Working with Thick Threads/Quilting Arts Magazine April/May 2015

Be sure to pick up the April/May issue of Quilting Arts Magazine—I am featured on page 80! In my article I show you how to work with thick 12w and 28w cotton threads. I used Aurifil Threads.
First, we add bold embroidery stitches. 
Later, with the same threads, you learn how to prepare your quilt sandwich to work with them in the sewing machine. You can also read more about it HERE while working in the bigger quilt.

Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Quilt *INSPIRED* by a Spool of Thread

"Quilting Jive"
Story: This is Lola, a quilter that just finished her quilt. She is so happy that she went outside to dance with a handkerchief on her hand humming a delightful rhythm.
The inspiration for this piece started with this spool of 28 w Aurifil cotton thread. This is a variegated thread color 4648. I love this color combination of purple, orange/rust and light yellow. My goal was to use only these colors with the addition of black. And the quilt had to be made with paper and fabric.
I started by painting and pasting my designs.
Appliqué some details.
Applied seed beads.

I hand-embroidered the tile designs with two strands of the same spool of thread. What I like about this thread is that you can use it by hand and by machine with wonderful effects. Especially this kind of variegated threads where the color changes add an extra layer to your work.

Here, I hand-embroidered the hair. I used 28w Aurifil black color.
I hope you will look in your thread drawer next time you decide to start a new quilt and find inspiration by the wonderful color combinations that are available on the market.

West Tennessee Art Education Association Workshop

I had the honor of teaching a wonderful group of art teachers this past weekend at the Memphis College of Art. Here are some pictures of the attendees working hard.

They learned an art class suitable for kids from pre-k to 8th grade. They did an amazing job. Each of their pieces was a work of art!

And here I am teaching the class:

Working with Aurifloss 8w Cotton Threads from Aurifil

*Una Rosa* collagraphy on fabric
I wrote an article for Quilting Arts magazine Feb/March 2013 issue about how to obtain a *foolproof collagraphy* print on fabric. The best part is that you do not need a press. Just empty cereal boxes, glue, paint and fabric.
After I printed my image on fabric, I decided to enhance it with Aurifloss 8w cotton thread. You use this thread when you want bold stitches. I used the six strands together.
With just a few simple stitches you can add interesting accents.
 I love to combine machine stitching with hand embroidery in the same art piece.

As you can see from the picture above, you can choose the same color thread as Aurifloss 8w cotton thread in 12w or 28w, as I did. 
After I finished the hand-embroidery I applied seed beads. There is something magical about combining delicate seed beads with chunky embroidered stitches that I just adore.
When it was time to make the quilt sandwich and to do the final free motion stitching, I chose 50w Aurifil cotton thread. Because I chose warm colors to accent my print I also wanted to choose a warm color for the background but not too dark or it would have covered the marks of the paint that are typical from a collagraph print.
I hope you will try these threads that come in an array of beautiful colors.

Workshops in West Tennessee

Colorme Fish Workshop 4
This past Saturday I gave a workshop in a nearby city called Bartlett, at my friend Nysha's studio here in west Tennessee. The topic was fabric paints.
Painting Toolbox Workshop 3
We created a chart that showed how we modified the paints creating interesting variations. It was a class full of tips and ideas meant to inspire my students. To read more information about my workshops, on the upper right hand side of my blog.

These are my wonderful students--thank you for participating in my class!

Houston Quilt Festival 2014


This quilt was selected to be exhibited at the 2014 International Quilt Festival/Houston in the Annual IQA Fall Judged Show "Quilts: A World of Beauty"--hosted this past weekend. I was delighted to see my work presented among so many beautiful pieces from other talented artists. It is always exhilarating to show your work in public.

This piece in particular is very meaningful to me. I made it when we first moved to a new city and felt that I needed more than ever, some *peace in my heart*. Once I finished it, I healed and was ready to embrace this new place and meet new people.


This work was made from local papers and flyers I collected back in Florida and, of course, fabric. All the appliqué has been made from two different kind of papers: transparent and opaque. This is one of the workshops I offer titled *Layered Paper and Fabric Quilt*. You can find more details on the right hand corner of my blog.
*Country Home*
I also saw my donation quilt for the Quilt Alliance Contest "Inspired by" 2014, which was hanging with many other beautiful contest quilts. You can read more about it here.

Creating Texture on a Paper and Fabric Quilt with Aurifil Threads

*Flowers for Sophia*- a newsprint infused paper and fabric quilt (32 inches by 30 inches)
From the picture below you can see how the quilt started. The flowers where painted over an infused newsprint fabric. It looked nice but flat, so I decided to go to my drawer where I keep my threads and..
 ..chose Aurifil 28w thread for machine stitching....
..and12w thread for hand embroidery. Then I applied some seed beads.

I love how the different thickness of threads with a combination of simple stitches made the quilt *sing* creating texture and dimension.

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