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Friday, March 31, 2017

Communication - Janet Hartje- I love you

When I heard the theme for Art Quilts Around the World was communication, sign language immediately popped into my head.  I taught preschool children with special needs and our main communication was sign language.  When my own kids were little, as I turned off the light in their rooms each night we would sign 'I really love you" to each other.  I considered trying to create my own hand signing I really love you but then I saw this button.

This pin was created through PINCAUSE  It features the ASL sign for "I Love You".  with every pin sold a donation is made to Deaf Women United, Planned Parenthood, the ACLU and I believe a portion also helped fund the women's march in D.C.  Not sure about the statistics for just this pin, but this one and their Rise for Refugees pin have raised over $100,000 in 3 months for Planned Parenthood, ACLU, International Rescue Committee, and the Syrian Civil Defense known as The White Helmets.(Info obtained from  Now they have a third pin!  It is the Official Pin for the March for Science on April 22, 2017.  All of these causes speak to my heart!

These pins communicate in more than one way, on more than one level.  I knew I wanted to use this pin.  I wrote to Kate + Nate and asked if it would be ok to recreate their pin for my little piece of fiber art.  So, long as it wasn't being sold they very generously let me use their design.  Thank you!

Here is my process.  First I copied the pin with my printer and enlarged it.  This made it easy to create a pattern.  I cut the pieces out with freezer paper and ironed the freezer paper to the right side of my fabric.  I roughly cut the fabric for each shape and than ironed Misty Fuse to the back of the fabric.  

From there I could easily place my pieces together to create the I Love You sign.

I wanted it to look like an actual pin so I cut a circle using peltex for stiffness and a circle of batting for a little more dimension.

I took a little artistic license when it came to the actual quilting and I tried to add a little more dimension in the way I stitched the hand.  Not sure if I succeeded but it was fun to try.

For the quilt itself I wanted it to look like the pin was pinned on a shirt.  I had been saving this one because I thought I could use it to make a small clutch one day.  It seemed perfect for this as I wanted the pin to be the focus and the shirt to be background.

 I quilted with circles to play more with the pin shape.  I just left the center because I knew it would be covered by the pin.
I was playing with the idea of adding a scarf at the neckline because it almost looks to stark.  I found this little bit of stripped binding and decided it might add just the right amount of color.
Don't forget to go to the Art Quilts Around the World blog and see the works of art created by the other women in this group.  Each one is an entirely different interpretation of the word 'Communication.'
Have a Creative Day

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Project Quilting Season 8-5 Well Dressed Man

This is the fifth challenge for Project Quilting season 8!  That means there is only one more this year.  Time flies when you are creating, right.  When I heard the challenge was, "Well Dressed Man", I had an idea right away.  My husband was throwing a couple of his shirts away last week and I stopped him..because...well...Pinterest!  That's right I dig things out of the garbage because of ideas I see on Pinterest!  However, I realized I want to give that to someone and don't want to put it on the blog yet.  In looking through my photos I realized I had the perfect well dressed men at my house.  I had foot surgery the week before Thanksgiving so my son cooked and my husband did the dishes.  So, at my house apron's and dish towels are what the well dressed men are wearing.  Sounds good right?  It makes it even better to know my son is a chef!
I printed a photo on to a prepared fabric sheets.  This one has my son in an apron and you can see my husband in the background with a dish towel on his shoulder.  I made it the pocket for my bag.
The other side of the bag has a chef as well.
The fabric is all of course cooking related.  When my son graduated from Cordon Bleu I made him a chef related quilt.
Here is the main fabric for the bag.

I kept the quilting simple, straight lines about an inch apart.
Next steps were the pockets and straps.
Finally the bottom and stitch it together.

The pattern is a free tutorial from The Inspired Wren.  I have to confess I goofed and mine is oriented different than hers.  My fabric is directional because of the words, I cut it so the longer side is opposite what it should have been.  It was a "make it work" moment and I had to recut the bottom but it did work so all is good.  Don't forget to pop over to Project Quilting beginning Sunday at noon until later in the day on Friday and pick your favorite.  I guarantee you will be inspired by all the fabulous creations.
Have a Creative Day