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Still Painting Papa’s Door

I just finished the door today.  There are stairs, ground, and bottom of building to paint.  The bumpy knobs on the door I feel turned out the way I wanted them to!  I took a lot of squinting and using the camera on my cell phone to make sure I got it right.  I could not get it like this without the modern tools.

Why squint and use the camera?  When I am painting, I am right on top of each stroke and don’t tend to see the results of my painting from a viewers stand point.  There are many ways to view the art in progress in a “viewers” eye.  Squinting is one (be careful of this, I have a headache and eye pain which will go away with some well deserved rest), cell phone camera, and step back from the art piece about 20 feet.

Hope you enjoy it!

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Beginning of Papa’s Door

I’m starting a new quilt which will hopefully accepted into a National Quilt Show (s) this year.

I’ll share the story behind the quilt when I finish.  This blog is to show you my process and my thinking.

Papa’s Door will be a painted whole cloth art quilt.  I started with a traced image as my usual process and added the squares around it to resemble Italian tiles.  The original photo was a plain stucco wall.  To add interest to the quilt, I decided to add the “tile” look.  Frixion pens are my favorite fabric marking tools.  They stay on for as long as you want, thin line is formed, and iron off easily.  I have found that on dark fabric the pen leaves a white line which can be removed with laundry soap quite easily.

 

img_3275I started painting the squares (tiles).  It took me two days with a total of about 10 hours to finish painting the tiles.  Very peaceful and relaxing to do!img_3276fullsizeoutput_d0dIn the bottom right of this photo, you can see that I ironed some of the marks away.  The bottom photo shows more lines being removed.

img_3278I am still working on the painting part of the fabric, so I was afraid to iron more of the lines and have my lines disappear!!  YIKES!!!

I don’t know if this technique is out there, but I love doing it!  I would love to read your comments!

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Monofilament Thread

Wanted to share a little tip I was told the last time I brought my machine in for repair.

I use monofilament thread in my bobbin when I am doing my quilting art.  This allows me to change the color of the threads continually without having to change the bobbin all the time.  It also prevents the bobbin thread from peeking through to the top of the quilt.

Using the wrong monofilament thread in your machine will actually ruin the sewing machine tension.  Most of these types of threads are stretchy and will thin out when it goes through the tension discs and keep changing thickness.  Plus, if left in the bobbin as I do, the thread will warp your bobbin making it unusable.

The brands that don’t stretch are Aurfil and Superior.  These are better for your machine (and mine too!)

I could not believe it when I held both types of monofilament in my hands and pulled.  I could really feel the difference!  I use Superior threads for most of my work anyway, so I am not straying from that brand anymore.

Good quality thread is better for your machine and will hold up better in your projects.

Try the monofilament test yourself and tell me what you think.

Thanks for reading!

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Chair at Canalside – Buffalo, NY

This is a little slide show presentation showing how the painting process changes the quilt and brings it alive.  Hope you enjoy it!

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Michigan Street Finished!

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I’m very excited to present to you my first piece in the Buffalo/Niagara Region Series.  This is Michigan Street.  It is mounted onto a painters canvas and has a hanging wire for easy hanging.

I am working on three other quilts at this time to add to this collection.  In 2017 or 2018, I hope to have an exhibit at the Carnegie Art Center in North Tonawanda.  More information on that will follow!

 

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Buffalo Scene

I am starting a new adventure of exploring the amazing Buffalo/Niagara Region.  I have lived here my entire life so far and wanted to capture some of it’s past, present, and future views by using my art.  I am enjoying taking trips with my husband to take photos.  We usually have an area we photograph.    This will be my first series which will continue to grow over the years.  I intend to show and sell them at an exhibit next year.

This is the first one I am doing.  It will be called Michigan Street Lift Bridges. I’m not very far on it as of this point, however, by the end of this week, I hope to complete it and move onto my next one!

I would love to hear what you think of my idea and if you have any favorite areas I can visit and take photos at.

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Above is my original photo.  Below is my tracing of this photo and starting to put the fabrics in place.

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I will be posting the progress of this and everyone I do.  Thank you for reading my blog!