Art Quilts Around The World: Under The Surface Challenge

 Today is reveal day for my Facebook Group called Art Quilts Around the World. The theme was Under the Surface. I took that as under the surface of water or earth. I was not feeling the love of this challenge based on these ideas. I had made a few mermaid quilts and I wasn't into fish quilts. I stalled on this project. Usually I get an idea right away. I then thought about being under the surface as far as our personalities are concerned Sometimes our true personality are hidden from the public by choice or because of circumstance such as our jobs, social gatherings and in public in general. People don't get to know us because we are choosing to keep our real persona under the psychological surface or it may be required because of our professions.   I had fun with the zipper idea of slightly opening up the face and the true self is visually viewed underneath. I selected browns and grays for the majority of the public "face" and underneath is the fun more interesting part of the persona. By using the browns and a very boring background I was quite bored with this portrait because I really want to embellish the heck out of it! But the point of the theme was to show the image, though conservative and mainstream, as it needed to be.   I found the fantastic narrow stripe fabric at Blue Bar Quilts in May and it was in the Christmas fabrics section. I don't see Christmas but I do see fun and full of activity!! I used this fabric to represent the inner persona and added a bright green (fake looking) eyebrow applique and some bright pink for the eyelid. I wanted to spend all my time in this small area because my true persona is here.

Today is reveal day for my Facebook Group called Art Quilts Around the World. The theme was Under the Surface. I took that as under the surface of water or earth. I was not feeling the love of this challenge based on these ideas. I had made a few mermaid quilts and I wasn't into fish quilts. I stalled on this project. Usually I get an idea right away. I then thought about being under the surface as far as our personalities are concerned Sometimes our true personality are hidden from the public by choice or because of circumstance such as our jobs, social gatherings and in public in general. People don't get to know us because we are choosing to keep our real persona under the psychological surface or it may be required because of our professions. 

I had fun with the zipper idea of slightly opening up the face and the true self is visually viewed underneath. I selected browns and grays for the majority of the public "face" and underneath is the fun more interesting part of the persona. By using the browns and a very boring background I was quite bored with this portrait because I really want to embellish the heck out of it! But the point of the theme was to show the image, though conservative and mainstream, as it needed to be. 

I found the fantastic narrow stripe fabric at Blue Bar Quilts in May and it was in the Christmas fabrics section. I don't see Christmas but I do see fun and full of activity!! I used this fabric to represent the inner persona and added a bright green (fake looking) eyebrow applique and some bright pink for the eyelid. I wanted to spend all my time in this small area because my true persona is here.

 This is a close up of the face. The pink batik used in the mouth had a lot of muted stripes and I fussy cut the mouth applique to get shadow dimension and it turned out great without lots of work. The hair seemed to blend too much into the boring background so I used some lighter colored Derwent Inktense fabric pencils to add more contrast. I added some nail polish for eye glitter to the striped side of the face.

This is a close up of the face. The pink batik used in the mouth had a lot of muted stripes and I fussy cut the mouth applique to get shadow dimension and it turned out great without lots of work. The hair seemed to blend too much into the boring background so I used some lighter colored Derwent Inktense fabric pencils to add more contrast. I added some nail polish for eye glitter to the striped side of the face.

 The zipper was hand tacked to the quilt when everything else was finished. I originally wanted to use the beige zipper on the left because I loved the metal teeth but the tape part was too wide and I couldn't see it fitting into the face area. The other zipper is something that I had in my stash. I think it is meant to be a bracelet. I chose to use the pink zipper pull because it is my favorite color.   When the quilt was finished I learned to love the idea behind the quilt. 

The zipper was hand tacked to the quilt when everything else was finished. I originally wanted to use the beige zipper on the left because I loved the metal teeth but the tape part was too wide and I couldn't see it fitting into the face area. The other zipper is something that I had in my stash. I think it is meant to be a bracelet. I chose to use the pink zipper pull because it is my favorite color. 

When the quilt was finished I learned to love the idea behind the quilt. 

Cherrywood Fabrics Prince Challenge: Raspberry Beret

 The theme for the 2018 Cherrywood Fabrics Challenge is the artist Prince. I am excited about this since I have followed his career since the late 1970s and own his first album and the 1999 album. Then I moved into CDs. I've watched his movie Purple Rain over and over and have always loved Prince's fashion style and his music!! I did not want to create a portrait of Prince because I figured many people would do that as well as the songs Purple Rain, When Doves Cry or Little Red Corvette. I made this quilt from January until March because this is the time to sew when the weather is snowy and yucky. I have been staring at it in my sewing room since March and finally get to share it!  I chose to create a quilt based on the song Raspberry Beret. I've always loved this song and I own 5 different colors of berets and actually wear them. When I began this process I thought the three purples "read" very similar in value and color and it would be difficult to differentiate them. I use my iPhone and take photos of the different steps along the way to get a view from far away and this helps with value and clarity. The rules allowed only 20% of the quilt to be other Cherrywood fabrics and I needed this 20% for the beret. 

The theme for the 2018 Cherrywood Fabrics Challenge is the artist Prince. I am excited about this since I have followed his career since the late 1970s and own his first album and the 1999 album. Then I moved into CDs. I've watched his movie Purple Rain over and over and have always loved Prince's fashion style and his music!! I did not want to create a portrait of Prince because I figured many people would do that as well as the songs Purple Rain, When Doves Cry or Little Red Corvette. I made this quilt from January until March because this is the time to sew when the weather is snowy and yucky. I have been staring at it in my sewing room since March and finally get to share it!

I chose to create a quilt based on the song Raspberry Beret. I've always loved this song and I own 5 different colors of berets and actually wear them. When I began this process I thought the three purples "read" very similar in value and color and it would be difficult to differentiate them. I use my iPhone and take photos of the different steps along the way to get a view from far away and this helps with value and clarity. The rules allowed only 20% of the quilt to be other Cherrywood fabrics and I needed this 20% for the beret. 

 This is the quilt with the fused applique in place. I used black for the hair because Prince's wives, girlfriends and females in his videos and movies all had brunette or black hair-no blondes. I used black for the garment as well. I was wishing for more variation of value with the purples such as a lilac. I decided to add lighter areas with thread painting.

This is the quilt with the fused applique in place. I used black for the hair because Prince's wives, girlfriends and females in his videos and movies all had brunette or black hair-no blondes. I used black for the garment as well. I was wishing for more variation of value with the purples such as a lilac. I decided to add lighter areas with thread painting.

 Here the lighter variegated purple thread is used to quilt the project while lightening up the quilt. I used light blue variegated thread to add movement and definition to the hair as well as lightening it up also. The quilt is starting to come to life. 

Here the lighter variegated purple thread is used to quilt the project while lightening up the quilt. I used light blue variegated thread to add movement and definition to the hair as well as lightening it up also. The quilt is starting to come to life. 

 I machine stitched in place two values of narrow light blue shiny ribbon to the hair to again lighten it up and give hair definition. I used the thingie on the top of my own pink wool beret by snipping it off and hand tacking it to the top of the beret to make it more realistic and authentic!!

I machine stitched in place two values of narrow light blue shiny ribbon to the hair to again lighten it up and give hair definition. I used the thingie on the top of my own pink wool beret by snipping it off and hand tacking it to the top of the beret to make it more realistic and authentic!!

 Here is my beret before I cut the thingie off!!

Here is my beret before I cut the thingie off!!

 In the close up of the face I used light purple nail polish on the eye lid and some lavender fabric paint to add highlights to the face. The eye is detailed with a green Pigma Micron pen and a dot of white matte paint for the eye reflection.  I did a crosshatch quilt design on the garment to look like a quilted jacket since she lives in Minnesota like Prince and needs to be warm in the cold weather!! I added a necklace of various purple beads.  I added the word "Prince" in his recognizable font and quilted the background to look like sheet music including a few musical notes in the mix!!  July 2nd is the deadline for entering and July 13th is the day people find out if their quilt is accepted into the traveling challenge. The last three years my quilt has made the cut so I hope this year I can do the same. I am adding to this post on the morning of July 3, 2018 and on Cherrywood Fabrics Facebook page they stated there are 388 entries and they are not telling how many quilts they will select for the traveling challenge. In ten days I will know...

In the close up of the face I used light purple nail polish on the eye lid and some lavender fabric paint to add highlights to the face. The eye is detailed with a green Pigma Micron pen and a dot of white matte paint for the eye reflection.

I did a crosshatch quilt design on the garment to look like a quilted jacket since she lives in Minnesota like Prince and needs to be warm in the cold weather!! I added a necklace of various purple beads.

I added the word "Prince" in his recognizable font and quilted the background to look like sheet music including a few musical notes in the mix!!

July 2nd is the deadline for entering and July 13th is the day people find out if their quilt is accepted into the traveling challenge. The last three years my quilt has made the cut so I hope this year I can do the same. I am adding to this post on the morning of July 3, 2018 and on Cherrywood Fabrics Facebook page they stated there are 388 entries and they are not telling how many quilts they will select for the traveling challenge. In ten days I will know...

WI Quilt Expo's Bake Off Challenge: Cupcake Betty

 The Wisconsin Quilt Expo is held in early September in Madison and they have been having a special challenge at their quilt expo and the theme for 2018 is called Bake Off. I immediately thought of a pin up girl in the kitchen when I designed this quilt. The only rule was the size of 30" wide by 40" long which is typically larger than I work. The pin up girl is wearing a sexy ruffly apron and holding a cupcake. I added baking utensils to the sides of the project to get the 30" width. I added a wide bottom area with mirror images of a Mix Master, oven mitts and measuring spoons.  This project began with a purchase from www.craftsy.com where I purchased a variety of fabrics with a baking theme. I used a print with baking words in the apron, sash and bow. I added a red and white trim near the bottom edge.. The fingernails received red glitter nail polish. 

The Wisconsin Quilt Expo is held in early September in Madison and they have been having a special challenge at their quilt expo and the theme for 2018 is called Bake Off. I immediately thought of a pin up girl in the kitchen when I designed this quilt. The only rule was the size of 30" wide by 40" long which is typically larger than I work. The pin up girl is wearing a sexy ruffly apron and holding a cupcake. I added baking utensils to the sides of the project to get the 30" width. I added a wide bottom area with mirror images of a Mix Master, oven mitts and measuring spoons.

This project began with a purchase from www.craftsy.com where I purchased a variety of fabrics with a baking theme. I used a print with baking words in the apron, sash and bow. I added a red and white trim near the bottom edge.. The fingernails received red glitter nail polish. 

 In the face detail the use of glitter nail polish is used in the hair and brow bones. Chunky turquoise glitter is applied to the eye lids. A red flower from a dollar store Hawaiian lei with a cute donut button from Joann Fabrics in the center adds pin up vintage flair!. I sewed donut buttons to the four corners of the quilt as well. I used a vintage earring of my Mother's for Betty's earring.

In the face detail the use of glitter nail polish is used in the hair and brow bones. Chunky turquoise glitter is applied to the eye lids. A red flower from a dollar store Hawaiian lei with a cute donut button from Joann Fabrics in the center adds pin up vintage flair!. I sewed donut buttons to the four corners of the quilt as well. I used a vintage earring of my Mother's for Betty's earring.

 The cupcake has lots of detail and bugle beans sewn to it to represent sprinkles!!

The cupcake has lots of detail and bugle beans sewn to it to represent sprinkles!!

 I thought Betty needed a tattoo and since I am gluten free and don't actually bake anything anymore I used a Pigma Micron blue pen with a traditional tattoo font and added the words "Bake Gluten Free!" I had to have a bit of humor.

I thought Betty needed a tattoo and since I am gluten free and don't actually bake anything anymore I used a Pigma Micron blue pen with a traditional tattoo font and added the words "Bake Gluten Free!" I had to have a bit of humor.

 The bottom portion of the quilt has two red Mix Masters with polka dots bowls, two oven mitts and measuring spoons. I added the metallic red rick rack because I thought it needed something and rick rack has a retro vibe often used as trim on old aprons.  June 30, 2018 is the deadline for the contest and I have had this quilt finished for a month waiting for the deadline so I could share it. I believe I need to wait a few weeks to find out if Cupcake Betty is included in the challenge. All accepted quilts will travel for 2 years to various quilt venue across the United States.

The bottom portion of the quilt has two red Mix Masters with polka dots bowls, two oven mitts and measuring spoons. I added the metallic red rick rack because I thought it needed something and rick rack has a retro vibe often used as trim on old aprons.

June 30, 2018 is the deadline for the contest and I have had this quilt finished for a month waiting for the deadline so I could share it. I believe I need to wait a few weeks to find out if Cupcake Betty is included in the challenge. All accepted quilts will travel for 2 years to various quilt venue across the United States.

Farrah Wings

 In February I was invited by Susan Brubaker Knapp, the host of Quilting Arts TV on PBS, to participate as a guest artist. I taped 3 segments in April on Pop Art Portraits, Dollar Store Embellishments and Realistic Hair Techniques in Portrait Quilts. This quilt was made for the purpose of being a working sample for the Realistic Hair segment.   As a hairdresser I am exposed to a huge amount of hair color options and bright fake colors are popular. I had purchased the outside border fabric a while back and chose to use it in this quilt thus creating the analogous color scheme. Mermaid hair color (kelly green, lime green, turquoise and possibly blue) was my inspiration and then featuring the 1970s Farrah Faucett style haircut with the strong full side swept bangs and side layers. I am not a huge fan of brown in my work but it seemed to fit as the background.  I made the majority of the quilt in March then sewing on the TV show's sewing machine sponsor's machine, a fancy Bernina, right out of the box to do the demo. The sewing machine rep, Jeanne Delpit from FL, sets up the machine with the selected thread, foot and stitch length. She physically moves it onto the set. My taping segment was for 8 min. so the actual sewing time on camera is minimal for all the prepping done!   I returned home and put the quilt on hold until I completed other deadline projects. I finished it this week! It is titled "Farrah Wings!" which is a hairdresser jokey name!

In February I was invited by Susan Brubaker Knapp, the host of Quilting Arts TV on PBS, to participate as a guest artist. I taped 3 segments in April on Pop Art Portraits, Dollar Store Embellishments and Realistic Hair Techniques in Portrait Quilts. This quilt was made for the purpose of being a working sample for the Realistic Hair segment. 

As a hairdresser I am exposed to a huge amount of hair color options and bright fake colors are popular. I had purchased the outside border fabric a while back and chose to use it in this quilt thus creating the analogous color scheme. Mermaid hair color (kelly green, lime green, turquoise and possibly blue) was my inspiration and then featuring the 1970s Farrah Faucett style haircut with the strong full side swept bangs and side layers. I am not a huge fan of brown in my work but it seemed to fit as the background.

I made the majority of the quilt in March then sewing on the TV show's sewing machine sponsor's machine, a fancy Bernina, right out of the box to do the demo. The sewing machine rep, Jeanne Delpit from FL, sets up the machine with the selected thread, foot and stitch length. She physically moves it onto the set. My taping segment was for 8 min. so the actual sewing time on camera is minimal for all the prepping done! 

I returned home and put the quilt on hold until I completed other deadline projects. I finished it this week! It is titled "Farrah Wings!" which is a hairdresser jokey name!

 The point of the TV taping was the hair. I featured the lightest color of lime green to bring the viewer's eye to this area. I used lime/turquoise thread and thread painted hair movement and hair strands. I added using the sewing machine 2 styles of narrow lime green shiny ribbon couched on top of the hair. I added hologram colored glitter nail polish to further enhance the area.

The point of the TV taping was the hair. I featured the lightest color of lime green to bring the viewer's eye to this area. I used lime/turquoise thread and thread painted hair movement and hair strands. I added using the sewing machine 2 styles of narrow lime green shiny ribbon couched on top of the hair. I added hologram colored glitter nail polish to further enhance the area.

 The face was embellished with fabric markers, fabric paint, glitter nail polish, and a real earring from my jewelry box. I intend to enter this quilt in a few quilt contests. When I find out when the TV show is ready for viewing on TV I will let people know.

The face was embellished with fabric markers, fabric paint, glitter nail polish, and a real earring from my jewelry box. I intend to enter this quilt in a few quilt contests. When I find out when the TV show is ready for viewing on TV I will let people know.

Art Quilts Around The World - Women Who Soar - Betsey Johnson

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  Today is reveal day for my Facebook art quilt group Art Quilts Around The World and the theme was Women Who Soar. That could be literal as in Amelia Earhart or a female pilot/astronaut. I perceived the theme as being inspired by a woman who has soared in her profession or personal life.    I selected the US fashion designer Betsey Johnson because she is my first influence in the 1970s regarding fashion and the fashion industry. I was sewing my own clothes back then in high school and discovered Betsey Johnson Butterick patterns. They had feminine details such as peplums, ruffles, puffy sleeves and bows. I was hooked on the patterns and Betsey's designs!!    Betsey has been a fashion designer for 40+ years and merchandizes clothing, jewelry, purses, eye glass frames, shoes and more. She has inspired me because of her use of hot pink, animal prints, flower/cabbage rose motifs, kissy lips, polka dots often combined with stripes and her use of girly ruffled garments including tutus! I have followed her career for many years and am also inspired by her ability to be a single parent to her daughter Lulu (she's grown now) while running a fashion design house as well as bounce back from financial hard times in 2008 when the financial state of the US was not good. Betsey always seems a bit too tan and she wears fake blond and/or colorful hair extensions while not pretending to be her real hair! She is 70+ years old and still does cartwheels after her showing at Fashion Week in New York City. I admire her zest for life and her ability to not have rules about ones age!! She seems to be having fun!   When I was choosing colors I used Betsey's signature hot pink  color which is on her merchandise labels, a variety of polka dot fabrics and as many pink rose and flower motifs from my embellishment stash. It is pink paradise and a tool to use when I teach about monochromatic color schemes!! I feel I can get crazy with a lot of embellishments if I stay in the same color family. I added Betsey's name in the font she uses on her merchandise-it's probably her own penmanship. All in all a fun challenge which was easy to do. Go Betsey and do not retire anytime soon!!

Today is reveal day for my Facebook art quilt group Art Quilts Around The World and the theme was Women Who Soar. That could be literal as in Amelia Earhart or a female pilot/astronaut. I perceived the theme as being inspired by a woman who has soared in her profession or personal life.

I selected the US fashion designer Betsey Johnson because she is my first influence in the 1970s regarding fashion and the fashion industry. I was sewing my own clothes back then in high school and discovered Betsey Johnson Butterick patterns. They had feminine details such as peplums, ruffles, puffy sleeves and bows. I was hooked on the patterns and Betsey's designs!!

Betsey has been a fashion designer for 40+ years and merchandizes clothing, jewelry, purses, eye glass frames, shoes and more. She has inspired me because of her use of hot pink, animal prints, flower/cabbage rose motifs, kissy lips, polka dots often combined with stripes and her use of girly ruffled garments including tutus! I have followed her career for many years and am also inspired by her ability to be a single parent to her daughter Lulu (she's grown now) while running a fashion design house as well as bounce back from financial hard times in 2008 when the financial state of the US was not good. Betsey always seems a bit too tan and she wears fake blond and/or colorful hair extensions while not pretending to be her real hair! She is 70+ years old and still does cartwheels after her showing at Fashion Week in New York City. I admire her zest for life and her ability to not have rules about ones age!! She seems to be having fun!

When I was choosing colors I used Betsey's signature hot pink color which is on her merchandise labels, a variety of polka dot fabrics and as many pink rose and flower motifs from my embellishment stash. It is pink paradise and a tool to use when I teach about monochromatic color schemes!! I feel I can get crazy with a lot of embellishments if I stay in the same color family. I added Betsey's name in the font she uses on her merchandise-it's probably her own penmanship. All in all a fun challenge which was easy to do. Go Betsey and do not retire anytime soon!!

International Mini Quilt Exchange

 I entered in the International Mini Quilt Exchange from The Quilt Show website sponsored by Alex Anderson and Ricky Timms. The point of the challenge was to pair a quilter from the US with an international quilter, make a mini version of a quilt with size requirements, each have a year to bond with each other through the year on email and social media, each meet the deadline of the contest then the judges select teams which then travel across the country to quilt shows. The quilts that are not selected will then be exchanged among partners. In theory this sounded great but my story did not pan out this way. I was paired with a quilter from Canada who is a professional long arm quilter and teaches on quilt cruises. We befriended each other on Facebook and then communication stopped. I have no disrespect for Canada but I was hoping to be paired up with a quilter from across the globe AND perhaps gain a new quilter friend. I could drive to Canada if I wanted to thus not a huge different from Upper Michigan where I live. This partner made no contact with me on FB until about 3 months before the deadline date to see if I was still interested in the quilt exchange-I said yes. I completed the quilt seen in the first photo and entered the contest. I notified my partner on FB that I did so. I never heard from her. The judges selected their winning teams. I found out my partner had never entered her quilt. I was disappointed. I contacted her on FB and found out she had personal issues and she did not start the project. I told her I would keep my quilt. What is the lesson learned-to just stick to myself and not be paired up with a stranger that you can not depend on.  So let's talk about the quilt!! It is 18" x 24" inspired by a paper doll book I own. I made 5 "dolls" representing hair and fashions from the 1940s through the 1980s. It was all very "mini" in size but it was fun to challenge myself to create on a small scale.

I entered in the International Mini Quilt Exchange from The Quilt Show website sponsored by Alex Anderson and Ricky Timms. The point of the challenge was to pair a quilter from the US with an international quilter, make a mini version of a quilt with size requirements, each have a year to bond with each other through the year on email and social media, each meet the deadline of the contest then the judges select teams which then travel across the country to quilt shows. The quilts that are not selected will then be exchanged among partners. In theory this sounded great but my story did not pan out this way. I was paired with a quilter from Canada who is a professional long arm quilter and teaches on quilt cruises. We befriended each other on Facebook and then communication stopped. I have no disrespect for Canada but I was hoping to be paired up with a quilter from across the globe AND perhaps gain a new quilter friend. I could drive to Canada if I wanted to thus not a huge different from Upper Michigan where I live. This partner made no contact with me on FB until about 3 months before the deadline date to see if I was still interested in the quilt exchange-I said yes. I completed the quilt seen in the first photo and entered the contest. I notified my partner on FB that I did so. I never heard from her. The judges selected their winning teams. I found out my partner had never entered her quilt. I was disappointed. I contacted her on FB and found out she had personal issues and she did not start the project. I told her I would keep my quilt. What is the lesson learned-to just stick to myself and not be paired up with a stranger that you can not depend on.

So let's talk about the quilt!! It is 18" x 24" inspired by a paper doll book I own. I made 5 "dolls" representing hair and fashions from the 1940s through the 1980s. It was all very "mini" in size but it was fun to challenge myself to create on a small scale.

 This is a close-up of the 1960s paper doll. I found the cute hair bow in the nail art department of The Dollar Tree. I used a sequin for the oversized earring.

This is a close-up of the 1960s paper doll. I found the cute hair bow in the nail art department of The Dollar Tree. I used a sequin for the oversized earring.

 This is the close-up of the 1950s paper doll. This doll has lots of embellishment including the sweater buttons and the poodle collar/lease.  The 1940s paper doll has fishnet stocking with a back seam, victory roll hair, gloves and pearl jewelry.  The 1950s paper doll has a poodle skirt, bobby socks and saddle shoes, a ponytail and neck scarf.  The 1960s paper doll has Twiggy inspired shift dress and hair, ;ight pink frosty lips and white go-go boots.  The 1970s paper doll has a halter top, wide bell bottom pants and  platform cork bottom sandals.  And the 1980s paper doll has a side ponytail with a scrunchie, leggings and leg warmers and an off the shoulder top wide a wide belt a la Flash Dance!  I had a great time making this mini quilt. I probably should get out my seam ripper to remove the personalized "K" on the 1950s sweater.

This is the close-up of the 1950s paper doll. This doll has lots of embellishment including the sweater buttons and the poodle collar/lease.

The 1940s paper doll has fishnet stocking with a back seam, victory roll hair, gloves and pearl jewelry.

The 1950s paper doll has a poodle skirt, bobby socks and saddle shoes, a ponytail and neck scarf.

The 1960s paper doll has Twiggy inspired shift dress and hair, ;ight pink frosty lips and white go-go boots.

The 1970s paper doll has a halter top, wide bell bottom pants and  platform cork bottom sandals.

And the 1980s paper doll has a side ponytail with a scrunchie, leggings and leg warmers and an off the shoulder top wide a wide belt a la Flash Dance!

I had a great time making this mini quilt. I probably should get out my seam ripper to remove the personalized "K" on the 1950s sweater.

Art Quilts Around The World Challenge: Film Noir

 Today is reveal day for my Facebook art quilt group Art Quilts Around The World. The challenge was titled Film Noir and I did not know this subject until I Googled it. It represents the Black and White movies of the 20s-30s when the movie industry was in its infancy. Plenty of dark smoky rooms, everyone was smoking cigarettes, shadows, interestingly textured backgrounds, dark street scenes and, my personal favorite, femme fatales!! They were the actresses who became famous from the movies they were in-Bette Davis, Carole Lombard and Myrna Loy to name a few. Sorry but no cigarettes in my quilts!  I saw this challenge as a study of value and chose to work in black and white with the exception of using a light icy blue for the irises in my portrait quilt. I found a photo where the bleach blonde finger waves caught my attention. This was my challenge to create a 3D image on a flat surface and capture the way the light or lack of light hit the waves in the hair.   I was not sure if I wanted to create a value scale from white to gray to black OR use prints and go from white to a white print with black to a black print with white to solid black. I chose both-grays for the skin tones and the prints for the hair. I collect white batiks and they are difficult to come by. I had a pile or "warm" whites for the skin tones and "cool" whites for the hair. I used as many small scale prints as I could so it "read" as a solid from a distance. 

Today is reveal day for my Facebook art quilt group Art Quilts Around The World. The challenge was titled Film Noir and I did not know this subject until I Googled it. It represents the Black and White movies of the 20s-30s when the movie industry was in its infancy. Plenty of dark smoky rooms, everyone was smoking cigarettes, shadows, interestingly textured backgrounds, dark street scenes and, my personal favorite, femme fatales!! They were the actresses who became famous from the movies they were in-Bette Davis, Carole Lombard and Myrna Loy to name a few. Sorry but no cigarettes in my quilts!

I saw this challenge as a study of value and chose to work in black and white with the exception of using a light icy blue for the irises in my portrait quilt. I found a photo where the bleach blonde finger waves caught my attention. This was my challenge to create a 3D image on a flat surface and capture the way the light or lack of light hit the waves in the hair. 

I was not sure if I wanted to create a value scale from white to gray to black OR use prints and go from white to a white print with black to a black print with white to solid black. I chose both-grays for the skin tones and the prints for the hair. I collect white batiks and they are difficult to come by. I had a pile or "warm" whites for the skin tones and "cool" whites for the hair. I used as many small scale prints as I could so it "read" as a solid from a distance. 

 This is a close up of the hair and face. I embellished very little on this project because it stood by itself. I thought the hair needed more light reflection and used a white metallic paint in those areas as well as a bit of the same paint in the center eye area. The lower lip got a touch of silver glitter nail polish. The eyes received the customary white matte painted dot for the eye reflection. I think she looks like a young blonde Bette Davis.  I intend to use this quilt in my future workshops/lectures regarding color, value and realism in portrait quilts. Fun times!!

This is a close up of the hair and face. I embellished very little on this project because it stood by itself. I thought the hair needed more light reflection and used a white metallic paint in those areas as well as a bit of the same paint in the center eye area. The lower lip got a touch of silver glitter nail polish. The eyes received the customary white matte painted dot for the eye reflection. I think she looks like a young blonde Bette Davis.

I intend to use this quilt in my future workshops/lectures regarding color, value and realism in portrait quilts. Fun times!!

Blue Bar Quilt's First Annual Anniversay Challenge Quilt

 This quilt was made for the Blue Bar Quilts Store in Middleton, WI (Madison) for their First Annual Anniversary Quilt Challenge. I saw the post on Facebook and they mailed me the challenge fabric which is the background fabric. Is it funky hexagons or mini hair combs?   I will be teaching at this shop in May and will actually get to visit this great modern quilt shop, I met Gael, the owner, at the WI Quilt Expo last September and am excited to teach at her shop and check out all the fun fabrics she carries.  The contest deadline is March 31, 2018 and I was sick of keeping it a secret! Plus I mailed it to the shop so they know I made it.All entries will hang in the shop and get voted on by-I'm not sure!  In the 3rd photo I drew up a design and used a black light theme. This quilt went for a donation. I used the same pattern for this challenge and it really looks quite different using different fabrics. This time I used "normal" skin tones but still embraced the wild hair colors!!

This quilt was made for the Blue Bar Quilts Store in Middleton, WI (Madison) for their First Annual Anniversary Quilt Challenge. I saw the post on Facebook and they mailed me the challenge fabric which is the background fabric. Is it funky hexagons or mini hair combs? 

I will be teaching at this shop in May and will actually get to visit this great modern quilt shop, I met Gael, the owner, at the WI Quilt Expo last September and am excited to teach at her shop and check out all the fun fabrics she carries.

The contest deadline is March 31, 2018 and I was sick of keeping it a secret! Plus I mailed it to the shop so they know I made it.All entries will hang in the shop and get voted on by-I'm not sure!

In the 3rd photo I drew up a design and used a black light theme. This quilt went for a donation. I used the same pattern for this challenge and it really looks quite different using different fabrics. This time I used "normal" skin tones but still embraced the wild hair colors!!

 This is a close up of the face and hair. I used velvet for the lips and lots of turquoise embellishments to enhance the eyes and hair and to make the earrings. 

This is a close up of the face and hair. I used velvet for the lips and lots of turquoise embellishments to enhance the eyes and hair and to make the earrings. 

 The original "black light" idea.

The original "black light" idea.

 A close up of the funky colored make up!! The judging is out of my control-I just hope the voters like my quilt!

A close up of the funky colored make up!! The judging is out of my control-I just hope the voters like my quilt!

Art Quilts Around The World Challenge: Medieval

Art Quilts Around The World Challenge: Medieval

 Today is reveal day for my Facebook Art Quilts Around The World's latest challenge. The theme is Medieval which means knights, castles and moats, Joan of Arc, Game of Thrones TV Show, maidens, witches and dragons. I have made plenty of witch quilts and I never watched Game of Thrones. The fair maiden idea was boring so I ran with the dragon idea. I thought of a dragon/woman hybrid and wanted my dragon to be reddish orange color and for some reason my mind kept coming back to the girly dragon in the Shrek movies! Does the Shrek dragon have a name?  I wanted a full view (not a side view) which made it harder to add the dragon wings and all the horns that a dragon has especially down the back. I improvised! Dragons do not have ears so my "Dragon Lady" has no ears. She received a dress in the decorative style of the Medieval theme. I used black velvet for the dress and a black/silver lame for the neckline trim. I added a cursive letter "L" a la "Lavern and Shirley" which is my initial to the dress area plus a mirror image reverse "L" on the other side. My local quilt guild is having a non-traditional quilt fabric challenge in February and I will be using this quilt for that challenge because of the velvet and lame.  I found a great red orange print with gradations of values for the skin/scales. I used the lighter value for the neck "underside" and the brighter value for the face and ears. I wanted 3D scales but couldn't figure out how to do that so I quilted the forehead, cheeks and chin in the shape of dragon scales then painted over these areas with a red paint to define it.   

Today is reveal day for my Facebook Art Quilts Around The World's latest challenge. The theme is Medieval which means knights, castles and moats, Joan of Arc, Game of Thrones TV Show, maidens, witches and dragons. I have made plenty of witch quilts and I never watched Game of Thrones. The fair maiden idea was boring so I ran with the dragon idea. I thought of a dragon/woman hybrid and wanted my dragon to be reddish orange color and for some reason my mind kept coming back to the girly dragon in the Shrek movies! Does the Shrek dragon have a name?

I wanted a full view (not a side view) which made it harder to add the dragon wings and all the horns that a dragon has especially down the back. I improvised! Dragons do not have ears so my "Dragon Lady" has no ears. She received a dress in the decorative style of the Medieval theme. I used black velvet for the dress and a black/silver lame for the neckline trim. I added a cursive letter "L" a la "Lavern and Shirley" which is my initial to the dress area plus a mirror image reverse "L" on the other side. My local quilt guild is having a non-traditional quilt fabric challenge in February and I will be using this quilt for that challenge because of the velvet and lame.

I found a great red orange print with gradations of values for the skin/scales. I used the lighter value for the neck "underside" and the brighter value for the face and ears. I wanted 3D scales but couldn't figure out how to do that so I quilted the forehead, cheeks and chin in the shape of dragon scales then painted over these areas with a red paint to define it.

 

 For embellishments I used red loose glitter on the eyelids and some glitter poster paint from the Dollar Tree on the brow bones. One red rhinestone under the lip is the only other embellishment. When I think of Medieval I think of dark dreary things but my dragon lady ended up fashion forward and that's just how I role as a quilter and hairdresser! I have to make everyone as pretty as I can make them! Oh well-she's a cute dragon hanging out in the castle!   

For embellishments I used red loose glitter on the eyelids and some glitter poster paint from the Dollar Tree on the brow bones. One red rhinestone under the lip is the only other embellishment. When I think of Medieval I think of dark dreary things but my dragon lady ended up fashion forward and that's just how I role as a quilter and hairdresser! I have to make everyone as pretty as I can make them! Oh well-she's a cute dragon hanging out in the castle!

 

A Celebration of Color: Pinwheels

 The International Quilt Festival is having a quilt contest debuting at the April 2018 quilt show called The Celebration of Color. There are three categories-traditional, modern and art. I entered a quilt last year in the modern category and it made the cut. IQF also chose to have the exhibit on display at the Houston show last November which was an honor. This time around I was inspired by a traditional New York Beauty block. I found a new book recently by accident on Pinterest called "New York Beauties & Flying Geese" by Carl Hentsch. I loved the combo of New York Beauty blocks and curved flying geese. The version I selected used 32 different colors which excited me because I love scrappy quilts and I was again feeding my OCD for color order and the color wheel!! I used fabrics from my stash which were not used from some other quilt I never made plus I added some of the new Alison Glass Chroma fabrics!! They are so lovely!!  This is paper piecing and one must psych up for the mess of the paper removal! The curved flying geese blocks ended up small and pinning and matching two sizes of flying geese on a curve proved to be a challenge. Each block was 20" and the rules state the minimum size is 48." I added a 6.5" border of white background fabric and each border got a simple New York beauty block using a rainbow of colors to repeat the motion of color. It is 51.5" square.  I added a multi colored print for the centers and I also used it for the binding. It has circles which repeated the circles in the New York Beauty blocks. I titled the quilt "Pinwheels" because when they blow in the wind they are round, colorful and have movement just like the blocks in this quilt!!

The International Quilt Festival is having a quilt contest debuting at the April 2018 quilt show called The Celebration of Color. There are three categories-traditional, modern and art. I entered a quilt last year in the modern category and it made the cut. IQF also chose to have the exhibit on display at the Houston show last November which was an honor. This time around I was inspired by a traditional New York Beauty block. I found a new book recently by accident on Pinterest called "New York Beauties & Flying Geese" by Carl Hentsch. I loved the combo of New York Beauty blocks and curved flying geese. The version I selected used 32 different colors which excited me because I love scrappy quilts and I was again feeding my OCD for color order and the color wheel!! I used fabrics from my stash which were not used from some other quilt I never made plus I added some of the new Alison Glass Chroma fabrics!! They are so lovely!!

This is paper piecing and one must psych up for the mess of the paper removal! The curved flying geese blocks ended up small and pinning and matching two sizes of flying geese on a curve proved to be a challenge. Each block was 20" and the rules state the minimum size is 48." I added a 6.5" border of white background fabric and each border got a simple New York beauty block using a rainbow of colors to repeat the motion of color. It is 51.5" square.  I added a multi colored print for the centers and I also used it for the binding. It has circles which repeated the circles in the New York Beauty blocks. I titled the quilt "Pinwheels" because when they blow in the wind they are round, colorful and have movement just like the blocks in this quilt!!

 The quilt was quilted with only white thread. I quilted "the Hell out of it" and used 8 bobbins just to quilt it!!  I used a lot of diagonal and radiating lines to quilt the blocks. I added a repeat of the corner New York Beauty blocks in the centers of the outer borders with quilting only then filled in the rest of the borders with a variegated striped effect with stitching. which gave nice texture when the light bounced off of the quilt and created shadows!!  I tacked a small crocheted "thingie" which was rainbow colored to the center of the quilt to repeat the color order and bring the four circle blocks together.  The contest is due January 11. 2018 and I have been frantically sewing and quilting on this project between applying for teaching jobs at two major quilt shows, working like crazy in the hair salon in December and doing all the normal Christmas preparations I usually do each year. But it is finished and now I wait until Feb. 2. 2018 to see if it is accepted.

The quilt was quilted with only white thread. I quilted "the Hell out of it" and used 8 bobbins just to quilt it!!  I used a lot of diagonal and radiating lines to quilt the blocks. I added a repeat of the corner New York Beauty blocks in the centers of the outer borders with quilting only then filled in the rest of the borders with a variegated striped effect with stitching. which gave nice texture when the light bounced off of the quilt and created shadows!!

I tacked a small crocheted "thingie" which was rainbow colored to the center of the quilt to repeat the color order and bring the four circle blocks together.

The contest is due January 11. 2018 and I have been frantically sewing and quilting on this project between applying for teaching jobs at two major quilt shows, working like crazy in the hair salon in December and doing all the normal Christmas preparations I usually do each year. But it is finished and now I wait until Feb. 2. 2018 to see if it is accepted.

Art Quilts Around The World Challenge: Pop Art

 Today is reveal day for my Facebook art quilt group Art Quilts Around The World. I got to select the theme this time and I chose Pop Art. I love Pop Art and have made a few quilted wall hangings, including my first art quilt, that had this theme. I love Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. I love the manipulation of photos to get this look, I love words on quilts similar to comic strips, I love polka dots and stripes and I love bright colors!  I had the honor to again teach my portrait quilt ideas at the International Quilt Festival in Houston earlier this month. I taught a new class "Line Drawing Portrait Drafting Class" and wanted the students to have a few trial run sample portraits to play with to get the idea I was presenting. I have a co-worker Alexis at the hair salon who is photogenic and I got her permission to use her Facebook photo for the class.   After I returned home and was unpacking I discovered the drawing sample of Alexis could be adapted to my Pop Art Challenge. Below is the process.   

Today is reveal day for my Facebook art quilt group Art Quilts Around The World. I got to select the theme this time and I chose Pop Art. I love Pop Art and have made a few quilted wall hangings, including my first art quilt, that had this theme. I love Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. I love the manipulation of photos to get this look, I love words on quilts similar to comic strips, I love polka dots and stripes and I love bright colors!

I had the honor to again teach my portrait quilt ideas at the International Quilt Festival in Houston earlier this month. I taught a new class "Line Drawing Portrait Drafting Class" and wanted the students to have a few trial run sample portraits to play with to get the idea I was presenting. I have a co-worker Alexis at the hair salon who is photogenic and I got her permission to use her Facebook photo for the class. 

After I returned home and was unpacking I discovered the drawing sample of Alexis could be adapted to my Pop Art Challenge. Below is the process.

 

 This was the original photo

This was the original photo

 I enlarged the photo and converted it to black and white

I enlarged the photo and converted it to black and white

 The photo on the left is the line drawing interpretation. Why not just make it a Pop Art quilt from here? I have a Pop Art Board on Pinterest and I thought Pop Art images have more areas on black negative space where as in the line drawing style it is strictly fine lines and the background fabrics are very important and I want to use plenty to get a scrappy look. In a Pop Art quilt there are fewer fabrics but they are bold and graphic. Both techniques use black batik fabric for the imagery. The photo on the right is the re-done photo a la Pop Art with an added addition to the top of the head which I drew.  I first selected the stripe fabric for the face. I purposely ran the stripes vertical and placed the widest white stripe in the center of the face for maximum boldness. I chose a turquoise polka dot for the background and a hot pink dot for the garment. I used a small triangle of another dot for the bit of camisole popping out of the other shirt. This was a pretty easy quilt to make. I usually chose lots of fabrics so this was my challenge to be happy with so few!

The photo on the left is the line drawing interpretation. Why not just make it a Pop Art quilt from here? I have a Pop Art Board on Pinterest and I thought Pop Art images have more areas on black negative space where as in the line drawing style it is strictly fine lines and the background fabrics are very important and I want to use plenty to get a scrappy look. In a Pop Art quilt there are fewer fabrics but they are bold and graphic. Both techniques use black batik fabric for the imagery. The photo on the right is the re-done photo a la Pop Art with an added addition to the top of the head which I drew.

I first selected the stripe fabric for the face. I purposely ran the stripes vertical and placed the widest white stripe in the center of the face for maximum boldness. I chose a turquoise polka dot for the background and a hot pink dot for the garment. I used a small triangle of another dot for the bit of camisole popping out of the other shirt. This was a pretty easy quilt to make. I usually chose lots of fabrics so this was my challenge to be happy with so few!

 This is a close up of the face. I also love embellishment but thought the project with the bold fabrics were enough. I added small amounts of glitter nail polish to the eyes and lips. Alexis wears a septum ring and a small nose ring, both silver, and I replicated those with tiny Dollar Store nail art "pellets" and glue.  I felt a little guilty because this quilt didn't take me that long to make but the Pop Art idea is conveyed. Did Warhol feel guilty doing his Pop Art!!??  The next challenge due January 31, 2018 is medieval which I'm finding interesting but no idea has popped into my head yet.

This is a close up of the face. I also love embellishment but thought the project with the bold fabrics were enough. I added small amounts of glitter nail polish to the eyes and lips. Alexis wears a septum ring and a small nose ring, both silver, and I replicated those with tiny Dollar Store nail art "pellets" and glue.

I felt a little guilty because this quilt didn't take me that long to make but the Pop Art idea is conveyed. Did Warhol feel guilty doing his Pop Art!!??

The next challenge due January 31, 2018 is medieval which I'm finding interesting but no idea has popped into my head yet.

Beehives and Bouffants

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I have not posted in a while since I had a busy month of quilt classes, attending an area quilt show, prepping for my 4th visit to teach at the International Quilt Festival in Houston and actually traveling and attending the IQF Houston show. The stress of deadlines are over!! I started this little whimsical quilt before the Houston show and finished it after I returned home. It started with the outside border fabric which I found in September at Bungalow Quilt Shop of Ripon WI while I was attending the WI Quilt Expo. Since I am a hairdresser I am attracted to anything with hairstyles on it. I love the 1960s and retro big hair-think the movie "Hairspray" with Ricki Lake!!. I had originally planned to use colorful fabric markers and "color" in the hair motifs similar to a coloring book design. After trying a few hairstyles with the markers I didn't like it and decided to use the fabric as is and add color from the hair, lips and inner border fabrics.

I saw there were three different hairstyles in the border print and I drew them in the same size scale as my Whimsical Selfie Quilt pattern. I added a simple shift dress for each lady. I picked pink, yellow and orange for the hair to have fun colors to balance the neutrality of the border fabric. I gave the ladies crazy lipstick color as well. As I was working on this quilt I decided the hair needed some black bows a la the 1960s. I decided the yellow middle lady did not need a bow but added a subtle brooch idea to the lower neckline for balance

This was a fun easy enough project and I plan to turn it into a pattern. I will make another version with "normal" hair color and a lipstick outer border. I will need until early 2018 to design the pattern.

Whimisical Selfie Quilt Pattern: Witchie Poo

 My first portrait quilt pattern designed in 2011, originally titled "Angelina" then changed to "Whimsical Selfie Quilt" for marketing sake, got a new version. I continue to add different hairstyles, hats and holidays. Since I am a huge Halloween and witch lover it seemed normal to add a witch selfie quilt. I made the top a year ago and I am not a UFO fan so I thought I needed to complete this wall hanging.   I have a love of collecting Halloween fabrics and digging into my fabric stash to make this was a breeze. I selected the one sided long hair braid for the hair and added the basic dress pattern instead of the usual shoulder straps-its colder in the fall so she needed more clothes!

My first portrait quilt pattern designed in 2011, originally titled "Angelina" then changed to "Whimsical Selfie Quilt" for marketing sake, got a new version. I continue to add different hairstyles, hats and holidays. Since I am a huge Halloween and witch lover it seemed normal to add a witch selfie quilt. I made the top a year ago and I am not a UFO fan so I thought I needed to complete this wall hanging. 

I have a love of collecting Halloween fabrics and digging into my fabric stash to make this was a breeze. I selected the one sided long hair braid for the hair and added the basic dress pattern instead of the usual shoulder straps-its colder in the fall so she needed more clothes!

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For embellishments I used a green glitter nail polish on the eye lids, some orange glitter poster paint on the lips, a green bead for a wart on the chin, orange loose glitter on the hair, a black plastic spider on the hat band and a few slivery rhinestones for the background. I searched 2 to 3 times in my embellishment stash for a non-shiny purple trim for the dress neckline but I had nothing. I will still keep looking and add it later. Happy Halloween!

Art Quilts Around The World Challenge: Steampunk (Gear Head)

  Today is reveal day for my Facebook Art quilt group Art Quilts Around The World. There are 20 artists literally from all over the world and I have met none of them. The group has had a huge change in membership and the current group of 20 people seem to be excited about producing a small challenge quilt every other month which was not the case in the past. This challenge is Steampunk which isn't really a challenge since it is one of my favorite things! I have a Pinterest board devoted to steampunk fashions. I already made a larger more detailed steampunk quilt which is at the bottom of this post in which I used a variety of lames. velvets, gears and repurposed jewelry. This quilt has been entered in various quilt shows and has won a few awards.     I decided to use the same turquoise and orange color scheme as the first quilt but simplify it. No garment or hat due to size restrictions. I chose to have a variety of gears in a variety of colors, textures and fabrics as the portrait hair. I call it "Gear Head!" I Googled clip art of gears to get the different shapes and sizes of gears and just started placing and fusing.

Today is reveal day for my Facebook Art quilt group Art Quilts Around The World. There are 20 artists literally from all over the world and I have met none of them. The group has had a huge change in membership and the current group of 20 people seem to be excited about producing a small challenge quilt every other month which was not the case in the past. This challenge is Steampunk which isn't really a challenge since it is one of my favorite things! I have a Pinterest board devoted to steampunk fashions. I already made a larger more detailed steampunk quilt which is at the bottom of this post in which I used a variety of lames. velvets, gears and repurposed jewelry. This quilt has been entered in various quilt shows and has won a few awards. 

I decided to use the same turquoise and orange color scheme as the first quilt but simplify it. No garment or hat due to size restrictions. I chose to have a variety of gears in a variety of colors, textures and fabrics as the portrait hair. I call it "Gear Head!" I Googled clip art of gears to get the different shapes and sizes of gears and just started placing and fusing.

 This is the close up of the face. Again I used Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics for the skin tones because I love them! I used the same turquoise lame on the eye lids as in the gears. I found a hand dyed brown velvet for the lips. When one sews garments with velvet the nap of the velvet must go in the same direction or it looks like different shades. I purposely placed the upper and lower lip applique pieces in the opposite direction to look like two different fabrics. I used two glitter nail polishes in the eye area.

This is the close up of the face. Again I used Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics for the skin tones because I love them! I used the same turquoise lame on the eye lids as in the gears. I found a hand dyed brown velvet for the lips. When one sews garments with velvet the nap of the velvet must go in the same direction or it looks like different shades. I purposely placed the upper and lower lip applique pieces in the opposite direction to look like two different fabrics. I used two glitter nail polishes in the eye area.

 Since there wasn't room for a garment I Pinterest searched steampunk clothing again to see what I could add to the neck area and found a ruffled choker necklace. I used a taffeta olive green for the base and some old fashioned looking trim which I hand gathered and a repurposed button from my stash. Success!

Since there wasn't room for a garment I Pinterest searched steampunk clothing again to see what I could add to the neck area and found a ruffled choker necklace. I used a taffeta olive green for the base and some old fashioned looking trim which I hand gathered and a repurposed button from my stash. Success!

 The background fabric was selected because it looked simple with a hint of gold and it also appeared old fashioned. I used two lames, a leather-like lame, gold embossed fabrics and rusty looking brown for the gear fabrics. I purchases metal gears from two different stores and hand sewed them sporadically to the quilt.

The background fabric was selected because it looked simple with a hint of gold and it also appeared old fashioned. I used two lames, a leather-like lame, gold embossed fabrics and rusty looking brown for the gear fabrics. I purchases metal gears from two different stores and hand sewed them sporadically to the quilt.

 This is my original steampunk quilt which is featured on the PBS TV show "Treasured Quilts of Wisconsin." It is one of my favorite quilts!  The next challenge due November is one I got to pick. I chose the art movement Pop Art. I love Andy Warhol, bright colors, cartoon people, use of words in art and repetition of images (soup cans.)

This is my original steampunk quilt which is featured on the PBS TV show "Treasured Quilts of Wisconsin." It is one of my favorite quilts!

The next challenge due November is one I got to pick. I chose the art movement Pop Art. I love Andy Warhol, bright colors, cartoon people, use of words in art and repetition of images (soup cans.)

Earth Mother Quilt Pattern: Autumn Version

 This is my Autumn version of my newest portrait quilt pattern "Earth Mother." I selected golds, oranges, reds and a few plums for the background squares. I used charm packet pre-cut squares of batik, commercial cottons and even a few solids. I selected a dark spicy brown batik for the raw edged fused applique.  Again, as in the first "Summer" version, I quilted the background with the same leave motif stitch and variegated thread. I quilted the face, the neck, hair and dress. Then I fused the leaf appliques that form a crown around the hair.  I have been collecting lots of leaf themed embellishments. I found several silk leaves (maple and oak) at The Dollar Store, sheer leaves, plastic leaf buttons, felt leaf buttons, iridescent leaf sequins, chunky leaves that were glued onto the quilt and a leaf trim in which I cut one leave and glued it to the center of the pendant. All of my embellishments are matched to a color on the quilt which allows me to add alot of items without it looking garish.

This is my Autumn version of my newest portrait quilt pattern "Earth Mother." I selected golds, oranges, reds and a few plums for the background squares. I used charm packet pre-cut squares of batik, commercial cottons and even a few solids. I selected a dark spicy brown batik for the raw edged fused applique.

Again, as in the first "Summer" version, I quilted the background with the same leave motif stitch and variegated thread. I quilted the face, the neck, hair and dress. Then I fused the leaf appliques that form a crown around the hair.

I have been collecting lots of leaf themed embellishments. I found several silk leaves (maple and oak) at The Dollar Store, sheer leaves, plastic leaf buttons, felt leaf buttons, iridescent leaf sequins, chunky leaves that were glued onto the quilt and a leaf trim in which I cut one leave and glued it to the center of the pendant. All of my embellishments are matched to a color on the quilt which allows me to add alot of items without it looking garish.

  This is a close-up of the face. I used red, orange, orange yellow and gold rhinestones above the brows. I used an orange glitter polish on the eyelids and a chunky gold nail polish on the mouth.

This is a close-up of the face. I used red, orange, orange yellow and gold rhinestones above the brows. I used an orange glitter polish on the eyelids and a chunky gold nail polish on the mouth.

  This photo shows the variety of leaf embellishments-silk leaves in two colors and sequins.

This photo shows the variety of leaf embellishments-silk leaves in two colors and sequins.

  More silk leaves, plastic buttons and felt buttons.    I love autumn colors and this quilt makes me happy!

More silk leaves, plastic buttons and felt buttons.

I love autumn colors and this quilt makes me happy!

New Portrait Quilt: Glow In The Dark

 This is my latest portrait quilt. I made it at the same time I made the wall hanging in the last photo on this blog post. That quilt was a donation for the International Quilt Festival's Celebrity Silent Auction in November. As I write this blog Hurricane Harvey is dropping many inches of rain to the Houston and surrounding area and some people on social media are concerned the festival will be canceled. Cross our fingers! That quilt did not have a lot of bling but this one does because it is for me not a donation. I used the same fabrics but in this quilt I added a narrow inner border and made it larger. Scroll to the next photo and you will notice I reused the pattern I used in the Cherry wood Fabrics Van Gogh Challenge. I changed the mouth, the dress style and added the crazy flowing hair. I painted all four bright fabrics with Tulip Glow in the Dark Dimensional Fabric Paint. It dried soft to the touch and not real visible to the eye in normal lighting. I need to purchase a black light to get the full effect.

This is my latest portrait quilt. I made it at the same time I made the wall hanging in the last photo on this blog post. That quilt was a donation for the International Quilt Festival's Celebrity Silent Auction in November. As I write this blog Hurricane Harvey is dropping many inches of rain to the Houston and surrounding area and some people on social media are concerned the festival will be canceled. Cross our fingers! That quilt did not have a lot of bling but this one does because it is for me not a donation. I used the same fabrics but in this quilt I added a narrow inner border and made it larger. Scroll to the next photo and you will notice I reused the pattern I used in the Cherry wood Fabrics Van Gogh Challenge. I changed the mouth, the dress style and added the crazy flowing hair. I painted all four bright fabrics with Tulip Glow in the Dark Dimensional Fabric Paint. It dried soft to the touch and not real visible to the eye in normal lighting. I need to purchase a black light to get the full effect.

 In both quilts I used three gradations of one color for the facial depth and highlighting. In the new "Glow in the Dark" version there was low contrast because I wanted it subtle to appear as if it was under a black light. IN "Vincentia" I was given the three blues as part of the challenge.

In both quilts I used three gradations of one color for the facial depth and highlighting. In the new "Glow in the Dark" version there was low contrast because I wanted it subtle to appear as if it was under a black light. IN "Vincentia" I was given the three blues as part of the challenge.

 In the close up of the face I added neon loose glitter as eyeliner and a dab of purple glitter poster paint from The Dollar Tree on the eyelids. I used white fabric paint to define the mouth. it is not noticeable in this photo but I used three dark purple beans/sequins for a low contrast color earring and a dark purple rhinestone for a nose piercing. I used some blue glitter nail polish on a small scale to highlight the dark blue background. I quilted large swirly circles which happened thanks to my kitchen! I pulled a large round pizza pan, a large Tupperware lid and a dinner plate to mark the circles! One has to be creative!!

In the close up of the face I added neon loose glitter as eyeliner and a dab of purple glitter poster paint from The Dollar Tree on the eyelids. I used white fabric paint to define the mouth. it is not noticeable in this photo but I used three dark purple beans/sequins for a low contrast color earring and a dark purple rhinestone for a nose piercing. I used some blue glitter nail polish on a small scale to highlight the dark blue background. I quilted large swirly circles which happened thanks to my kitchen! I pulled a large round pizza pan, a large Tupperware lid and a dinner plate to mark the circles! One has to be creative!!

 Here is the first quilt titled "Black Light" which I mailed it to Houston TX on Tuesday. I had no idea a hurricane would close the IQF offices on Friday and beyond and I pray that it is safety tucked away at the local post office and all people are safe.

Here is the first quilt titled "Black Light" which I mailed it to Houston TX on Tuesday. I had no idea a hurricane would close the IQF offices on Friday and beyond and I pray that it is safety tucked away at the local post office and all people are safe.

International Quilt Association Silent Auction Donation Quilt: Black Light

I am teaching again this November at the International Quilt Festival in Houston. They invited me to contribute to the International Quilt Association Celebrity Mini Quilt Silent Auction. I am delighted they asked me and enjoy seeing my work in the line-up with all the other teachers, award winning quilters and IQA board members.

 The above photo is my inspiration for this quilt. It is the cover of the August sale flyer for an area beauty supply store and I thought it was awesome and worthy of a portrait quilt idea. There is a new color line in which the colors are very vivid under a black light. The color line is called Neon Electric by Pulp Riot. I really liked the purple-like skin tones and the bright brows, lips, hair and eye shadow contrasting greatly. And I liked the fakeness of green eye brows and the funky hair colors. As I was working in the colors they reminded me of the colors in the basic package of Lifesaver candy I used to eat as a child!!

The above photo is my inspiration for this quilt. It is the cover of the August sale flyer for an area beauty supply store and I thought it was awesome and worthy of a portrait quilt idea. There is a new color line in which the colors are very vivid under a black light. The color line is called Neon Electric by Pulp Riot. I really liked the purple-like skin tones and the bright brows, lips, hair and eye shadow contrasting greatly. And I liked the fakeness of green eye brows and the funky hair colors. As I was working in the colors they reminded me of the colors in the basic package of Lifesaver candy I used to eat as a child!!

 I used this face pattern again to design this project. I changed the hair, clothes and eye shadow to be more winged in shape. I think it looks a lot different just changing up the colors.

I used this face pattern again to design this project. I changed the hair, clothes and eye shadow to be more winged in shape. I think it looks a lot different just changing up the colors.

 This is a close up of the face. I purchases some fabric glow in the dark paint in four colors and brush stroked the paint in the matching colors. In the dark it wasn't terribly affective but oh well. For embellishments I stayed very simply because I thought the colorful fabrics were enough. I glued dark purple rhinestones to the ear lobes for earrings and a small purple rhinestone for a nose piercing. And last, a small bit of glitter poster paint on the mouth. I chose the size of 20" square just like the Cherrywood challenges because I like the size. Ta da! She is done. I am also in the middle of making a similar more complete version of this black light glow in the dark idea for myself which I will post when it is complete.

This is a close up of the face. I purchases some fabric glow in the dark paint in four colors and brush stroked the paint in the matching colors. In the dark it wasn't terribly affective but oh well. For embellishments I stayed very simply because I thought the colorful fabrics were enough. I glued dark purple rhinestones to the ear lobes for earrings and a small purple rhinestone for a nose piercing. And last, a small bit of glitter poster paint on the mouth. I chose the size of 20" square just like the Cherrywood challenges because I like the size. Ta da! She is done. I am also in the middle of making a similar more complete version of this black light glow in the dark idea for myself which I will post when it is complete.

Art Quilts Around The World Challenge: Nursery Rhymes

 My Facebook art quilt group Art Quilts Around The World has it's reveal today. The theme is nursery rhymes with a back story or plot twist. I chose Mary Had a Little Lamb and the lamb was co-dependent and that's why she followed Mary to school!! Haha!! I decided to make Mary a high school student with a cute fit and flare dress and petticoat, leggings, slouch sox and Doc Martin boots! I selected the local Menominee high school colors of maroon and gold for the color scheme of Mary's outfit. Locally anyone supporting the local high school wears a maroon "M" on the front of their dress/tee shirt etc. The "M" could also represent Mary's first name initial.  The lamb was created by me Googling lamb clip art since I didn't really know what a lamb looks like. For the fleece I used quilt batt-not "as white as snow" but I loved the fuzzy texture! I thread painted CoDA.org on the lamb's body to share about the national organization which helps people (lambs?!) with co-dependency.  I had fun stitching the details of Mary's garment especially the boot details.

My Facebook art quilt group Art Quilts Around The World has it's reveal today. The theme is nursery rhymes with a back story or plot twist. I chose Mary Had a Little Lamb and the lamb was co-dependent and that's why she followed Mary to school!! Haha!! I decided to make Mary a high school student with a cute fit and flare dress and petticoat, leggings, slouch sox and Doc Martin boots! I selected the local Menominee high school colors of maroon and gold for the color scheme of Mary's outfit. Locally anyone supporting the local high school wears a maroon "M" on the front of their dress/tee shirt etc. The "M" could also represent Mary's first name initial.

The lamb was created by me Googling lamb clip art since I didn't really know what a lamb looks like. For the fleece I used quilt batt-not "as white as snow" but I loved the fuzzy texture! I thread painted CoDA.org on the lamb's body to share about the national organization which helps people (lambs?!) with co-dependency.

I had fun stitching the details of Mary's garment especially the boot details.

 Mary's face is very small at 1" wide by 1.5" tall. I cut tiny white batik eyes and a red mouth and fused them on the face. I used fabric markers, paint, colored pencils and thread painting to get the facial details. I embellished with glitter nail polish and fabric paint. The hair received some bronzy nail polish as high lights. It was challenging to get such detail on the small scale.

Mary's face is very small at 1" wide by 1.5" tall. I cut tiny white batik eyes and a red mouth and fused them on the face. I used fabric markers, paint, colored pencils and thread painting to get the facial details. I embellished with glitter nail polish and fabric paint. The hair received some bronzy nail polish as high lights. It was challenging to get such detail on the small scale.

 The hand applique is also very small as well. I added a tiny red flower to represent a painted thumbnail-details, details!! The book bag batik fabric had a happy accident when the flower motif ended up in a perfect position on the bag! I couldn't have done that if I tried!  The next challenge due September 30, 2017 is Steampunk. One of me favorite portrait quilts that I made in 2015 has a steam punk theme. This new quilt will be much smaller and it will have plenty of gears!   

The hand applique is also very small as well. I added a tiny red flower to represent a painted thumbnail-details, details!! The book bag batik fabric had a happy accident when the flower motif ended up in a perfect position on the bag! I couldn't have done that if I tried!

The next challenge due September 30, 2017 is Steampunk. One of me favorite portrait quilts that I made in 2015 has a steam punk theme. This new quilt will be much smaller and it will have plenty of gears!

 

Fiesta Rosita: Should This Quilt Become a Pattern for Purchase?

I love sugar skulls and anything related to the Day of the Dead celebration which is celebrated in Mexico on November 1st. I made my first sugar skull portrait quilt in 2014 for a "Comin Up Roses" exhibit for the International Quilt Festival when they had a quilt show in Oregon. The last photo in this blog shows a glimpse of the original Rosita. I chose to have all her face painted images on the happy/friendly side not spider webs and scary motifs. I used hearts and flowers.

Fast forward to July 2017 and I sign up for a Facebook 9 block weekly posting of a sugar skull pattern designed by nine different quilters. I thought it sounded fun until I discovered that each pattern was on www.craftsy.com for $3.00. You may say that's not so much but multiply it by 9 patterns plus my time and my printer ink and I will probably have to purchase the patterns to complete the borders and sashings and now this has become an expensive one project download from Craftsy.

I decide to design my own sugar skull pattern. I based the sizing on my Whimsical Selfie pattern and simplified the sugar skull facial painted motifs. I still used black hair with a layered bob, white batik for the face and a tanned (for contrast) skin tone. I purchased small silk flowers for the crown of flowers in the hair. I used coordinating buttons in the center of each flower and went with a rainbow color scheme.

I selected bright prints for the shoulder straps and the inner and outer borders. I embellished with red glitter nail polish, loose turquoise glitter on the eye lid, black fabric markers to define the mouth, rhinestones on the face and some fun shiny turquoise disc-like things from the Dollar Tree nail department for the background. When the quilt was finished I hand tacked the sombrero-like pom poms to the bottom of the quilt.

Two of the women who designed the Craftsy sugar skull series are my Facebook quilter friends-will they be bad at me for doing this? Am I mad I wasn't included in their party-maybe a little and that's why I made this quilt!!

The question is: Should it become a pattern for sale? It is small at 18" square and not very difficult to make. Please give me your feedback. Thank you!!