Monday, November 17, 2014

A Tiny News Book

Cover with Little Booklet Pages Bound with Glue and Fabric
Have you ever had one of those mornings when you don't hit the floor running and just flip on the early morning news to wake you up as you sip that first go-juice cup of coffee?  That was my morning today.  The repetitive warning nature of the news items didn't do much to stimulate creativity but fortunately some left over cuttings of card stock, pens and Derwent Inktense pencils were close at hand.  Bonus! 

What emerged was a little booklet that documents the ho-hum start of my day and at least let color into it.
Page 2 - First Warning
Page 3 - Second Warning
Page 4 - Good News (finally!)
Page 5 - Third Warning? (It looked nice and warm to me!)
Page 6 - Fourth Warning - fire conditions
Page 7 - Fifth Warning - more fire condition warnings
Page 8 - 6th Warning - Driving off cliffs is dangerous
Page 9 - 7th Warning (Ebola will kill...OH NOOOO!)
Although the news never seems to be uplifting, I have often found that if I make make light of it, then the morning doomsday pall doesn't hang over the rest of the day.  Today's doodling parody was no exception.  It was a beautiful, productive day and perhaps the repetitive, droning, red flag warnings were of value after all.  So far, no wildfires have been reported in San Diego County and that is a blessing!

Tomorrow, yes, tomorrow I hope to post a fiber art topic.

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

Monday, November 3, 2014

Fantasy Insect Flight - Fiber Art Post Cards


 
It seems that it is almost impossible for me to discard anything that might be used.  After cutting a Soft Kut block to a size I needed for another project, a narrow rectangular piece was left over and I was moved to cut a vine shape into it.  That little block lay on my worktable for a few days.  I auditioned it on a scrap of fabric.  Hmmmm.  I liked it but what to do with it?

I had a few sticky back foam sheets that begged me to cut out a flying insect shape.  Ah, ha!  Serendipitously I happened to lay it near the little vine block and flying insect post cards were off to a flying start.

I drew around a 4"x6" post card five times to establish where to place the stamp prints and here is how the postcards developed. (Only 5 card shapes would fit onto the remnant of fabric or I would have stamped more.)

Vine and Insect Stamp

 Acrylic Paint Mixed and Fabric Medium Applied with Fabric Sponge
Repeat Images Stamped onto Hand Dyed Fabric
Fabric Layered onto Low Loft Cotton Batting and Stitched
Free Motion Quilting in Progress
Establishing Where to Cut the Image from the Fabric

Cutting the Post Card Image from the Fabric
Ironing Fusible Webbing to Post Card Back
Fusing the Front to the Back between Folded Teflon Sheet
Final Set of 5 Post Cards (after zig-zaging edges closed)
Always remember, never fear to experiment.  
Sometimes wonderful things happen.
© Linda Friedman 2014.  All rights reserved.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Bird in a Nest - Fabric Post Card


Snippets of thread and fabric always accumulate on the worktable next to my sewing machine.  They look like birds’ nests and tossing them seems to be such a waste of resources.  Instead of relegating them to the trash, I am now am working them into fabric post cards.  
 A little water soluble stabilizer, some free motion stitching, a bit of fusible webbing, a couple of Inktense "painted" birds on fabric, a printed postcard back, closure with zigzag stitching, and wa-la, we have birds in nests ready to be mailed.

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

Yay! "Homeward Flight" Sold at SAQA Auction

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It was exciting to check in on the Studio Art Quilts 2014 Benefit Auction today to find that my donated quilt, "Homeward Flight" had sold to a private collection.  Yay!  It makes me feel so good to be able to contribute to this great organization that endlessly strives to promote quilts as art.

If you desire to add a fantastic quilted art work to your collection, be sure to visit the Studio Art Quilts exhibit in Houston if you attend the event or go to the Studio Art Quilts website to purchase a work.
Always remember, never fear to experiment.  
Sometimes wonderful things happen.
© Linda Friedman 2014.  All rights reserved.