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04/30/09
Quilting Again
Filed under: General, Quilt Art, Creativity
Posted by: Mary @ 9:49 pm

My folder full of sketches for journal quilts was found buried in a pile and that will be a great starting point for a renewed interest in quilting. I haven’t been able to sew or work on any quilts since the hand injury last September and need to start slow. Life in general has not been conducive to quiltmaking for a number of years but things are starting to settle out.

The piece I was working on last summer was my rainbow leaves quilt for my bed which has been a long while in the making. I designed three different foundation pieced leaves as well as a random appearing layout over a grid using Adobe Illustrator. I am wrestling the alligator and doing free motion machine quilting myself using Sulky rayon thread along with Valdani hand-dyed variegated thread in the border. In the strip colored border I am thread painting various freeform leaves interconnected by vines. In the white background areas I am
creating a meandering puzzle pattern. The leaves themselves are left unquilted so that they will appear slightly raised from the surface.



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04/25/09
Butterflies - Sunday Postcard Art
Filed under: General, Collage, Creativity, Sunday Postcard Art, Digital Art
Posted by: Mary @ 8:43 pm

This week’s theme for Sunday Postcard Art is Butterflies. I decided that it would be fun to use a typography treatment to interpret the theme and filled in the space created by the letters with butterflies and flowers. The butterflies are free clipart from Dover Publications and the flowers are free vector art by DragonArtz Designs downloaded from Qvectors. This was a very enjoyable postcard to create on what turned out to be the first real day of spring here - sunny and warm enough to ditch the jacket :-)



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04/11/09
Easter - Sunday Postcard Art
Filed under: General, Collage, Sunday Postcard Art, Digital Art
Posted by: Mary @ 5:47 pm

My postcard for this week’s SPA challenge was inspired by the wonderful Flower Vector Art created by DragonArtz Designs and found on the QVectors Quality Free Vector Graphics site. More inspirational work by DragonArtz Designs can be seen at http://dragonartz.wordpress.com/.



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04/01/09
3 Little Books
Filed under: General, Book Arts, Creativity
Posted by: Mary @ 7:23 am

On Saturday I spent the day making 3 little books. Using the basic accordion book idea from Handcrafted Journals, Albums, Scrapbooks & More by Marie Browning as a jumping off point, I experimented with the design of my own small book. The book does not close perfectly because of the way I constructed the cover as one piece with no spine or hinge, but it is quite pleasing standing up on a table or bookshelf as a display piece. I plan on working on the design further and posting step by step instructions when I have worked out the design issues. These books measure 3-1/4″ wide by 4-1/4″ high on the outside with the inside signature measuring 3″ wide by 4″ high. Materials used are chipboard, scrapbooking paper, yes glue, glue stick, 24″ by 4″ strip of cansons mi tientes paper or cardstock pieced together, miscellaneous photos, images and ephemera, ink pen for writing in book, bone folder, ruler, pencil, wax paper, and cutting tools. Instructions for a basic accordion book with separate front and back covers can be found at Anna Hawthorne Bookarts. Here are a few photos of my 3 little books.



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