Thread Sketching

I finally finished my Chameleon.


If you are in Toronto, in June, check him out at the Trend Tex

Challenge, at Quilt Canada. I am sure that there will be lots

of awe inspiring quilts to be seen.


The eye really stands out because I thread sketched it and the

entire body ; then I added an extra layer of batting under the

eye. I cut off the excess and when I added the backing and

batting, it made 2 layers of batting under the eye. So, it really

pops out.


I love, love, love texture. So, I had to quilt in the scales on the

chameleon. Even though he wasn’t large, it still took me 5 hours to

stitch in all these scales. It was so much fun!!

While I was working on this chameleon, I came across this Japanese

quilter, Danny Amazonas. His color sense and art work are

amazing. Now, back to my little corner of the world.

Here are some other quilts that I managed to complete this

past  week.


Laura created this flannel quilt. The colors are very vibrant. Laura

wanted a purple polyester thread for the top and the backing.

Purple seems like an odd color but it blends well with the colors

and doesn’t “read” purple on the quilt top.


I love the saw tooth border; it adds a lot of interest to the quilt top.


The backing always tells a different story than the quilt top itself.

Even the backing is flannel so the finished quilt does have a bit

of weight to it.


Laura chose “Kelsey” for the overall quilting designs.


Donna created this beauty.  The blocks are quite large so

I am sure that the piecing went together a bit quicker than



I used a Glide Cream thread on the top and the backing. And

“Bowknots” was the name of the overall quilting design.


All the blocks were different; adds a nice bit of interest to

the quilt as well.


I must admit that I get bored when I have to make more

than 2 blocks that are the same. What about you? Do you

like repetitive piecing?


Back of Donna’s quilt


The back was made of a cream print.  You can see the

pattern that was stitched on the top of the quilt.


Jeanette made this quilt. She is so good at using up all

of her fabrics that she has.


Linda Taylor’s “Feathers” panto was used for the stitching.

A brown polyester thread was used on the top and the backing.

It really shows off the quilting nicely.


Back of Jeanette’s quilt.


A close up of the backing.

What are you working on this week?  I’m not sure about

you but this cold weather is a great chance to quilt away

before spring gets here and cleaning fever hits.

Have a great week.

Linda’s Quilt, Fabric Postcard # 3 and beginnings of a new quilt.

Whew!!! It is supposed to be summer-just chilling and relaxing by the pool.

All the warm weather is enticing me outside but I am still finding time to


This is Linda’s quilt for her grand daughter.  Linda took a class at a local

quilt shop, in Barrie.  The strip of blocks, on the right hand side, is  my favorite.

Linda's Quilt

Linda’s Quilt

A grey polyester thread was used on the back of this quilt and a white polyester

thread for the front of the quilt.


“Flirtatous” is the name of the panto Linda chose.  Because the quilt

is for a teenager, we thought that this quilting design was appropriate.


I am amazed at how the quilt transforms when the stitching is added

to it. It gives the quilt dimension and brings it to life.



The blocks almost look like it belongs to a sampler quilt but the layout

makes it look more modern.


Modern quilts are really beginning to grow on me.  Making 30 blocks

of the same design is boring to me and takes a long time. Some of the

piecing for the modern quilts do not take alot of time to piece;  when I

am beginning to wish I had never started the quilt, I am finished with

the piecing and can get on to the fun part: quilting it.


Here is the backing-a grey swirl fabric.  I think it is a great

choice for the backing and makes the quilt reversible as well.

On to other exciting news.

Pearl Piera, is offering a free BOM for 2014.  This is the first block that

I have completed thus far.  As you can tell, I am behind but there is no

set deadline so I will just putter along.


Here is a close up of the first block.  The colors here look blue but

in reality, they are more of a purple color.


This last photo shows the top of the Holly Hocks block.


This is week # 3 of the  Postcard Challenge;  “vegetables” are my

theme.  Here, the carrots are  colored in with Prismacolor pencils.

This was once a complete white piece of cotton fabric.  Isn’t is so cool that

you can use more than one medium to create fabric art?


And here is the completed “Carrots” postcard. Can you believe that

I spent 2 hours finishing this postcard?  I think that is crazy too!


I wanted to make them look realistic so I kept thread sketching on the piece.

The whole piece is only 4″ x 6.”

I used 3 different colored threads of orange, red and green.

The dark black  area represents dirt but I don’t think I would use black or brown

thread again.

Both  colors are too stark in contrast with the other colors.  A dark orange thread,

maybe  for the shadows around the carrots themselves.

After all the thread sketching was done, I used fabric markers to make the carrots

even brighter in color.  Don’t forget to heat set fabric markers when you are

finished using them.

What do you think about my carrots?

In this picture, I am cutting up 2 1/2″ strips so I can make a WindChime Quilt.  I

will show you the actual pattern a little later on.  I have not pieced in a long time

and am getting the itch to do so now.  After all the prints are cut, I have to cut

up all the white or cream fabric as well.  All the prints are left overs  from another

quilt that I made with the jelly rolls I had bought several years ago.

I love using leftovers to make another quilt and one that will look so different from the

first one too.



Have a great week!


Fabric Postcards-Week # 1

Dale's quilt

Dale’s quilt


Dale did a great job on this batik quilt.  “Spring Bouquet” is the name

of the panto that she wanted for the quilt.  I used a dark polyester pink

thread on the top and a pale pink polyester thread on the backing.


In the border area, you can really see the stitching well.


The backing was also a pale pink color.  It makes  the quilt look totally

different from the front of the quilt.



Dale also brought a really neat “Elephant” wallhanging that

needed to be quilted as well.

The  picture above shows the 2 different borders in the wallhanging.

In the inner block border, I followed the lines of the blocks using a light

grey polyester thread.

In the white borde area, I quilted a simple wavy line .  This helped add

some texture to the area. In the outer border, I quilted an “X” shape,

again following the lines on the fabric. Sometimes, the fabric used in

the quilt top itself gives you an idea of what to quilt in a particular area.

I think that if the person used a certain fabric in the quilt, then they must

like that fabric.   So, why not use the pattern within the fabric itself?


I really love the sun shape in this wallhanging.  It is so cool.  Dale wanted

me to stitch around the sun and leave the inside area alone. No problem.

In this space, I used a darker grey thread to match the background area

around the sun.

There is also a tree stitched underneath the sun.  I thought that the elephant

needed some vegetation to surround him,to make him feel at home.


Here you can see the front of the elephant.  Again, another tree was stitched

in this area.  Again, a lighter grey thread was used to match the background



Underneath the elephant, I tried to quilt in some pebbles and dirt.


You can see most of the elephant here. It is a really neat



There were also 2 pieces of grass on the wallhanging.  I thought that more

grass would be fun so that is what I quilted in these 2 areas.

Last week, I mentioned starting a Fabric Postcard Challenge.  In the rules

I created, I had to take a picture and make a postcard from that photo.  Each

week, there would also be a theme.

Well, here is week # 1. The theme I chose was “Circles.”  I didn’t think that

I would actually manage to complete my postcard for this week.  Isn’t that

the  way-make a committment and then not even manage to complete it

the very first week. I got up early today and stitched it this morning.


Hay bales at a neighbouring farm.

Week # !- Circles

Week # 1- Circles

Here is my completed fabric postcard.  It needs some work but at least it is

finished.  There are a few things that can improved upon but it was fun

to do.  Hoping that it will stimulate my creative juices.

Have a great week.

OH, by the way, 3  people left comments last week so I have decided to send

each one a piece of my hand dyed fabric.

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.