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Monday, July 25, 2011

ATC's and rusty stuff, MCQ quilt for show

I finished my first ATC (Artist Trading Card). It was really fun to make. I thought I took some photos as I was making it to show the process but I guess that was only in my mind. Next time, I will. Picture a simple flat piece of copper, 2.5" x 3.5". That is where it all began. It was shaped, painted, backed and stitched. Above is the card I sent and below is the card I received. I love the one I received it is called Behind the Garden Fence.

Here are a few photos of my rust dyed fabric from the hot humid days we had last week. I love this one. I know I could never make one exactly like this and that is one of the things I appreciate the most about rust dyed fabric.
This next one was hand dyed before I added the rust.
And a simple washer can add a cool touch of dimension to your fabric.

I don't think I ever posted a photo of my quilt for the Minnesota Contemporary Quilters challenge. This years theme was Twin Cities on the bias. We were supposed to show something about the Twin Cities (Minneapolis, St Paul) that shows our bias for one or the other. I created a map of the two cities and printed on fabric some photos of a few of the more notable buildings in the area. The only building with color is the photo of the Textile Center. That is my bias in the Twin Cities area.
Have a Creative Day

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

High humidity! It's good for...

When I woke up today the humidity was over 90%. Not a fun day outside are a tropical plant. The hibiscus on my deck is loving the heat and humidity. It has more blooms than I have ever seen on it's little branches. Just gorgeous to look at from my air conditioned house.

It is also perfect weather for rust dyeing fabric. I dug through my stash and found some fabric that was dyed and some fresh new white fabric, some silk and some cotton. It is all wrapped in plastic on my driveway right now. Do you think my neighbors wonder about me? The answer is, Yes! Now I am hoping it doesn't rain before it has time to leave an impression.

I have two different grates, some rail road spikes, an old pan, a popcorn popper (the metal kind you would use in a fireplace), and a few nails and washers. Don't know what I will use these fabrics for in the future but I couldn't pass up the chance to make something.

Now it's time to do some inside art while I cool off a little. The 'feels like' temperature is 101, not my favorite time of the year. I need to make an artist trading card for an exchange. I plan to make something with metal to practice what I learned in my class at the Minnesota Quilt Show.

Have a creative day!