Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Color + Sheer Fabrics = Spring

As I continue playing with sheer fabrics and collaged backgrounds, I have made two more quilts that evoke a spring color and feel.  This quilt started with a yellow confetti batik I purchased at The City Quilter on a trip to NYC.  I decided to try complimentary colors to see how this might turn out.  So, purple and raspberry and shades of yellow were added.

I used batiks, hand dyed fabrics, silks and sheers to make the collage.  The daisies are made from a pink sheer, shiva paint sticks on a ghost stitching and white silk dupioni.  All of these were stitched with Sulky rayon threads.
 Here is a close up of the white daisy.  The center is a piece of ice dyed fabric and the leaves were from my stash of hand dyed pieces.
 The sheer flower was a cotton candy pink but over the yellow it turned a sort of watermelon color.

 While I had all the fabrics picked out, I decided to make a second quilt in the same color scheme.  Many of the fabrics are repeated but this one is a square and the sheer flower is more dominant in the design.
 Both pieces were mounted on Kaffe Fassett shot cotton named watermelon.  I ordered it over the Internet so I wasn't sure it would be a good combo but it turned out to be perfect for these pieces.  Below is a close up of the center panel of the quilt.  Thanks for checking out my work.  Feel free to leave a comment or question.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

My First Magazine Article!

Earlier this year I posted a blog tutorial about making a Fortune Cookie Purse.  I liked the project so much that I decided to submit it to Stitch Magazine.  I don't subscribe to the magazine but I have looked through it on my visits to ACMoore and thought it had some cute stuff.  Anyway, I thought my purse might fit their aesthetic so I sent in a proposal on a whim.  I happened to hit their time period when they were accepting submissions for a special edition for spring "Stitch in Style".  Well, that was winter time and finally the magazine arrived at my front porch along with my stitched up samples and so I have posted it for you.

I am apparently one of the 14 fabulous totes and purses in this issue.  And to be honest this little original design really is fun, functional and simple to make.  I am proudly featured on page 31 with directions on a later page.  It's nice to see your name in print.

The fabric is from Amelia Caruso who designed it and Robert Kaufman fabrics printed it.  It is called effervescent and the bubbly look of the fabric makes little bubble shaped purse look totally fun.  I have since made it in so many fabrics - hand dyes, over dyes, batiks, commercial prints and dupioni silk.  I still have plans to embellish it further and I use this project to go back to again and again after I have made a more elaborate art quilt.  It helps me decompress before I rev up for my next complex piece.

Thanks for checking it out and if you want to make one you can certainly purchase the Stitch in Style magazine which has some very cute things to make.  You can also check out my earlier posts for the Fortune Cookie Purse blog entry.   I can totally see these for prom in a coordinating fabric or even for a bridal party.  Holds  your phone, keys, a few bucks, some ID or credit card and small make-up.