Busy Day

It was a run around morning for me, but I was able to stop off at the Mesquite Bean to buy two yards of Steam-a-Seam that I need for a baby quilt. I also purchased some four different types of black and white fabric…just because. I also purchased an Olfa cutting mat and new rotary blades. JoAnn’s had a great sale, and I had coupons. It ended up costing half the price.
This afternoon, I managed to make the Crazy Anne block for the gypsy wife quilt. It is perfectly named, because those little triangles drove me crazy. Having the new rut-less cutting mat certainly improved the accuracy of my cutting.

This evening, I made another fabric face. I tried something new, in order to get more contour on the face. I drew the head on paper. Then I drew contour lines on the paper face…sort of like a mask. I then traced the head on fabric. Next, I cut the paper contour mask and traced and cut them from fabric. I drew eyes on a small white scrap and laid it between the face and contour mask. A strip of fabric was laid down for the nose.
I have been using a glue stick to hold things down, but I am thinking I need to use some Steam-a-Seam. The only problem with using the fusible is that I am using tiny scraps and pieces. I probably can back some larger fabric pieces  and cut from there. But it seems like a waste of fusible, which is expensive. For the lips, I machine stitched with orange thread. I messed up when I made the glasses, so I will just say that Felicity bought an unbecoming pair of glasses. 😉


Felicity
Master Naturalist
Volunteers at the botanical garden
Yoga instructor at the senior recreation center
Vegetarian
Keeps a poetry journal
Her favorite poet is Emily Dickinson

Takes classes in water color

Fabric Faces

I have been searching online and in libraries for tutorials on making fabric collages. There are quite a few out there for making landscape fabric collages, but I am having difficulty finding any tutorials on creating fabric face collages. I found one that covers cardboard in fabric to make a face collage, but I like the idea of making a quilt block instead of a card stock and multi-media product. Any suggestions of books or tutorials on fabric face collages would be appreciated.
In the meantime, I am sketching faces in an art sketch book, and trying to transfer the concept to fabric. This morning, I visualized and sketched one person. Then, I ended up making a collage of an entirely different person. I am having difficulty making the eyes and noses. I tried highlighting with fabric pencil, but that did not work out too well. Maybe tomorrow, I will try fabric paint.

This is the original sketch of what I was trying to do:

I ended up with an entirely different “person”.

Julietta
President of the Quilting Guild

Nadine

I thought I had finished for the day, and I started to clean up the mess on my work table. I had scraps everywhere. When I picked up a grey polka-dot- on- grey scrap, I got a visual of some fluffy, layered hair.
Then I pulled out some white scraps and created a face to go along with this coiffure. More polka dots and Kaffe Fassett floral scraps, and voila! Nadine came to life. I sent a picture of Nadine to my sister, Emma. Of course, she immediately responded with a biography of Nadine.

Introducing: Nadine
Biography by Emma J. Virjan
Nadine
Bra-burner
Has three dogs
Loves Thich Nhat Hanh 
Makes Kick-ass cherry cobbler   
Zumbas on Wednesdays
Never turns down a glass of wine 
Bought Intel at a penny stock and is independently wealthy 

Fabric Faces

When I attended the International Quilt Festival in Houston this past year, I was in awe of the masterpiece quilts of faces and people. The intricate facial features made from fabric, expressing emotion, just blew me away.
Lately, I have been playing with fabric scraps to make small quilt blocks. I use a fabric collage technique to make landscape scenes. Today, I decided to try to make a fabric face collage. I used the smallest of scraps to shape the face, hair, and shoulders. I used FMQ for the cheeks and facial features. Then I drew over the FMQ with fabric marker for the eyes and to outline the nose. The pink lips are from a super tiny piece that I cut from a pink and white selvage. The piece is embellished with pearl seeds. The block is a 4.5″ square.

This is such a great challenge for me.There is a long way to go and so much to learn. But, it sure is fun to try new things.

Old Lady Wearing Pearls and Too Much Pink Lipstick                                                                                     “This is NOT a selfie!”  😉

Texas Hill Country

Yesterday was a beautiful day to be out in the Texas Hill Country. Absolutely gorgeous landscape. I tried to capture it in this small quilt collage. I was delighted to find small scraps of floral fabric that I had bought in a bag of scraps from a thrift shop in Georgetown, Texas last year. Not only do I hoard scraps that remain from my projects, I also buy other people’s scraps. 😀

Fun Friday

It has definitely been a Fun Friday. After taking care of business and enjoying this gorgeous spring day, I went straight to my sewing room.
The gypsy wife quilt project is turning out to be so much fun. I love the “scrappiness” and different sizes of each of the blocks. It is giving me the opportunity to play with fabric, mostly scraps. I am discovering that the more scraps I use, the more scraps I have left over! My bin of tiny, irregular sized scraps is overflowing. These pieces are perfect for the textile art squares that I am currently making. The first gypsy quilt block I made today was From the Heart. I have had this purple rose fabric for some time now, and I thought it worked perfectly for the heart. This block finishes at 6 inches.
From the Heart

The second gypsy wife quilt block I made was a bit tricky for me. There are 17 pieces for this block. I had just enough of a scrap to fussy cut from an inspirational word fabric for the center. This block finishes at 7.5 inches.
Hope from Hartford

These are the four blocks I have completed to date.

After I finished these blocks, I started working on another small textile art quilt block. I have been thinking of the time I was in Hawaii attending my niece’s wedding. That was about 10 years ago. The sunsets were amazing. I tried to capture the memory of these beautiful sunsets in today’s small quilt block.

I played music by Iz, Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, to get in the mood. I especially love his version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow. It was one of my morning greeting songs that I played for my students every morning. Of course, I also had to listen to Blue Hawaii by Elvis!
The music and this quilt block took me on a time travel adventure in my mind…a Fun Friday, indeed. I think I need to plan a real return trip to Hawaii.

Gypsy Wife Quilt

For the past few months, I have been building my stash bins with fabric that just catch my eye. I was purchasing fabric with no real quilt in mind. Last month, I was browsing around the Austin Sewing Machine and Quilting Shop in Round Rock, Texas. I found a book by Jen Kingwell, Gypsy Wife. I had never heard of the Gypsy Wife Quilts, so I looked on Pinterest and found so many beautiful examples. Of course, I returned to the shop and bought the pattern book. My goal is to use only the fabric I have in my stash bins. It will also be a good way to use up some scraps.
I made the first two blocks today.
Color Wheel Block
This block was made from small to medium scraps.

Pershing Block
The pink and the black and white fabric were cut from large remnants. The rest of the pieces were from scraps.

Small Quilt Blocks

In between working on some family projects, I have been making small quilt blocks. It is my attempt at some sort of textile art. As mentioned before, I tend to save every scrap of fabric. My sister, Emma, asked if I could send her some of my fabric remnants. She received them today. I am looking forward to seeing what she creates with them.
I chose to make 5.5″ blocks. I begin with a muslin square and then just layer fabric. I do not spend time looking through fabric, since I want it to be quick and random. I just pull out and sometimes just dump them on the muslin. I start sorting and pitching as I try to make a scene with the scraps. Machine stitching is used to hold the fabric. Then, I add hand stitching to add texture.

This was the first one I made.

I made this one today. I used thread scraps to make the bird nest.

Fabric Journal

Since I have finished making rugs and bowls, I was looking for something to do. Then I remembered that I had not yet made the monthly block for my 2019 fabric journal.
This is what I have made for the journal so far:

This will be the title page.

January                                                              February
March

For the April quotation block, I used one of my orphan blocks that I made years ago. Instead of embroidering over the printed quote, as I did on the others, I embroidered over a handwritten quote. It did not come out as neatly as the printed quotes, so lesson learned.

My tendency is to save even the smallest of fabric scraps. I have tried to be more practical and  organized, but my two scrap bins are full. I also save thread scraps. 🙄 As I was getting ready to throw these scraps away, I decided to upcycle them and use them in the April block instead. I threw a small amount of fabric scraps onto 10″ X 10″ muslin block. I scattered and played with the fabric before I threw on some of the thread and ribbon scraps. Then I covered the block with Sulky Wash Away Stabilizer.
I was able to practice some free motion quilting over the stabilizer. Then I cut some larger brown scraps into a tree limb. My sister had shared some birds that she drew, and she gave me permission to print them on fabric. I have made some items for her with these birds, and today, I used one of the birds for this textile art piece. I appliqued the bird and leaves to complete the piece. This fun process just confirmed that I will not be throwing away tiny scraps of fabric or thread. 😉

Happy Birthday, Emma!

Yesterday was Sibling Day. I have the best siblings ever.
The last time all we were all together was at Christmas. My brother lives in another state, so I do not get to see  him as frequently as I would like.
Today, Adri, and I, went to Gruene, Texas to meet up with our sister, Emma. We celebrated her upcoming birthday with lunch at the Gristmill.

Emma is an author and illustrator. She is creative, inspirational, and way too funny.
I had previously made her some pouches for her pens and pencils. She mentioned that she needed some more, so I made two. One pouch is a bit of an odd shape because I was using the leftover fabric from the other pouch I made.

Front View                    Back View

My dad used to call Emma, his “Yellow Rose”. I made a yellow rose brooch for her.

Front View           Back View          Pinned on my wrinkled shirt.

We had the perfect day for sitting by the river for lunch. The food at the Gristmill was great, and being with my sisters was a blast.
I’m the one on the right.

As you can see in the photos, Emma kept us laughing.