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April 16, 2014
Autumn Leaves Art Quilt Series #2 from Mulberry Patch Quilts

I’m working on the second in the “Autumn Leaves” series for the McGregor-Marquette Center for the Arts.

It begins with one of my hand-dyed turquoise blue fabrics as a background.

This time I sandwiched the top and backing fabrics with low-loft Pellon batting, and a layer of craft interfacing (Pellon 809 Deco-Bond) before beginning.









Next I added more colors of shredded hand-dyed and batik fabrics to “paint with” and started sprinkling them on.  It takes a long time to adjust them just so.  I find a tweezers (or in this case a dental tool) works much better than fingers ...

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April 14, 2014
Art Quilt Backing Technique for Hanging on Wall from Mulberry Patch Quilts

I’ve been working furiously this week-end on creating a new autumn leaves art quilt using the “confetti” technique to add to my collection for the McGregor Marquette Center for the Arts display (opening May 16th).

Starting with a piece of my hand-dyed aqua fabric as a background, and shredding up several different hand-dyed shades of red, green, brown, black and yellows, I started “painting” by sprinkling the “confetti” onto the background.









then adding tulle netting and heavily free-hand quilting it with variegated cotton thread in shades of green, gold, red.  Finally adding the tree trunk and limbs in black ...

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August 23, 2013
Ahhhh… back to some normalcy, whatever that is… from Cowtown Quilts

And, for me, normalcy is me in my studio, working on quilts.

I had said in an earlier post where I was talking about using Zipper Leaders to hold quilts onto the frame that I would also post a picture at a later date of the clips I use – the Grip-Lite Clamps.  Well, here they are.  They are about the size of those potato bag clips, but a little bulkier.  I like them because they are easier for my old hands to open and close in order to clamp onto the fabric.

Joan's quilt 001

On the back of the clamp gives you ...

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