SO EXCITED !!! We’re Going To Do a Teapot Class !!!

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Betsy and I designed and created these cute little art quilts last year in preparation for art quilt technique classes at Baron’s Sewing Center in Woodland Hills.

Now I am excited to announce that a series of Teapot workshops are scheduled in the Simi Valley at Quilty Pleasures starting this coming April.  Most of the construction of these adorable quilts is using fusibles and machine appliqué.  You will also learn how to apply fancy yarn fibers using couching techniques.  And it’s a chance to dig into your button box and gather up those bits of fancy lace and trim to embellish your creations.

There are 4 Wednesday sessions:  April 30, May 7, 14 and 28th – all 5:30 to 8:30 PM

Call Quilty Pleasures (805) 581-1577 today to sign up.  This will be a fun class.

 

My Sweet Little Gardener

I finally took a photo of this quilt – completed.  It’s one of my earliest art quilts – 2007 – and it is from a pattern by Wendy Butler Berns.  I started this quilt in Wendy’s workshop at the Glendale Quilt Show.  She was teaching a technique for turning your favorite photos into art quilts.  It was an excellent workshop.

This particular design reminds me, of course, of my granddaughters.  The little girl in the picture could be either one of them. 

I enjoyed making this – especially selecting the fabrics – and later doing the quilting.  It’s a somewhat tedious process but well worth the effort.  If you get a chance to take Wendy’s class I recommend it highly.

My Sweet Little Gardener

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Thanks for visiting !  I’d love to hear your comments.

Eat Your Veggies

Most of the art quilts that I’ve been making have been fairly free form.  So I wanted to try my hand at a Still Life. I wanted it to be vibrant with color and simple in design.  The fabrics that I chose would be very important.

First, not knowing which veggies would make the final cut, I went to the refrigerator to see what was available.  I arranged various combinations on a cutting board and ended up with something that looked pleasing.  I photographed them as I went along to get various perspectives.  When I was satisfied I made a print in the size that I wanted to sew and prepared templates.  I adhered a clear piece of laminating film to the printed design and cut the shapes that I wanted to use.

For the first time I went to my little stash of hand dyes and selected the veggie fabrics.  Believe me when I say this was a really big deal.  This is my holy grail of fabric.
I found pieces amongst my commercial stash that would work for the background and the cutting board.

Eat Your Veggies

Once I had the composition in place I decided that some highlights were needed on the veggies.  I added these with Tsukineko Inks, chosen because of the ability to readily control the amount and depth of the color to be added.
I machine quilted to add texture and interest.

As I said earlier it’s quite different from what I usually do – do you like it?