January 15, 2013

the color of peace

Today is reveal day for the mini art quilt group Fiberactions.  
The challenge - to use at least 10 colors.

Starting with white prepared for dying cloth I drew out my design using an air erasable marking pen.
Using Neocolor pastels and Seta Color fabric paints, color was added to the words, people, states and water.

When the quilting was finished the color was  added to the border areas using fabric paints.  I had a hard time getting good coverage over the threads.  I really should have painted everything before quilting.

There is double batting in between the layers. The map and people looked cool puffed up, so I left them that way.

 Shimmery fabric medium was used in the blue paint. 
It looks neat up close but, you can't really see it in pictures.

This was a fun project to design and work on. 

Check out the other 10 color works at the Fiberactions site here.

January 10, 2013

Happy New Year

It's already the second week of the new year!  

Last weekend Sue Pelland and I hosted a workshop using her templates.  We have designed our Guild's raffle quilt this year and we asked members to help us create the applique blocks.

We gave them sample patterns with fused fabrics and boy, did they step up to the challenge.

 With many people volunteering for various parts of the project it truly is a group effort. 
Working together is a great thing.

Gosh I love these colors!  
We did have a super bright green that was jumping out, but Sue and I got together the other night and switched it to a more subtle shade. 
 It's better.

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Over the Holiday break I got organized!  
My husband and boys built the shelves and got them set up for me.  It seemed like it took forever to go through my stuff, but now everything has a place and I love it.

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The 10 color challenge for Fiberactions is due next week.  
I've liked thinking about and working on this project.  
It's simple

 I've been enjoying puttering with my new neocolor wax pastels both on fabric and paper. It's been good and I look forward to taking a painting class starting this week.

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The birds have been exceptionally plentiful, busy and vocal.  I'm not sure what that is a sign of but,
 I like it.

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And while I'm not doing all the other things I'm doing, I've been in the kitchen perfecting a gluten free bread recipe.
It's my new way of life and it's been good.  
Really good!

Thanks for visiting and happy creating!