Tuesday, March 30, 2010
This was a real challenge since the sea is far removed from Nebraska. While cleaning house on Saturday I found a book on the sea I had forgotten I owned! It's at least 20 yrs. old. I found a picture of starfish that I copied and printed onto fabric. They weren't very bright so I used Prismacolor pencils wetted to brighten them. I then found some batik that had ocean like colors to put on a border. I thread painted the background of the rocks out onto the borders to tie it all together. I also printed out the seahorse and the purple coral in the lower right corner. I used the Prismacolor pencils on those, too. I did thread painted over the stars and added pink sea urchins. The purple plant/coral in the lower right was added with thread. My great mistake was trying to thread paint white lace coral coming in from the right. It got lost in the picture. So I redid it, leaving the old underneath by using Sulky Solvy and then just taking it down to give a dimensional appearance. The plants on the left were added to give more depth to the view and a place for the seahorse to hang onto. The edge finish is one from a Sue Benner class. As mentioned by someone else, this type of edge is hard to get to lay flat. I think it works for Sue since she has so much Wunder Under in her quilts making them stiffer. This quilt is 12" x 12".
Monday, March 29, 2010
This is one of the first mixed-fiber, embellished pieces I ever made when I started working with fabric about 3 years ago. I had painted and quilted the background fabric as a way to practice both, and I hate the thought of wasting anything, so I started covering the fabric up. The piece is 9"h x 11"w.
The fish was stamped with paint onto fabric using a hand-carved stamp, stitched, then cut out as an appique and applied to the background. Beads were stitched over the fish and onto the background fabric as "bubbles."
The seawood is free-form cut fabric strips stitched down the center, and fun-fiber yarns are couched over the bottom area and through the top as seawood.
White coral (left) is made from beads stitched onto the background. Purple coral (right) is thread lace created by stitching on water-soluble stabilizer.
The jellyfish is loose strands of yarn with fabric stitched over the top to hold them down.
The edges are finished with zig-zag stitching; I think I could probably block this to get the bottom to lay straighter, but it just hangs in my craft room to make me happy.
I had done a silk painting and wasn't quite as pleased with it as I though I would be. So off to the fusing basket for the seaweed, shells and sand. Freemotion stitching covered the background and I "cheated" with fabric markers to enhance the fish. Now I'm happy!!!!!
Sunday, March 28, 2010
This was a great challenge! I love it when I get pushed out of my comfort zone. Although I have done many fishy quilts, I have never tried the "pillowcase" finish. I was amazed at how easy it was, and at how well it turned out.
Friday, March 26, 2010
I made this quilt in 2005. I made this to fit in the space above the window in our bathroom. I have since been commissioned to make more. You can see them on my website, here. This piece is 11” h x 42” w I used fun fabrics to make the fish with drawings of fish that I found on line and in coloring books. These are not fish that were cut from fishy fabric!!! Click on the quilt to see a larger photo. There is lots of beading and embellishment with fancy threads and stitching. Here is a detail shot.
I hope you all enjoy making an undersea scene as much as I did.
Hostess: Pam Harris
It’s time to take a trip UNDER THE SEA.
Here’s your chance to explore the mysterious and fascinating under water world, real or imaginary and the vast variety of color, shape and texture it offers. Just about anything goes so have fun exploring.
Keoki and Yuko Stender: http://www.marinelifephotography.com/
Reinhard Dirscherl: http://www.ocean-photo.com/
David Hall: http://www.seaphotos.com/
Free Motion Embroidery/Thread Play
Nancy Prince: http://www.nancyprince.com/
Marilyn Nepper/Fiber Antics: http://www3.telus.net/mnepper/tutorial_thread_painting.html
Ellen Ann Eddy (Scrolldown to January 22, 2010) http://tinyurl.com/ygnblpq
Carol Taylor, Gallery/Coral Reefs: http://www.caroltaylorquilts.com/
As defined by Connie Fahrion in the June/July 2008, Issue 33 page 45 of Quilting Arts Magazine: “It is that knotted, lumpy “stuff” you rip off of washed and dried fabric after it comes out of the dryer.”
Non-Traditional Edging: Finish your quilt with something other than the traditional binding. Here are a few suggestions:
Brenda Gael Smith/Serendipity: http://tinyurl.com/2clqht
Challenge is due April 3, noon Eastern Time Zone or whenever your schedule permits.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
20½" x 16"
4/22/10 - Julia was right, it wasn't quite finished. Here it is with a bit of additional work done on it, mostly on the top portion.
This is actually for the February challenge, just finished now, so call it a Slow FFC. I didn't really like it much until almost the final step, but it wanted to be completed, and since I haven't done the last few challenges, I felt I had to put this one up.
I began first by using Tsukineko inks and a shaving cream marbling technique to make the uneven blue, brown and green sections, then used beads to hold an irregular bunching pattern for the waves, pebble beads for the beach, and a combination of seed beads and bugle beads for the land, and the beads got me involved in sorting them so I could get the colors I wanted. I took one strand of rather funky yarn to make the high water line, and then I began to like it. I added just a few strokes with a felt pen and green ink for the final palm tree.
This is the only piece I've done that has not had a single bit of machine sewing! I'd appreciate your comments -- and now I feel free to look at everyone else's work!
This was my challenge quilt for Challenge #38....I know...I just never got it posted because I was away and then ill. Enough excuses...I just wanted to share it. I really enjoyed this challenge. I used metallic hand-dyes and commercial fabrics. I used trapunto and reverse applique as well as regular applique. It has angelina fibers and hand beading. Thank you so much for creating these great challenges. My goal is to do one in the one week window...Donna from Sea Ranch
This is my landscape for Challenge #42. This was a real stretch for me. I am so happy that I got it done. (Its 14" X 16") With a little encouragement from my friends I even got my "manipulated" oak tree bumps included in the composition ( see detail close up). I used some hand-dyes and some commercial fabrics that were already folded. The foothills on the way to wine country are the most beautiful shade at sunset time. Its nice to be back.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
11” X 15.5”
I was on a dive trip to Curacao during the challenge period so thought it appropriate that my landscape be an underwater one. One of the more famous Curacao dive sites is Mushroom Forest and that is depicted in the back with the green manipulated fabric. The green and orange manipulated fabrics are class samples from Larkin Van Horn’s embellishment class. We pushed fabric through a mess screen with chopsticks and then ironed on fusible interfacing or adhesive. The brain coral (yellow) is ruching. The dimensional orange corals and stem of the fan were made in a hoop with water soluble stabilizer and thread. Fan is painted gauze and the purple tube sponges are painted batting. Thanks Linda for a fun project.
Comments are welcome and appreciated.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
So, today, I dug around in my texturised fabrics from the workshop I did some time back. This grey taffeta was a part of a piece that was not textured as much as I would like. So, I pulled up some sections from the fusible interfacing it was attached to. Then sat and manipulated it by hand, pinning waves in various ways.
Then I thought. What does it look like?
So I found a fabric with a ship in my stash. I found it wanted a cluster of rocks at the top. and then it wanted a lighthouse. I decided to leave the organic shape of the piece and mounted it onto black linen. Then I sandwiched it and added the silver cord which I couched down for waves. I quilted it further with waves and clouds at the top! Satin stitch round the sides and Voila a seascape!
One of the quickest pieces I have made in sometime.
Monday, March 08, 2010
I did a sampler of different techniques. The mountains are Vikki Pignatelli's zigzag tube method, with a fold in the centre to give the two tones. The ploughed field is texture magic, which I hated - the stitch tension was all over the place and I don't like using plastic. The hedges are ruching, one in the centre, single layer, and one at the edge, doubled. The lavender field is chenille method. I don't think I will take this any further. Batting and quilting would only flatten out the textures.
Pat F in Winnipeg
Sunday, March 07, 2010
Sea Ranch, California
Saturday, March 06, 2010
Thursday, March 04, 2010
Done but I'm not happy with the end product. I using piping to create the foreground corn rows and then just strips on the farther hill. There is a grayed hill on the right that I tried scrunching with warm Misty Fuse. I've done this effectively before but I didn't do well with it this time. I also didn't get the background strips at an angle like I'd wanted. I feel they're too vertical. I also added some stitching to attempt to show some dried clumps of grass peeking through the snow. All of this bleakness is what it's looked like here since Thanksgiving! It does have an uneven bottom since I decided it added to the effect of the corn rows. I haven't put a binding on it yet since I'm trying to decide whether or not to just just zigzag around a few times or to put on a narrow light grey border. It measures 10 1/2" x 15 1/2".
Wednesday, March 03, 2010
Monday, March 01, 2010
Here's a partially finished landscape, based on an altered photo of "Max Patch", a beautiful spot on the Appalachian Trail, where you have a 360 degree view of all the spectacular scenery around.