Do you?

More fun with quilling fabric

I made more coils and left them tightly coiled instead of making flowers. Then I turned them into a coil mosaic. I’m still fine tuning this process. The fabric is first treated with Terial Magic (TM) which makes the fabric stiff like paper.

hand_dye_terial_coils
These are the loose coils… aren’t to cool!

The trick is to use the right amount of glue (glue sticks haven’t worked for me). I am using regular white Elmer’s School glue. The glue needs to make the fabric moist enough the stick to itself. The moisture in the glue will cause the TM to be removed in the area the glue is applied (just a dot) but that is good because then the glue will allow the fabric to stick to itself. Once it has dried (only take a few seconds) the fabric will be stiff again in that area. For the coils with the pink and yellow light centers I glued two different fabrics together. The light centers are fabric I hand painted but the darker fabric is just a mottled, multicolored piece I dyed using Procion MX dyes. Cutting into 1/8″ strips. The multicolored fabric caused the color change in the darker coils. I really like the contrast in the coil where I started with the very light fabric.

hand_dyed_fabric_coils
Quilled fabric coils applied to a ceramic tile

I have always made mosaic art by cutting glass, tiles, or paper. This is my first project using treated fabric and I know I will be making more and adding them to my other fiber art. I hope you will give it a try, it’s a blast!

Road to California

I’m excited about going to Road to California quilt show this weekend. I know of several local quilters who have pieces in the show – Congratulations to each of them!

One of my main goals is to test drive the HQ Sweet Sixteen. I’ll let you know what I think.

The little landscape below is “Distant Clearing” and it is the first miniature landscape I ever made. I made it in a Continuing Ed class taught by the wonderful Peggy Martin (many moons ago!). It was a fabric postcard class but I decided to do my own thing. It was awarded third place in a contest for and was published in Miniature Quilt Magazine (no longer with us). It measures about 12″ x 9″ and is hand appliqued and quilted.

I’m off to sew sleeves and binding. Quilting Away, A

Earl’s Art Car

This is one of the pieces from my newest series, a collaboration with my oldest son using his photographs mounted on my fiber pieces. My son took a photo of Earl Shepherd’s awesome hand-painted BMW at a local auto show. This piece (Bodywork) was made for Earl. To see more fantastic photos of Earl’s Art Car and his other artwork visit his website.