Art Quilts Around The World Challenge: Bugs (Bee Hive)

Today is reveal day for my Facebook art quilt group Art Quilts Around The World. The theme is BUGS and I chose bees as my bug of choice for two reasons. First, I have a refrigerator magnet with a woman wearing a bee hive hairstyle with bees swarming around her head and, second, I remembered a 2008 movie based on the book The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. The story is about 3 black women who are sisters in the 1960s who live on a farm and are bee keepers. They run a honey business and their honey is called Black Madonna. Black Madonna represents fertility and motherhood. A white female teenage runaway finds her way to their farm and they take her in. The actresses Queen Latifah, Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson and Alicia Keys are in this movie-check it out!! I love this movie and because of this the woman is my quilt is black.  I Googled to make sure bees are bugs. They are part of the same family of wasps and ants and are know for their pollination abilities.  I chose to take the bee hive idea literal. I found it was easy to find bee themed fabrics and buttons to complete this project.

Today is reveal day for my Facebook art quilt group Art Quilts Around The World. The theme is BUGS and I chose bees as my bug of choice for two reasons. First, I have a refrigerator magnet with a woman wearing a bee hive hairstyle with bees swarming around her head and, second, I remembered a 2008 movie based on the book The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. The story is about 3 black women who are sisters in the 1960s who live on a farm and are bee keepers. They run a honey business and their honey is called Black Madonna. Black Madonna represents fertility and motherhood. A white female teenage runaway finds her way to their farm and they take her in. The actresses Queen Latifah, Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson and Alicia Keys are in this movie-check it out!! I love this movie and because of this the woman is my quilt is black.

I Googled to make sure bees are bugs. They are part of the same family of wasps and ants and are know for their pollination abilities.

I chose to take the bee hive idea literal. I found it was easy to find bee themed fabrics and buttons to complete this project.

This is a close up photo of the eye area. I added a few rhinestones because I couldn’t help myself! There are two sizes of bee buttons that form the swarm!

This is a close up photo of the eye area. I added a few rhinestones because I couldn’t help myself! There are two sizes of bee buttons that form the swarm!

My quilter friend found this fantastic iron-on beauty full of bling to complete the quilt. I added a subtle yellow glitter in the center of the bee hive but felt the quilt had enough activity already. I finished early for the deadline and I have it hung on the wall at the hair salon I work at. A customer wants to buy this quilt and if she accepts my price it’s a go!

My quilter friend found this fantastic iron-on beauty full of bling to complete the quilt. I added a subtle yellow glitter in the center of the bee hive but felt the quilt had enough activity already. I finished early for the deadline and I have it hung on the wall at the hair salon I work at. A customer wants to buy this quilt and if she accepts my price it’s a go!

Art Quilts Around The World Chalenge: Bubbles

Bubbles Challenge full view.JPG

This is my entry for my Facebook group Art Quilts Around The World’s current challenge call3ed Bubbles. I immediately thought of the lyric “Bubble headed bleach blonde comes on a 8” from the song Dirty Laundry by Don Henley from the band The Eagles. As a hairdresser that lyric always made me smile. I chose a 1960s theme with a huge off the page blonde bouffant hairstyle with a sheer bow and a 1960s Emilio Pucci print for her dress. Then the woman in the quilt is chewing bubble gum . I titled this Double Bubble . I love it to death and it is hanging in the new salon I will start working at Wednesday May 29th, 2019.

Art Quilts Around the World Challenge: Where I Dream

The theme for the January reveal for my Facebook art quilt group Art Quilts around the world is “Where I Dream.” I do not go to an actual place but dream in my head and I tend to fall back on the color wheel and a little help from Pinterest!! I began with a silhouette drawing of a female motif and the 12 basic colors of the color wheel using batiks. I used a black with tiny multicolored print for the background and a fun button in the middle to repeat all the colors and to show movement. I quilted the project with radiating quilting lines from the center of the quilt using 12 different thread colors to coordinate with the area I was quilting.

The theme for the January reveal for my Facebook art quilt group Art Quilts around the world is “Where I Dream.” I do not go to an actual place but dream in my head and I tend to fall back on the color wheel and a little help from Pinterest!! I began with a silhouette drawing of a female motif and the 12 basic colors of the color wheel using batiks. I used a black with tiny multicolored print for the background and a fun button in the middle to repeat all the colors and to show movement. I quilted the project with radiating quilting lines from the center of the quilt using 12 different thread colors to coordinate with the area I was quilting.

I began the quilt doing math/geometry. I feel if my high school geometry class had featured quilt blocks I may have paid more attention!! To figure out what I needed to create I started with a circle has 360 degrees. Divide by 12 colors and each “wedge” of color would be 30 degrees which is easy to find on my 6” x 24” ruler. I drew this on foundation paper twice-6 wedges each piece of paper. I sewed the cool colors on one foundation piece and the warm colors on the other foundation piece. I did a sew. flip and press method to create the two background pieces.

I began the quilt doing math/geometry. I feel if my high school geometry class had featured quilt blocks I may have paid more attention!! To figure out what I needed to create I started with a circle has 360 degrees. Divide by 12 colors and each “wedge” of color would be 30 degrees which is easy to find on my 6” x 24” ruler. I drew this on foundation paper twice-6 wedges each piece of paper. I sewed the cool colors on one foundation piece and the warm colors on the other foundation piece. I did a sew. flip and press method to create the two background pieces.

After removing the foundation paper I sewed the two sections together to form the background. I drew the applique image on Pellon Wonder Under marking the vertical and horizontal centers to align the applique with the center on the wedges with the center of the applique. I chose for the yellow to be in the upper right hand corner. My least favorite of the 12 colors of the color wheel is blue violet so it has the smallest amount of the applique. After fusing I used the 12 threads to quit the project. It was meant to be bold and simple and therefore only the button was my embellishment. It is cute to me and I will use it when I teach my color theory classes as an art quilt using the color wheel as it’s focal point.

After removing the foundation paper I sewed the two sections together to form the background. I drew the applique image on Pellon Wonder Under marking the vertical and horizontal centers to align the applique with the center on the wedges with the center of the applique. I chose for the yellow to be in the upper right hand corner. My least favorite of the 12 colors of the color wheel is blue violet so it has the smallest amount of the applique. After fusing I used the 12 threads to quit the project. It was meant to be bold and simple and therefore only the button was my embellishment. It is cute to me and I will use it when I teach my color theory classes as an art quilt using the color wheel as it’s focal point.

Art Quilts Around The World Facebook Challenge: Numbers (24K Magic)

My Facebook art quilt group’s current challenge is due for revealing today. The theme was Numbers but with a twist of using a song, book or saying title. I somehow had the Bruno Mars song 24K Magic pop into my head and I thought about a portrait quilt with the use of a bunch of metallic golds and a woman who represents an African/Nubian queen.  I pulled from my stash all potential lames and gold embossed fabrics. I wanted a crown on the woman’s head and a lot of necklaces and a collar type thing around her neck. I frequented Pinterest for ideas and ran with what I liked.  I embellished this quilt with a sequin/bead, chunky gold glitter, gold nail polish, gold Dollar Store poster paint, fabric markers, white matte fabric paint, rhinestones, grosgrain ribbon and a repurposed earring hanging on the forehead. I had more than enough trim and bling to make this work so I had to edit out some of the goodies.

My Facebook art quilt group’s current challenge is due for revealing today. The theme was Numbers but with a twist of using a song, book or saying title. I somehow had the Bruno Mars song 24K Magic pop into my head and I thought about a portrait quilt with the use of a bunch of metallic golds and a woman who represents an African/Nubian queen.

I pulled from my stash all potential lames and gold embossed fabrics. I wanted a crown on the woman’s head and a lot of necklaces and a collar type thing around her neck. I frequented Pinterest for ideas and ran with what I liked.

I embellished this quilt with a sequin/bead, chunky gold glitter, gold nail polish, gold Dollar Store poster paint, fabric markers, white matte fabric paint, rhinestones, grosgrain ribbon and a repurposed earring hanging on the forehead. I had more than enough trim and bling to make this work so I had to edit out some of the goodies.

This is a closeup of the eyes-I really love them and all their glittery happiness!

This is a closeup of the eyes-I really love them and all their glittery happiness!

A closeup of the repurposed earring that resembles a butterfly and I also repurposed a gold/mini pearl bracelet which was added to the band of the crown. I am totally digging this challenge and had a blast with it! I should mention the size is 11.5” x 16.5” because I hang these near my hair salon work station and a hair client/Facebook friend saw the Imagine quilt (September’s challenge) on the wall and thought it was larger than it really was. The art group chose a smaller size to make it attainable to complete these quilts in a two month time period without getting overwhelmed. I love this size because they are perfect for traveling during teaching gigs and they are a handy size to use as demos.

A closeup of the repurposed earring that resembles a butterfly and I also repurposed a gold/mini pearl bracelet which was added to the band of the crown. I am totally digging this challenge and had a blast with it! I should mention the size is 11.5” x 16.5” because I hang these near my hair salon work station and a hair client/Facebook friend saw the Imagine quilt (September’s challenge) on the wall and thought it was larger than it really was. The art group chose a smaller size to make it attainable to complete these quilts in a two month time period without getting overwhelmed. I love this size because they are perfect for traveling during teaching gigs and they are a handy size to use as demos.

Art Quilts Around The World Facebook Challenge Group: Imagine

My Facebook art quilt group called Art Quilts Around the World had a new challenge due Sept. 30, 2018. I had a very busy August and September including a small wedding for my boyfriend of 13 years. We got married on October and I am Laurie Ceesay Landree in the quilting world. I knew I was not going to complete the challenge on time so I postponed it ad continued after the wedding and before I went to Houston.  The challenge was called Imagine based on however we interpret the John Lennon song of the same name. I interpreted the title by imagining racial harmony. I love the 1960s-1970s artist Peter Maxx and used my version of his landscapes with the strong sun and rays of the sun with lots of colorful stars in the sky with water, grass and mountains.   Then I chose to divide a female motif in two with one side as a black woman and the other side as a white woman. I used the peace sign as an image of unity and harmony.  I finished the quilt in mid October then chose to not embellish it and I used it in my Mixed Media Forum demo at the International Quilt Festival last month in Houston as an example of a project ready to embellish. I explained my thought process and had potential embellishments to demo. I returned home a week ago from Houston and I was able to hand sew lots of star buttons, beads for jewelry, nail polish in the hair and on the face for bling. I had a few green felt peace sign buttons and a few green and one yellow peace sign buttons for the landscape and the sun. Very colorful and whimsical!!

My Facebook art quilt group called Art Quilts Around the World had a new challenge due Sept. 30, 2018. I had a very busy August and September including a small wedding for my boyfriend of 13 years. We got married on October and I am Laurie Ceesay Landree in the quilting world. I knew I was not going to complete the challenge on time so I postponed it ad continued after the wedding and before I went to Houston.

The challenge was called Imagine based on however we interpret the John Lennon song of the same name. I interpreted the title by imagining racial harmony. I love the 1960s-1970s artist Peter Maxx and used my version of his landscapes with the strong sun and rays of the sun with lots of colorful stars in the sky with water, grass and mountains.

Then I chose to divide a female motif in two with one side as a black woman and the other side as a white woman. I used the peace sign as an image of unity and harmony.

I finished the quilt in mid October then chose to not embellish it and I used it in my Mixed Media Forum demo at the International Quilt Festival last month in Houston as an example of a project ready to embellish. I explained my thought process and had potential embellishments to demo. I returned home a week ago from Houston and I was able to hand sew lots of star buttons, beads for jewelry, nail polish in the hair and on the face for bling. I had a few green felt peace sign buttons and a few green and one yellow peace sign buttons for the landscape and the sun. Very colorful and whimsical!!

Close up of the face. I also used some Derwent Inktense pencils as blush on the cheeks.

Close up of the face. I also used some Derwent Inktense pencils as blush on the cheeks.

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. 

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!

 

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.

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.)

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!

 

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!

Art Quilts Around The World Facebook Group Challenge: Science

 Today is reveal day for my Facebook group Art Quilts Around the World. The current theme is Science. I am not a big science person and had a hard time figuring out what to do with this challenge. When I was a beauty school student back in the late 1980s we had a textbook chapter on anatomy specifically the skeletal and muscular systems of the body. To cut hair one needs to know the bone structure of the face. As licensed cosmetologists we also are able to perform facials and therefore need to know what and where the facial muscles are located. So a shout out to beauty school is how I came up with my idea. 
I split the face in half and did muscles on one side and a regular woman's face on the other side. I discovered on Pinterest many images portraying muscles had the muscles in different bright colors to visually see them. I was all on board for bright colors so that was easy! The "normal" side has a neutral color palette.
I quilted the muscles in the accurate direction in which they would flex!
The "normal" side got a bit of glitter, a rhinestone nose piercing and both sides got beads for earrings and I used fabric pencils to enhance the eyes, hair and mouth. As I was working on this challenge it became fun and I really enjoy the finished quilt.
This is a closeup photo of the muscle side of the face-lots of tiny muscles!
The next challenge due January 31, 2017 is "I believe..." which is very broad based. I feel strongly about many things-the beauty industry, fashion dos and don'ts, politics and racial discrimination so I'm not sure the direction I will take this challenge.

Art Quilts Around The World Challenge: Letters From Home - Menominee Michigan Lighthouse

 My Facebook art quilt group Art Quilts Around The World had it's current challenge reveal yesterday-I am late because it's a crazy busy time with my quilt teaching stuff. I am a day late and have a day off today so here goes. The theme was called Letters from Home and a stylized stamp of the area we live in. I had a very very hard time with this challenge because I prefer to make portrait quilts. The city I have lived in the past 9+ years is Menominee Michigan. The Menominee Indian Tribe is where the city gets it's name. I Googled images of Menominee Indian woman and got no results that interested me. The city across the Menominee River is Marinette, WI and they were named after Queen Marinette who was a Menominee Indian woman. Again I Googled images of her and she was photographed only as an older woman and I didn't want a quilt like that. So plan C is a lighthouse which is everywhere in my city. Menominee is on the bay side of Lake Michigan and near where the Menominee River connects to Lake Michigan. We have lots of water and thus have a lighthouse. I made a lighthouse quilt a few years ago for a local fundraiser and adapted that pattern to this quilt so my quilt image is not fully accurate to the actual Menominee lighthouse. I planned to use a white background and blue for the raw edged fused applique to give a nautical look then added red since red is on the real lighthouse. I added a small amount of blue glitter nail polish to the water area and some silver glitter polish to the sun area-the quilt didn't scream out for sparkle. It will be given to a local charity for fundraising purposes.

This is the name of my local newspaper and they use the lighthouse in their logo and the lighthouse is getting a facelift accoridng to yesterday's newspaper which was timely for this blog post. 
The next challenge is about Science which is not one of my favorites either. Any ideas out there? Maybe physiology, muscles or bones of the body, skulls Ala Sugar Skulls!!!

Art Quilts Around The World: Vision Board-Hair Color

 Today is reveal day for my Facebook art quilt group Art Quilts Around The World. This challenge is called Vision Board. I thought about the white and black hair color I tried to have late last summer and I damaged my hair. It is still on my vision board as a hair color I want! Did I mention I am have been a hairdresser for 29 years and am challenged by this?
I first saw the hair color on Pinterest. My hair has been colored dark brown for years. In  hair color theory to lighten hair that has previously been dark one must bleach the hair. In doing so it can damage the hair because there are so many layers of hair. And in my case, my fine hair couldn't handle the bleach and my hair quality was compromised. I gave up and have been repairing and deep conditioning my hair ever since. 
This hair color became the subject of this vision board challenge. I selected red as my background, dress and glasses color. On Pinterest I searched vintage clothing because I love this too and found a great dress neckline and duplicated it in this quilt. The real dress would have a tab and button in the center on the neckline. 
 This is the close up of the neckline. I have found that red and black combination prints are not easy to find. I used a lot of this hounds tooth print in another quilt and now have an excuse to buy more fabric to replace this piece!! The black and white fabric used in the dress is so 1960s and I love it too!!
For embellishment I used a hologram and a slate sparkly glitter nail polishes to add shimmer to the hair. I added a few tiny rhinestones to the glasses, white paint for the eye reflection and a small amount of nail polish to the eyelid. I didn't over on the embellishments because the variety of fabric prints seemed like enough activity and I wanted the hair to be the emphasis.
The next challenge which is about a postage stamp that represents the area where we live in due September 30, 2016. I am exploring lighthouses, Menominee Indians or Queen Marinette.

Art Quilts Around The World Facebook Group Challenge: Kitsch

 My Facebook art quilt group "Art Quilts Around The World" has it's current challenge reveal today. It was my turn to select the topic and I chose "Kitsch!" This group has a Facebook group page and a few of the members seemed to have trouble with this one!! I LOVE kitsch and discovered the actual word in 2005 when I bought a book called Kitschy Christmas. I have been doing kitschy dress and decorating for years but had no idea there was a name for it. Kitsch is a description of styling things with excess, tacky on purpose, a busyness of prints/objects or over cutesie. Examples of kitschy are cute kittens, troll dolls, garden gnomes or pink flamingos and over sequined/rhinestoned garments/jewelry/quilts. I love to push the limit in the way I dress and wear things a bit "off" the norm to test people. I put a small amount of kitsch in many of my projects so this was a fun and easy project for me!! On Facebook I found a page called Kitschy Living which provides lots of ideas and plenty of laughs!
 I love cat eye glasses and have a board of such on Pinterest. I found a pin of a pair of glasses with an excessive amount of flowers and rhinestones and knew this was my topic for this challenge. I also love large amounts of plastic fruit and have some beads in bright colors but could not finds them when I was making this project. I did find them recently and will use them in another project a la Carmen Miranda! I then selected a rainbow color scheme with a wavy stripe and a large polka dot for the dress. I have a rainbow trim that has a pull thread to rusch it which I added to the dress neckline. I chose red hair because it was the most garish-I combined curly and straight hair for more kitschyness and  added glitter nail polish for highlights. I found the fantastic flower beads at Joann Fabrics to complete the crazy glasses plus a rainbow of rhinestones in a variety of sizes. I quit adding embellishments and kept the emphasis on the glasses and the mix of prints.
This is a close up view of the background and dress fabrics and the rusched trim. I also used variegated thread.
The next theme is "Vision Board" due July 31, 2016. I have an idea based on a hair color I wish I had. Being a hairdresser I see lots of images of new and innovative hair color!

Art Quilts Around The World Facebook Group: Folklore Challenge

My Facebook art quilt group "Art Quilts Around The World" has reveal day today. The theme is Folklore. I googled options and fairies and mermaids were common themes but I have done those in quilts before. I found the legend of Madre Monte (Mother Mountain) which is from Columbia to be interesting. The folklore story is about a woman who wears moss and leaves and a green hat that conceals her face. She lives in dense jungles and supposedly bathes in rivers causing flooding and heavy storms. She haunts those who steal other people's land and cast plagues on cattle owners who steal or misuse fields or ignore boundaries. She puts spells on people in the jungle when they walk and they eventually fall asleep with exhaustion and do not wake for hours.
 I saw this woman as a earth mother type with all green skin and hair. I used one of my other portrait patterns and made it smaller to the required size. I reduced the size of her Afro as well. I chose 4-5 green for her skin tones and a tie dyed ruffly heavily textured fabric for her Afro hair. I envisioned lots of hair texture and viney stuff by using lots of textured yarns which I machine and hand couched to the quilt.

From my embellishment stash I pulled anything with a green leaf-silk and felt leaves; leaf and flower buttons; sequins, beads and even foam leaves. I found a great metallic special occasion fabric for the dress and used two green glitter nail polishes on the eyes. I stitched the turquoise background with a leave themed specialty stitch with a variegated thread to repeat the nature theme.
 This photo shows a close up of the hair and all the funky fuzzy yarns I used to capture the jungle vines in her hair! I had a blast with this challenge once I found an idea and will use this quilt for Earth Day and other seasonal related quilt themes.
This was the original pattern that I adapted for the Folklore that I used for my 2014 Hoffman Challenge quilt. It looks different with green skin instead of brown.

The next challenge for this group I get to select and I chose "Kitschy!!!" Kitschy is defined as pleasingly distasteful, melodramatic, overdone, gaudy, tacky, sentimental, folksy, cutesy fun or hideously ugly. It is so bad it's cool! I discovered the word Kitschy in 2005 and I was thrilled there was a name for the style I embraced! I wear kitschy jewelry, have garden art and add something kitschy to many of my quilts.

I discovered some terrible gaudy cat eye glasses on Pinterest and will run with this idea for this challenge due May 31, 2016

Art Quilts Around the World Facebook Group: Book Challenge

 My Facebook art quilt group Art Quilts Around The World has a challenge reveal today and the subject is a favorite book. I thought about the many great favorite novels I have read and nothing jumped into my head that I would want a quilt made out of and the time spent making the project. I was looking at my quilt books for something unrelated and I saw my favorite quilt book "Pattern Play" by Doreen Speckmann and decided to use it as my inspiration for this challenge. Doreen was a quilter from Madison WI and I was a new quilter in the 1990s when I first saw her speak at the Darting Needles Quilt Guild in Appleton WI. She inspired me like no other quilter at the time because she used a variety of prints in each quilt and that is what I wanted to do and she gave me permission! She had a great sense of humor and she created characters called Peaky and Spike out of two triangles in her quilts.
Doreen's book was a book I used exclusively in the 90s and early 2000s. I saw her lecture and took a few of her classes. I made over a dozen lap and wall hangings based on the patterns in this book. At the time Doreen used templates but I have switched it up and use foundation piecing to have more accuracy these days. Doreen used to do quilting cruises and dance the Electric Slide at these events. On a cruise in 1998 Doreen died of a heart attack on the dance floor and the quilt world lost a great creative woman.

I created a version of Doreen's Peaky and Spike style piecing for this project using some of my favorite colors. I used a rayon variegated thread I bought in Houston and my new sewing machine's decorative stitches in the borders. It is not an art quilt but more traditional but it represents the challenge theme. I added the cute little button to keep with MY theme of having a portrait quilt!



This is the inner cover of Doreen's book where she autographed it and I love it to this day. RIP Doreen Speckmann!! The next challenge due March 31st is "Folklore" which will be a challenge for sure. I get to choose the challenge after that and I have it selected so be prepared!!

Art Quilts AroundThe World Reveal: Uniform

Today is reveal day for my Facebook art quilt group Art Quilts Around The World. The challenge theme was UNIFORM and I interpreted that as something being the same or having conformity. I prefer to make portrait quilts so I selected an Andy Warhol style with four of the SAME images of a woman and I call it "Pop Art Princess 3." What is the same in this quilt: The background; the sashing and the sashing quilting; the image of the woman; the stripe in the halter dress and the position of the stripe on the dress; the brow, lip and eye color; the variegated thread used for the skin tones; the glitter nail polish on the eye lids and the quilting on the images. What is NOT the same: The color of the hair, the skin tones and the glitter nail polish used to embellish the hair. The size of this quilt is 11.5" x 17.5"

Of the four images I like this one the best because the combination of values of the skin tone, lip and brow color seem to be the most flattering. In the upper left corner, the image with the lightest skin tones and the pink hair has too much eye brow contrast and she looks severe. Likewise the black woman in the lower right corner has too low of contrast and I can't hardly see her brows. This became a happy accident to use in my lecture on value. This situation shows how a medium color appears dark or light in relationship to the colors it is placed with.

This is my second favorite image because the woman appears serene. Even though I use the same applique pieces the women can look slightly different based on the fusing placement and the way I quilt it. The next challenge due November 30th is on TEXTURE which is a no-brainer because I use a variety of textures anyway in many of my quilts. I will now go back to prepping for my teaching job at IQF in Houston which is at the end of October!

Art Quilts Around The World Snowflake Challenge Reveal Day!

 My Facebook Group Art Quilts Around the World has reveal day today July 31, 2015 and the theme for this two month challenge is "snowflakes." I am experiencing summer in Upper Michigan and winter will be here soon enough so this idea was weird at first. Once I decided on a snow princess I started pulling cool, icy and snowflake themed fabrics from my stash. I found a royal blue and a white piece of hand dyed velvet from Chris Day for the princess's winter coat.  Chris used to be in this group. She is from Western Wisconsin and will vend at the Wisconsin Quilt Expo in Madison WI in September and I will buy some more velvets from her. I love the velvets because they add texture to the quilt that commercial cottons and batiks do not. I had the two great "disco ball" shiny fabrics from Pine Street Quilts in Marinette WI, where I used to work, and they worked nicely for the hair. I used a white batik for the skin tone to keep the cool icy feel to the quilt.

I originally started with finding the sparkly plastic snowflakes from The Dollar Tree in a place where they shouldn't have been! These snowflakes got me thinking of a crown for the princess. While shopping in Green Bay at the local Gordman's store (Awesomeness!!) I found the blue necklace on the clearance rack. I saved it and removed the necklace chains and flipped it upside down and it completed the crown.

I printed a Googled image of a snowflake on foundation paper and pinned a large flake to the chest area and stitched through the paper to get a snowflake image on the princess. I repeated the process in a smaller version on the cheekbones and chin.

I embellished with several iridescent nail polishes to accentuate the stitched snowflakes and the blue eye shadow.  One iridescent snowflake shaped bead hand stitched in the middle of the chest area and the snowflake princess was finished!

The next challenge is due on Sept. 30 and the theme is "uniform." I'm going to take it literally and either do a quilt of my daughter Jordana in her chef UNIFORM or explore a 50s dinner waitress!!

I will continue to not see snowflakes for several months!!

This s a closeup of the necklace and plastic dollar store snowflakes!

It's Summer So I'm Gardening More and Quilting Less!

It is Summer and I live in Zone 4
which gives me 4-5 months of gardening time. I am quilting less because I love my cottage garden with the whimsical artsy garden art that myself and my boyfriend have created through the years.



This is the front yard decked out for the Fourth of July-it gets a Northern Exposure so not a lot of sun and therefore all the hostas.

I am sewing two BOMs I found on Pinterest and Facebook. The one in the top photo is from Facebook and is from Michelle Foster and her Aiming for Accuracy II-Quilt Along called Mishka's Playground. It began in March and on the 7th and 21st of each month a new set of small (8"-9") blocks are emailed to me and I can make them anyway I want. There is a FB page where we can post our work as well as view all the fun and varied versions of this pattern. I chose a white background and colorful fabrics with white polka dots. Sometimes the I disagree with the instructions and do my own thing!!

This BOM is called Moccasin by Gen X Quilters and the designer is Ann Marie Chany. It is smaller than the first BOM I talked about at 67" square. The blocks are 9" in size and each pattern makes two of the same block but with different color ways. This BOM is more "modern" and I was totally enjoying it until June and July's blocks. The triangle block which is on the bottom of the photo was a huge problem using templates. I haven't used a temple since the 90s and it was still not a fun thing to do-not the most accurate triangles and I cut off the tips but I'm not re-doing it! There is a Facebook group but not many people post their work there. There is a Flickr group but I'm not into that. The BOM sample was in pinks, purples, orange, indigo, white and brown and I chose to do cooler colors plus lime green.

These blocks are from a book called Arcadia Avenue by Sassafras Lane Designs. Each block is 18" in diameter and there are 12 paper pieced blocks. This pattern appeared very fun because of the use of the color wheel and I intend to use it in my color theory teachings. Once I began I realized each block was very slow going because of the pre-cutting all the fabric and making 1 wedges that are difficult to put together. I planned to make 9 blocks but since they take so long to make I am leaning towards only 4 blocks!

Lastly, I am in an art quilt group formed through Facebook and every other month we create a small wall hanging based on a theme one of the members. The current theme is due July 31st and is called "snowflake." This photo is a sneak peek-I used sparkly plastic snowflakes from The Dollar Tree as a crown in the hair and a "statement" necklace on the clearance rack at Gordman's in Green Bay, WI and hand tacked it upside down. I used a few novelty snowflake fabrics, all cool colors with some shiny and some fuzzy fabrics. I will share the full photo on July 31st.
I have had a few ladies request I convert two of my quilts into patterns and I intend to but with the summer weather I just can;t be inside on the beautiful sunny days. It will happen!