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Warm Up Those Sewing Machines...

Warm Up Those Sewing Machines...

Only 14 more weekends until Christmas! And of course before that we have Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and don't forget National Deviled Egg Day (Nov. 2)! So many holidays and so little time!

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Quilting Arts Holiday issue is here to save the day for those of us who love to create gifts for those we treasure. I am excited to share three different projects with you in this issue! Below is a list of all the blog hop participant. Be sure to check out their blogs and read about their projects...you will be inspired!

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If you are looking for the perfect gift for your best creative buddy they will love this fabric collaged hand-bound book! It even has a zippered supply bag sewn in so they can carry their favorite pens, pencils and markers for sketching on the go. 

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Want to make super cute cards that don't break the bank? These fun holiday cards are great for using up all those pesky scraps and are easy enough and so fun that you can enlist the kids for help. You can easily adapt them to any holiday by simply changing the motif.

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Need a gift for the fashionista in your life? These silk painted and wood block printed scarves are sure to delight them. You can choose block designs and colors that are perfect for their discerning tastes. Not to mention they are fun to make. You can find a great selection of wood blocks at Artistic Artifacts. 

Would you like to win one of these scarves? 

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Leave me a comment below telling me what you like to make for your holiday celebrations for a chance to win the scarf of your choice from the photo in the magazine!

 

A little extra something:

If you have seen the previous issues of Quilting Arts Gifts, you know they usually have some delicious holiday treat recipes included. With all my food allergies and the Celiac constraints, I don't have any current recipes to contribute that would have mass appeal but in honor of National Deviled Egg day I have a great hint for super yummy deviled eggs! Replace the mayonnaise in your basic deviled egg recipe with mashed avocado and top with diced cooked bacon. They will be adored by all, have healthy fats and you will be the queen of the day!

 

Don't forget to visit the rest of the blogs in this Holiday Hop! And before you get stitching leave a comment below!

 

Friday, September 12, Vivika Hansen DeNegre, http://quiltingdaily.com/


Saturday, September 13, Lyric Kinard,http://lyrickinard.com/blog/

Sunday, September 14, Claude Larson,http://randomactsofpiece.blogspot.com/

Monday, September 15, Linda McLaughlin,http://notesfromstudiob.blogspot.com/ and Kathy Kerstetter, http://artndl.blogspot.com

Tuesday, September 16, Lori Miller, http://lorimillerdesigns.wordpress.com/

Wednesday, September 17, Melanie Testa,http://melanietesta.com/blog/, and Liz Kettle, http://www.textileevolution.com/index.php/our-journey

Thursday, September 18, Susan Brubaker Knapp, http://wwwbluemoonriver.blogspot.com/

Friday, September 19, Lisa Chin, http://somethingcleveraboutnothing.blogspot.com/

Saturday, September 20, Sarah Ann Smith,http://www.sarahannsmith.com/weblog

Sunday, September 21, Catherine Redford, http://catherineredford.com/

 

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I LOVE my Job!

I totally love my job! This last weekend my studio mate, Cass Mullane and I had the honor and joy of teaching an Adduce class at Cottonwood Center for the Arts. The Adduce Foundation funds a community art education enhancement program. This amazing program is offered to qualifying high school arts students. Classes are free for the students and cover a wide array of media and techniques.

Cass and I were thrilled to present the very first textiles class for the foundation. We weren't sure what to expect and we were totally blown away by the talent and enthusiasm of the students. It was amazing to watch them jump into a totally new medium and start exploring with no fear or trepidation.  They each brought their unique voice and style to textiles with fantastic results. Best of all they loved it!

Part of the program is an art show in May. I can't show you their final pieces (except for the little peek in the last photo) until then but I have a few photos from the class to tide you over.

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me showing one student's work with a simple comb

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Cass consulting with a student

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Wooden printing block and textures tell a story...Wow

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A Bit of Holiday Textile Cheer Tutorial

 

 

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Happy Holidays to all our Textile Evolution Community.

 

My studio mate Cass Mullane and I decided to whip up some fun textile cards for the staff at Cottonwood Center for the Arts where our studio is located. They were so fun and easy I thought you might like a quick tutorial.  I know it is a bit late for Christmas cards but this technique works with any theme. Cupcakes for birthdays, hearts for Valentines or shamrocks for St. Paddy's day...you get the idea.

 

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Steps:

1. Rip strips of fabric 1/2" to 3/4" wide. This is a great stash buster for all those little bits you have left over from other projects.

2. Find a stabilizer for your base and cut to the desired size. Ours are 4"x6". Just about any stabilizer will work. You can use muslin, tear away stabilizer, craft fuse or Form-Flex All Purpose which is what we used.

3. Apply Misty Fuse fusible web to your stabilizer base unless it already has a fusible base.

4. Lay your strips on top of the fused stabilizer and follow manufacturer's directions to fuse the strips in place.

5. Now for the fun part! Embellish it!

6. You can stamp a design with paint on the surface like our tree cards.  Be sure to choose a strong design. I love wooden printing blocks for this part. After stamping the design we stitched with metallic thread and added some shimmer paint for extra shine.

7. Our sassy snowgirls are created using various sizes of faux ultra suede stitched with metallic thread. The black coal eyes and buttons are small circles of black fabric fused on the snowgirl bodies and their noses a simple open lazy daisy stitch. For a final jaunty touch we stitched on ripped strips of a plaid for a scarf. These girls are going out on the town!

8. Trim up your cards if needed and apply Misty Fuse to the back of the fabric/stabilizer. Fuse to a purchased card base. Stitch around the outside with a zigzag stitch and you are ready to receive the oohs and ahhhs from everyone who gets one.

This would be a great project to do with kids too.

 

You can find wooden printing blocks at Artistic Artifacts, and if you are in Colorado Springs Blue Twig Studio and I have blocks available.

 

Don't forget to take time to just be and breathe during this crazy busy time of year. Celebrate the seconds of extra sunlight we have each day and each precious moment with your loved ones.

 

Stitching is perfect for slowing us down...

 

 

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