June 3, 2011

Working small...

I like to work big.  My quilts generally measure 51x51 - which to me is large.  I thought it would be fun to make something smaller.  These sweet pieces measure 3x3.

Here's what I did:

Lutradur "painted" with water soluble crayons; sandwiched with light weight batt and cotton backing; draw a quick sketch of a fanciful bird (a gel pen works best); free motion stitch with black thread


fill in the blanks with colorful threads; (Lutradur is stable enough that I do not use a hoop to stitch)

enhance with beads, buttons, etc.;  cut down to size; zigzag stitch thin rattail around edges

apply black gesso to top edges and sides of 3x3 framed canvas 

tie knots in the ends of rattail and staple (heavy duty stapler) to top back of frame


Use matte gel medium to adhere fabric square to canvas frame


I'm keeping one for myself and gifting the other to a dear friend for her birthday.

For more inspiration, go to Pink Saturday.

27 comments:

Ann's Art said...

Hi Pat, these are brilliant - how clever and thanks for the demo.

Honey at 2805 said...

Do certainly do artistic needlework! Happy Pin Saturday!

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

goodness those look great ! sounds like a lot of work but I bet it's quick and easy for you.
Happy pink Saturday!

LV said...

You had a great idea and carried it out beautifully. I am sure your friend will be delighted to receive this neat gift. I love quilts in any fashion, shape or from.

Holly said...

These are wonderful! Did you like working with the lutradur? Where is the best place to purchase it? I got a book from the library on it and have been wondering about the "how to's".
Another wonderfully artsy post!

Char said...

I would imagine the larger quilts are more useful when it comes to the cold, but your little minis are so cute. I love the whimsy of the birds and the colors. You certainly have a wonderful talent and it shows no matter what the size.
Happy Pink Saturday, Char

Tami said...

Absolutely adorable, Pat...Love it! Have a lovely weekend..and a happy Pink Saturday too..xo Tami

CailinMarie said...

these are really neat. I think your process is fascinating. I love multiple step pieces, the way the work is layered adds so much depth without overwhelming the eye.

Genie said...

Pat...Your art work is wonderful...whimsical and so colorful. You are one talented girl. I really enjoy visiting your blog. Wish I just had a tiny bit of your creative touch. The birds are precious. HPS.

Gabriela Delworth said...

Happy Pink Saturday!

They make great gifts and I am sure they are easy to send in the mail.


~ Gabriela ~

Emily said...

hi, this is so adorable, what a fun little project. What a great gift for so many occasion. Thanks for sharing, I love it. Good to see you again......

~Emily
The French Hutch

Maison Mutt said...

Cute cute cutey cute!! Thanks for sharing how to make this adorable quilt. Your newest follower - Niki

Marydon said...

This is absolutely darling, Pat.
Have a beautiful PS week ~
TTFN ~
Marydon

Only Cute Things said...

Just beautiful,This is absolutely darling

I love it!

Happy pink saturday!

xoxo

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Galery of the Mts said...

These are just adorable!

Aunt Snow said...

Darling!! Such a wonderful little gift. I love the funny little bird drawing.

Happy PInk SAturday.

Michelle said...

Adorable little pieces, thanks for the details on how you made them. Very creative. Happy PS.

jeanne said...

Very nice work and a treasure for the person who receives the lovely gift.
Hugs, Jeanne

Nancy said...

Just lovely and so creative. I agree, a treasure for the recipient.

Happy Pink Saturday!

Annesphamily said...

Your stitching is so artistic! HPS a bit late! Thanks for sharing and enjoy the coming week! Anne

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh Pat, these are amazing, my friend! And I love how cheerful they are and the beautiful colors--wow!!!
XO
CIndy

Rebecca said...

These are really neat! I like the smaller ones!

JJ said...

Thanks for visitung me cos now I've come to you and I Love those sweet little quilts. you are very talented.
JJ

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Happy Pink Saturday. Love your happy work!

Cat & Cricket said...

Happy PS! Oh these are fabulous!!
Smiles~
Cricket

peggy gatto said...

Oh, I had such fun here and got some ideas!!!
Love your bird!!!

Deidre said...

You need to do more of these...they are Fabulous! DEIDRE