Thursday, January 31, 2013

Something's Fishy Continues

Something's Fishy is now ready for quilting. Here's how he finished up (and yes, the 3 yellow flower pins will be removed.)

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Gelli plate printing again....

Yes, I know, I'm always bragging on my friends. This is LaVon's fabulous gelli print quilt. I love it!  She's done such a great job of the quilting. I love the shimmering silver threads by Sulky that she used. Again, just "el cheapo" acrylic craft paint on white muslin. Stamped with a harlequin design. Just yummy.

This is what the gelli print looked like when she finished it, before it was heat set and quilted. It was wonderful then, but the quilting made it so much more...uh, I think fabulous is the word I'm looking for.

What did I do for fun before I found the gelli plate and introduced it to my friends? I can't remember. It's my favorite go-to technique.

We're in a group called the Art Players and we meet every two weeks to share ideas, thoughts, techniques, trials and triumphs. LaVon brought 5 finished art pieces she had done with gelli printing.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Registering AAQI Quilts

Today I registered 13 Alzheimer's Quilt donations through AAQI. 12 of them were gelli prints, including the one you see to the right. The Alzheimer's quilts are donated for auction with the money going to Alzheimer's research. My donations right now have totaled $979.40. As a member of the $1,000 Promise group, I have committed to donate quilts at least until my personal donation monies have totaled $1, I'm $20.40 short. And I want to keep donating.

I mailed the quilts in, they will be appearing shortly on my page and will be added to the quilts to be auctioned monthly online. If you haven't donated a quilt, please consider doing so. These little quilts I'm doing with the gelli plates are a perfect size, finishing approximately 8" by 10". The size limitation for the AAQI quilts is 9" x 12" so that they can fit into a priority mail envelope to be shipped to the winning bidder. This quilt will be available for bid soon at Meanwhile, there are many others that can be chosen.  

Friday, January 18, 2013

Quilt Show Sneak Preview 2013

Here is a sneak preview of my Self Portrait Challenge quilt from my local quilt group that will be in the statewide quilt show at the Mesa Convention Center on March 14-16. It is nearly ready to quilt and the entry was due today. Whew! I made it, got it in, it doesn't have to be quilted yet just photographed as a recognizable quilt. The quilting will come later. It will be 11" by 17" and is a "replica" of the photo that appears on my website and blog. It will be interesting to see what it looks like in finished form.

I also entered another quilt which is completed except for the binding/facing. I haven't decided which yet. It's further along, though, the quilting is done. And yes, my friend Sharon Brooks quilted this one for me. It's spectacular. She's a wonderful quilter and has certainly done justice to this one. More on it later...

For more information on how you can see these quilts at the annual Arizona Quilters Guild Show in March, go to and select Quilt Show.

Here are some of the earlier versions of this quilt as it was coming together. An I-Pad and Adobe Elements Touch made it relatively easy to do. Ii just couldn't figure out how to do a black-line drawing so I had to do that manually.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Fishy in Progress

Here is Something's Fishy in Progress. You can see some interfacing behind the fish along the top fin but it will be cutaway soon. I'm focusing on the water right now. I like the dark colors at the bottom but not so much along the left border. What do you think?

It's coming along...