Saturday, September 06, 2008

Quiltie for Kelli

Ms. Kelli, if you are reading my blog. Stop now! Don't want to ruin the surprise. I don't want you to see it before I give it to you.

I am getting better at this art quilting thing. My stuff is coming out looking straighter than it has in the past. I know that I have not been sharing a lot of what I have been doing lately. The artwork I have been doing lately have been for articles and other people's websites. Some of them have a "No publishing on other sites" rule thing going on. So, whatcha think? I am pretty happy with it.

I had a hard time with this. It is always harder for me to create for someone else instead of myself. I have to think about what they would like and not only what thrills me. Of course, there are some little metal pieces in there. You will also see that I have been experimenting with some embroidery stitches. They are not perfect and I don't always do them the way I see them in the Embroidery Bible (which I love, BTW).

You will see lots of fabric paper in this little quiltie. I made it into a wall hanging so she could do something with it. This piece took me quite awhile to finish. I lost my muse on this for awhile and had to keep looking at it to decide what I wanted to do. The house part was easy. I was going to make it into a fabric book but that didn't work for me. So, I decided on a quiltie wall hanging. There is batting in the middle and a fabric back. If you look closely, the very top layer of my fabric background is tulle. I also did a little needle felting. I did not break out the machine for this. Just did it by hand. I usually don't work with purple a lot. The color has really grown on me. I might have to do more with that color. Don't you love those copper washers? They are my favorite little trinkets. They are used on airplanes or something like that. I got a boatload from eBay at a very, very good price. I love them!

Do you think she'll like it? I am going to nurse my migraine today. It has been unusually horrible today. All I want to do is sleep. Cannot tolerate any kind of noise.


beckyais said...

This is WONDERFUL Belinda! Kelli will love it, and if she doesn't, you can send it my way! :)
Becky A

Scrappy Cat said...

Sorry you're having a migraine - I know how bad that can be. Hope you get over it soon.

This quilt is amazing! I love it - so if Kelli doesn't like it (she'd be crazy not to) you can send it to me. :)

Sandy said...

She will love it! I love the colors. I see the embroidery stitching. I see the embossing - love that. I see the tulle. Love the metal washers. Did you DRAW the birds & mailbox youself? My favorite part is the flower. Is that paper? I also lke the lady peeking out the window. Is that Kelli?

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

This is an amazing piece. There are so many techniques, textures, and materials in it. I looked at it about five times and each time I found something I missed before. I love how you used tags and flowers and wire and tulle all in one quiltie. But what really blew me away was when I read you did it all by hand.

Totally wonderful job.

Carol said...

Fabulous, love the gorgeous color palate you choose.

martha brown said...

This is a very fun quiltie -- I really like the colours.

Mary Z said...

awsome Belinda!! I'm sure Kelli will LoVE it! I love how you take all these techniques and make them your own (style)!! Enjoy seeing your creations!
Mary Z.

Rosie said...

I think Ms Kellie is a very lucky lady! That is a beautiful quiltie Belinda... you have put so much of you into it. Gorgeous and truly something to aspire to!

Purrplekatt said...

OMG!! I don't know her, but I'm sure she will LOVE it. If she doesn't I know someone that will!!! :)

Jan C. said...

Oh my God, where do I start? This
is wonderful and I'm so sad I'm not

Colors are super, love all the fabrics and papers used. Don't worry about your's
just fine.

Is that a real ring (the finger kind) I see on the quilt?

You truly are an inspiration to all
of us.

Jan C

Adele said...

Really gorgeous wall hanging - Great colours and balance. I love it!

Kelli said...

Weeeeeeeeeee. I'm Kelli! How lucky am I? Belinda is so incredibly generous with her art. I can't believe she did all this work, in my FAVorite colors! I can assure you that the photos don't do it justice. She is just awesomely talented and beyond that works her behind off making art and sharing it. THANK YOU BELINDA! I have a spot picked out in my living room for this beauty. Be sure to look for more of her spectacular art in a mixed media book coming out next fall from Interweave Press. Yay!

Nina and/or Ruthie said...

That is just gorgeous!!