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Summer is here!!!

Happy Summer Solstice

New Quilts in Progress…

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This quilt is in the binding phase now.  I started out with the intention of a functional  baby girl quilt but it seems more appropriate as a wall hanging.  It would look great in a girl’s room or really anywhere in a light and happy home.

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This quilt was inspired by the flower design.  I made a stencil for this project.  I have got to try out silk screening!  That orange and blue gadget in the first picture has a rotating blade that allows very easy curve cutting.  It’s Awesome!  I found it in a clearance bin!  It’s made by Fiscars. They call it a “shape cutter”.  The dots are simply stamped with the end of a dowel that is lightly dipped into the fabric paint.  You might be able to see the circle that I used as a guide in pencil.  (Oh, after this sample, I taped all of my edges to avoid the mistake you see in the last pic.)

I used batiks I dyed last winter and I love how they really stand out with all the black and white.  The quilting is simple:  White rayon thread on white, black on black, and the details between the blocks and detailing the flowers is in silver metallic thread.

The size is approximately 36” x 36”.  stencil-flower-12

detail of quilting on the back of the quilt

 

My quilts are a breeze to hang!

Hanging this quilt, like most of my quilts, is so EASY!  It has a split sleeve on the back to insert a rod or thin strip of wood or acrylic and can hang and be balanced on one hook, nail or screw on the wall.  Or it can be hung traditionally or on a decorative curtain rod with wall brackets.  (see picture of quilt back below)

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Like my new signature?

This quilt is perfect for custom made!  I can do any motif you like!  Contact me for more information or questions!

 

Pisces Constellations

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I’ve been working with circles a lot lately.  I use a wonderful technique that involves freezer paper  to get the perfect inset circles as opposed to applique (the shape sewn on top of the fabric). 

I started hand stitching around the circles and pulled a lot of thread out because it was just boring.  Then I had the idea to make stencils out of freezer paper and rub gold Shiva oil stick paint ( Dharma.com ) with a stencil brush.

And the quilting was a sudden inspiration.  I just went with it and that’s how it turned into the idea of the constellation of Pisces… if that exists.  It’s done with silver metallic thread.

The size is approximately 24” x 9”.

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Detail of Pisces Constellations above and Split Sleeve below

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New things at the Gallery on High

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These are paintings that have been matted and are showing at the “Birds, Bees, Butterflies and Bridges” themed show running through the summer. 

All are for sale through the Gallery on High. 

Also, you can find new SkyGirl Dolls©, Tote bags, hand bags, little girl handbags, book bags by me and loads of fabulous art by other local artists in Glass, Ceramic, Paintings, Photography, Jewelry, Up-cycled Art and more!Sew-4-Ever!

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X’s & O’s in progress

This series is inspired by the crossbeams of the Ben Franklin Bridge and optical illusions I saw at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia Pa. 

The idea is simple.   The design is all about exploring the X and O shapes.  I was surprised by all of the options! 

“Cellular”

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2010

“16” x 17.5”

This is a smaller piece I made for experimentation.  It’s the baby to Untitled (below).

I really enjoyed working with such simplicity.

Blue: low water immersion dyed.  Black and white: commercial cotton. 

Quilted in matching rayon thread.  Hand stitching: embroidery thread.

“Whirls”

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2010/2011

Still working on this piece.

Studying the way Optical illusions work, I attempted to create a spinning illusion. 

These individual circles were a technical feat!  It took several attempts to get the individual squares lined up correctly.  The piece is almost finished.  I am attaching layers of rope behind each circle make the piece three dimensional and hand sewing black cotton around the edges to hide the rope.  Next is figuring a practical way to hang it.

“Bulls Eye”

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2010/2011

Still stitching!  This is my first entirely hand made quilt, including the piecing.  I work on this mostly at shows or watching a movie.

 

 

Untitled

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2010/2011

On the same thread of “Cellular” but using a very different technique.  These are all individual pieces using a freezer paper method.  I’m not happy with some of the construction results so a lot of hand sewing is to follow.

Blue: Low water immersion cotton.  Red: silk.  Black and white: Commercial cotton.

Quilted with matching rayon thread with exception to silver on the red.

“Tribal”

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2010/2011

Still in progress.

This quilt utilizes reverse applique, which means the design is sewn on several layers of fabric.  Then each shape is cut away revealing the layers underneath.

I began couching my favorite yarn, a multi color with metallic threads, around the edges of the revealed shapes.

All artwork, images and text © 2011 Barbara Zuazua. 
Please contact me for permission to use.

 

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