Friday, April 23, 2010

Can Can Girls

I promised a few pics of my WIP - the Can Can Girls started as a Pat Sloan Challenge based on Black, White and Yellow in Paris - for which she offered kits with b&w polka dots, a piece of yellow fabric and some ricrac and a few yellow buttons.... and I dilly-dallied around until the very last minute and nearly missed the deadline.. 'cause I had so many deadlines the first two weeks of April, I was a bit over-loaded.
So, here are the pictures of how I developed and am still in the process of completing this little 34"x30 wall hanging - enjoy!
I had a poster at one time by Toulouse-Lautrec the one on the left - you can learn more about this artist by visiting on the web (after you leave a comment for me, of course!)

from these images I drew up a sketch on freezer paper:

and then proceeded to the fabric choices, tracing, etc. to develop the quilt.....

I like the way her leg came out -

and her hat!  I had feathery plumed gray & yellow fabric that I'd been saving for years, and finally knew why!
and here's the quilt as it was on the day of the deadline... not quilted, not bound, not finished... (sigh) click on the pic to see it ....
so I'm still working on it, and I'll post a celebratory blog when it's finished, so check back - I'm about halfway through the quilting.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

April 22 - Earth Day

Earth Day is here again - a reminder to all of us to recycle, re-use, re-purpose, or UP-cycle - my personal favorite! 

I have a box of old t-shirts, a large bag of old socks, and a huge pile of old blue jeans that I work from when I'm making 'artsy' stuff.  I also save my batting scraps, bits & pieces of assorted ribbons and trims, and lots of odd buttons - it's fun to take these things and make something pretty from them - like the blue star charm, or the fairy crown, or the coffee cuff.

Hope you have a way of recycling something into something beautiful today - or at least in the near future!

and here is a pic of the "Seeking Wisdom" quilt that won the Blue Ribbon in Mixed Technique - Small Quilt at Three Rivers Quilt Show last week:

See you next time,

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

something to keep a cup warm

I belong to an art trader online group called FAT (Fiber Art Traders) for which I finished this little coffee cuff yesterday:
which will be traded, of course, so I'm going to enjoy it while I can and hope that you do, too!

This was made with scraps of old jeans, a scrap of painted batting, and some more scraps of yarn and whatever threads were left on bobbins from previous projects.  Fun way to use up the clutter!

Today, I'm cutting out can-can dancers for the Black, White and Yellow in Paris challenge, which is due on the 15th, so I hope you don't mind if this is brief.  I'll post pics soon, I hope!

Have some fun with your fabric today!

Monday, April 5, 2010

April Showers

Yesterday, the sunshine brought out the tulips - I love a red, yellow and green color scheme!
Just have to share this little pic with you:
The turnout at church yesterday was also impressive:
Many a joyful noise was raised in praise!

And, while shopping for Easter goodies, I came upon this rather unusual 'color fix':
not that I would personally sit there, but I think is is meant to be a chair, yes?

and this is what I'm working on today, although the colors are actually a lot brighter than this photo:
Hope you have a joyful, creative week.

See you next week!