Archive for June, 2013

Lesson 6 from Online Class

June 24, 2013

There is a little over 1 week left to the completion of this course, so I resorted to my paint program for lesson 6:


We were to abstract a landscape for this lesson. I did it by using a photo from one of my trips to Arizona. I tried quite a few effects before I liked the image. I used Posterize to highlight and intensify the scenery. Then I tried various tile effects with different angles. The hexagon shape at 0 was my favorite.

Hexies are experiencing a resurgence in popularity, and this design could definitely be made – just not doable in a little over a week, especially when I have another 2 lessons to complete.

I know this isn’t what Katie would like to see, but having to make 8 quilts in 16 weeks with very specific parameters has been daunting. Only one person in this class has managed to keep up. Some have dropped out, and all the rest of us are behind. It’s amazing to me, that I’m right behind the person who has managed to keep up.

Two more to go in a little over a week – do you think I can do it? I hope so.

And speaking of two, look what my husband spotted next to our pole barn:

2 fawns

Are they not adorable? If you click on the image, it will enlarge, and you should be able to see the spots on the fawn on the right.



Ogden Art Group – Dual Images

June 22, 2013

Sue came up with a great idea for this month’s meeting – Dual Images by Dilys Fronks. You can download a pdf file by clicking on the link that gives an introduction to the technique.

Lucy arrived with a few blocks already made:

Lucy Art Deco

She was influenced by the Art Deco movement – especially Erte. I have no clue how to put the accent mark over the last e, but one belongs there. The high contrast colors she selected worked perfectly for this technique.

Sue was working on this:

Sues dual image

And Jan was busy cutting out her stencil pattern:

Jan cutting

I brought a quilting pattern to use as a stencil, but it did not work well. While I didn’t come home with a work in progress, I did learn the ins and outs of how to create the positive-negative images, and my mistake of selecting a design that didn’t work well helped everyone learn which designs worked best.

Sue wanted a mirror image of a pattern, and was experimenting with folding the fusible, and cutting out her design like you would a paper snowflake. We all learned some of her ideas worked well, and one of them ended up with the fusible on the wrong side of the fabric.

It’s so helpful to work on a new technique like this with a group of fellow artists, because everyone approaches the process in a different manner. Sharing what works and what doesn’t is fun when you’re with good friends, and eating yummy cookies. Thank-you Sue for the cookies. 😉

Putting all that new knowledge to work, I made this today:

Fern dual image

Instead of using scissors, I used an Xacto knife to cut some of the smaller pieces, and am very happy with how this turned out. It will be made into a small wall hanging. I love the positive-negative images next to each other. It’s perfect for this Gemini. It’s got that duality thing going for it.

And I totally avoided the fusible possibly being on the wrong side of the fabric by selecting a batik fabric. It looks the same on the front and the back, so I had no problem getting a mirror image of my design.

I hope some of you go get the pdf file and try this for yourself. If you do, please drop me a note and share a picture. I’d love to see what you do with this technique.


Lesson 5 from Online Class

June 21, 2013

Only 2 weeks left and 3 quilts to go for this online class. Yes, I’m behind. Will I catch up? Your guess is as good as mine, but I’m not giving up. This piece had to be different values of black and white, we had to use printed fabric, and let me tell you, I really wanted to add some color to this one. This was a value study, and the original inspirational photo was a palm tree. It was hard not to use a bit of green:


The 2 black palm fronds in the foreground are an experiment. I’m waiting for feedback from Katie as to which one fits the criteria for this piece best – the one edged with white thread, or the plain black one. When I find out, I’ll pass on the info to all of you too.

I’ve been to a quilt show, a quilt club meeting, and 2 art groups so far this month, and was too lazy to post about them. I know, I know, I’m teasing you with all the fun activities, and not sharing any photos. I’m bad, I’m bad, and blaming it on summer. The weather warms up, the sun comes out, and I go into vacation mode. 😉


Lesson 4 from Online Class

June 5, 2013

Still way behind, but making progress with my online course, and not giving up. This is my Lesson 4 piece:


Every one of these lessons challenge me. I prefer lots of feedback on a project. What can I say? I’m a talker, joiner, socially oriented, and take a very long time to come to a design decision. Receiving a lesson, then working on it with no discussion, is a different process for me. I’m finding merit in working this way. Never thought I would, but I find I’m creating pieces that are very different from anything I’ve made in the past.

This piece was created using Ellen Lindner’s reverse double applique technique. It’s a raw edge applique technique which I really liked trying out. The lighter green fabric frayed along the edges way too much for my liking, so I created a slanted zig-zag stitch in my sewing machine, and used that edge sewing as the quilting also.

The background fabric was a hand dyed piece I received in a swap almost 10 years ago. I have a whole bag full of the fat quarters I received in that swap, and have been saving it all for who knows what reason? It makes no sense to let any fabric languish in a dark closet – especially hand dyed fabric.