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!

Halloween Selfie detail view.jpg

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!!

My Newest Pattern "Earth Mother" Available for Sale!

This is my newest portrait quilt pattern called "Earth Mother" which is available for sale on my website. I had made this quilt back in 2011 and brought it out of retirement this Spring to show it as examples of embellishment options while lecturing at a quilt show. A few people asked if this was a pattern and I said "it could be!" I changed the background and utilized the piecing of scrappy 5" squares to help guide in the applique placement since the vertical and horizontal seam lines work as guidelines. I selected 42 5" squares of batiks for the background and a dark green batik for the raw edged fused applique because green seemed nature-like and Summery. The finished size is 28" x 32." Earth Mother has long hair, an off the shoulder dress, a pendant necklace and a variety of leaves to form a crown in her hair plus one more on her cheek.

This is my newest portrait quilt pattern called "Earth Mother" which is available for sale on my website. I had made this quilt back in 2011 and brought it out of retirement this Spring to show it as examples of embellishment options while lecturing at a quilt show. A few people asked if this was a pattern and I said "it could be!" I changed the background and utilized the piecing of scrappy 5" squares to help guide in the applique placement since the vertical and horizontal seam lines work as guidelines.

I selected 42 5" squares of batiks for the background and a dark green batik for the raw edged fused applique because green seemed nature-like and Summery. The finished size is 28" x 32." Earth Mother has long hair, an off the shoulder dress, a pendant necklace and a variety of leaves to form a crown in her hair plus one more on her cheek.

This is the close-up photo of the face with the quilting and the embellishing complete. I pulled from my embellishment stash any leaf or flower, large or small, in a variety of green colors. I added green rhinestones and loose glitter, glitter nail polish and a large glittery bead for the center of the necklace. Lots of sizes of green rhinestones above the eyebrows. The polymer button on the left cheek is painted with green nail polish to shine it up some! I took apart bracelets to use the green beads in this project-anything to have lots of green embellishments!Also silk flower scatter from The Dollar Tree stitched to the quilt in the crown area in between the applique leaves.

This is the close-up photo of the face with the quilting and the embellishing complete. I pulled from my embellishment stash any leaf or flower, large or small, in a variety of green colors. I added green rhinestones and loose glitter, glitter nail polish and a large glittery bead for the center of the necklace. Lots of sizes of green rhinestones above the eyebrows. The polymer button on the left cheek is painted with green nail polish to shine it up some! I took apart bracelets to use the green beads in this project-anything to have lots of green embellishments!Also silk flower scatter from The Dollar Tree stitched to the quilt in the crown area in between the applique leaves.

This photo shows the quilting of the background using a variegated thread and a fun leaf decorative stitch on my sewing machine. I did all the background quilting before I added the leaves on the crown area. I fused and stitched those on after the quilting was finished.

This photo shows the quilting of the background using a variegated thread and a fun leaf decorative stitch on my sewing machine. I did all the background quilting before I added the leaves on the crown area. I fused and stitched those on after the quilting was finished.

This version is just a fused top with the additional leaves taped to it to show an Autumn version. I collected yellow, gold, peach, orange, red, burgundy and a few purple fabrics of batik, commercial cottons and even a few solids to get the fall colors. I chose a dark brown batik for the fused applique. I will complete the quilt the same way but instead of the embellishments being green they will be in Autumn colors!

This version is just a fused top with the additional leaves taped to it to show an Autumn version. I collected yellow, gold, peach, orange, red, burgundy and a few purple fabrics of batik, commercial cottons and even a few solids to get the fall colors. I chose a dark brown batik for the fused applique. I will complete the quilt the same way but instead of the embellishments being green they will be in Autumn colors!

Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics Van Gogh Challenge "Vincentia"

Cherrywood Hand-Dyed Fabrics is having a third fabric challenge in 2017 due August 1. They select three gradations of one color plus black and anyone interested purchases a bundle of fat quarters for the challenge. The rules state these four fabrics must be used in 75% of a 20" square size quilt. Any of their other lovely fabrics can make up the 25%. If you need to use white you can use some from your stash since they do not sell white (they dye white fabric pretty colors!!) The other two past challenges were The Wicked Challenge in 2014 using witch skin tone greens and last year the challenge was The Lion King using warm yellow oranges. My entry "Feline Fashionista" was one of twenty designs the Disney Corporation selected as their favorite! These 20 quilts will hang in a Broadway theatre in November-I also received a huge beautiful ribbon!! Both times my quilts made the cut and have traveled through the year to national and regional quilt shows. Both years Cherrywood created a book with a photo of all the entries and had a book signing opportunity for all included artists to meet and sign each others books while at quilt shows. in 2017 they chose an idea that had nothing to do with a Broadway play and selected the artist Vincent Van Gogh and there were three blues and a black to work with.

I love art and art history and am familiar with Van Gogh's work and especially love his Starry Nights painting. I had a vision of a black woman with an Afro Puffs hairstyle that looked like a starry night painting. I used the black for the background and all three blues for the skin tone depths and highlights on the order of the movie Avatar. I made a copy of the Starry Nights painting and analyzed where there was more white, yellow, blue etc. I saw one orange new moon in the design. I began with a medium blue background and funny shaped circles of yellow and white. I cut narrow fused fabric strips from the three blue, white, yellow, gold and orange and layered them to look like the Van Gogh Painting. I heavily quilted all of the strips down with thread in all of these colors to secure them and create movement. I really loved how it turned out. and I feel it has the same movement as the original painting

This a close up of the hair and some of the face. I used a craft store blue star mini Christmas ornament with a sequin and bead for an earring.. The background needed bling so I added a few black rhinestones to subtly add shimmer. I love my bling!!

This a close up of the hair and some of the face. I used a craft store blue star mini Christmas ornament with a sequin and bead for an earring.. The background needed bling so I added a few black rhinestones to subtly add shimmer. I love my bling!!

This photo shows more of the face. I used tiny gold rhinestones from The Dollar Tree in the nail art department for eyeliner. Shimmery nail polish is on the lips and in the hair. I used some brown Derwent Inktense pencils to define the mouth. I named my entry "Vincentia" after Van Gogh's first name. Last year there was a huge amount of entries and only a third of them made the cut. I can only hope this quilt is as fortunate.  

This photo shows more of the face. I used tiny gold rhinestones from The Dollar Tree in the nail art department for eyeliner. Shimmery nail polish is on the lips and in the hair. I used some brown Derwent Inktense pencils to define the mouth. I named my entry "Vincentia" after Van Gogh's first name.

Last year there was a huge amount of entries and only a third of them made the cut. I can only hope this quilt is as fortunate.

 

Lady Liberty Whimsical Selfie Class Sample *NEW*

I love the 4th of July for two reasons-I love the combination of red, white and blue (a throwback to my Appleton (WI) High School-East colors and I love the Statue of Liberty. I have made two other wall hangings with her but two weren't enough and I liked the idea of my Whimsical Selfie pattern woman wearing a Statue of Liberty hat similar to the ones people purchase at the parties stores! Yes, I have worn this look!!

My daughter is 35 now but when she was little she said she wanted to grow up to be the Statue of Liberty-I said she was a strong female but her arm might get sore holding up the light!!

This pattern is my first and oldest pattern. I have taught it many times and I get suggestions of glasses and new hairstyles from the students in my classes. Last year I added a Santa hat, a witches hat, a steampunk hat and a Rosie the Riveter style headband. I designed more clothes besides the shoulder straps. A common request from students in my last class was for a smooth one length bob hairstyle. While designing the Lady Liberty hat I also drew up this bob and combined it in this quilt.

I have run out of my great fun 4th of July prints and had to buy the background print recently for this quilt. I used Cherrywood Hand-Dyed Fabrics for the skin tones, lips, irises, brows, and shoulder straps which are so awesome to handle and work with.

The border fabrics are quite busy, my choice, and this meant little in the way of embellishments. This saddened me but I wanted the hat to be the focus or I could have used solids or tone on tones for the background and borders which was way too boring!!

I embellished with several color coordinated glitter nail polishes, blue loose glitter, a few rhinestones on the stars in the background fabric and a tiny silver star on the cheekbone.

I will hang it at work at the salon I work at for a few weeks during the 4th of July holiday and then add it to my class samples.

This is the first 4th of July quilt I made several years ago.

This is the first 4th of July quilt I made several years ago.

This the latest quilt in this theme which I used in my Facebook art quilt group for the Communication Challenge. I used up most of my awesome patriotic fabric and will have to go shopping for more!!

This the latest quilt in this theme which I used in my Facebook art quilt group for the Communication Challenge. I used up most of my awesome patriotic fabric and will have to go shopping for more!!

Art Quilts Around The World Challenge: The Eyes Have It

Today is reveal day for my Facebook Art Quilt Group Art Quilts Around The World. Two months go fast and this theme is called "The Eyes Have It" which is to me eyes in a portrait quilt but could be eyes of anything or "I." Lots of choices to play with. I put eyes in all my quilts (my favorite part of a portrait quilt!) and had all my 3-4 years worth of projects from this group in front of me recently and discovered I never use yellow in any of these projects. This became my color choice as well as my desire to have a woman of color as the featured portrait. I found a cool tribal makeup on Pinterest and was inspired by it for my African woman. I also found the tribal looking fabric for the background in my stash and thought it worked well. I used my favorite go to skin tone gradation fabrics from Cherrywood Fabrics because they are so lovely to work with and the gradation of values takes the work out of selecting fabrics.  I used a white and black variegated thread for the hair and hand tacked black bouche yarn to the surface to give a nice Afro texture. I ran the fuzzy ends off the edges. I am titling this quilt "Mariama" after my ex MIL who lives is Gambia West Africa. I never met her but thought she had a pretty name.

Today is reveal day for my Facebook Art Quilt Group Art Quilts Around The World. Two months go fast and this theme is called "The Eyes Have It" which is to me eyes in a portrait quilt but could be eyes of anything or "I." Lots of choices to play with. I put eyes in all my quilts (my favorite part of a portrait quilt!) and had all my 3-4 years worth of projects from this group in front of me recently and discovered I never use yellow in any of these projects. This became my color choice as well as my desire to have a woman of color as the featured portrait.

I found a cool tribal makeup on Pinterest and was inspired by it for my African woman. I also found the tribal looking fabric for the background in my stash and thought it worked well. I used my favorite go to skin tone gradation fabrics from Cherrywood Fabrics because they are so lovely to work with and the gradation of values takes the work out of selecting fabrics.  I used a white and black variegated thread for the hair and hand tacked black bouche yarn to the surface to give a nice Afro texture. I ran the fuzzy ends off the edges. I am titling this quilt "Mariama" after my ex MIL who lives is Gambia West Africa. I never met her but thought she had a pretty name.

This is a close up of the eyes and all the bling of 3 sizes of rhinestones, fabric paint, glitter nail polish and tiny beads from the nail art section from The Dollar Tree!

This is a close up of the eyes and all the bling of 3 sizes of rhinestones, fabric paint, glitter nail polish and tiny beads from the nail art section from The Dollar Tree!

Photo of the mouth detail using Inktense pencils for shadowing and white fabric paint for highlighting. Thread painting adds to the depth of the mouth. The next project due July 31st is Nursery Rhythms with a twist of a back story. I am leaning towards a co-dependent lamb who follows Mary around! Snort!

Photo of the mouth detail using Inktense pencils for shadowing and white fabric paint for highlighting. Thread painting adds to the depth of the mouth.

The next project due July 31st is Nursery Rhythms with a twist of a back story. I am leaning towards a co-dependent lamb who follows Mary around! Snort!

Wisconsin Quilt Museum's Strawberry Challenge: Strawberry Blonde

There is a Wisconsin Quilt and Fiber Arts Museum in Cedarburg WI. The city of Cedarburg has a strawberry festival every June and the city and the museum joined forces and created a strawberry quilt contest this June.

I came up with the idea of strawberry blonde because it is a commonly used term in the hair salon to describe light red hair and I decided to be literal with the description and give a woman hair made of strawberries.

I did not own any strawberry themed fabric and went shopping for some but only found one digitally printed version. I put a post on my Facebook page to see if any of my FB friends had strawberry fabrics and/or buttons/trims. People came through with 5 different prints which I fussy cut all but one which I used in the background. Another friend brought me 2 styles of shank strawberry buttons. At my local quilt show late April one of my 5th grade hair customers/new quilter told me to go to a particular booth because there was red with white dot buttons which I purchased!!

I fashioned the hair as a collage and created rows of strawberries, including sliced ones, to look like strands of hair. I used burgundy for the under part of the hair and the digital print for the right side foundation. I added the dotted buttons as a row as well.

The dress was influenced by the green on green stripe from my stash that reminded me of 1960s dresses with the stripes going in all directions. I wanted to add embellishments but everything was too bold and took away from the hair. I purchased nail art motifs from The Dollar Tree which had a summer theme and included fruit and I was happy to discover there were sliced strawberries which were very tiny and worked well!!

 

This photo is a close up of the face and hair. I love using Cherrywood hand dyed fabrics for the skin tone gradations, eye brows, lips, lashes and iris. I embellished the face with a bit of nail polish, fabric paint and a "strawberry" nose piercing!

Dress close up photo

Dress close up photo

Button close up photos.

The contest is on display at the WI Quilt Museum from June 3-22 in which voting of entries will take place. The Strawberry Festival is June 24-25, 2017 and the quilts are on display until July 9th at the museum.

If this quilt does not get a ribbon in the contest I will have a quilt I really enjoy and I can use it for a color theory sample of a Complimentary Color Scheme of red and green. Also fun because these two colors are usually associated with Christmas, As they say "nature always gets it correct with color!"

Wisconsin Quilt Expo's Modern Mini Quilt Challenge

The Wisconsin Quilt Expo people, who provide an awesome quilt show the weekend after Labor Day, is asking quilters to create a mini modern quilt for a challenge and they will offer awards. The required size is 24" x 24" or smaller and no other rules. Just a deadline of Tuesday May 23, 2017 which wasn't a lot of time so I had to hustle to get it done!!

I had explored hair silhouettes in the past but worked with eight hairstyles and could only use 6 to get them to fit in the size restrictions. I wanted to stay true to my love of portrait quilts and my salute to hair styles. I selected a 1940s bumper bangs style, a 50s Barbie doll-like ponytail, a 1960s updo, a 70s Afro, a 80s short spiky style and a 90s curly high ponytail. I used a solid piece of black fabric and determined the 60 degree lines (6 sections and six silhouettes.) I then echo stitched in lime green, yellow orange, red orange, pink, blue violet and turquoise the six sections. I selected the six hair silhouette colors because of my obsession of the color wheel and my love of color order on the color wheel. After the quilting was complete I fused the silhouettes to the quilt and stitched them done. Because this is a "modern" quilt I did not add embellishments since modern to me means minimalistic.

The quilt is 24" square and went together pretty fast and I submitted it to the contest online. Follow at #ModernMIniQuiltChallenge

Bonfire: Urban Bright Challenge from BasAss Quilters Society

BadAss Quilters Society is a page on Facebook which explores going against the grain of traditional quilters and the proper "rules!" The so called quilting police can be judgmental and this group has created a place for the quilters who are not good at following these rules and are artsy and doing their own thing! They have created a new challenge based on a line of fabric by Frond Design Studio called Urban Brights. The line had coordinating solids to use but sparingly.

I started with a design of a woman with long gloves and a rockabilly hairstyle with a scarf tied around her head.

I used 4 of the 5 prints with peace symbols as the background. One of the more subtle prints for the outside border, the print with the license plate for the dress and head scarf and the facial features fussy cut from one of the large scale prints. The hair, neck/upper torso and the face are from the accent fabrics. They are calling this bright fabric and I tend to disagree! I love brights and knew if I was going to enjoy making this quilt I would need to use the accent colors and sparingly was difficult for me! I flipped the red orange and the yellow fabrics and used the wrong side to get another value of those fabrics for the facial and hair highlighting.

In the last photo in this blog post I have a picture of the funky multicolored thread that can be turned into a rusched thread by pulling one of the threads. I purchased it at the IQF Houston show a few years ago. I used it once before but not to the extent I used it here. The challenge rules stated embellishments were okay to use so I got my bright fix by hand sewing this rusched thread around the border seam and was happy with the result!

This is my original drawing the applique pieces are derived from. I only draw one eye/brow and flip it from it's reversed side to the normal side to get both eyes for the fused applique. I decided to put the head scarf bow on the other side.

This is the ad campaign on Facebook on BadAss Quilters Society's blog.

This is my photo of the fabrics before I started using them. The upper left fabric is my outer border. I only used 3 out of the 6 accent fabrics shown in the lower part of the photo.

This is a face close up photo. I used fabric paint and markers to add definition to the face. A bit of glitter nail polish on the eyes for bling. The fabrics were pretty active so a bunch of bling seemed garish. The quilt is titled Bonfire because of the hair color. Redken, my favorite hair color company and retail products, has a demi color Shades EQ which is a bright auburn and that how I named it. When the quilt was finished I thought the woman looked like the actress Emma Stone. Thoughts....

The fun rainbow thread I used to embellish with!

The contest rules state to blog about our entry then apply on their Facebook page. The month of March is for applying and I will be begging everyone to vote for my quilt when the time comes available in April!

Charity Quilt for Spring University Days at the WI Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts

 I have been invited to be a participant in the Spring University Days at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts in Cedarburg Wisconsin held May 12 and 13, 2017. They encouraged all faculty to make a silent auction/charity item for their fundraiser. I used my Line Drawing pattern which makes a 12" square mini portrait quilt. Instead of a pieced background I selected a very large scale print as the background. I positioned the white flower over one of the eyes. I also prefer to run stripes vertical.
I defined the nose, eye lids and chin with black thread which was also used to stitch down the black batik applique.
I added some glitter nail polish to the eye lid area and mouth and a rhinestone to the nose area. This project comes together pretty quick.
I hope someone enjoys it!

Boom Chick A Boom


I was inspired by the Facebook Challenge called "The Skin We Are In" from the Bad Ass Quilters Society from Chattanooga TN. They were inspired by Kathy Nida's art quilt with female nudity that was pulled from an American Quilt Society's quilt show in Grand Rapids, MI last August. I had never heard of Kathy or her work so the controversy got her name out in cyber space/social media and her art quilts of women, often nude and with subjects such as homelessness, birth and female reproduction. Bad Ass Quilters Society is already mad at the Quilt Police and the over conservative judgement of quilters who don't fit into their idea of what a quilt "should" be. I have also fallen victim to the Quilt Police and find myself on the support side of art is art and nudity in art is not a bad thing but another form of art expression.
So the challenge is online only at the Bad Ass Quilters Society's Facebook page for viewing-no prizes and nothing is traveling to quilt venues.
I was inspired by Carmen Miranda, Las Vegas showgirls and Brazil's Rio de Janeiro's Carnival. The point I was making was even though the breasts are exposed the emphasis is on all the vast ornamentation of head dress, garments and jewelry. I decided to create a topless Carmen Miranda like image. Back in the early 1990s I had the opportunity to take doll making classes from California's Eleanor Peace Bailey. She is so awesome and was very colorful and trendy and I was automatically drawn to her aura! I purchased several of her witch, mermaid and fairy doll patterns. All her patterns had "boobs" which was a circle of fabric turned under and hand tacked to the chest area. Polyfil was used to stuff the breasts and then the nipples were created by hand stitching them into place. Derwent Inktense pencils were used to draw in the areola. I forgot about the whole thing then really looked at the mermaid doll hanging forever in my bathroom and the idea resurfaced! 
This quilt is full of embellishments:
1. Rainbow rick rack in the binding like a flange.
2. Pointy Christmas ornaments on the skirt waistband.
3. Black with multicolor metallic tulle as the sleeves and the skirt waistband. Two types of trims are hand tacked to each of these. The one trim is also hand tacked to form the bra band and halter straps.
4.Real beaded drop earrings were used for earrings. The coordinating necklace was repurposed for bracelets.
5. I had the plastic fruit beads from leftovers from a 1980s necklace which I hand tacked on. More of the beaded necklace used for the bracelets also used for another necklace and a Dollar Store bead necklace was the third addition. The point is NEVER throw jewelry away because you can repurpose it in the future!!!
5. The fruit headpiece has a silk flower from a Dollar Store Hawaiian lei with a rhinestone. There is white fabric paint added for highlights. Also some of the fabric pencils mentioned above were also used to emphasis and shade the fruit for more dimension.
6. The face has a white fabric paint eye reflection, a subtle bit of nail polish on the brow bone and lips and a nose piercing.
As you can see she is not nude because I covered her up with large Hawaiian lei flowers to use this quilt in other quilt shows. Would you have covered her? Scroll down to the end of the post to see the real deal!

This is a photo of the headpiece in a closer view.

And here is the photo I submitted to "The Skin We Are In" Challenge. I had fun with this and realize art is controversial thus the cover up. Thoughts? 

Happy Valentine's Day: Queen of Hearts

This project began with a Moda charm pack I purchased last fall. I was able to start the quilt last week. I had make a very small portrait quilt with the woman having a heart shaped face, a heart shaped hair silhouette and a heart shaped dress neckline. I was headed in that direction including the heart shaped mouth which I used a few years back for the Day of the Dead quilt which was likeable. I have been watching, on PBS, plenty of British historical TV shows and the fashions influenced me as well as the Queen of Hearts character from the Alice in Wonderland book and movie. Throw in a little Steampunk fashions and I'm ready to draw up a design! I was on a quilt retreat last weekend and made sure this quilt lad priority!

I did a Pinterest search and discovered the cool queen-like collar as well as the dramatic eye makeup. The Queen of Hearts played by Helene Bohnam Carter in the Johnny Depp movie had very thin eye brows so my Queen got skinny brows too! I decided to make the quilt with six 5" squares wide and eight squares tall. I arranged the creams, reds, grays and a few blacks symmetrical with a mirror image. Since a charm pack has 42 squares I added a few dotted charm squares from another Moda pack and a few rotary cut batiks. I quilted the quilt with red thread for the dress and collar; variegated white/red/black thread for the background; variegated red/black thread for the hair and lights for the skin.

I did a lot of embellishments on this quilt:

1. The crown has beads on the peaks and a felt heart button in the middle.

2. The hair has red and white chunky nail polish.

3. The eyes have brown Drewent Inktense pencils to make the rises brown and a Pigma MIcron brown pen to add details. There is chunky red bling from Target on the lids and loose silver glitter/glue as eyeliner. A dab of white fabric paint for the eye reflection.

4. The cheeks have iridescent nail polish and red buttons sewn on them.

5. The mouth has chunky red nail polish to define the heart shape.

6. The collar has red metallic leather rick rack recently purchased at Target which is very fun and exciting to me! It was easy to work with and machine stitch to the collar.

7. The sleeves have a red/white trim on the band and another red/white trim as a bow on the outer edges.

8. The dress has red machine stitched hearts on he bodice as well as red buttons on the seam lines.

9. The ears have repurposed beads for earrings.

10. The background has red rhinestones glued on to it.

11. A red Pigma Micron pen used to draw a small heart spaced mole near one of the eyes.

This is a close up on the face and it is so pretty and blingy!

This is a close up view of the dress trims, buttons and rick rack.

Happy Valentine's Day to you!

Art Quilts Around The World Challenge: I Believe...in Professional Hair Color!!

It is reveal day again for my Facebook art quilt group Art Quilts Around The World. Those two months went fast! The theme this time was "I Believe..." It was selected by the individual in the group who chose it to be spiritual or religious. I could not think of anything that I wanted to put on a quilt to reflect this idea. I had to think about this subject for a while before finding an idea. I decided I have very strong opinions about being a hairdresser for nearly 30 years and how I believe women should wear their hair to look their best. I come from a family where the women color their hair no matter what their age. My Mom is 81 and is still coloring her hair brown like she has for decades! This is my norm to NOT see gray hair. I color hair for my job and it is one of my favorite things to do in the salon. I make my living coloring hair. As you are reading this you may agree or disagree with me. You may have gray hair. I get it but I believe women look better with their hair colored!
In this project I drew a women with a bob haircut (my personal haircut and favorite!) Half of the hair is gray and white and the other half is PROFESSIONALLY colored in a salon. Not from a box from Walgreens and your friend did it while drinking too much wine! Stylists know what we are doing and take classes on color formulation and color correction. Salons fix home hair color!

I just realized the challenge from November 2016 had a face that was split in half vertically and I did it again unconsciously! Oh Well!


In this photo it shows the lettering of the names of five professional hair color companies-Redken (my favorite,) Joico (used to get the bright fashion colors,) Matrix, Paul Mitchell (abbreviated for space) and Wella which is what the salon I work at uses. There are many more companies but since this quilt is small I literally ran out of room. Why use these particular colors for the lettering? They represent the colors customers ask for when they have their hair colored-red, rusty browns, oranges/auburns, gold and pale blonde. The browns are represented in the woman's right side of her hair with warm brown and highlights and lowlights.

This is a close up of the face. I used a few pinks and purples for "make up!" The quilt was embellished with fabric paint, Derwent Inktense pens, a rhinestone on the nose, some glitter nail polish on the brow bone and both sides of the hair.

The next challenge is due March 31 which will feel like Spring is near! The them is using words in a quilt-I actually used words in this quilt and use words anyway in my work. I am going to use the statement "I Resist!" due to the terrible President that is running the USA and my opposition. I feel strongly about this and a quilt with these works will have meaning!

Bobbie Pin: Rockabilly Chick

 This quilt began as another quilt which was for a Ricky Timm's Convergence challenge. I purchased a piece of his hand dyed fabric and then used it in the challenge. When I received the fabric I thought it was the ugliest fabric in the world-brown and muddy looking! It needed some bright colors to help it out! I wanted to do a portrait quilt with raw edged fused applique over the Convergence pieced background and drew up a design with a Rockabilly woman with tattoos and fun retro hair. It is fun combine my hairdressing career with my quilt designs!  The photos of the original quilt are toward the bottom of this blog post. I made that quilt in October but never shared the photos because of the epic fail.
I will talk now about the my newest version. While teaching last November at Houston my Janome tech support woman was sewing a project with a fun line of fabrics called "Good Hair Day!" This fabric line caught my attention because of the bobby pins, blow dryers, hair combs, curls and braids. Once I was home from Houston I ordered this fabric line. I enlarged my normal 5" square to 5.5" and added a border. The rest of the project went pretty conventional in construction. I quilted the background in a triple crosshatch design. When it was complete it reminded me of a 1960s silk robe's quilting I had as a child! Very retro just like the Rockabilly theme!
I embellished the quilt with blue rhinestones and a large bead for an earring was hand sewn in place. A small amount of fabric paint and glitter nail polish to accentuate the eyes. I discovered I had colored sparkly blue bobby pins which I hand sewed to the corners in the outer border and two in the hair area.  The fabric motifs were very strong and showy and too many embellishments seemed senseless. I had fun creating the flower, heart and Hello Kitty tattoos-I have not added tattoos to a quilt before.


This is a close up view of the face.
 These are the photos of the failed attempt. What went wrong? There is not enough contrast between the pink used in the applique and the pieced background.
I made several attempts to add definition to the face by adding lots of glitter and fabric paint. The details just do not show up. I did enter the online Convergence contest and, of course, I did not get accepted. I love the newer quilt with plenty of contrast and am stuck with the original quilt. What should I do with it since it's not something I am proud of?