Thank you for visiting artful embellishments. This is the third year for this blog and I am so happy to keep publishing. I started in 2011 and began with a quilt of the week, this lead to the leaf of the week for my newly designed paper tree that is located on the wall of my garage in 2012.......2013 is going to bring a lot of excitement and positive change. As a personal challenge for 2013, I plan on designing a artist trading card each week to be featured on the blog.
With so many interests, there will be quilting, art quilting, leaves (and more leaves), as well as experiments in thermofax screen printing, fabric dying, and tons of DIY recycle projects. I may even enter that altered fashion scene. To a happy and healthy 2013, may we all find happiness in those things we create....thank you for stoping by artful embellishments.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The journal quilt for week 10 was done for valentines day. This shamrock was a felt cutout from a craft store. It was embellished with Irish fabric, lucky coin trim, and machine stitching.

Monday, March 14, 2011

The week 9 journal quilt was really fun. I dedicate this art quilt to Rylee my favorite follower. She has just learned to make her first quilt squares using free motion quilting. So I thought that I would try and expand my free motion quilting. In the February/March 2001 Issue 49 of Quilting Arts magazine, artist Heather Thomas does an amazing job of teaching different motiffs for machine quilting. I used this journal quilt to work with the color wheel, machine quilting and various threads. Rylee, I hope you keep sewing and that you enjoy learning and developing your own machine quilting techniques.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Journal Quilt

The journal quilt for week 8 was done after a bout of warm weather. It did get up to 55 degrees and I couldn't help but think of spring. That hope was dashed with more snow and zero temperatures. I must admit I do hear more birds in the yard, but no blooms just yet. This quilt was a great experience for me. I used both my ribbon and yarn couching feet for my sewing machine. It was very addicting. I continue to wish for spring.