Spring has sprung!

Well, technically, it has.  I don’t know about you but we are still getting a little snow today.

At least I can say that winter is officially over tomorrow-yeah!  The only thing I dislike about the warmer weather is that I want to be outside -and thus no sewing or quilting gets done.  I am looking forward to seeing some flowers outside soon.

This week finds me still working on the applique quilt.  I did nothing over March Break ,in regards  to sewing or quilting, that is.

I have decided to show you some more of my small “art quilts.”  This technique comes from Susan Brubaker Knapp of Blue Moon River website.  She is very talented when it comes to thread sketching.  I liked her work and style so much that I had to try it out.

The thread sketched crayons are one of my favorite  art quilts.  I am still amazed how thread alone can make these crayons appear so 3D.  What do you think?

Thread sketched crayons

Thread sketched crayons

Here is a close up of the same art quilt.

Close up of thread sketched crayons

Close up of thread sketched crayons

Isn’t that  cool?

Because I liked this technique so much, I decided to try thread sketching my  hand.  A hand was drawn and I sketched it out with thread.  There is stablizer in the middle along with batting and a backing.  The stabilizer helps

to keep the piece flat, especially with all that stitching added to it.

Thread sketched hand

Thread sketched hand

I am amazed that it actually looks like a hand, although somewhat deformed at that.

And lastly, here is a fingerprint that I tried to thread sketch as well.  I tried to use some of the programmed stitches on my domestic sewing machine.  Again, the idea came from Susan-she has alot  of good ideas.

Thread sketched fingerprint

Thread sketched fingerprint

Well, that is all for this week.  I am hoping to have some photos of the applique quilt to show you.  Hoping that my friend will like what I am doing with it.

Have a great week.

Ruth

My sewing machine is home again!

 

My domestic sewing machine has finally made its way home again.  A blown fuse was the culprit so it wasn’t too bad, although I did miss it while it was gone.

Do you remember the quilt that got away?  I thought that I had taken a photo of it but didn’t.  Well, I did have that quilt in my house and I did manage to get a photo for you.

Linda's Strippy Quilt

Linda’s Strippy Quilt

Here is Linda’s finished quilt.  She mentioned that she has done one of these for each of her children.  Can you believe that?  All those strips pieced together so precisely and kept so nice and straight too.  Again, the borders were square and flat.  That definitely makes my job easier. I SID  (stitched in the ditch) around all the strips and quilted a freehand design  in the border and sashing areas.

Carol also made a “modern quilt” for an upcoming charity fundraiser.  She had seen the pattern somewhere but didn’t have the chance to buy the pattern.  So, she designed the pattern herself and made the quilt!  Talented or what!?

Carol's "modern" quilt

Carol’s “modern” quilt

Because the quilt had a “modern” feel to it, Carol wanted some “modern” quilting.  So, I SID (stitched in the ditch) around all the strips and “pebbled”  around all the sashing and border pieces.

Pebbling on Carol's quilt

Pebbling on Carol’s quilt

All those  pebbles look pretty cool.

Pebbles  up close and personal

Pebbles up close and personal

 

As promised, I have 2 more small art quilts for you.  At this rate, I will have to finish those other 26.

Autumn Leaves

Autumn Leaves

Several of the leaves were created using Sulky’s Water Soluble stabilizer.  First, I drew a leaf pattern on the clear stabilizer and then stitched it to death with thread.  After all the leaf shape had been outlined with thread, I had to fill in the entire remaining area with thread.  If I remember correctly, the 2 yellow leaves, on the right and left sides, in the middle of the quilt, were created this way.  The other leaves were cut out and stitched on with a straight stitch around the entire leaf.  Dissolving the 2 leaves were interesting.  The stablizer dissolved but there was some gunk in the sink afterwards but it cleaned up ok.

Pumpkin quilt

Pumpkin quilt

This sad looking pumpkin was created using NeoColor Water Pastel Crayons.  Try saying that 10 times fast!

Before I used the crayons, this entire piece of fabric was white.  It truly was.

If you like to color, this is the project for you.  All you have to do, is color the entire piece of fabric into whatever design or pattern you like.

I ironed my fabric to a piece of freezer paper so that it would be somewhat stablized while I was cloring it.   Then I drew a pumpkin on the fabric, with an orange crayon.  After the leaves and sky were colored in, water was spritzed onto the fabric and allowed to dry.  I tried to quilt lines onto the pumpkin but it turned out looking more like  an onion than a pumpkin.

I fused 2 layers of green fabric for the leaves and then cut them out.  A piece of twine is used for the vine.  Voila!  My pumpkin is complete.

And on that note, I will give you a glimpse of what quilt is hanging around awaiting my finishing touches.

 Applique Quilt

Applique Quilt

Isn’t this one  a beauty?  Applique quilts are “my one weakness.”  Can you guess who said that quote or what series this came from?

I will let you know the answer next week and I will show you my completed art quilt for that upcoming competition I mentioned before.

Until next week,

Happy sewing.

Ruth