Tuesday, February 25, 2014

SunnySide by Moda Quilt Done

Sunnyside measures 40" x 40". 



It was quilted completely from the back.

The scalloped border was easy!  Glad I got the template for it.



 
Next time I will get bias tape that is larger; I think this was 1/2 inch and it was very narrow.  I had to hand stitch it down after trimming the excess bulk.  Not fun!
 

Monday, February 24, 2014

Home to roost

 
 
 
Happy to have my piece 'Lift' home.
It's lovely to see it again!
*the rainbow prism on her eye is a reflection from the window and not part of the work
 
Many have told me that they didn't even see the woman's face until I pointed it out.  Funny how I can't not see it. 
 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Tiny Bottles

I'm a total sucker for tiny things.
My artist friend Vickie Valdez also happens to be a Veterinarian.  She started saving these tiny bottles.
We have cleaned them out; removed the tops here's some of what I've been doing with them.
I have TONS of these and really want to focus more on them but alas; time...

Who doesn't love a Cat's Eye marble?  And that tiny computer chip in there??? Now I want to cruise thrift stores for watch parts.  I think tiny steam punk(ish) bottles with tiny gears & stuff would be too cool!
 Here are some that I was practicing my wire work on.  It's so fiddly but I love it!
 This tiny bottle was going to be covered in these stunning crystals but I really need a vice to hold it first.  I ended up with one ring of them (all individually placed) and that topper is a glass button!
It is one of my most prized buttons and I really want to get more of them.
The design is cut into the glass.  Amazing!
 







That peacock feather is too stunning!
I had one that was broken & it found it's way inside the bottle below.
I want to create small art quilts that have holes or rectangles cut out and then have
these bottles suspended in those spaces.
 

 
This one has wire outside & and inside and on the inside there are beads on the wire itself so they are suspended in the bottle.

 
Even extra peacock feather single barbs are full of light and iridescence.
 

 

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Some fun this weekend

I have a lot of little projects that sit on my desk until I'm ready to figure out the next steps or just find some time.  
Since I am waiting on a fabric order to complete the Queen Size quilt I'm working on I took the break to complete some littler art projects. 

This was an idea I had from a favorite photo of a friends cat. 
His name is Brighton. 

Teri dresses her cats and uses them at cat shows as fund raisers to help raise awareness of pet care; ownership and breeding.  

She ran her own cattery of Cornish Rex called Furrydance Cattery. 

For this tote bag I used stencils; acrylic ink; rubber stamps; embossing powders; metallic markers; lace; and buttons. 

The image was first put on silk, then I cut it out and stitched it down by machine. 


Alas, I may have occluded more of the photo than I had intended with the paints and stencils.  But the face is still lovely. I'm going to make another steam-punk kitty and may use this image as part of it.  Doesn't he just need a monocle? 



I used the peacock blue embossing powders to add the color.  I used also the metallic blue and black inks to create the splatter effect.  I simply masked the area I didn't want splatter on with post it notes that I cut in round shapes so there would be no hard edges.  



I'm mailing it out to her tomorrow. 

I have another small cat piece but I'm not allowed to show it yet.  Hopefully soon I will have exciting news.  

Also working on small bird themed prayer flags.  I need to update my Etsy site with some new works as well.  Alas, still trying to get my website up and running. 

I wonder how much I could get done if I didn't have a day job? LOL

Happy Sewing!