Making a few new pillows is a great way to change up your decor a little. I love to decorate for the seasons and bring the seasons into my favorite rooms like the kitchen and the living room where I can welcome guests with something new and fresh every few months. I made this pillow for an online pillow swap and couldn't help making a couple for myself! I love any excuse to make something with a few of my signature birds, doing some fussy cutting and a little thread painting!
Monday, November 5, 2012
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
After raiding my garage and pulling out as many t-shirts as I could find, I spent the week end making scarves! These were so much fun to make! I found lots of versions of this fun scarf on Pinterest and added a few touches of my own! I experimented with making some fabric flowers with my scraps and loved the results so much that they ended up as embellishment for my scarves! I made over a dozen in lots of colors and prints!! I thought they would be fun for my studio "open house" that I'm hosting this week! Stop by and say hello!
Thursday, September 6, 2012
This fabric has quite a history. I was involved in saving the only arts/crafts center in Salt Lake City. The Pioneer Craft House was about to be sold off and the contents being gathered up to be mostly given away or thrown in the dumpster. The historic arts and crafts cluster of small charming and historic buildings was founded in the early 50's by Mrs. Beesley who loved every form of the arts with a passion. Her puppet theater and puppet collection was extensive and priceless to those who knew of their value and had been confirmed when I took a few of them to the "Antiques Roadshow" when it came to Salt Lake. And yet it was all on the chopping block. the good news is that after 3 years of negotiating and getting a bond from the county we were able to save the buildings but of all her many art collections the only one that remains intact for now are the puppets. Everything else was recently sold off at a garage sale by Salt Lake County who obviously didn't know what they had! The buildings will remain but the charm and the history are all gone.
When we were first working to save the center, closets were being cleaned out and drawers that hadn't been opened became my job to clean out. Mrs. Beesley didn't throw anything away! There was even a box of shoelaces from the 50s that someone had donated and they say she used them to teach women at the prison how to weave. Weaving and textiles were another one of her passions so there were closets and drawers filled with cones of yarn and stacks of textiles. One closet was full of sample books and stacks of sample fabrics from a large local furniture store and interior design house that had long since closed it's doors. It was all labed for the dumpster and so instead of taking it to the dumpster, I filled up the back of my van and made multiple trips to my studio until it was out of their way!
This was one of my favorite pieces that remined me of the 60's and 70's years of the "flower child" and woodstock! The look was so very retro and I had been pulling it out every once in awhile just waiting to give it new life. There were two panels that I joined with bright orange ric rac and put it on the quilting machine and just started to play!
I used a high loft batting to give it dimension and to make the daffodils and butterflys pop! I think it will make a fun piece for the wall in a little girls room or as a bed throw! There will be more pieces from the "Pioneer Craft House" Collection in the future!
I used a batting that would make the flowers and butterflys on this vintage fabric panel pop! The colors were wo bright and the butterflys soooo retro that I just knew it had to be quilted!!
I spent the afternoon just playing with my longarm machine and just free motioned this "flower child"-like design.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
This whole cloth quilt is made with fabric that I used for Bridal parties when I had a Bridal Shop in Salt Lake City in the 80's. The fabric is Qiana. they stopped making this luxurious fabric in the late 80's because it became more expensive to produce than silk! I bought up alot of it because it had the look and feel of silk but was wshable! This Qiana is a very fine knit so I backed this quilt with a fine soft tricot to keep the whole quilt soft and silky! I love the puffy result and the elegant look and feel! The challenge was putting the two knits on the longarm frame and not stretching it to death when I rolled the quilt!
The sheen of the fabric gives such a luxurious effect that I can't wait to do more! What a great gift for the holidays to just about anyone! I have some unique colors as well to work with so it should be fun to make a few more. I used a rayon thread for the quilting that also adds to the elegance of the quilt.
Drop by the studio and touch this one!
Friday, July 20, 2012
I spent this week cutting up my husbands old jeans and shirts for this quilt! I wanted to make a quilt embroidered with the words to a song I had been thinking of alot lately. "have I done any good in the world today? Have I helped anyone in need? Have I cheered up the sad or made someone feel glad? If not I have failed indeed" This is just one verse that is embroidered with free motion embroidered on patches in the quilt.
I started piecing with traditional seams and decided that I wanted a more frayed, rough look to the quilt so I started lapping some of the seams and brushing them with my wire chenille brush! I loved the frayed/fringed look of the new seams and used that along with the traditional seams throughout the rest of the quilt.
I fused shirt pieces and began cutting free form hearts to applique over my frayed blocks to keep the theme of love in the quilt. The pant pockets were added after the quilt was completely finished.
I wanted to keep the "re-cycled/repurposed" idea of the quilt when I was looking for a backing. I was shopping for a flannel sheet in the department store when I thought of going to the thrift store for something for the back of the quilt. Two thrift stores later I found the perfect bright red knit vintage sheet! My "found" fabric quilt was complete. I'll be taking this quilt to the Restoring Love gathering in Dallas Texas next week! I hope to see you there!
Thursday, June 28, 2012
I've been collecting bags of selvage edges thinking that I would eventually make a full size quilt. I just haven't had the time to dedicate to the project so I thought I'd play with a few mini quilts using up some of these bright designer selvage strips. I also purchased a new 9 degree ruler that I had wanted to play with for months! This "on the edge" flower seemed like the perfect project! It was fun to play with and I made several extra flowers that I think would make a fun quilt along with some strip pieced selvage blocks. What do you think? I used a scrap piece of polka dot piping for the stem and was really happy with the result. Sometimes the best things happen when you just have an afternoon to play.
Monday, June 4, 2012
You can find the quilt artist who inspired me here! His work is amazing!
Saturday, May 26, 2012
A rainy memorial day week end has given me the opportunity to do a little WIP work for a few days. I have had this queen size quilt made with some ugly stash vintage fabrics all pieced and quilted for awhile. The quilt just wasn't doing anything for me. After returning from New York City where I experienced an inspiring quilt lecture and trunk show at the American Craft and folk museum on 66th Street I had been thinking of using this simple pieced quilt as a canvas for something more exciting. I guess it was because of the touch of pink in some of the blocks that brought visions of flamingos into my head. Although I toyed with other ideas....the flamingos just wouldn't go away. I am definitely not an artist and I don't often feel inclined to even attempt to draw anything let along a pair of flamingos but I couldn't find anything that I liked on the internet...a few close but no prize possibilites. In frustration I finally pinned a few sheets of tissue paper together and began to sketch. This pair was the finished result. Now it's time to put it back onto the longarm and do a little thread painting. I'll let you see it again when it is all finished and bound. I think I'll take it to Liberty Park for it's final photo session. They need to be close to a little water and maybe a few fountains! Have a good holiday week end!
Monday, May 14, 2012
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Another thing that Sue does with her quilts that makes them hang well and look perfect in the exhibition is a trick that I want to try on my next art quilt. She has a sleeve in both the top and the bottom of her quilts. The top sleep has a 2 inch board in it to keep the top straight and smooth . The bottom sleeve also has a board in it. It weights the quilts and it really makes a difference in how her quilts hang and show in the exhibit. I hope you enjoy looking at these wonderful quilts as much as I did! Be sure and visit Sue Benner's website to see more.
As you can see there was a wealth of inspiration to be found in the "City" and I can't wait to share more of it with you!
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
I enjoyed the gardens so much last week that I went back for another stroll! what a nice way to spend the morning! There is nothing more inspiring for the creative spirit than nature itself!
Monday, April 9, 2012
I often go Walking in meadows of clover,
And I gather armfuls of blossoms of blue
I gather the blossoms the whole meadow over
Dear mother all flowers remind me of you.
Oh mother I give you my love with each flower
To give forth sweet fragrance a whole lifetime through;
For if I love blossoms and meadows and walking,
I learned how to love them dear mother from you.
Friday, April 6, 2012
I love taking part in online swaps! It have met so many wonderful quilting friends online from all over the world! I love following their blogs, chatting with them online and sharing with them through a variety of swaps from mini quilts to "Pretty Little Pouches"! This one is for my secret partner in the Pretty Little Pouch Swap number 4! I saw this design online and have had it in the back of my mind for months. I spent all morning trying to find it again so I could post the link but with no success! I hope someone will remember seeing it too and will be able to help me find the original designer! I thought this was such a clever way to use a simple hexie log cabin with extending the final row out to the edges and adding some handstitching. I am using an imported characoal grey linen for the base and my favorite new Moda collection of hand dyed design prints for the bright pop of colors! I love taking the time to do the handstitching. It gives the bag such a personal finished touch. You will see more tomorrow when the little bag is finished and ready to be mailed! If you haven't done an online swap! Do it! It's so fun to share what you love and it gives you the opportunity to try new techniques and designs.
Friday, March 16, 2012
I was thrilled to find out that my quilt was chosen for the cover of the new issue of Quiltmania Magazine. The magazine is published in France but is distributed in the US as well in an english version. If your local quilt shop doesn't have it you can find it at Barnes and Noble Bookstores! We will also have copies available on my website. www.fauxchenille.com as well as kits for the quilt. This was such a fun quilt to make and the chenille gives it a wonderful texture a little bit of a vintage feel. I hope you will make yourself one for spring!
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
My Bird on a Wire quilt is on the cover of the Quiltmania Magazine! The pattern and instructions are in issue #88. This was such a fun little quilt to design and make. I hope you will enjoy making one for yourself! Kits for the quilt are available here www.fauxchenille.com
Saturday, February 25, 2012
I just finished this little "Eat, Play, Sleep, Repeat" Quilt for an upcoming show in Puyuallup Washington March 1st through the 4th. It's one of my favorite shows of that year. This is the firt year I won't be teaching but I will be teaching again next year. It will be nice to have time to just visit with so many of our wonderful customers that we see there every year. If you've never been to the Sewing Expo in Washington, it's one of the largest in the nation. All of the national teachers are there and it's worth fighting the crowds ot enthusiastic sewers and quilters to attend! Hope you'll drop by and say hello and see all of the new surprises we have waiting for you!
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
It's the new year and I'm finally back on track and ready to blog again. I have so many new projects in progress and I'm excited to share them. My studio is organized and is such a pleasure to work in. You can see my studio wall here with all of my new shelves for my collection of fat quarters. I will share more views of my studio in the coming weeks. The little white chair stacked with my mother in laws vintage bread pans full of fat quarters was the chair my husband sat on to have his hair cut when he was a boy! You can see that my shelves on the wall on filled with memorabelia. These are some of the things that inspire me and bring back so many memories as I work.