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I haven’t been on my sewing machine for 3 weeks now! I went on vacation to see my daughter in Orlando for 10 days and had an absolute blast! She works for Disney and was able to use her perks to show us around the parks and it was a really good time.

Mike and Diane’s Wedding Invitation

I’ve been asked recently by my Uncle to recreate his wedding invitation with fabric and thread, and I was really exicted that he trusted me enough to ask me to do that, and what a great challenge for me. Their invitation is unique, it was one piece of paper that folded and was sent in the mail. The design of the invitation was created by Jason Hartman of DH Designs and it represented the Harley Davidson colors, had a picture of them with the Harley on the invitation and also had curly decorations along the outside. The invitation has a black background with gray paint splotches..┬áso I’ve been giving that some thought since returning from Florida. I recently took a paper piecing class from Dan Burke of Quilting by the River, and since I’ve taken that class my mind has been going about all kinds of things I could do with paper piecing and hopefully in the future designing some of my own patterns.. I also bought the book a Passion for Piecing by Claudia Clark Myers which I’ve been told is a good book about paper piecing and has some of her patterns, but she also helps you learn how to design your own paper piecing patterns. So I’ve been giving a lot of thought on how to incorporate paper piecing into my projects. Thanks Dan for teaching me this technique! (Dan has a blogtoo, so check it out!)

Conductive Thread

Other things that have excited me while I haven’t been using my machine is conductive thread, which can be hooked up to a battery and you can attach LED lights or strips to it and incorporate lighting into your project. I’ve had several ideas, but not sure how to use it, but the concept of it excited me! (To see a short demonstration video, click here I also started reading Nancy Zieman’s book on doing landscapes in quilts, but she talks about using paintsticks, pastels, and Sharpie markers to enhance the look of your landscape, which I’m thinking of doing on my Punkin in the Sun project which I talk about on an earlier blog. And.. I’m constantly looking at the machine quilting in pictures of quilts because I love to see what other people have done and how I can improve on my techniques in the future.

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12″ x 12″ Art Quilt (click on image to enlarge)

This is a 12″ x 12″ art quilt I attempted in response to a contest in Quilting Arts August/September 2010 issue. The contest was to submit a 12″ x 12″ art quilt with the theme “Feeling Pet-ty” for the 2012 Calendar. They asked that a 12 x 12 square art quilt based on the theme, original design, with some form of embellishment to be submitted. The only other art quilt I have attempted was the Pyramid Quilt that I have talked about before in this blog, and thought this would be a good starting point, it gave me a reason and a theme to start from. I based Punkin off of a picture I had taken of her with my cell phone. I had taken her outside and when she turned to look into the sun I took the picture and it turned out to be such a beautiful picture of her I wanted to try to recreate it into the art quilt. Read the rest here -→

Pyramid Art Quilt

This is my second attempt at an art quilt. My sister and her husband went to Egypt and took a picture of the pyramids and I took their picture and recreated it with fabric and thread. I used a light board to help build the pyramids, and once I had them attached to the quilt, I hung the picture for reference and added all the thread embellishment to give the picture its details and depth. This took me about 20 – 30 hours over the course of three weeks, and when it was done, I gave it to my sister and her husband as a wedding gift. This art quilt is 23″ x 35″. Please click on the picture for a bigger view to appreciate all the thread work on this quilt. Read the rest here -→

This is an art quilt I created from an image I saw in a Quilting Arts magazine. I used beer caps to make the flowers and the sun, a quilted “yo yo” for the flower and quilted the leaves to give it a 3D appearance. The flower on the left is made from 3 buttons stacked on top of each other and the stem is a zipper made for jeans. The background is a batik, and the grass is a batik fat quarter. The edges are raw edges with a zig zag stitch to keep it from fraying on the edges. The entire art quilt is 12 in. x 12 in. square. Without instruction, this little quilt took me about 4 hours over a couple of days to complete and I had a lot of fun doing it.

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Safari One Block Wonder Quilt (click on image to enlarge)

This is a One Block Wonder that I have been working on for about 2 years. This particular One Block Wonder won “Best In Show” at a local quilt retreat in November 2010. A One Block Wonder is a quilt made from one single fabric sheet. This particular fabric is of safari animals and had about a 20″ horizontal repeat. Six layers of the repeat are stacked on top of each other and then cut into 60 degree triangles so that you end up with 6 identical triangles that are then sewn together to give each individual block the look of a kaliedescope. Read the rest here -→