Just finished this boy baptism outfit from a friend’s wedding gown that I did a girl one from two years ago. I have been so honored to be entrusted with making these heirloom outfits for this amazing family!
Now on to next project!
Please contact me if you wish for an heirloom baptism/christening outfit made from your wedding gown!
Hi! Thank you for viewing my art process! Each piece is an original piece of art created by myself.
The Zentangle inspired art pieces are created with a blank white piece of fabric. Temporary lines are drawn as the base of my art planning. Then I free-hand everything else with black ink and add color with ink or paint.
Once the ink and color are done, I add cotton batting and quilt the piece, sew a fabric border and staple it to a stretched canvas frame.
The photo quilts start with a photo that I have taken of scenes around our Buffalo, NY area. I create my pattern by tracing the colors, shades, and shapes on the picture, enlarge it to the size I want. Using this paper pattern, I cut the big shapes out of fabric and glue each piece on, then sew around each piece to secure the fabric to the base of the quilt.
Then the fun part comes! Painting brings out the specific color that I want as well as the fine details that I cannot achieve with fabric. Lastly, each piece is quilted, sewn fabric border, and stapled onto the stretched canvas frame.
Little known fact……My dad was an upholsterer and he taught me some of the upholstery skills like using a staple gun that I still use today!
My pocket hugs started in January 2021 during the Pandemic. I saw that other people were making this same basic idea of showing someone you care by sending them a token they can touch and hold.
Mine turned out to also include words of positivity and gratitude as well as the Zentangle inspired artwork I draw on each one. Some of these photos show the temporary registration marks that I place on the fabric to guide me. These marks are removed.
Below are more photos and videos of me creating my pieces. Enjoy each one, and thank you again for viewing my work! Please leave a comment and tell me your thoughts!
Thank you once again for viewing all of the photos and videos. If you have any questions about my work and/or would like to purchase a piece or have a custom piece made, please contact me.
I’ve been working on the wedding quilt for my son and daughter-in-law over the past couple of weeks. I’m happy to say……I’m almost done with it!!!
I used a cotton and wool batting for the first time and I like the results. I did learn that I probably needed to pin baste closer together to avoid fabric shifting (like every 2-3” would have been perfect). It turned out nice and has a good weight to it! It will keep them warm for those winter nights!
I’ll be finishing it this weekend by squaring it up and binding.
That’s what’s happening! Thank you for reading my blog. I will be doing some quilt tutorial blogs in the near future. Please tell me if there’s anything you’d like to see!
I’ve been busy with taking my friend’s wedding gown and making a baptism gown for her new baby. The original gown had embroidery and beading on the bodice which flowed down into the skirt.
Each piece of the baptism gown was strategically placed and cut to preserve as much of the original design work as possible. That was really the trickiest part. Sewing it together went well, all seams covered.
She’s picking it up tomorrow morning for the baptism on Sunday!
Last week I finished the front of the Hankie/Memory Quilt that I have been working on.
My goal is to finish this by April 1. Today I prepared the remainder of the hankies (13) for the back, designed the back, and was able to put the center part together today.
Tomorrow I have a 16″ border to put on that will have other hankies on it as well. The final quilt is going to be around 100″x 100″.
I didn’t realize how big that is! It’s huge!!! When it is complete, I will have to be creative in how I lay it out for photos. I really don’t have enough room in my house to lay it flat. Yikes!! I don’t have to worry about that until next week!!
Have a wonderful day!!
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Yesterday with the high winds and power outage around Western New York (our house being effected as well), I could not do the sewing that I wanted to do on my Papa’s Door quilt. So I started painting a class that I will be scheduled to do at Carriage Quilt Shop hopefully in April!
The power was off for about 4 hours and this is how far I got. It will be mounted onto a stretched canvas and some of the flower pedals will hang off adding interest. This weekend, I will finish painting it and writing the directions. I will be presenting this to them in a couple of weeks.
I just finished the door today. There are stairs, ground, and bottom of building to paint. The bumpy knobs on the door I feel turned out the way I wanted them to! I took a lot of squinting and using the camera on my cell phone to make sure I got it right. I could not get it like this without the modern tools.
Why squint and use the camera? When I am painting, I am right on top of each stroke and don’t tend to see the results of my painting from a viewers stand point. There are many ways to view the art in progress in a “viewers” eye. Squinting is one (be careful of this, I have a headache and eye pain which will go away with some well deserved rest), cell phone camera, and step back from the art piece about 20 feet.
I’m starting a new quilt which will hopefully accepted into a National Quilt Show (s) this year.
I’ll share the story behind the quilt when I finish. This blog is to show you my process and my thinking.
Papa’s Door will be a painted whole cloth art quilt. I started with a traced image as my usual process and added the squares around it to resemble Italian tiles. The original photo was a plain stucco wall. To add interest to the quilt, I decided to add the “tile” look. Frixion pens are my favorite fabric marking tools. They stay on for as long as you want, thin line is formed, and iron off easily. I have found that on dark fabric the pen leaves a white line which can be removed with laundry soap quite easily.
I started painting the squares (tiles). It took me two days with a total of about 10 hours to finish painting the tiles. Very peaceful and relaxing to do!In the bottom right of this photo, you can see that I ironed some of the marks away. The bottom photo shows more lines being removed.
I am still working on the painting part of the fabric, so I was afraid to iron more of the lines and have my lines disappear!! YIKES!!!
I don’t know if this technique is out there, but I love doing it! I would love to read your comments!
A wonderful woman from Texas sent me her parent’s wedding photo to make it into an art quilt. The following photos are showing it develop from just fabric blocking the colors to the painting process to bring this art alive.
I get nervous every time I do one of these pieces. What if I pick the wrong color or mess up on the painting or quilting? Do I have enough knowledge to fix my mistakes? It’s funny how I make multiple errors on my art and seem to find away to fix it. Plus, if I come to a point (which happens on many occasions in one piece) that I don’t know what to do or how to do it, I walk away and think about it. I tend to do the sewing or painting in my head first until I know it will work.
I don’t see my art as perfect by any means. It is a growing part and a way for me to express my creativity. I hope you enjoy seeing this and I would love to see/hear your comments!