Water: a 12×12 quilt challenge #3

The challenge for June’s 12×12 inch quilt from my Art2quilt group was water. Hmmm… What to make that would represent water? I decided to make a fish swimming in water because I’m currently working on a quilt that I plan to eventually add fish, so I thought this 12×12 quilt challenge would be good practice.

The above pictured ⬆️ is the beginning of my quilt. The fabric I used is a white cotton. The water is painted using both Playcolor which is a solid poster paint (sold on Amazon for $13.99) and Permanent Fabric markers by Creative Joy (sold on Amazon for $9.99). To make the Playcolor permanent and blend I used Aloe gel and heat set it once it was dried. I really liked using the Playcolor because it gave a deep, dark, rich color once the Aloe gel was added.

I then couched the water with black craft thread using a small zigzag stitch.

The fish was made using four different orange colored fabric that I bought at a garage sale, can’t get better than that!

The fish is raw edged appliqué fused with misty-fuse and was also couched with black craft thread. I added a water lily using a green fabric and a pink ribbon embroidered flower with orange beads at the center.

It looks more like a stained glass piece so I used black fabric for the boarder.

My son told me that this is his favorite quilt so far. Continue reading

Mariano’s Gold Fish

My husband has a fascination with nature. He especially loves fish and birds. So, I made this quilt for my husband to match his enthusiasm for fish to hang next to his aquarium in his office. The inspiration for the style of quilting I use was from Susan Carlson’s book, Serendipity quilts: Cutting loose fabric collage. I bought my book on Amazon, but she also has videos on YouTube that I watched several times.

Fabric Collage is a lot of fun. I love picking, cutting and piecing the fabrics to create a beautiful image. I glued the pieces down with just a dot of fabric glue. Not too much glue because I don’t want the glue to get messy, just enough to stabilize the pieces so I can sew them down later. The lines are faint in this piece but I drew the fish first onto the muslin then started piecing on top. I don’t glue to the edge because I plan to cut the fish out and place it on the actual quilt.

Here’s fish number one ⬆️. I do use tulle over some areas of the fish to sort of blend the colors together.

My second fish is coming along nicely. This one has more emotion. I think he’s saying, “hi there!” I keep all my scraps, no matter how small, because you just don’t know when you’re going to need them.

I like the idea of creating a long and narrow quilt. I think it gives it more of a dimension of layers in the deep blue sea.

The first fish ⬆️ ended up with a beading the dorsal fin because I felt the original fin just wasn’t connecting well. The completed beading added the extra pizazz this fish needed.

Close up ⬆️. You can see how I free motion quilted the scales on this guy and sewed the gills on the side. The extra detail on the eye is perfect.

Not to be out done, I added a smitch more beading on the second fish’s head. The scales are the same as the first fish; free motioned.

I added more beads to create the water effect. When I bead, I generally work four beads at a time back stitching one bead for stability. I love the effect.

Here is the completed quilt. I know it doesn’t really show, but I used matching thread to the beads as I went up on the quilt so you can’t see that the bottom quilting is dark blue, then to green, then to teal, then a light green. I used different brands of thread, but the thread that was most easy to work with was definitely Aurafil and Gutterman. The worst thread was Coates and Clark.

My husband absolutely loves this quilt. 💕💗.

12×12 FLOWER #2

This month’s 12×12 quilt challenge in my Art2quilt group theme is flower. For this challenge the quilter is able to create any type of flower quilt using any kind of method; be it appliqué, fabric painting, thread painting, and so on. I decided to try my hand at ribbon embroidery. I watched a YouTube video found here ➡️ https://youtu.be/coWAlsXsGVs.

Originally, I wanted to add all types of flowers but quickly discovered that pulling ribbon through a 3 layered quilt is impossible! Next time I will do the ribbon embroidery then add it to the quilt.

The types of flowers I chose to use were the types I could thread to the top of the quilt.

I beaded the centers of the red flowers to kind of resemble poppies.

For the quilt pattern, I just free motioned the design of the fabric. I chose a gold leaf fabric for the boarder. This piece reminds me of the book “Memoirs of a Geisha”, which is one of my all-time favorite books.

I’m very happy with how this piece turned out. 😊

12×12 Fantasy #1

Today’s quilt was inspired by Twelve by Twelve by the International Art Quilt Challenge. Being inspired by beautiful work, I brought the book to my quilting group, Art2quilt. If you don’t have the book, I highly recommend it. The premise is around creating a 12×12 inch quilt with no limitation on materials or technique. It does have to be 3 layers and quilted. We decided our challenge word would be “Fantasy”.

When I think of fantasy, I think of fairies 🧚‍♀️. So, with that in mind, I went to the fabric store to see if I can get some inspiration. Sometimes I able able to get inspired by fabric that I see. Not so much this time, but I did get an idea for a my art quilt by some crystal colored beads. I bought the beads and headed home; excited to get this quilt going.

My fairies will be dancing by the moonlight. I started out creating the background with blue and green colors and piecing the three colors of fabric together using a curve quilting technique. I then heavily thread painted the field of grass using a blue thread, free motion quilting and patience. For the sky I just free-handed, free-styled and free motioned the wind.

🌙 I decided to use a crescent moon in this fantasy piece. I have read some time ago that a crescent moon is an ancient symbol for women. Are all fairies girls? I used a sheer fabric with tiny daisies already fused into the fabric. I appliquéd the moon into place then used a zigzag stitch over emery floss for the edge. I used the same stitch technique for the stems of grass in the foreground.

The tops of the grass was hand embroidered then beaded using the crystal beads that inspired this piece.

Adding the fairies was tricky. Originally I was going to appliqué the fairies using some kind of sheer fabric, but that made it too heavy looking and took away from the beaded grass. Then I came up with the idea to just stitch the fairies as a silhouette to the center using white thread. This way the fairies appear as though by fantasy. Great idea, but how do I do that? Well, I drew out a couple of fairies dancing together onto a piece of paper to the exact size I wanted. Then, I cut out the fairies using very small scissors. I sprayed the back of the paper with glue and waited until it dried enough to feel tacky. I placed the tacky paper fairies to the center of my quilt. This stabilized my pattern making the machine stitching much easier for this tiny piece. I forgot to photograph the process of the actual stitching of the fairies but here you can see once I finished stitching around the pattern I was easily able to remove the paper pattern without too much fuss.

And here is my finished piece. It measures 12×12 inches. I call it “Dancing with a Daisy Moon”

Adele’s Doily

My next art quilt I decided to use up my felt flowers that I had made in the previous quilt, “A Gustav Klimt Inspiration.” I decided to do a raw edge flower appliqué vase and I wanted it to be kitschy. I cut out the vase free hand so it came out wonky, which for this project makes it perfectly wonky.

Initially, I thought on a colorful tabletop to draw on the flowers, but once I had it made and started laying out the flowers I hated the idea. Back to the drawing board, as they say.

In the end, I went with a black and white background and used a red boarder and red rickrack for the inside boarder. I think I’m starting to get a little kitschy here. I felt that there wasn’t enough contrast between the vase and the background so I got one of my mother-in-law’s antique doilies and placed it between the vase and the background. This created a nice distinction between the two without taking away from either.

Here’s my finished quilt. I used free motion quilting for the back ground. Zig zag stitching around the vase that was already fused into place. I used yarn for the stem by sewing them down using embroidery floss. The felted flowers were already made so that made this project a breeze. I glued the flowers down onto the stems using fabric glue. It measures 20×28 inches.

My husband enjoys this piece because his mother loved her doilies. When she passed away I kept them with the hope of using them in a future project. I hope she approves.

Adele Marie Massaferro de Miguel 1926- 2014. 💕💕

Gustav Klimt-an inspiration

In 2015 I was in Paris,France! Such an beautiful city, it’s no wonder that so many artists come here for inspiration. I was on my honeymoon and we wanted to see and eat everything! We visited the Louvre and the Pompidou. On our last day we were planning to go visit the Musee d’Orsay but it was closed! It was quite upsetting because we wanted to see their extensive collection they have of Van Gogh. Oh well, better planning next time. We decided to walk the streets instead near the river Seine. We started to see posters of Gustav Klimt’s Judith and the Head of Holofernes. We couldn’t believe our luck, there was a gallery nearby that was displaying some of the works of Klimt and it was open! It was amazing, but no pictures allowed, so we took our time in order to absorb all that was Klimt.

This next quilt is an inspiration of Klimt’s Woman in Gold.

I started by making round felt flowers for the background. They are are individually embroidered and beaded. I used about 50 felt flowers in this piece. I did most of this work while watching Netflix’s Orange is the New Black

I went online and printed a black and white the painting Woman in Gold and started the portrait piece. For this portrait I blew it up to about 12×24 and pieced it together as it came out on 4 pieces of 8×12 sheets of paper. I traced it onto freezer paper and started to piece it together.

This one was my first portrait piece so obviously I’m very nervous about sewing the face to make this woman come alive, also this is my first attempt at free motion quilting! I watched several quilting videos on YouTube on quilting portraits, so with a glass a wine to steady my nerves I started the needle to thread to fabric.

I think it came out all right

So here is the final completed work. There is a little beading around the eye and to her collar. I painted the pupils in with acrylic paint. The felted flowers are glued down. It measures 26×35 inches. I call it “My woman in Green”