January 2014

The January meeting found us learning about thread painting with the decorative stitches on our machines.  Some of us just experimented on scrap fabric.  A couple made fabric collages and used our stitches to embellish.  Julie combined using ribbon and decorative stitches with great results.  Janet started experimenting with free motion quilting with the decorative stitches. Kathy choose to use just one stitch and thread but varied the length and width along the way.  That is why we like to work as a group because we always discover something from the other members creativity!

For 2014, we have also given ourselves a challenge.  We must bring a completed piece the following month that uses the technique we learned.  The minimum size is 6″x6″

I’m including a few pictures from our playing!DSC_0632 DSC_0633 DSC_0634 DSC_0635 DSC_0637 DSC_0638 DSC_0639 DSC_0640

And Diane here adding Steph’s picture and mine – which I did at home this week:
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My collage stitched


November 2 – “The Big Reveal”

Several months ago, several of use decided to do a challenge. We each created an 8 1/2″ x 11″ Art Quilt and then it was passed on each month to another person in the group. Each person then created a new 8 1/2″ x 11″ Art Quilt inspired by the original that they received that month. They could choose the theme, a color, a style or any other aspect as their inspiration. No one was allowed to see any of the originals prior to their month and no one shared their new quilts until this month. We then went around the group and shared what we had created based on the inspiration piece. I am loading the “groups.” The picture in the upper left hand corner is the original and the rest are the creations inspired by the original. It was a great experience and we were wowed by the different interpretations. We will do another challenge (TBA) in 2014. One person couldn’t make it so we will be adding those pictures at a later date!Beth-GroupBeth







August Meeting – Gel Plate printing

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Shiva Paint Sticks July Meeting

Sorry I’m so late posting.

July we “played” with using Shiva Paint Sticks for other things besides rubbings.  It was great fun.J dianes-sampler J kathis-unmasked J steph-leaves-bricks-waves J steph-leaves-bricks-waves-2 J sues-bird J sues-dark-piece

I got the pictures from Diane’s Blog because I didn’t have my camera.

Fiberista Fun Yesterday!

Beth brought along her wonderful collection of carved stamps to use to emboss on fabric.Image


Mary used her tree stamp and some pearlescent powders on batik.


Kathi used black embossing powder and some stamps for these fabrics.



Stephanie used the heat gun to great effect on the acrylic felt.


Frances was off to a slow start….


Julie relaxing with a crochet project.


Thank you Terryn, for introducing us to this cool arty tool to use in our pieces! I know I love the idea of stamping words with the embossing powders!

Next month Kathi will lead the “class” in how to do image transfers to fabric using a laser print and Fluid Acrylic Medium. 



Terryn led us in the demo for embossing on fabrics

Terryn led us in the demo for embossing on fabrics


Finished 3D Piece









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I finished mine yesterday.  I created the center by stitching on water soluble stablizer then wasing it away leaving some open areas.  I painted thin wooden dowels with teal metalic paint.  Both sides can be used as the front!  I am very happy with the result.

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