Birds of Paradise

Birds of Paradise

Monday, 30 August 2010

Postcard---Israel Land of Flowing Milk and Honey

This is my latest postcard, made for an exchange entitled Israel---Land of Flowing Milk and Honey.  The postcard is made from a fabric and Fast-2-Fuse sandwich.  The back was created in Microsoft Word.  The front features hand dyed fabric, lightweight Lutrador painted with white paint mixed with Liquitex irridescent medium and gold paint, and the jug was enhanced with paint too.  It was stitched on my Bernina 830 taking advantage of the tapering feature.

Sunday, 29 August 2010

A Lutrador Postcard

This is a sample made for C & T publishing's Creative Troupe.  I had to wait to post it until Ultra Light Lutrador came on the market---then I forgot to post it.  The card features embroidered fish as well as fish made from painted Lightweight Lutrador.  I used Lutrador "as is" on top of fabric to give it the hazy feel one experiences when under water.

Student Work

This week I was lucky enough to see some of my students' finished projects.  It is always exciting to see what students create, and how they use the projects as a platform for their own design touches. The students shown gave me permission to post the photos of them with their finished projects.  All three projects are from classes offered at Sew Vac Ltd. in Long Beach California (, through the City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine  (

Kristal proudly shows off her first quilt made in the Nuts and Bolts of quilting
From left to right---Lucy, Sherrie and Monica proudly wear the Summer Totes (a Lazy Girl Pattern)
that they completed in Beginning Sewing--The Tote Bag
Alyssa is modelling the apron she completed in Beginning Sewing.
She personalised it with rick rack.

Saturday, 28 August 2010

Fiber Artistry Exhibition at the Orange County Fair

Announcement card featuring all the quilts
I was lucky enough to have The Sunflower selected for the Fiber Artistry Exhibition at the Orange County Fair.  Jamie Fingal (  curated the exhibition.  The quilts were arranged in a gallery-like setting on white walls.  The Sunflower is a dye-painted quilted using Hollis Chatelain's method (  Even the binding is dye-painted to coordinate with the background. The quilting was done with a variety of colored threads to bring the flower to life.
The artist with The Sunflower    
The Sunflower