art quilt, Skills and Techniques

Borders on an Art Quilt

I was surprised to discover how the color and hue of the border fabric that was auditioned on this art quilt really brought out different hues in the quilt!

 

If you take a look above, the photo to the left is the total painted quilt without no border. Under the same light and same position, to the right, I placed a muddled dark purple fabric next to the piece.  The photo under that one, I placed a batik fabric that had green, teal colors through it.

I was quite convinced that the batik was too bright and the art was calling for a quieter fabric.  That’s why I chose the darker purple.

Wow,  when looking at both photos next to each other, the piece looks totally different!!  One pulls out the darker hues and the art does not look happy and bright.  When the batik was placed next to the piece, the art piece came to life and it was bright and cheery!!

This totally amazed me.  I hope you found it interesting as well!!

art quilt, Skills and Techniques

Wedding Art Quilt Process

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This slide show is a presentation of my process of a wedding photo that I created into a fabric art quilt piece which can be beautifully hung on their wall for years of enjoyment!

The last two photos of this slide show are the original photo and the completed art work from the photo.

I use a combination of fabric, acrylic paint and thread to create my art.  When it is complete, it is put on a frame with a wire so you can easily hang it on a wall when it arrives at your home.  Also on the back is a label that has the couples name (which is not present on the one above), the wedding date, and my contact information.  Each art work is signed in the front as well.

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These make a special unique portrait gift for an anniversary, birth, birthday, wedding, house warming, etc.

I would be honored to create an art piece from a photo that is special to you or a loved one.   I tried to answer all questions, however, if I missed something, please contact me and I would love to answer any and all of your questions.

Please click here to get further details of my art.

art quilt, Skills and Techniques

Carriage Quilt Shoppe Class!

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Color In The Lines – Spring Flower
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We painted on white cotton fabric and used Aloe Gel for our medium! Very different and fun!
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It was time to quilt our sandwich using free motion. This was the first time that some of us did free motion! They all did an amazing job!
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The class was a two session class. We painted on the first day and quilted on the second. Next time, I will take photos of the painting process as well!
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Once quilting was complete, we used a zigzag stitch to finish the outer edge. Then we glued our completed quilt onto a stretched canvas.
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Wow! How amazing that looks!! Looking forward to my next classes!

Look on my teaching page for my up coming teaching engagements.

Skills and Techniques

Faux Pipping Technique

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Have you ever had the thought of adding a fine line to your quilt for framing or to give a pop of color or for a “piped” binding?   Sometimes is tricky to do.  I just learned this trick in my Fiber Interest Group.  I practiced a couple of times and it seems to turn out every time, and wanted to share this technique with you!

In my sample, I used a solid strip at 3/4″ wide by 8″ long.  The print fabric is cut into 2-1/2″ by 6″ strips.  We are going to add the solid in the middle of the two print pieces, and will only show about 1/16″ – 1/8″ wide strip.

  1.  Start with one print piece face up and the solid piece face down.  Right sides facing each other and the sewing edges of both flush and pinned.fullsizeoutput_e19Figure 2
  2. Use 1/4″ seam allowance to sew both pieces together.
  3. Press seem towards the solid fabric. (figure 2)
  4. Place other printed piece right sides together lining up the unsewn solid piece side (figure 3)
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5.  Flip over, align both edges together.

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6.  Using the previous stitch line and your presser foot guides, sew to the right of the first stitch line and the desired end width.    EXAMPLE:  In Figure 4, I know that the first job on my presser foot is 1/8″ away from the needle.  I will stitch a second line to the right of the first to achieve a 1/8″ piping.

7.  Press seam allowance to the second printed fabric on the wrong side.( figure 5)

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8.  Flip to the right side and you have a 1/8″ strip in the middle of your piece!! (figure 6)

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Hope you will try this. Please post a photo of your sample or how you used this technique! I would love to see it!