Eastern Blue Bird

Today is day 29 of the 60 day bird challenge.  I choose to draw an eastern bluebird and recreate it in fabric and thread.  Here are some pictures that show my process.  I used Elmer’s glue stick to hold everything until I stitched.  The pieces of fabric were cut free hand and held up to the drawing to make sure the shape was right and then stuck to the canvas.  I did not use stabilizer behind my piece.

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Construction of a Quilt – Mother Earth Chalenge

Mother Earth Challenge

So here is a picture of the Mother Earth Challenge hanging at the QAK exhibit.  My piece is entitled Vulnerability.  There are lots of  symbols that represent Mother Earth from various cultures.  I used more than the required 5″ square of non-woven material.  My choices included, candy wrappers, heavy stabilizer painted, plastic, angelia fibers and more.

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QAK in semi finalists in Grand Rapids Michigan

Just found out that the Quilt Artists of Kentucky are semi-finalists in the Grand Rapids, Michigan AQS Show.  Will find out more later.  These were our challenge quilts from last year based on an apron.  Here was my quilt “Broken apron strings; Women Pioneering Reform in Kentucky.”DFeganApronQAK

A close up of one of the women.

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My inspiration apron that folds in to a pioneer bonnet.

Will post more about each individual woman later.

Pets on Quilts 2014

Pets On Quilts Show 2014

Lilypad Quilting is holding the annual Pets On Quilt Show again. It should be a very fun event.
Here is my entry for the dog themed quilt category.  The quilt is called Pug.  He was sketched on canvas and then lots of freehand cut scraps were layered over this.  The background is pieced.  Then the dog was thread painted and the inner background  free motion stippled.  He was bound and then a second boarder was added.  The background is covered in free motion stitching of dog bones.
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Some close ups

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I will be having a small give away.  The winner will receive a Cool Neck Tie for their dog.  When the Cool Neck Tie is soaked in water, the crystal granules absorb the water, expand, and turn into a crystalline gel. The cotton fabric absorbs water from the gel, then the water evaporates for a cooling effect. Cool Neck Ties stay cool and moist for hours due to the crystal’s water-retaining properties.     I will just need to know if you have a small, medium or large size dog. You may also suggest a color you like.   And if you don’t have a pet pooch they are great for people too.

Have fun!

Quilts with a Kick 2014

The annual QAK quilt exhibit is open.  Our themes this year was mother earth. If you can’t get to Berea to see the Quilt’s with Kick exhibit here is a link to the gallery online.   QAK quilts with a Kick  The gallery of photos is good, but to see the work in person is so much better.  Not all the quilts are shown here. A lot  of the quilts are 3D or have wonderful pictures quilted in the background that you cannot appreciate from the photos.  The Exhibit runs until August 30th and then moves to Lexington.