Saturday, July 23, 2022

paint and fabric, the creative week's offerings

Index card a day prompt "together

welcome to this week's creativity round-up! I started with one of the index card a day prompts, together,because today is our wedding anniversary. We married one day short of a year from meeting at a contra dance doing what we loved.... we both quickly realized this was the person we'd been waiting for and when that happens you don't want to wait around before starting a life together. 

I usually write a poem or small paragraph on the topic, on the reverse side each day... but I just practiced fonts for the word, to print on the front, and decided it told the story without words

I would love to share my cards for this week but later, after I show the finished table scraps challenge piece of fabric art... I got so excited by the prompt this month to use purple scraps and circles...

8" X 33" approx.
I had to stop everything and make it!

I went through my purple scraps and cut lots of circles. Folding squares into fourths then cutting an arc, sometimes a circle was larger than I wanted so I cut a narrow strip off and that became an open circle.

I arranged them onto a background of circle fabric, and used the little glue pen to tack them into place. 

I knew I wanted it to be raw and wild. After glue, I layered with batting and backing (both scraps) and began the quilting. 

To practice the look of black thread sketching in a free way, I made a pin cushion as a model

3" X 4"

quilted and filled with ground walnut shells

It's so small and I just love how useful it is! Surprise! 

Okay then, free motion with black threads, allowing room to do hand stitching later. 

wide variety of thick embroidery threads, backstitch, buttonhole, straight stitch, french knots, bugle beads, tiny seed beads, and little cylinder copper beads went on too

Now it was meant for the table but I will hang it on a wall, like a small banner of color, swirling and moving the eye from combination to combination...
top part

 I put a thick half inch finished blue silk on for a binding

 It came out so pretty... On to the index cards... this post is so picture heavy I won't share the larger paintings this time, maybe next week, but here are the latest prompts

"spinner" collage with sheet music

"chevron" drawing before gold paint was added

"Chevron" with gold and copper paint, "Orange "

each one of these is turning out to be a tiny piece of art for me. At the moment they are all in a decorative box in order. Sadly there is only about a week's worth of prompts left...

"wallpaper" prompt and metallic paints (finetec)


notes on back of "space" defining spaces that give me happiness

which brings us full circle to the top picture... our family portrait on a 4" x 5" index card

I am finishing up the mark making piece which is hand embroidered with lots of beading. I'll share that and a small hexie piece next week. 

Here's to a happy week of creations for us all, to balance out the worries of our worlds. 

crocus on the credenza for the summer

linking to a few parties: 

table scraps challenge

patchwork Sunday                    

design wall Mondays at smallquiltsanddollquilts

finished or not

art for fun Friday

friday face off!  


Norma Schlager said...

You amaze me as usual with your productivity and creativity. If you could bear to part with them, your index crad size art would make wonderful postcards.

quiltingbydawn said...

I love that purple circle art piece! The layering and the embellishments! Fantastic!

PaintedThread said...

Love the painting of the three of your. That circle quilt is out of this world! Fantastic!

Mari said...

Happy anniversary! Great mini family portrait, and I love the purple circles. So joyous!

The Joyful Quilter said...

Happy anniversary, you two!! Regarding your artwork... I don't know what to comment on first. LOVE it ALL!!! The darling little pincushion, that sweet painting of you and Mr. Not Afraid of Color, or your incredible TABLE SCRAPS Challenge entry for this month, I seriously love them all and there aren't enough exclamation marks to drive home that point. :o))

MissPat said...

The table scrap piece is fabulous. So much work. And the post card collection is a wonderful remembrance of what is important to you. Happy Anniversary to you and Drew. Sorry you can't go out for a big celebration dinner.

My name is Erika. said...

Happy anniversary to you and you husband LeeAnna. I love that ICAD you made to celebrate it. And you even included Milo. Your icads are such fun. And I love circles so your circle wall quilt is just amazing. And the pillow too. I love all the details in the fabrics you used. I hope you're having a nice weekend. Hugs-Erika

Tails Around the Ranch said...

Those purple scraps and circles turned out terrific! Love it!

Joanne said...

Hi LeeAnna,
What a joyful way to begin your blogpost with a wonderful family portrait !
Love it when a project just has to be made whith all of ones' creative ideas flowing into action!
Beautiful works you create on each index card !

Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting said...

Oh so fun and creative!!! I could look at your table runner for hours! But I love that you have it on the wall now--better to observe and enjoy at eye level! Congrats on your anniversary! Very sweet drawing!!!

Susie H said...

Your table scraps project is so pretty & creative. It is full of LeeAnna style! The family portrait is wonderful too!

Kim said...

Happy Anniversary to you and your husband. Yes, when you find 'the one' there is no sense to be waiting around. Love the portrait of you three. Love too, your "raw and wild" circles wall hanging. As is always the case with your creativity it is exploding with fun, happy colour and fabulous design.

sonja said...

the circle quilt shots are so intriguing. colors spot on in cools tones
and happy. you sure get a lot of creating done. Big thank you for sharing and inspiring people lucky enough to see this post!

grammajudyb said...

You are the master of color! So much to see, so much to drool over. I had a circle idea sort of like yours, but I could not execute it. Thank you so much for sharing yours. It is exquisite!

Happy Late Anniversary! Hope you celebrated in a special way!

Gillena Cox said...

Luv today's sew art. And of course your other pieces. You had yourself a very creative week. Good.
Wishing you a nice weekend.
Thanks for linking to Art For Fun Friday


LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Happy Anniversary to you and Drew! Your purple circle project is fabulous! I love that you had to drop everything and make it - aren't those the most fun?!

Deb A said...

Happy Anniversary! LOVE your purple circles project. It truly is a work of art.

Cathy said...

Oh, the purple circles piece is to die for! Striking use of color!! I love your family portrait, too!

DVArtist said...

Wow you have been so busy. I love that first piece but the quilt is just amazing. I have missed your art. Please come join me for Friday Face Off. Your art is perfect for it. Have a lovely day.

DVArtist said...

Thank you for joining in on Friday Face Off. Every week you can show your beautiful art. Any kind of face, in any medium.

Leanne Parsons said...

Oh, my goodness, your circle piece is amazing! I love the wildness of it and the layers overlapping and the addition of the hand stitching. What a glorious finish! Thanks for linking to TGIFF this week!

Jennifer Fulton Inquiring Quilter said...

I love your table scraps challenge quilt! Perfect to add that black quilting! And you know how I love bling--those beads just take this over the top. Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

Happy Anniversary!!!
Love the family post card of you all!!