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, April 27, 2011

Week 14

Week 14 was done in hopes that Spring will eventually arrive. It has been so cold and rainy. The flip flop design is by Anita Goodesign. It was intended to be a change purse. I altered it with a satin edge for my embroidery machine. I then embellished with beads. A circular machine quilting pattern was used around the flip flop. The edge around the trim is actually a fabric ribbon. Hopefully we will all be wearing flip flops soon.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter Chicks

Happy Easter! This pattern was put on line by Lynn Roberts. I made these for a Easter Scavenger hunt. The girls enjoyed them. They were made from scraps of fabric and craft felt. This pattern was very easy to follow. I found this website to be very helpful. Thanks Lynn!


Saturday, April 23, 2011

Happy Birthday Miranda

Week 13 is dedicated to Miranda who turned 10 just a few weeks ago. This journal quilt was done on fabric painted with acrylics. The cake was done with raw edge applique. The numbers were stamped and punched from scrapbooking paper. The letters "ten" were also from scrapbooking and made from chipboard. The border was done with a decorative yarn which was adhered with a zigzag stitch.

Monday, April 18, 2011

I decided to make totebags for three of my closest friends, Rylee, Miranda and Taylor. They actually are using these bags for school. I used a pattern by Sew & Sew (5380). I ended up winging it for the most part. The instructions could have been written in ancient Greek. At least that is what they looked like to me. I found that improvising wasn't as difficult as I thought. I was able to make the pockets myself. I also (after 3 tries) perfected the lining so that you can't see any seams on the inside or outside. Just another happy reminder of spring!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Week 12 Journal

The week 12 journal was dedicated to practicing quilting stitches. Two techniques were used to complete this quilt square. Alisa Burke uses a lot of recycled and repurposed materials in her art. Her art is so unique. I decided to use one of her ideas from her video "Expression Session". I took a brown paper bag and painted it with just one layer of acrylic pain. After it dried I practiced the quilting stitches featured by Heather Thomas in "Quilting Arts Magazine". It was fun and simple. I plan on using this technique to bring in even more layers using photographs and embellishments.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Journal 11

The Week 11 Journal was designed to practice machine quilting stitches featured in the Feb/Mar 2011 Issue 49 of quilting arts. The article is done by Heather Thomas. The fabric is cloth that was painted with acrylic paints. The stitches were done with various threads including variegated cotton and rayon.