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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Enter if U Dare - Skeletons

Marian (http://www.seamstobesew.com/) always hosts interesting an fun Blog Hop, so I decided to join her Halloween Blog Hop also this year with TWO projects!!


Before getting into my projects, if you are new around here, WELCOME!
If you have been here before, I am glad that you came back!!! :)

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If you are new here feel free to look around and you will find tons of FREE paper piecing patterns of very famous cartoon characters! :)
I also will be hostin a Skill Builder, Block of the Month QAL starting in 2018 called "Starry Bright Sky".

It features more than 20 different star blocks, made with 11 different techniques,
from applique to piecing to fabric folding!


If you are interested in learning more about this QAL and join the fun, leave your email address in the Google Form at the bottom of the QAL page (click this link).
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AND NOW... FOR THE SCARY PROJECTS...
Well, actually they are scary easy and fun! :)

Bonus challenge

When Marian asked us to participate in the blog hop, she proposed a challenge: to use one of the patterns designed by her to make a bonus project for the hop.
I picked the Skeleton pattern (that you can find in Marian's shop) and even if I liked the original pattern, I had to change it a little bit because I wanted a smaller pillow :)


I really like how the squares are big enough to allow some fun fussy cutting!!

My own project

Skellington McArdle, 20'' x 20'' 

Inspired by Marian's pattern, I decided to make a piece for an ongoing project, started last year for the Fall edition of my Art with Fabric Blog Hop.
I don't have any formal training in art... but I studied art history in highschool... and I don't think I EVER encountered a female artist in my studies... how is that possible???? There are many women depicted in paintings, sculptures, drawing, but why only male artists made it into art history books (at least the ones used in my school)???

So for this quilt project, I decided to pick several female artists whose work spoke to me.

Today's artist is the talented: Thaneeya McArdle.

She is an internationally-collected artist working in a variety of styles, ranging from photorealism to abstraction, and a whimsical combination of the two. I'm also a prolific creator of coloring books!

Check her work on this website (https://www.thaneeya.com)
I love her Positive Phrases, her animals, her colorful and cheerful designs... and her Sugar Skulls!! :) That is what I included in my piece.

All my quilt blocks are my reinterpretation of the artists through my love of Disney, following the style of a recent Italian publication (Discover Art History with Disney Friends)... which as mentioned does not seem to include any female artist at least in the titles of the different volumes :( :(
So in today's block I included Jack Skellington, from "The Nightmare Before Christmas".

Each block is a 12''x12'' block, assembled with raw edge fusible applique, and surrounded by an interesting sashing, which will create a fun design with all the blocks together.
Each block is quilted individually and around each block I stitch a border of blanket stitch and I crochet around a row of single crochet: that's how I will join all the blocks! I created already 6 blocks and all of them will be part of a QAL in 2018 on Fandom in Stitches!!

So what do you think? Do you, like me, love mesh up point of view, ideas and create your own unique interpretations?

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Finally, in this fantastic blog hop event, there are giveaways too... thank you Marian for setting this up! She is the one managing the giveaway so below you find are her rules!!




Timeless Treasures: a different bundle of fabrics each day
Today's bundle
Cost To Ship 7.19 USA/Canada/Europe rates will be given when address for winner is known.
All US Winners bundles are shipped via USPS Priority Mail. No Exceptions.


Blog Giveaway Guidelines
Please take the time to read it.
  • Giveaways offered by sponsors are assigned to the various bloggers for their featured day.
  • You'll have to visit the blog or the featured blog to enter the giveaways.
  • All winners will be announced on October 25, 2017.
  • You must give a valid email address when you enter the giveaways, any email returned to me, loses the ability to win automatically.
  • Winners are expected to pay shipping costs for the product they won.
  • You are given 3 days to answer the email, if you do not answer within 3 days a new winner will be drawn. Check those spam/junk mail folders, you may miss that winning email if you don't do so because there are no exceptions to this rule.
  • If you are notified that you are a winner, in most cases, you will need to provide your name, address, city, state, zip code, country, telephone number, and email address.
  • In some cases, you will be asked to comment on the blog to enter the giveaway... do the right thing and thank them for the time it took to create the pattern, thank them for the pattern and...
  • Thank the sponsor by buying their products for the giveaways. This helps them continue to offer great prizes for these types of events. You can also comment on their social media pages. Even if you don't win, letting them know you love their products is a huge incentive and they really do love hearing from you.
  • No purchase whatsoever is necessary.
  • You must be 18+ in order to win a gift.
  • You are responsible for claiming and paying any tax owed on the value of any gift that you win. Prizes valued at $500.00 should be claimed.
  • Odds of Winning a prize are based on a total number of rafflecopter entries during each week and in total for all giveaways.
  • This giveaway is void where prohibited by law.
  • Participating bloggers may enter any of the giveaways.
  • The word giveaways in the rules and guidelines are also known as sweepstakes.
  • Whether or not you read the above, the rules for giveaways are in place to protect everyone. I do not want to hear you didn't read them, they will be posted on my blog daily during each featured day. There is no excuse for not reading them.


Finally, don't forget to stop by all the other amazing artists that are sharing fun and scary projects in this blog hop!

Wednesday, Oct 18
Just Let Me Quilt
Quilt Doodles
Tea Time Creations 

Thursday, Oct 19
Tweety Loves Quilting --> YOU ARE HERE :)
Patchwork Breeze
Quilt In Piece
Ms P. Designs USA

Friday Oct 20
Creatin' in the Sticks
Adventurous Applique and Quilting 
Just Because Quilts

Monday Oct 23
Bumbleberry Stitches
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
Books, Hooks, Sticks, etc.
Pumpkn Patch

Tuesday Oct 24
Words & Stitches
Seams To Be Sew
Moose Stash
Quilted Delights


Saturday, October 14, 2017

Finally finishes I can share (and a link party)

Finally some finishes that I can share!!!


The Ongoing Project List:
  1. Growing Up QAL - released October pattern!
  2. Starry Bright Sky QAL (2018) - shared the fun FREE side event!
  3. Art with Disney QAL (2018) - no progress
  4. Splendid Sampler - no progress
  5. Charity quilts - no progress
  6. SK project - no progress
  7. Molli Sparkle's "The Honey Pot Bee" - no progress
  8. En Provence QAL - no progress
  9. Journaling into my new Leuchtturm 1917 - loooove it, I will share updates next month!
  10. the 70273 Project - 8 more blocks done
  11. Book binding - no progress
  12. Twilters! Bee - paused until November
  13. Pencases and zipper pouches - no progress
  14. Rainbow Cascade QAL - no progress
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Every year I join the Teal Mini Swap ("Teal Mini Swap, formerly known as Two for Teal Mug Rug Swap and OCRF fundraiser (Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance), is a way for EvaPaige Quilt Designs to help raise awareness of this ridiculous disease annually during the months of July through September, which is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.")

This year I had the honor to have Joyce as a partner. She made me this beautiful mini (and included some extra goodies)

Joyce's picture... 
because the picture I tried to take of this beauty looked as below :)

:) Isn't she quite a helper?? :)

ANYWAY...

The mini that I made for Joyce is this!

18'' x 18''
She said that she like mosaic, so I designed this piece using a fabric weaving technique!

I also made for myself a little "companion mini" to remember what I sent to Joyce and to keep a tangible memory of what I made for this swap. I use these mug rugs as small "pen mats" in my office, to keep everything in one place!

4.5'' x 7''

Since I had very very little left of the featured teal fabric from the swap, I decided to use the tiny scraps "as is" and let them raw edge and fraying. I won't be washing this piece, so the texture adds some interest!!

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More blocks for the 70273 Project. If you are curious to see some of the beautiful quilts made with all these blocks check out this Pinterest board!

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And last, but not least, did you see all the wonderful pieces shared this week as part of the Art with Fabric Blog hop?!!

Check the daily posts of this past week to find links to the artists blogs!



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How about you? What are YOU up to?
Link it here and share it with me!!


Friday, October 13, 2017

Art with Fabric blog hop - Fall 2017 - DAY 5


Every quilted project is a unique piece of art, full of love, creativity and inspiration.

However, have you ever thought about how "traditional" art could be reinterpreted in a quilted piece?
(by "traditional" I mean anything that a non-quilter will label as art, like paintings, drawings, sculptures, architecture from all countries and all time periods).

To explore the endless possibilities of art-inspired quilted pieces I decided to organize another edition of this Blog Hop!

This edition has a special theme...

MOTHER EARTH!


DAY 5. Here are today's amazing pieces!
"Yellow Cow" by Patty
Inspired by the work of Franz Marc
by Edith
Inspired by the work of Henri Matisse
"White Stag, Portland OR" by Betty
Inspired by the work of  Ramsay Signs

"Remember to thank the Cleaner (Shrimp)" by Dione
Inspired by the work of Kim Michelle Toft

Make sure to click on each picture and visit the blogs because these wonderful artists shared their story, inspiration and useful tips that can help you create your own beautiful art pieces!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Art with Fabric blog hop - Fall 2017 - DAY 4


Every quilted project is a unique piece of art, full of love, creativity and inspiration.

However, have you ever thought about how "traditional" art could be reinterpreted in a quilted piece?
(by "traditional" I mean anything that a non-quilter will label as art, like paintings, drawings, sculptures, architecture from all countries and all time periods).

To explore the endless possibilities of art-inspired quilted pieces I decided to organize another edition of this Blog Hop!

This edition has a special theme...

MOTHER EARTH!


DAY 4. Here are today's amazing pieces!
"Sky and Water I" by Kat
Inspired by the work of Escher
"Bridge of Many Colors" by Terry
Inspired by the architecture
of the Skybridge (Vancouver BC)
"Mommy doll" by Anita
Inspired by the work of Native Americans
 "Visions Past" by Chris
Inspired by the work of Frank Lloyd Wright

Make sure to click on each picture and visit the blogs because these wonderful artists shared their story, inspiration and useful tips that can help you create your own beautiful art pieces!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Art with Fabric blog hop - Fall 2017 - DAY 3


Every quilted project is a unique piece of art, full of love, creativity and inspiration.

However, have you ever thought about how "traditional" art could be reinterpreted in a quilted piece?
(by "traditional" I mean anything that a non-quilter will label as art, like paintings, drawings, sculptures, architecture from all countries and all time periods).

To explore the endless possibilities of art-inspired quilted pieces I decided to organize another edition of this Blog Hop!

This edition has a special theme...

MOTHER EARTH!


DAY 3. Here are today's amazing pieces!
"Golden Ratio" by Janeen
Inspired by the work of Sarah Grubb
"Gaia" by Andree
Inspired by the work of a Pre-columbian
ceramics artist from Colombia
"Sunflowers-if Van Gogh were a quilter"
by Karen
Inspired by the work of Vincent Van Gogh
"Mother Earth" by Carol
Inspired by the work of NASA

Make sure to click on each picture and visit the blogs because these wonderful artists shared their story, inspiration and useful tips that can help you create your own beautiful art pieces!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Art with Fabric blog hop - Fall 2017 - DAY 2


Every quilted project is a unique piece of art, full of love, creativity and inspiration.

However, have you ever thought about how "traditional" art could be reinterpreted in a quilted piece?
(by "traditional" I mean anything that a non-quilter will label as art, like paintings, drawings, sculptures, architecture from all countries and all time periods).

To explore the endless possibilities of art-inspired quilted pieces I decided to organize another edition of this Blog Hop!

This edition has a special theme...

MOTHER EARTH!


DAY 2. Here are today's amazing pieces!
"Thank you, Sol" by Krysia
Inspired by the work of Sol Lewitt
"Dancers" by Heather
Inspired by the work of Edgar Degas
"Poodle with Sunflowers" by Lee Anna
Inspired by the work of Vincent Van Gogh
"George" by Tami
Inspired by the work of Roger Bissiere

Make sure to click on each picture and visit the blogs because these wonderful artists shared their story, inspiration and useful tips that can help you create your own beautiful art pieces!

Art with Fabric Blog hop - Thank you Sol, by Krysia

Krysia is a quilty artist friend who doesn't have a blog, so I will be hosting her masterpiece for the blog hop!

"Thank you, Sol"

This is what she says about her piece.
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My piece is inspired by Sol LeWitt (1928-2007).

There were so many drawings of his at MassMoCA (3 floors) that I had a hard time choosing one.
This particular piece is based on Wall Drawing #692 (October 1991).
The original was completed using four color ink washes (gray, yellow, blue, red).

Please go to the MassMoca website to see the complete installation that includes this piece.
Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective | MASS MoCA


I used EPP to construct this piece. The black lines are strips of bias binding I had on hand.
One thing I would do differently is to use paper instead of cardboard templates.
They proved to be a bit thick and I found it hard to keep my stitching small so that it didn't show.

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The following artists are also sharing their masterpiece today!
Visit their blog, interact, be inspired and enjoy this fun blog hop!!

LeeAnna: http://lapaylor.blogspot.com/
Krysia, Hosted by Alida --> YOU ARE HERE :)
Heather: http://heatherquilts.blogspot.com/
Tami: https://thriftshopcommando.blogspot.com/


Monday, October 9, 2017

Art with Fabric blog hop - Fall 2017 - DAY 1


Every quilted project is a unique piece of art, full of love, creativity and inspiration.

However, have you ever thought about how "traditional" art could be reinterpreted in a quilted piece?
(by "traditional" I mean anything that a non-quilter will label as art, like paintings, drawings, sculptures, architecture from all countries and all time periods).

To explore the endless possibilities of art-inspired quilted pieces I decided to organize another edition of this Blog Hop!

This edition has a special theme...

MOTHER EARTH!


DAY 1. Here are today's amazing pieces!
"Road Block" by Wendy
Inspired by the work of Maud Lewis
by Barb
Inspired by the work of Emily Bishoff
"Our fragile vessel" by Yanicka
Inspired by the work of Donna Marcus
"Brigitta Lundeberg" by Alida
Inspired by the work of Helen Lundeberg

Make sure to click on each picture and visit the blogs because these wonderful artists shared their story, inspiration and useful tips that can help you create your own beautiful art pieces!

Art with Fabric blog hop - Helen Lundeberg


Pumpkin: "Sorry mommy, did you need to take a picture of your piece for the Art with Fabric Blog hop? But it is so comfy, can you stop by later?"

Later...


Pumpkin: "Well, mommy, I said later!! I think it needs some ironing, but we want to save power, so I will just sit here for a while, ok??"

FINALLY... Let me introduce you...

"Brigitta Lundeberg", 20'' x 20''

This is part of an ongoing project, started last year for the Fall edition of this blog hop.
I don't have any formal training in art... but I studied art history in highschool... and I don't think I EVER encountered a female artist in my studies... how is that possible???? There are many women depicted in paintings, sculptures, drawing, but why only male artists made it into art history books (at least the ones used in my school)???

So for this quilt project, I decided to pick several female artists whose work spoke to me.

Today's artist is the talented: Helen Lundeberg.

She was a Southern Californian painter. Along with her husband Lorser Feitelson, she is credited with establishing the Post-Surrealist movement. Her artistic style changed over the course of her career, and has been described variously as Post-Surrealism, Hard-edge painting, and Subjective Classicism.

Check her work on this website (helenlundeberg.com/works/)
I love the way she creates very simple but dynamic representation of natural landscapes. Many of her pieces are abstract but they still have a connection with Mother Earth (the theme of the current blog hop)! My favorite pieces are the planets: so colorful, simple but dynamic!!


All my quilt blocks are my reinterpretation of the artists through my love of Disney, following the style of a recent Italian publication (Discover Art History with Disney Friends)... which as mentioned does not seem to include any female artist at least in the titles of the different volumes :( :(

Each block is a 12''x12'' block, assembled with raw edge fusible applique, and surrounded by an interesting sashing, which will create a fun design with all the blocks together.
Each block is quilted individually (don't you love the texture that you can see in the picture with all the shadows below?!?!).


Around each block I stitch a border of blanket stitch and I crochet around a row of single crochet: that's how I will join all the blocks! I created already 6 blocks and all of them will be part of a QAL in 2018 on Fandom in Stitches!!

So what do you think? Do you, like me, love mesh up point of view, ideas and create your own unique interpretations?

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The following artists are also sharing their masterpiece today!
Visit their blog, interact, be inspired and enjoy this fun blog hop!!

Wendy: http://www.kwiltkrazy.com/
Yanicka: http://yanickahachez.blogspot.com/
Barb: http://www.bejeweledquilts.blogspot.com

Saturday, October 7, 2017

I seem to be more productive this month (and a link party)

October is looking much more productive than Septemeber, so loads of uploads in the next few weeks!!!


The Ongoing Project List:
  1. Growing Up QAL - released October pattern!
  2. Starry Bright Sky QAL (2018) - shared the fun FREE side event!
  3. Art with Disney QAL (2018) - TWO blocks done (cannot share yet)
  4. Splendid Sampler - no progress
  5. Charity quilts - no progress
  6. SK project - no progress
  7. Molli Sparkle's "The Honey Pot Bee" - no progress
  8. En Provence QAL - no progress
  9. Journaling into my new Leuchtturm 1917 - loooove it, I will share updates next month!
  10. the 70273 Project - keeping up with 4 blocks a week
  11. Book binding - no progress
  12. Twilters! Bee - blocks for October done (see below)
  13. Pencases and zipper pouches - created my first one, after the horror story of interacting with a rude designer few weeks ago
  14. Rainbow Cascade QAL - no progress
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I completed the blocks for my Twilter's Bee Block swap: easy and quick 16 patch for a postage stamp quilt!


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I was planning to participate to the Bag It event with a lot of pouches made with an available free online tutorial, but after the horror story of interacting with the rude designer for the free tutorial, I decided to create my own patterns and designs! I will make few more pouches to take pictures of the process (which is super easy and fast) and I will share the pattern in the next few weeks!


This pouch uses two layer cake squares and one jelly roll... that's it!! (and a zipper and interfacing)... It's the perfect size for sewing supplies on the go and it has handles! It is just perfect!

Pattern for the "A Piece of Cake" zipper pouch coming soon!!


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And last, but not least, on MONDAY the Art with Fabric Blog hop will start!!
There are going to be a great number of amazing pieces!! I hope you come back and hop around to visit all the talented artists!!
Check the line up of fantastic artists at this link!!


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How about you? What are YOU up to?
Link it here and share it with me!!


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