Tuesday, November 23, 2010

the sketchbook project part 2 - the results

I am participating in the sketchbookproject.com and have just about finished my sketchbook.
My friends helped me put it together. Sue Bleiweiss is a bookmaker and had all the supplies and knowledge I needed. My friend Kathy Sperino helped with design choices. I used only my hand dyed fabric and specifically my scrap pieces of hand dyed fabric. You can see the original posting here.
I set no rules just to do it and be satisfied when it was done!
Here are the first couple I did. I jotted down what techniques I used at the bottom of the page.
I wanted to practice my piecing and my color theories.

I practiced quilting too.

The piece on the right below is the last one I did. It's a long story how it got to be so fancy....this was about experimentation after all.
Here it is open all the way.
I used my leaves galore template to cut the fringe to allow for the button. That is the best tool!

Sue had a box full of awesome buttons and this one was just perfect! She also gave me the circle shapes that are appliqued on the outside of the book. They added great texture to the cover.
I am looking forward to sending it in and I hope whoever checks it out of the Brooklyn Art Library 
(or any of the other places it will be on exhibit) enjoys it!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

lots and lots of pockets

I have a great client in Florida that sends me gorgeous fabric and I make her a custom Murphy Bag. This bag was a new challange to figure out how to make these roomy pockets on the outside but this was the rquest. I think they are realy cool and will add them to the next bag I make for myself:)

She wanted the top to be larger than I tradionally do but it gave me a great place to do some free motion machine quilting. This photo is a bit decieving because the top is 4", the middle pink band is 1" and the bottom is 6". The bag is 11" tall x 14" long at the top, 6" wide.

I added a welt across the top, that always gives the bag good shape.

There are 7 fabrics in this bag each one is gorgeous.

There are 6 pockets on the outside and and 7 on the inside. One side 4 x 5 1/2" deep and one side has 3 x 8" deep. I added a key fob.

I just returned from a quilting get-a-way and got a lot of things on my list done...I will photograph and blog about them soon!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Massachusetts Landmarks raffle quilt

I volunteered to head up my guilds raffle quilt. I asked members to take a picture of a Massachusetts landmark and replicate it in fabric. I chose the Paul Revere House. I grew up in Boston and remember visiting as a kid on a school field trip. 
It will have about 20 landmarks and the quilt will be about 50" x 50" when it's finished.

This is the photo I used. I added the tree (which is there in real life) because the block was to blah without some green! I love the windows, so beautiful.

I needed to create a shadow on the left side of the house so I used my tsukenenko inks and a brush. I taped off the line and painted slowly and carefully.
isn't this "bleed"cool?
I have to make the finials under the overhang. I am going to use some water soluable stabilizer and my hoop to create them. Mistyfuse was recommended if fusible was needed. It is so much thinner that layering won't be an issue when it's quilted.
Here is a detail of the brick I made. I used the fabric below to start and added detail with black, white, brown and orange tsukenenko inks.
I think this quilt is going to be awesome when it's done...I hope you all will  buy a ticket:)