Tag Archives: quilts

Painting birds and butterflies

I’m working on a commissioned art quilt that is a little larger than anything I have made recently and it has many pastel colors which is a palette I don’t often use. I’m enjoying the process and the challenge! It was requested that the piece have monarch type butterflies and birds, specifically bluebirds. I am painting and then stitching them which I have never done on such a small scale and never using the technique I’m trying… I have stabilized the fabric with Terial Magic spray and I’m not using a hoop when I free motion stitch/embroider. I’ll have more about the in a future post.

One thing I like about this method is that if the painting isn’t quite right (sparrow’s beak e.g.) I can correct it during the stitching.

Birds before stitching

On the butterflies only the black is stitched and the colors were just left painted. I’m okay with the white fabric being wrinkled because these elements will be cut out and appliqued on to the sky and flowers. But I’m trying a few changes to see if the fabric will always wrinkle when not placed in a hoop. I’ll keep you posted and I’ll post the finished quilt when I get there.

5 butterflies washed
Butterflies after stitching.

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.