Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Now I like to tell people that I let the fabric tell me what it wants to be. Sometimes fabrics just tell me that they want to be place mats or table runners. Other times it's more specific. Back when I was making "Early Morning Nine Patch" I was trying to decide what fabric to use for the barn when I realized that the title on the selvage edge was "Barn Red" so that time it was literally speaking to me.
This time Celestial Winter was speaking to me and it said "Use me."
"But I have to work on stuff for the upcoming Open Studios," I replied.
Celestial Winter loudly repeated "USE ME."
"I really don't have the time," I replied.
But it would not let me ignore it.
So I did. I made a wall hanging, ten postcards, and five tree ornaments. In one week. (I had to work quickly because I still had things I needed to finish for the Open Studios that was less than two weeks away).
Here is the fabric before I cut into it. (This is not the actual piece that I had, this is the preview that In The Beginning Fabrics has on their website). I ironed fusible adhesive (Heat-n-Bond lite) on the back of the whole fat quarter then cut the shapes out. This is called fussy cutting and it doesn't get much fussier than this, can you see how close together the images are? In some places I had about 1/16" of an inch of black left around the shapes. I wanted a little bit of black around them so when I fused them to a back background it would look seamless.
I fused six main pieces to a black fabric from my stash (one that I used for "Lavender Diamonds").
I also fused some groupings of stars on most of the pieces. Four around each round shape and two with the deer and the owl.
I pieced the six rectangles with green sashing and borders then sandwiched the quilt top with a cotton batting and backing.
I stitched around the fused pieces with black thread on the black edge that I left when fussy cutting. It was pretty hard to see when sewing down but I took it slowly and did it. Because it was already sandwiched, this is also the quilting.
I also quilted stitch-in-the-ditch around the edges where the black was pieced with the green.
Then I folded the front around to the back for a binding. I added sleeves and a label.
I love how it looks like the fabric is glowing from within.
There were also nine colorful trees. They were too small to be postcards so I fused them to a green fabric, then fused them to some innerfacing (the kind I use for postcards) then satin stitched around the edges with a green thread. Because there were nine trees, four of these are double sided.
As always, you can click on the photos to see them larger.
Monday, October 15, 2018
This weekend is the Yellow Springs Open Studios event. There are 29 artists at 17 locations. This year I'll be a guest at Libby Rudolf's studio, located at 3950 Grinnell Rd. just outside of Yellow Springs.
The event is Sat. & Sun., Oct. 20 & 21, from 10am-5 pm. Click here for an interactive map of studio locations (artists are organized alphabetically by FIRST name). Printed brochures will also be available at the studios, and also in downtown Yellow Springs.
Saturday, October 13, 2018
Monday, October 1, 2018
I recently made some placemats and table runners (the shibori table runner can also be hung on the wall). They are currently in my Etsy shop (where you can also see more photos of them), and I'll have them at the Yellow Springs Open Studios on Oct 20 & 21. After that any that are left will go to Village Artisans.