Some thoughts on ironing plastic

Don’t iron plastic. You probably shouldn’t iron plastic. Ever. Unless you have a really awesome idea you just need to try out. Use protection! Put something on your ironing surface (like cooking parchment), and something on your iron. Poor put another sheet of cooking parchment on top of the thing you’re ironing. Maybe a mask on your face, while you’re at it. Cooking parchment? Open a window. Open all the windows. Ironing plastic is not conducive to getting rid of {Read More}

Field Trip to the Northwest Quilters Festival of Quilts

Last week I had the opportunity to visit the Northwest Quilters Festival of Quilts with my quilt group. This is actually the 40th annual show. Forty years! That’s pretty amazing. Anyway, here are a few of my favorites from the show. At least, of the ones I was able to quickly snap a photo of as I ran after Olive. Obviously, NONE of these quilts are by me. I have tried to properly attribute them to who made them where {Read More}

TOPANGA! (the art quilt)

I don’t know what to tell you about this one, except that it turns out that I am a crazy dog lady. This one is TOPANGA! in case it wasn’t obvious already. She was quite a canine. She was my muse for a long time. I took literally thousands of photos of her, and made many drawings and plushies and what not. And I wasn’t the only one. She was special. This art quilt took me about three months to {Read More}

A peek at the process of making fabric art

I keep cheapola notebooks always at the ready, to capture ideas. And usually, there is coffee involved. To make a fabric art piece, I start with an idea, usually a phrase or an image. For letters, I bust out a giant quilting ruler, and make some guidelines on the fabric. Then I draw the letters, and begin to cut them out. And cut and cut and cut and cut. Once the layout looks right, I iron down the fusible webbed {Read More}

Hexagons on Black

The red hexagon piece was so much fun, I had to see what hexies looked like on a black backdrop. Thus: I love the sharp contrast that a black background provides. And it makes metallic thread really pop! I am usually not a fan of metallic thread. It’s a pain in the patoot to work with. But I think it was worth it here. This piece features 35 individual hexagons. It’s about an inch in diameter larger than the red {Read More}

Introducing the Dailies – Fabric Art Every Day

I am so excited to share my new project with you! I’ve been having a lot of fun making fabric art, but let’s be honest- it takes FOREVER to finish a piece. It can be disheartening to someone like me, who is used to whipping projects out at lightning speed. Thus, I’ve given myself a new challenge- make a quick fabric based “sketch”, every day. Try to do it in just 30 minutes or less. GO! I’ve always been in {Read More}

New Hexagon Fabric Art!

This is one of those things that gets made when you allow yourself to act on a whim. I’ve been working on 1/2″ hexagon flowers since March. I was getting really anxious to try hand quilting them, but I knew it would be a very long time until I had my quilt top ready. Additionally, I’ve been thinking about how a whole quilt made from these tiny hexagons would be very grand, but really could only be enjoyed by one {Read More}

An Introduction to Hexagon Madness

When I tell people I’ve been making hexagons, they look at me like I’m insane. Then I explain what hexagons are, because telling people you’ve been making hexagons nonstop does sound crazy. Then they look at me like, why? I generally take this as a sign that I am creating on the right track. I’ve been at it since March 2013. I even decked out a pair of Tom’s that needed a facelift. It should have an actual medical name, {Read More}

Wild Part – new fabric collage…thing!

I’ve been making a lot of experimental pieces lately. Honestly, a decent amount of them wind up back of the scrap piles they came from. It’s been more than a little frustrating. Finally, I have one I’m really happy with. I’ve been really intrigued by collage lately, and the idea of using some of those ideas with fabric. There have been many failed experiments (and a nearly ruined iron) with fusible web. This piece uses applique, hand and free motion {Read More}

Crazy!

While I was searching for something in the library catalog, a book about crazy quilting showed up as a recommendation. I requested it on a whim. I’m in between things right now, so I am more or less all about whims. This whim turned out to be a good one. The book inspired the pants off of me, and I got right to work. Here, at last! was a way to use those fancy embroidery stitches I so admired but {Read More}