Friday, July 27, 2007

A Leap of Faith

A Leap of Faith was made in response to What's In A Name Challenge sponsored by Quilting Arts Magazine. While sadly it did not get published, it has received many offers from potential buyers. This is a close up view. It is machine pieced and appliqued, thread painted on solvy. Planet has a textural feel from both directly applied paint and cellophane that was colored with wax pastel crayons and subsequently ironed to a lacy like appearance. Embellished with Swarovski crystals to simulate stars.

Calm Before the Storm

Calm Before the Storm

Sky is handpainted with DecoArt SoSoft and Pebeo Pearlescent paint. Clouds are made of polyester fiberfill captured under blue tulle. Lower strata cloud layer is composed of painted batting and dryer lint that has been hand felted to a piece of acrylic felt. Bottom edge is irregular to further convey that stormy feeling. Sides and top edge are bound by matching raw edges of binding with front of quilt, sewing and turning inside out. Edges on back side of binding is slip stiched. I love the calm and tranquil feeling this piece imparts

Monday, July 2, 2007

"Fire" and "Marisol"

I have just finished "Fire" and "Marisol." They were both fun to work on. Fire was composed using lots of Angelina fibers and different cottons and sheer fabrics captured behind tulle. It was sent this morning to my SIL for a very late BD present. I am hoping it will find a good home.
"Marisol" the mermaid is machine pieced and hand appliqued. The beach she sits on is made of Angelina fibers, threads and yarns that were layered on clear plastic material and subsequently heat distressed with an iron. Seashells and flowers were added for interest. Her face was done with both colored pencils and ultra fine Sharpies. I have since tried to remember exactly what kind of plastic was used so I could duplicate it but to no avail. This has taught me to keep a notebook with samples handy so I can remember materials and techniques used for future reference.