Archive for the ‘Art Quilts’ Category

The Colosseum Art Quilt 8″ x 10″

The Colosseum Art Quilt was an idea I came up with when invited to my friend Cynthia’s fiftieth birthday party.  Not sure what to get her, I decided to make her this little quilt.  Her husband is an Art History professor and they have been to Rome on several occasions so I decided to make her a part of Rome. I did this little quilt from beginning to end in about 7 hours.  I first found a picture I liked and placed it on the light board and copied the major elements of the picture onto freezer paper.  I then used the freezer paper to cut the pieces from the materials and assembled them on the background fabric (blue). I used some 1/4″ steam a seam to hold the pieces in place while I sewed them on, and then I did some thread work to help fill in the details of the building.   I kept the picture for reference next to my sewing machine and kept looking at it to see which color thread I should use to help with giving it some dimension. love it, share it! pinterest google

A Skull for Heather (click to enlarge photo)

This is a little art quilt that I did for my sister-in-law who loves skulls.  She gave me a skull pandora pendant and in return I made her this little art quilt of a skull. This measures about 8″ x 8″ square and is a mix of applique and thread painting.   My first two attempts were completely thread painting and they did not turn out very well, I need a little more practice doing that. I was going to use white fabric for the skull, but when I started through my fabric, I found a fat quarter of this color and thought it was perfect for this application.  I fused the larger pieces of fabric and then I used thread to paint around all the areas to give it the look of a skull. Read the rest here -→

Mug Rugs I received in the Mug Rug Swap

I wanted to share with everyone the mug rugs I received from Debbie in California!  I love them!  Thank you! I’ve had a lot of fun with the Mug Rug Swap.. it’s the first time I’ve ever done something like this and it was really cool to give and receive from complete strangers! Debbie also sent me a very nice card and a map showing how far the mug rugs traveled from her place in California to my place in Michigan. Debbie, you did a great job and I love them and keep up the good work!

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Country Americana Mug Rug

Country Americana Decor

MUG RUG SWAP 2011.  These are my mug rug’s that I made for the Quilting Gallery’s mug rug swap I joined in January 2011.  My swap partner indicated that she liked Country Americana colors and I researched the decor and colors and designed these two mug rugs to send to her. These took me about 3 – 4 hours to put together and I bought some fat quarters to achieve the look of Country Americana.  I didn’t have any solid colors in my stash. I love the trees on these mug rugs.  In most of the decor they showed these types of trees and they were a lot of fun to create with thread and I will probably incorporate them into future projects. Hope my partner enjoys her mug rugs!

UPDATE: 2/9/2011.. I heard from Mary whom I sent the mug rug’s too and she loved them!  Thanks Mary!

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Country Star

This is my first paper pieced project.  Dan Burke of Quilting by the River taught a class at a retreat and this was a tree skirt pattern of his that he taught.  I fell in love with just the star pattern that I did not fill in between the points to make it a circle and kept it just a star shape. I used the pillowcase method to finish it.  I backed it with a cotton fabric, and used a flannel fabric in the middle so that I could turn the points out.  Batting would have been too bulky and stiff to use to pull the points out so that they look nice. Quilting this was challenging also, because I had to quilt it once it was all put together and pulling the points through the machine took a little bit of time, but I tackled it and it came out pretty cool.

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