Doodling with thread – embroidery stitches

I love to doodle with thread! Although this project isn’t finished yet, I wanted to share my progress so far. Experimenting with various embroidery stitches on this appliqued heart was very fun. Now off to add the verse and more embroidery doodles.

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Doodling with embroidery thread by Angela Jean of Artfully Sew

Artfully sewing,

Angela Jean

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Walk by Faith Sketch for Art Quilt

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This image has been tickling my imagination for a long while. I finally got to sketch it out on paper today and will soon turn it into an art quilt. I was inspired by Hebrews 11:1, “Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”.  I like to picture myself guided by God with my eyes closed, resting and trusting in Him guiding me.

Off to pick out fabrics!

Artfully sewing,

Angela Jean

Using Hand-Dyed Fabric like Paints

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I think I’m the luckiest quilter in the world. My best friend’s mother has an addiction to dying fabric. She gave me all of these hand-dyed “scraps”. Yes, I used the verb, GAVE. I feel like a kid with a new box of crayons!

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When she gave them to me they were in various bags, folded in different ways. I had the best time sorting them by color using one of my favorite tools, the Ultimate 3 in 1 Color Tool. I use it all the time to match my colors both for fabric and embroidery thread.  I used this tool to make this wall quilt of my precious little cockatiel, Sammy.

I started with a photo of Sammy. I printed it out in black and white on my printer. To get his shape for the fabrics, I turned the photocopy over on my light board and traced simple shapes of his eye, cheek patch, gray and yellow feathers.

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I then traced the shapes onto fusible webbing. I have found the best webbing for machine and hand stitching is Pellon Wonder Under 805. Good stuff. I cut out the shapes and matched hand-dyed fabrics to Sammy’s coloring.

I picked found scraps from a previous project to be the background and fused him to it.

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Then, my favorite part. Thread painting! I added stabilizer to the quilt top and stitched using thread colors that would match Sammy’s feathers and added contrast and depth.

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Voila! A finished Sammy art quilt.

Now off to discover what else will come from my rainbow of fabrics!

Artfully sewing,

Angela Jean

Quilt in Process…

I’ve been going through my ufos (un-finished objects). I found this quilt top I pieced a couple years ago. Poor thing has been sitting in a box on my top shelf. So I blew off the dust and unpacked it.  I’m determinded to finish it and bring it back to life.

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The colors are great, but to make it more appealing, I’ve decided to add a boarder using white fabric with embroidered flowers.  I love doing hand embroidery! Thankfully, I kept the extra fabric in the box, so I was able to use coordinating fabrics.  So far, so good…

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I can’t wait to show you the finished project, especially since the last photo is kinda fuzzy.  I’m hoping to have it ready to quilt by the end of the weekend.  Quilting is my favorite part, so yippee!

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What quilting goals do you have for the following week?  Do you have any nagging ufos on your shelf? Post your goals below and we can hold each other accountable.

Artfully sewing,

Angela Jean