Sunday, August 28, 2005

ATC's

I took some time out and made these ATC’s. I call them my Mosaic Ladies. First I stamped the images on some hand dyed fabric and then I cut up bits of fabric that had fusible webbing applied. I arranged the pieces in a mosaic style and fused the pieces in place. Then I added touches of color using colored pencils and fabric markers.









Mosaic Lady 1

















Mosaic Lady 2


















Mosaic Lady 3

Friday, August 26, 2005

Update on Photo Problem

Even though Fall does not officially begin for another month I guess I have gotten a start on my fall cleaning. I have spent most of the day cleaning the bathroom. I'm not just talking about the usual stuff, but cleaning everything. You know, the pictures, knick knacks, everything! Even though the bathroom is my most dreaded room to clean, breathing all those fumes must have cleared my head because I seem to have the photo glitch worked out. I deleted and reposted the ones I was having trouble with and they work now when you click on them. I apparently have too long of a name for some of my photos. I will have to keep this in mind for future pics.

YEAH! I was beginning to get really exasperated over this. I have spent hours trying to work this problem out.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Playing and Sharing

I am still playing around with this blog. I have never worked with HTML, but I have figured out how to list links in the sidebar and as you can see, I have been able to insert photos. I can’t seem to figure out though why some of the photos in my posts work when you click on them and others don’t. I’ve deleted them and reposted several times but they just keep going to the “page can’t be found”. Oh well, at least the photos are here in the posts.

I am having my doubts about having started this blog. You see, I am not really very good at small talk; I have always been more of a listener than a talker. Since I live in a semi rural area and don’t get out very much, I guess I just wanted to have a way of sharing my interests and art with others. Although right now it doesn’t look like I am sharing with any one other than myself (Boo Hoo).


Well for my own viewing pleasure, and hopefully others, I thought I would share a photo of a wall hanging I made about five years ago for my son’s bedroom.



He just wanted something simple to match his bed set. I just sort of made it up as I went along. The outer border is made from fabric from the bed skirt that he had no use for (he has a waterbed). The bed skirt fabric was kind of flimsy and so the edges are a little wavy. The picture is not real good; it’s from an older camera. He likes it, but of course, Giz’s memory quilt is his favorite.

Monday, August 22, 2005

Shorts and Yard Work

Why is it that whenever you go to do something that you think won’t take very long to do it ends up taking you longer? I have been meaning for some time now to take an old pair of jeans and cut them off and make shorts. The last time I did this, that was exactly what I did was to “just cut them off” and left them to ravel. Well I only got to wear them a couple of times because they ripped right up the middle of one leg and they were no longer wearable. So today I thought I would make these shorts to have to wear before I went outside to do some yard work. I intended to put a quick hem in this pair and then scoot outside. As I started to sew a zig zag along the raw edge of one leg I saw the needle stop, and the machine started making this awful sound (it is one of those computerized ones). I thought at first that it had something to do with the fact that I started sewing on that thick inseam and the needle was just having a hard time getting through it. Then I realized that in my haste to get started that I forgot to change out the throat plate from the single holed one to the zig zag one. Duh!

I started to switch the plates and when I removed the first one I saw all this fuzz in the bobbin and surrounding areas and realized I forgot to clean it out last week when I finished quilting. So naturally I had to take the time to clean out the machine before I continued hemming the shorts.


Something that should have only taken a few minutes to do ended up taking twice as long, because I got in a hurry and didn’t pay attention to everything. And, oh yeh, the yard work ended up taking twice as long also!

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Memories


Yesterday I mentioned that our dog passed away five years ago. It hit us pretty hard since this was unexpected. A couple of months later, I decided that I wanted to make a memory quilt about him. I knew it wasn’t going to be easy, but I also hoped that in making the quilt it would help me with the healing process.

The first thing I did was go through my photos and pick out the ones I wanted to use in the quilt. I had never attempted doing photo transfers before so I first tried scanning the photos myself and printing them onto T-shirt transfer paper. I was not happy with the way they turned out. The rubbery feeling did not bother me, but the pictures were sort of faint and they had a crackled look to them. So then I took the photos to the copy store and had them copy them onto photo transfer paper. I had a few extra copies made so I would have something to practice with when trying to figure out the right temperature of the iron and how long to iron them. After a number of tests I decided to go ahead and they all came out pretty good.

I ended up being one photo short of having enough for this simple layout, so rather than having to run to the copy store again I created the blocks with the silhouettes and the dog bones.

It was both painful and a comfort to work on this piece. When it was finished I was glad that I had made it. Our son has this piece.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

I'm Baaack!.....

If you happened to read my profile, then you know that I made my first quilt many years ago (33 to be exact) when I was pregnant with my son. You also read that I made a lot of my dresses in high school. So if you put the two facts together, you can pretty much figure that the fabric in this quilt was sort of on the feminine side since it was made from scraps from these dresses. But I had no idea whether I was having a boy or girl and I was young and new to quilting, so I used what I had. I guess in the back of my mind I was kind of hoping for a girl since I put a pink satin binding on the quilt. As a matter of fact, as I was sewing the binding on I was having labor pains. The quilt turned out fairly well for my first attempt (and so did our son). I wish that I could say that I still have that quilt, but it ceased to exist a looong time ago. I can only find one picture where most of the quilt is visible, but I don’t think that my adult son would like me showing his cute little naked butt to the whole world!


I did, however, find this photo of the small quilt that came 25 years after the first one. I must admit that the quilting (or lack thereof) really sucked on this quilt. But I was pretty pleased with all of the piecing though it’s hard to see in this photo. It was made with reproduction antique fabrics and the name of the quilt block is Birds in the Air.



It too is no longer around. Sadly, five years ago this month, our beloved dog, Gizmo, passed away quite suddenly after being sick for several days and I buried him with this quilt.


You couldn’t ask for a better companion and even after all these years we still miss him very much.




Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Here I Goooooo.....

Hello Everyone

My name is Micki. I discovered blogging around the first of the year and I finally decided to give it a try. As you might guess from the blog name, I like to create art quilts and mixed media art. I have had a love of fabrics and fibers for quite some time. Before I started following the blogs I had no idea there were so many women out there with whom I had so much in common. I would read how so and so was not having such a great day and I would think "gee...this is just like me." Or how someone was experiencing a creative block and I knew how they felt because I was going through the same thing.

Anyway it looks like it will take me some time to learn the ins and outs of blogging and how to get this thing to look right. And if I can, I will try to post some pictures once in awhile for your viewing pleasure. I hope that you visit my blog once in awhile and maybe even become online friends.

See Ya Soon!