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November 14, 2022
extending pattern from Karen Ann Ruane

extending pattern, embroidered paper

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October 25, 2022
pin pricking from Karen Ann Ruane

pin pricking for embroidery design

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October 14, 2022
fold, cut and stitch. from Karen Ann Ruane

folded and stitched pages

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October 8, 2022
beginning from Karen Ann Ruane

the beginning of a hand stitched notebook

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September 29, 2022
September 2022 OMG Finish from Quilt Paint Create

My OMG for September was to complete my Art quilt Group’s improv challenge.

I started with white fabric and added glue as a resist.

Then I painted it.

Then I washed out the glue and added texture with paintstik over a rubbing plate.

Then I added more paint.

To make it useful, I turned it into a project bag.

Bag Front

I had a lot of fun returning to my surface design roots. The challenge is to do something with the fabrics. This time around I’m committed to using it as I create it.

Bag back

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September 4, 2022
Improv Houses.....Design Wall from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


Time to get the Improv Houses 

up on the design wall...

 


I had to get them up just to see if 

the sold red hand dyes

worked with the black X commercial fabrics...






The X fabric creates some texture...





The more houses up on the design wall,

the better I like it...





It has been great FUN incorporating 

my thickened dye surface design fabrics

into this project...








Over 40 houses on the wall so far...


Of course, I am already thinking about

and edge treatment...





I have several 1 yard pieces that I created

with black thickened dye...





I folded ...

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August 24, 2022
Improv Houses... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


I was pawing through the fabric cupboard

and found these surface design fabrics...

 


Created with black thickened dye...





Check out what I wrote on the selvage...

I created this fabric with hand made 

nature brushes and 

thickened dye.....in 2018





Looks like it was FUN making this piece !





These circles were created with a

nature brush made from feathers...





This fabric was created by putting strings under

the fabric then rubbing over the top with

thickened dye...



I also found this soy waxed fabric:


I wrote on the fabric with hot soy wax,

after it cooled off and hardened,

I ...

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August 12, 2022
Rags To Riches from The Snarky Quilter

One of my favorite surface design tools is thermofax screens. These screens are sort of like silk screens, but a lot easier to use. You need fabric paint or ink, fabric or paper, some kind of squeegee (an old credit card will do,) and a container of water large enough to hold your screen once you use it. If you clean the screen promptly it should last a while. If you don’t, it gets clogged and you can’t push ink through.

You can buy such screens online from several venders. You can also make them yourself IF you ...

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August 5, 2022
The Bloomin’ Quilting Is Done from The Snarky Quilter

Bloomin’ is defined as “just a casual swear word” by The Urban Dictionary, and I used a few while quilting Rhody. As I recounted in an earlier post, I have been developing an impressionistic floral piece made with fabrics I had dyed, painted, and printed.

My original plan called for an undulating circular walking foot quilting design in several thread colors. Then, I decided to create the illusion of leaves around the edges. I had already reached the limits of walking foot quilting on the circular part, so I knew FMQ was the only way I could do leaves.

It ...

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June 26, 2022
Sunday Stash June 26, 2022 from Quilt Paint Create

No change in the numbers.

I started quilting Punkin Patch and hope to finish it this week. It’s not a large quilt, and the pumpkins are already quilted.

I chose the next mindless sewing project, a shirt out of some double gauze I bought a few years ago. I also chose the next not so mindless project.

I pieced the blocks ten years ago and stamped leaf and various other shapes on them. I also stamped leaves on fabric pieces and pieced some blocks I didn’t stamp. I’ve always thought of this as The Wall Quilt, but ...

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May 6, 2022
Happy Accidents from The Snarky Quilter

Sometimes I decide to combine a collection of my painted/printed/altered fabric parts just to see if I can make them work together. Typically, I have no plan, not even a sketch. It’s a highly inefficient way to create, but I find it fun. Plus, it takes my mind off of any real world worries.

My latest mashup began with a naughty Roomba. I had unleashed it in my bedroom where it’s great for under the bed vacuuming. Unfortunately, I had stored a large sheet of lacy handmade paper between cardboard there, and the Roomba managed to ...

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April 16, 2022
developing design from Karen Ann Ruane

developing design

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April 1, 2022
as and when (again) from Karen Ann Ruane

stitching a notebook

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March 20, 2022
gimp, embroidery threads and hand wrapped buttons. from Karen Ann Ruane

gimp, embroidery threads and hand wrapped buttons.

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March 15, 2022
recording colour from Karen Ann Ruane

textile/surface design, recording colour.

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March 11, 2022
developing design from Karen Ann Ruane

extending design ideas, embroidery and surface design.

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March 9, 2022
buttons as a colour reference from Karen Ann Ruane

hand wrapped buttons, a colour reference tool

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March 5, 2022
extending surface design from Karen Ann Ruane

extending surface design, embroidery,

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March 2, 2022
table from Karen Ann Ruane

surface design

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Fabulous Finish....Number 5 from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

 

This improv piece has been sitting

around for almost 2 years...

It has waited long enough.


The top consists of Pick Up Stix blocks...





This is a piece I hand dyed and

         silk screened.

I sliced it up and created borders...



The quilt top is ready to be basted and

go under the needle...




This is a small quilt so I am doing the

machine quilting on my Bernina Artista 200...





I am using a walking foot for the

simple, wavy, line quilting...





The white thread does not compete with

the pick up stix blocks

and shows up nicely in ...

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