August 31, 2012 13 comments

The Twins

The little rascals are complete - and unlike the Bobbsey Twins, these two are a little mouthy! 

Both being democrats, they have a little something to say about the upcoming election in the USA.


(Isn't he clever!)

(She may have a point.)

On Monday, I'm back to ferns!  A year ago, I made a fern, and during the construction of it, I said I was going to make a bunch of them.

Well, don't you think it's time I made Fern#2?  I do!

Kit 120

P.S. Linking up with Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday through Missy Mac Creations. Come and join the fun!
August 29, 2012 13 comments

Wednesday Witterings

Do any of you remember the Bobbsey Twins, or am I seriously dating myself?  

As I was making these two, I couldn't help but be reminded of them - I really loved those books when I was a little girl...

and they made me desperately want a fraternal twin! (I didn't like Flossie and Fred much though, so I was glad to not have a younger set.)

I pretty much had a fraternal twin though, given one of my brothers is 9 months and 8 days older than I am.  (Don't freak out, we're adopted! lol) But we were pretty darn close...

Still, not a twin!

However, I guess these two are a post-modern version of Nan and Bert - given that they're a: Black, and b: have something very different to say than Nan and Bert might have!

Wanna know what they have to say?  Come back on Friday!

See you then...

Kit 120
August 27, 2012 2 comments

Making Monday

This week I'm working on some little ones - a matched set - twins!

I started by painting a girl twin first - just with acrylic paint, straight onto a piece of cloth. I didn't prime the piece first or put any gesso on it. Another quilt artist who paints on fabric told me she doesn't gesso first so I thought I'd give it a shot.   It made the paint kind of crunchy once it dried, but she may use different acrylic paints (I use Golden acrylics).

And then I quilted her!

Stay tuned on Wednesday for the boy...

Kit 120
August 25, 2012 124 comments

Blog Hop - Giveaway!

COMMENTS CLOSED - Thanks everyone!

It's a Saturday post and you know what that means... a surprise giveaway!

I'm participating in the Quilting Gallery's Blog Hop Giveaway and I'll be drawing on September 4 (my birthday) to give YOU  a present!

I'll be giving away a copy of:

and four fat quarters of Kona Solids!

If this is your first time here, I hope you'll have a look around and maybe come back again - and please have a look at all the great blogs on the blog hop.

To enter the drawing, like my Facebook page and after you've done so - leave a comment here letting me know.

Good luck, and have a great time on the hop!

ETA:  Please be advised, if you've "liked" my page and have neglected a step along the way, I won't get a notification from Facebook, and I don't get it, you're not eligible for the draw.  Please ensure I get that notification if you want to win!

Kit 120
August 24, 2012 25 comments

Un Petite Chanson


Although BSP said this piece was like champagne, to me it seemed like the way an aria would look if you could see it as it came out of someone's mouth - so I called it Un Petite Chanson (A Little Song). However, I should have called it "Rorshack Test", given the comments this week as I was making it! :)

BSP seemed quite confused by this piece, feeling that it was quite a lot outside my usual oeuvre - but to me it seems very much like Flotsam Meets Japan - only in a more monochromatic palette. 

One of the things I love about this piece is that it can be hung either way, depending on how it will fit in your decor!  

So pretty - even if I do say so myself!

Have a great weekend and I'll see you on Monday with more new beginnings!

Kit 120

Linking up with the Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday, hosted this week by Amy at Craft Shenangians (what a great name!) and Off The Wall Fridays - a new link party for fabric artists.
August 22, 2012 17 comments

WIP Wednesday

So, on  Monday I showed you a piece of rust-dyed fabric and some hand-dyed fabric that I was making into a little pretty.  I started quilting it, as you can see ...

These are some of the fun shapes that I'm working with!

Kit 120

I'm joining in on the fun at WIP Wednesday with The Needle and Thread Network.  Come and see what other Canadian fiber bloggers are up to!
August 20, 2012 4 comments

New Beginnings...

Do you remember when I made Ontology of a Rabbit? The background fabric in it was a piece of rust-dyed fabric. I knew immediately what I wanted to do with the rest of it so I decided that it was time to put that idea to the test!

I also had a piece of hand-dyed fabric from Vicki Welsh that was a lovely complementary colourway - and combined it with the rust-dyed piece to make something cool.  

I fused them both and began cutting them out, ironing them on, and now comes the labourious process of stitching them all down with invisible thread.

See you Wednesday!

Kit 120
August 16, 2012 16 comments

Paperwork #1

Ta dah!!!  lol  Okay, maybe I shouldn't toot my own horn, but I LOVE this piece - and I love even more that it's made from fricken paper towel that should have been tossed out! (Or I guess, should never have been tossed out. )

I quilted it to a piece of red wool serge (the stuff the Royal Canadian Mounted Police's uniforms are made out of  - for no good reason except that I had an appropriately sized piece on hand)

and then cut out bits from my Japanese papers and stitched them.  

With addition of some wooden beads, I called it "done" except that (having planned ahead) I had purchased some ready-made canvases to fuse the whole thing to, as I didn't know how well binding a paper towel would go! 

I used my gold leaf marker to "paint" the edges of the canvas, and then I really *was* done.



P.S. joining in the fun at Mama Love Quilts through Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday go check out the fun!
August 15, 2012 15 comments

Working with disposables...

I actually got this idea from Deborah O'Hare over at Quilt Routes (exhibiting at Booth O14 at Festival of Quilts, this week).  Some time ago, she talked on her blog about saving her paper towels for future use in her art. (What she does HERE.) I thought it was a cool idea, even though I didn't think I had any intention of working with paper - but decided nevertheless that I would dry out every paper towel I used when I was painting, and save the pretty ones. 

I've got a pretty good stack of them now, but when I saw THIS one, I was all... hoooolllyyyyy mackeral.  That thing is GORGEOUS.  So I had to make something out of it!

There was a big hole in the middle of it from my rubbing during clean up, so I trimmed it out and seamed it up.  ( I guess I should add here that it has to be really good quality paper towel to hold up to quilting and stitching.)

I also made a little trip to the The Paper Place and picked up a bundle of some lovelies - including this 6 x 6 sheet of gold with lettering above (If anyone knows what that says, let me know!)

And this stunning sheet of pretty.

Come back on Friday for the finished piece!

P.S. - Linking up with WIP Wednesdays over at The Needle and Thread Network.  Come see what other Canadian fiber artists are up to!
August 13, 2012 6 comments

We Are Mermaids Too (Redux)

This may look somewhat familiar. :)  I posted it in its original form slightly over a year ago - and the reason you're seeing it again in this updated version is because the curator of the Mermaid show (that "Little Karoo At Night is going to be in) contacted me last week and asked if she could have this one too.

"Yes," I said, "But I need to bring it up to speed!"

Because THIS was the original.  Can you believe she even wanted it? lol)

(By the way - check out the difference between my my old Sony point-and-click [which is a pretty great camera for what it is] and my brand-new-last-week-Nikon!)

Before the curator even asked me for it, the fact is, I had already said to myself that it needed more "stuff" in it and could use some improving, so I'm glad I had a reason to do it!

So I got out my new favourite (lutradur), and painted some up! First, I made a fanciful little octopus, and then I made a conch that I'm pretty happy with (!)...

I bumped up the foliage by adding more sea grass and darkening it all up...

Adding some more details to the little sea bushes (I have no idea what those things are called)...

Adding a starfish and some squid....

And hey, do you notice a problem up there in the top right hand corner?  Yeah, me too. 

After I blocked it again (I had to put on a new backing and sleeve - I had no idea what I was doing when I made the first one!), the purple fish bled.  ARGH!

So I applied a little bleach to take up the bleed, which of course turned the quilt into that area into a white island...

So I mixed up some paint and painted over it.  Much better even if the green is slightly off.

I completely started over with the mermaid skin/body (the old one didn't even have a face!) and since I had made a young mermaid for Little Karoo, I decided to make this mermaid more mature.

And I gave her a pet/friend to look at!

All in all, much better, no? What do you think?

August 10, 2012 7 comments

In The Wind

My very first fairy! (I have the feeling there'll be more!)

From my thread painting to the fabric I made to the those little pink wings, I'm very pleased with my first effort.

You may remember I was first inspired by the androgynous fairies in Snow White And The Huntsman (example here), but then I had to make those girly wings.  

Like some of the other things I've made recently, I could definitely see making more of these little fairies as part of a series - maybe even a story!

(Some day; when I've learned how to add another four hours or so to the day!)

Have a great weekend everyone - see you on Monday!

P.S.  Linking up with Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday at Blossom Heart Quilts
August 8, 2012 9 comments

Winging It...

So, you know how on Monday I said I liked that the fairies in Snow White And the Huntsman were genderless?  Despite that, I couldn't help but make mine a girl.  And the best way to do that, was to give her pink wings!

So I started by painting some lutradur pink and then cutting it out in wing shapes that would suit my fairy's body ...

And then pulled some mostly sheer scraps from my stash (and yes, those are some of the same scraps that I incorporated when I made my little yellow throated warbler for Spring.) You'll want to use sheer fabrics so that you get a light, feather-like, appearance at the end.  If you use cotton, for instance, the wings will look to heavy to fly!

And I used the same method as I did for "Spring":
  1. Fuse the fabric using a paper-backed fusible
  2. peel off the paper and then cut out each "feather" individually.  (I peel the paper off first because it's just WAY too hard to peel it off once they're cut; also, if you peel the paper off first, for some reason, it seems to reduce fraying of the fabric)
  3. place the feathers in a pleasing pattern on the wing base, keeping in mind that it's the first layer.  Then do your second and third layers in the same way.  And bob's your uncle, you've got some wings!

Finished fairy on Friday.  See you then. :)

P.S. - It's Wednesday, so I'm joining up with The Needle and Thread Network for WIP Wednesday.  Come and see what other Canadian fiber art bloggers are up to!