Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Art Quilt Workbook

A few months ago I mentioned that I had purchased the Art Quilt Workbook. It is wonderful! Full of great ideas as well as lessons and exercises. My Yahoo group, Fabric in Altered Art will begin working through this book as a group on October 15. I have created a complete supply list and lessons/schedule for the first 4 weeks. If you would like to join us, use the link at the top of the left hand sidebar to contact me or e-mail me at: The group was set up as "by invitation only" and that setting can't be changed. For that reason you will not find a link to the group anywhere. Contact me if you are interested and I will send you an invitation or if you are sure you want to join I can just add you to the group. Join us for this fun journey through the book. It will be fun!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Slide Show

The slide show at the bottom of the page contains a combination of both fabric and paper art. It includes several ATCs, fabric pages, and chunky book pages I have created over the past year or so. Since I do not have a blog for my paper art I decided to add it to the slide show here.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Western Gals fabric book page

This is my page in Kyla's Western Gals fabric book. The western themed books are probably my favorites. Maybe because I have a lot of fabric and buttons that always seem to work. It's easy to gather everything I need quickly and get to work. I used three of the brown fabrics that I just got from One of my favorites places to shop online for fabric. The buttons are glued to three little pieces of rawhide. The word Cowgirl is also on a piece of the rawhide and Bang is stitched directly on the image of the sharp shooter woman. I guess things were rough for women back in the day! Yeeeeee Haw!!

Asian page for fabric book

This is the front and back of my page in Alyson's Asian themed fabric book. The front of the page was planned. The back was planned too, just not this plan.....LOL The back was supposed to be the purple print that you see under the pocket. When I tried to zigzag the front to the back using cotton batting all the edges wanted to do was roll up. I finally used the same fabric that I used for the pocket and cut it large enough so that it would fold over the raw edges on the front to form the border/binding. Then I cut the original back piece down to fit the black and gold back and stitched it in place. The pocket holds a Japanese calendar girl playing card and lucky coin. The embellishment on the pocket is a piece of bamboo with 2 fabric beads wrapped in metallic thread and a small bead on the end. In the end I was happy with this page.

"RED" fabric page for August

This is my August page for the Fabric In Altered Art monthly fabric page swap. The theme was Red. I have been getting a monthly fat quarter pack from They are usually color themed and the red package was just what I needed. The color for November is brown and the brown pack arrived right on time! I came across the Heart in Hand pattern a while back and have used it a few times. It is fairly simple to applique and I like the way it turned out. Just had to add some text, which I stamped on some fabric scraps, and it was finished except for the satin stitch around the edge. I have been using fast-2-fuse for my "batting" and I find it much easier to work with. Maybe not so much easier, but the edges are certainly quicker to finish.