Saturday, July 26, 2014

Linda's Art Quilts Announces an Alternate Winner of Fabric

HEAR YE!  HEAR YE!  
AN ALTERNATE WINNER OF MY HAND DYED FABRIC HAS BEEN CHOSEN
After my week-long search for one of the first two randomly chosen winners of the hand dyed fabric, I failed to find that individual.  As forecast in my posts, a new winner would need to be chosen if the person did not respond.  I ran another randomized pick this morning and an alternate winner has been chosen.  

CONGRATULATIONS, HOLLY!!!

Many thanks to everyone who visited my blog during the Quilting Arts TV Series 1400 bloghop and special thanks to those who left comments.  

Always remember, never fear to experiment.  
 Sometimes wonderful things happen.
 © Linda Friedman 2014.  All rights reserved.

Friday, July 25, 2014

LAST DAY FOR NANCY S. TO CLAIM GIVEAWAY FABRIC

Nancy S., this is the final day for you to claim the fabric that you were randomized to win when you visited my blog on the Quilting Arts TV Series 1400 Blog Hop.  One more time...If you are reading this, please click on the "About Me" icon and then send me a confidential e-mail with your mailing address.  If I don't hear from you today, I will need to randomize the entrants again and give the fabric to another person who visited the blog and left a comment.    I'm holding my breath waiting to hear from you.
Always remember, never fear to experiment.  
 Sometimes wonderful things happen.
 © Linda Friedman 2014.  All rights reserved.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

STILL LOOKING FOR NANCY S. TO CLAIM THE WON FABRIC

Nancy S.,  you won one of my hand dyed fabrics.  Please visit my blog, click on "About Me" and then on "E-Mail" and send your mailing address to me confidentially via e-mail.  If you don't claim the fabric within a week, I'm going to need to randomize the comments to pick another winner.

Hope to hear from you soon.

Always remember, never fear to experiment.  
 Sometimes wonderful things happen.
 © Linda Friedman 2014.  All rights reserved.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Searching for Nancy S.--You won a yard of fabric

This entry is a search for Nancy S. who posted a comment on my blog on Saturday, July 19th at 12:51 p.m.

Nancy, your entry was randomly chosen to win one of my hand dyed fabrics.  If you click on the "About Me" picture at the top of the blog and then click on "E-Mail", you can send me your mailing address confidentially.

If Nancy does not respond within the week, I'll randomize the comments again and find an alternate winner for the fabric giveaway.

I greatly appreciated all the comments and hope that many of you visit again soon.  I also hope you drop in on all the Quilting Arts TV Series 1400 blogs in the blog hop that was announced by Vivika DeNegre of Quilting Daily.  Here is a list of the featured blogs.



July 18: Vivika DeNegre at quiltingdaily.com
July 19: Luana Rubin (luanarubin.typepad.com)/Linda Friedman (lindasartquilts.blogspot.com)
July 20: Sarah Ann Smith (sarahannsmith.com/weblog)/Karen Gloeggler (http://www.seminarandsew.com)
July 21: Carrie Bloomston (suchitysuch.blogspot.com/ Catherine Redford (catherineredford.com)
July 22: Sue Reno (suereno.blogspot.com)/ Rebekah Meier (rebekahmeier.com)
July 23: Lyric Kinard (lyrickinard.com/blog) / Margie Ullery (ribboncandyquilts.blogspot.com)
July 24: Cheryl Sleboda (muppin.com/wordpress/) / Jane Sassaman (janesassaman.com/weblog)
July 25: Susan Brubaker Knapp (bluemoonriver.blogspot.com)
Always remember, never fear to experiment.  
 Sometimes wonderful things happen.
 © Linda Friedman 2014.  All rights reserved.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Announcing Fabric Giveaway Winners

Congratulations to Carolyn and Nancy S.!  


WooHoo!  You are the winners of the randomized giveaway of my hand dyed fabric.  

So that I know where to send the fabric, click on my "About Me" photo on this blog and then click on "E-Mail" where you can privately communicate your mailing address.  If you do this today, I will have the fabric in the mail tomorrow.

Thanks to everyone who dropped in on my blog at the start of the Quilting Arts TV Series 1400 blog hop.  I tremendously enjoyed your comments and hope that you will visit again.

Be sure to check out the next blog on the Quilting Arts Blog hop.  Here is the schedule:

July 18: Vivika DeNegre at quiltingdaily.com
July 19: Luana Rubin (luanarubin.typepad.com)/Linda Friedman (lindasartquilts.blogspot.com)
July 20: Sarah Ann Smith (sarahannsmith.com/weblog)/Karen Gloeggler (http://www.seminarandsew.com)
July 21: Carrie Bloomston (suchitysuch.blogspot.com/ Catherine Redford (catherineredford.com)
July 22: Sue Reno (suereno.blogspot.com)/ Rebekah Meier (rebekahmeier.com)
July 23: Lyric Kinard (lyrickinard.com/blog) / Margie Ullery (ribboncandyquilts.blogspot.com)
July 24: Cheryl Sleboda (muppin.com/wordpress/) / Jane Sassaman (janesassaman.com/weblog)
July 25: Susan Brubaker Knapp (bluemoonriver.blogspot.com)

Always remember, never fear to experiment.  
Sometimes wonderful things happen.

 © Linda Friedman 2014.  All rights reserved.
 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Dyed Mottled Fabric, A Free Pattern and a Fabric Giveaway

Welcome, blog hoppers!  What a great morning it is.  Participating in this week-long blog hop with other demonstrators on the Quilting Arts TV Series 1400 is not only fun but it is an honor to be in such accomplished company.
 

I hope you will be checking out others' blogs on this hop.  I have visited them and greatly enjoyed each one.

If you leave a comment in the comments section below, you will be automatically entered into a random drawing for 1 yard of 100% cotton fabric that I have dyed using an adaptation of the method that I demonstrated on Quilting Arts TV Series 1400.  There will be two randomly chosen winners who will receive 1 yard each, so be sure to leave a comment.

These are the two fabrics that I will be giving away.

 

In my segment of the series I demonstrate a method of applying water soluble, non-toxic dyes directly to fabric to achieve some fun and often serendipitously astounding mottled fabrics.

Today I am going to talk about two subjects - (1) A recent dying project and (2) A free pattern for a vinyl covered apron to use when dyeing.

(1)  STEPS TO ACHIEVING A MOTTLED EFFECT ON FABRIC

Recently I have been working on a 36" x 48" quilt with a "Shadows" theme by adapting into fiber an acrylic painting that one of my daughters created.  I found no commercial fabric that would produce the effect that I wanted to achieve.  The following will give a glimpse into how I dyed fabric to arrive at a background that would be perfect for the "Shadows" theme.

Step 1 - Cover the work surface with a large section of inexpensive, plastic drop cloth.
Plastic Drop Cloth Covering Work Surface
 
Step 2 - Arrange needed materials
 
Non-toxic, Liquid Dyes, Small Plastic Containers, Paint Brushes, Clean-up Rag

Step 3 - Prewash and rinse the fabric to assure that all sizing has been removed.  Let the fabric remain wet after the final rinse.

Step 4 - Lay out the wet fabric onto the plastic covered work surface.

Step 5 - Pour non-toxic, liquid Rit dyes into containers and add a few drops of HOT water.
The dye colors I used were aquamarine and pearl gray.

 
Pearl Gray Aquamarine, and Dye Fixative
Step 6 - Use wide paint brushes to randomly "paint" liquid dye colors directly onto the wet fabric.  

Step 7 - Note:  At this point I tried something that I had not done before.  I loaded one of the paint brushes with opaque white fabric paint and brushed the paint over the peaks that had formed as a result of the fabric shifting while applying the dye colors.  

Opaque White Fabric Paint Applied to Peaks
Unfortunately, I must report that whatever pigment renders the white fabric paint opaque made the paint stay on the surface and did not become one with the fabric.  Ultimately I scraped it off with the edge of an old credit card after it was "cooked" in the microwave oven.

Hint Leave some areas of the fabric white and let the dye do its natural bleeding.

Step 8 - Liberally spray Rit Dye fixative over the entire dye-painted fabric and let it sit for 20 minutes.

Step 9 - After letting the fixative work its magic for 20 minutes, cover the entire fabric, front and back, with microwave safe plastic wrap and then fold it into a package size that fits into the microwave oven.  Pinch the edges of the plastic envelope.  This creates a sort of envelope to capture steam.

Step 10 - Next, pop the folded "package" into the microwave on a high setting for 1 minute and 30 seconds.  Since steam is created inside the packet, it becomes very hot so let it sit for about 3 minutes before removing the packet from the microwave.

Step 11 - Peel off the plastic wrap and then rinse the fabric in warm water.  The dye fixative does a fantastic job of setting the colors and steam further sets them, so very little or no color will be dispersed into the rinse water.

Step 12 - After the fabric dries, iron it and it will be ready to use.

Here is the piece that I dyed.  it's perfect for the background of the quilt that I am designing.
(2) VINYL COVERED APRON PATTERN

An important consideration when dyeing fabric is protective outerwear.  Needless to say, gloves are necessary unless you really like dyed figernails and nail beds.  Next, unless one is meticulous about wearing grungy clothing where dye spatters don't matter, an apron really comes in handy.  A fabric apron provides some protection; however, a vinyl covered apron offers even greater protection for clothing. 

After unsuccessfully searching the internet for a vinyl covered apron, I couldn't find one.  Thus, I designed one, stitched it up and have found it perfect for those dyeing times in the studio--or anywhere, for that matter.  A quick swipe with a damp cloth and it's good as new/.

Completed Apron
APRON PATTERN







 And remember...Drum roll please...

Leave a comment and you will automatically be entered into a randomized drawing for a yard of my 100% cotton, hand dyed mottled fabric.  Two lucky visitors will each received one yard of fabric.
AND
Be sure to check out the next blog on the Quilting Arts Blog hop.  Here is the schedule:



July 18: Vivika DeNegre at quiltingdaily.com
July 19: Luana Rubin (luanarubin.typepad.com)/Linda Friedman (lindasartquilts.blogspot.com)
July 20: Sarah Ann Smith (sarahannsmith.com/weblog)/Karen Gloeggler (http://www.seminarandsew.com)
July 21: Carrie Bloomston (suchitysuch.blogspot.com/ Catherine Redford (catherineredford.com)
July 22: Sue Reno (suereno.blogspot.com)/ Rebekah Meier (rebekahmeier.com)
July 23: Lyric Kinard (lyrickinard.com/blog) / Margie Ullery (ribboncandyquilts.blogspot.com)
July 24: Cheryl Sleboda (muppin.com/wordpress/) / Jane Sassaman (janesassaman.com/weblog)
July 25: Susan Brubaker Knapp (bluemoonriver.blogspot.com)

Always remember, never fear to experiment.  
Sometimes wonderful things happen.

 © Linda Friedman 2014.  All rights reserved.


Friday, July 18, 2014

QATV Blog Post with Giveaway

For any who will be dropping in on my Quilting Arts TV blog hop tomorrow, it will be "live" at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, 7/19/14.

See you then.

Always remember, never fear to experiment. 
Sometimes wonderful things happen.
 © Linda Friedman 2014.  All rights reserved.

IT'S HERE! The QATV blog hop has begun.

Vivika Hansen DeNegre of Quilting Daily has launched the Quilting Arts blog hop!  I hope you all take this opportunity to visit the blogs of many contributors to Quilting Arts TV Series 1400.


My blog is scheduled for tomorrow.  If you drop in on my blog and leave a comment, you will have a chance to win 1 yard of my 100% hand dyed fabric

Here's the blog hop schedule.

July 18: Vivika DeNegre at quiltingdaily.com
July 19: Luana Rubin (luanarubin.typepad.com)/Linda Friedman (lindasartquilts.blogspot.com)
July 20: Sarah Ann Smith (sarahannsmith.com/weblog)/Karen Gloeggler (http://www.seminarandsew.com)
July 21: Carrie Bloomston (suchitysuch.blogspot.com/ Catherine Redford (catherineredford.com)
July 22: Sue Reno (suereno.blogspot.com)/ Rebekah Meier (rebekahmeier.com)
July 23: Lyric Kinard (lyrickinard.com/blog) / Margie Ullery (ribboncandyquilts.blogspot.com)
July 24: Cheryl Sleboda (muppin.com/wordpress/) / Jane Sassaman (janesassaman.com/weblog)
July 25: Susan Brubaker Knapp (bluemoonriver.blogspot.com)

Always remember, never fear to experiment. 
Sometimes wonderful things happen.
 © Linda Friedman 2014.  All rights reserved.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Quilting Arts TV Series 1400 Blog Hop Starts Tomorrow

Yea!  The Quilting Arts TV Series 1400 Blog Hop starts tomorrow.  Go to the Quilting Daily site to find the blog hop schedule and then hop on to the blogs listed for each day.  You're sure to find some great information and more than a few tantalizing treats.


Always remember, never fear to experiment. 
Sometimes wonderful things happen.
 © Linda Friedman 2014.  All rights reserved.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Turn Fabric Scraps into Art


If I were a betting woman, I'd wager that anyone who creates anything with fabric has a scrap bag filled with remnants of fabrics that are just too great to toss.  This construction consists of some of those prized fabric pieces in my ever growing stash of scraps.

It started with a few pieces serendipitously appearing next to each other on my worktable--a scrap of drop cloth canvas, a few mottled fabrics.  Also on the table was a collection jar of buttons.  All these items were singing to me.  Even though I was knee deep into another project, I was drawn to "play" with them just for the pure fun of it.
This remains a thought in progress.  I've thought of using it as a starting point for a larger work but am now considering surrounding it with a black border and then mounting it on a colored fabric background, making a frame and then stretching it like an artist canvas around the frame.

Here is one idea that is percolating in the mysterious recesses of my mind.

Meanwhile, I need to get back to working on a piece that has a deadline which will come all too soon if I continue to play with this piece.

One last word...Don't forget to check out the Quilting Daily blog next Friday, July 18, 2014 to start the blog hop with artists from Quilting Arts TV, Series 1400

Always remember, never fear to experiment.  

Sometimes wonderful things happen.
 © Linda Friedman 2014.  All rights reserved.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Get Ready for Quilting Arts TV, Series 1400, Blog Hop


Quilting Arts TV, Series 1400, is sure to be great fun, informational and it is now ready for pre-order.  If you want to have a glimpse of my segment, go to snippets from Episode 1411,  The first picture shows a quilt that I made for this year's Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc.'s on-line benefit auction.  Then, scroll down to the first picture in the 3rd row entitled, Episode 1411 Preview.

During the day that my segment was taped, I had the opportunity to meet several of the artists whose exciting techniques appear on other episodes of Quilting Arts TV, Series 1400,  so I can't want to get my copy and learn new techniques from other super-talented artists.

SPECIAL BLOG HOP SCOOP...

On July 18, 2014, a blog hop will be announced on the Quilting Daily blogThe blog hop will schedule Quilting Arts TV guest bloggers for slots the following week and will end with host, Susan Brubaker Knapp.  WooHoo!  My Linda's Art Quilts blog will be one of those on the blog hopI will be giving away to two lucky winners of a random drawing 1 yard each of 100% cotton fabric that I have dyed in the manner demonstrated in Quilting Arts TV, Series 1400 To be entered into the random drawing, all one needs to do is leave a comment on my blog posting that day.  On that blog will also be a scaled pattern with directions on construction.  You will have to wait to find out what the pattern is until the day that my blog is featured.  Even though the Quilting Daily blog will post the schedule for the blog hop, I will also post it, so be sure to tune back in for an update.

Always remember, never fear to experiment.  

Sometimes wonderful things happen.

© Linda Friedman 2014.  All rights reserved.

A New Series is Born

While experimenting with the use of household items as printing tools, two panels emerged, one that used the lid of a spray can and the other that used kitchen hand utensils and folded cardboard. These were intended only as audition pieces; however, after they lay a couple of weeks on the work table, the concept of pulling the panels together with a figure emerged, and that was the beginning a new series with a signature silhouetted figure and circles. Now my sketchbook runneth over with new ideas.

Flying Free

Flying Free
A New Series Begins

Wonder

Wonder
And There Was Light

Recognition

Recognition
Eden - 15"x24" -
Machine appliquéd photo transfer figures of Adam and Even atop a field of multicolored strips with a raised and glossy epoxy serpent binding the figures. Net overlay with outline quilting around stamped boarder motif. (15”x24”)

Alluvial Shadows

Alluvial Shadows

Alluvial Shadows


Appliquéd freeforms suggest fluid, shadowy overlays. Heavily beaded and embellished with coiled wire connecting levels. Batik fringing with beads.
(21 ½”x25”)

Celestial Order

Celestial Order

Couched yarns and threads meld with a felt star lit night sky to sing to the wonder of the firmament. (9”x13” excluding fringe)

Cherry Jubilee

Cherry Jubilee

Cherry Jubilee

Traditional needle turned appliquéd cherry tree branch highlighted with embroidery and beads atop a free motion quilted and triple bordered background. (12”x13” excluding frame)

Seaside Idyll

Seaside Idyll

Seaside Idyll

(In Blum Private Collection)
Heavily quilted, original fabric painting atop hand dyed background depicts two elegant women meeting upon the shore with fanciful pets that are fashioned after classic carousel figures. The Westwind breathes life into the figures and sways the willowy seaside flora while parasols offer protection from both sun and sand. (46”x19½” hung from fabric casing on reverse)


Heart of Pepper

Heart of Pepper

Heart of Pepper

Original needle punched botanical design on background of dense free motion quilting. (12”x12” excluding frame)

Cozumel Musings

Cozumel Musings

Cozumel Musings

Mixed media original underwater design. Hand dyed background overlaid with card woven feature. Fused, appliquéd and thread painted fish. (21”x39” excluding fringe)

Mi Corazon

Mi Corazon

Mi Corazon

Patchwork heart dotted with French knots atop hand quilted tree of life design executed with paintsticks and a variety of thread embroidery and yarn embellishments. (13 ½”x13 ½” excluding hanger)

Garden Fantasy

Garden Fantasy

Garden Fantasy

Single needle felted botanicals on a back-ground of quilted patchwork and bordered by prarie points. (22”x18” excluding antique hanger)

Koi Reflections #2

Koi Reflections #2

Koi Reflections #2

Hand painted koi fish with dense echo quilting. (21”x28”)

Koi Reflections #3

Hand painted and thread “painted” koi fish set on hand painted background with dense echo quilting. (21”x28”)

Koi Reflections #3

Koi Reflections #3

Appleseed Mirror

Fused and echo quilted apple with lame leaves on a freemotion quilted field of reds. Reverse mirror of “Apple Seed Mirror #2” (12”x12” excluding frame)