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.

Monday, December 24, 2012


This quilt was initially conceived during a thermofax screen printing class that was given by Lynn Krawczyk. She actually made the stamps and thermofax screens used in this quilt. This technique is so addicting. Looking back you may remember me covering my art and history notes in screen prints.  The background fabric which is green started with actual handwriting in white paint. The magenta circles were added with a pool noodle cut cross wise. That makes an amazing stamp! The purple fabric received it's print with a piece of orange construction fencing. Using paint, the fence was used as a stencil. The black circles were made using a cardboard circle. Finally, the whispering birds were made using a thermofax screen that was designed by Lynn. The quilt was then hand embellished with embroidery thread and buttons. Machine quilting was done along the main portions of the quilt. One of my new year's resolutions is to make more of these types of art quilts. They are really relaxing and enjoyable to make. Even more interesting is that you could never duplicate one of these due to the organic nature of the stamps that are used.........

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