Sunday, May 1, 2011

Quilting Arts Alliance Meeting

Last Tuesday was our Quilting Arts Alliance meeting, made up of wonderful women who share ideas and work and techniques, etc. I always love those meetings.

This week Nancy had the program and talked about two of the workshops she's been to recently. She gave us lots of great ideas that she had learned in two different machine stitching workshops that focused on thread sketching and thread painting. Very interesting projects and techniques. I hate that I didn't get any pictures of the work she showed us, it was outstanding!

I did get a few pictures, though. The following is a quilt done by Marybeth--it was wonderful! This is a type of trapunto using felt behind the flowers for the colors and the raised effects. I wish I'd gotten a close up for you!

Anita showed us one of her string quilts. I just love the mountains

And beautiful Diane modeled one of her felted hats:

And check out this hat that Diane created!

Frances had done the most wonderful, whimsical quilt of a close-up of a camel's face. You can check it out on her blog.

Hand Embroidery

That's enough about that, now let's talk about me! I'm still addicted to the hand embroidery I've been doing. For quite a while I have wanted to work on creating layers on and of fabrics. I haven't really put much together yet, but I love making "art cloth" with layers of paint and dye and stitching and printing and stamping and embellishing.

But, in the embroidery process, I've found another way to make layers. After needle felting various fibers, colors and textures on felt, I've been embroidering them and I'm so happy with the way they've turned out. They're all small--the largest is 6 x 8" and they still have to be finished with some edging stitches, but here's what I've done so far:

This one is called "Seasons"

"It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood:"

And I'm almost finished with "Easter Egg Hunt:"

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. They would be lovely just left as is, without edges.

  2. I really like all the color and the wonderful texture which you achieve in the pieces.

  3. You have really gotten my mind to thinking about hand embroidery!!

  4. Your pieces are very beautiful. I love your choice of colors, and your handwork is incredibly appealing. The joy that you must experience in making these pieces really shines through in your work.

  5. The hand embroideries are wonderful. I feel like you have taken a giant leap in that they are very loose and spirited! I wonder how they would look mounted on stretched canvas.
    And thanks for the pics and update on the QAA meeting, next best thing to being there!