WI Quilt Expo's Bake Off Challenge: Cupcake Betty

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Michigan Quilt Artist Invitational 2011: "Jello Anyone?"

This is my entry in the Michigan Quilt Artist Invitational 2011 "Art in the Kitchen."  The full schedule is is at www.saqami.blogspot.com. The exhibit begins in Flint MI in Sept. and my city, Menominee MI, will
have this exhibit in April/May of 2012. My inspiration was the 1950s pastel colors, pin-up girls, jello and aprons. I began with googling 1950s kitchen appliances. I was getting the 1940s and the 1950s style and colors mixed up. I realized that pastels with black and white were the colors of the '50s as in the '50s diners so the floor became black and white checkered and appliances were still white in this decade.  Pink is my favorite color and I chose the cupboards to be pink, the walls in turquiose and the counter top black. There is a ton of shiny chrome in the '50s so the edge of the counter and the handles of the cupboards, the stove hardware were all appliqued in a silver lame fabric. The clock was inspired by the game Yoville on Facebook when they had a '50s theme!! The woman is inspired by the pin up girl of the times but with a family friendly wardrobe! Aprons were hot then and I designed the top of the apron to be heart shaped. Rick rack was also popular and I added baby rick rack on the apron. I also noticed sleeves were gathered into the armhole and there was a pointy cuff. Pumps were fashionable in the '50s as well as rhinestone jewelry. Her hair is black to stay within the color scheme I had selected. The jello in the mold idea came about because it was a big dessert item at the time. I created the whipping cream decorations around the jello by "gooping" white paint around the jello and on the woman's finger. I embellished blue glitter in the hair, rhinestones for the necklace and earring, silver paint to accent the clock, salt and pepper shakers, and stove details. The woman's face was too small to applique so I drew it on the fabric with markers and detailed it with paint and cosmetic "blush." This was a total fun quilt to make because it was fun researching the details and then creating it in fabric. The quilts are sized 20" x 24". The title of the quilt is "Jello Anyone?" and is for sale on the exhibit tour. I can't wait to see how the other artist interpreted the kitchen theme.

Halloween Pin-up Witch

I decided to make a new Halloween wall hanging since this is my favorite holiday. I found the outside skull batik this fall and the majority of the other fabrics I had in my stash. I wanted to make a pin-up girl that was a sexy witch. I love using the combination of orange, lime green and purple for Halloween. I also try to use a stripe and a polka dot in all my quilts. I could not get the correct affect of the striped stockings so I used a Pigma pen and drew them on. I raw edged fused applique the witch, pumpkin and broom and embellished with fabric paint, fabric markers, glitter and glitter glue and a few rhinestones.