Friday, January 27, 2012

Inspiration Avenue: Alphabet quiltlet

Maggie's (Magpie's) prompt for us at Inspiration Avenue this week was Alphabet. "Art with words," etc. was what Maggie suggested when she issued the challenge. All kinds of images danced in my head, as I contemplated making art using stencils and hand made stamps. Of course, I had limited time, because I have a leak in my pipes (OK, not mine, but my house's) that I have been dealing with.

As I was further contemplating the challenge, I remembered back in July of last year, I wrote a tutorial featuring shaving cream on fabric. At that time, I used an alphabet stencil. Please check it out, if you are not familiar with the process I used.


I began with the fabric I stenciled using shaving cream, and tore a piece to quiltlet size (about 9 X 12 inches). The piece I used is in the upper left side of the above photo. Remembering what my friend Dianne of Art Beneath the Cottonwoods suggested in the comments of that post, I decided to outline each of the letters with my black ink pen. Not sure what kind it is, but I think it's a Rollerball or something like that. I just know it's not a Micron, because my Micron is deader than a . . .


I then colored an apple rubber stamp using Staz-on reinkers and stamped onto a portion of a dictionary page.


To the back of the quiltlet, I cut batting and drew a backward "A" using the same stencil as I used on the front of the quiltlet. To attach the batting to the quiltlet, I added my "free motion" stitching of the "A." It didn't show as well from the front as I had hoped, but I did like the technique of adding "free motion" stitches from the back of the fabric. Now if only I had a way to make real free motion stitches. In retrospect this is one technique I will definitely try again. Next time, the thread I use will be a much more distinct shade from the stamp or image I choose to use.

Thanks again to Magpie for challenging me to create this alpha inspired quiltlet. And, please check out all of Inspiration Avenue's entries this week.

26 thoughtful remarks:

Marilyn Rock said...

Fantastic; I'm in love with your apple :) xxoo

Marilyn Rock said...

Fantastic; I'm in love with your apple :) xxoo

Marilyn Rock said...

Fantastic; I'm in love with your apple :) xxoo

see you there! said...

Great entry for the alphabet challenge. Outlining the letters was just the right addition.

Darla

Helen said...

Beautiful!!

Anne said...

Looks really neat, love all the details! ^____^~~*

New End Studio said...

I like the multiple layers of letters and words and the way you moved the colors, great!

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

What a great way to incorporate letters into your art- I LOVE the apple; SO cool!

Margaret said...

Fantastic! I love that you found a use for your alphabet fabric, outlining looks great as does the apple, a really nice centrepiece! M

Caterina Giglio said...

love the letters, so subtle and letter drawn in pen? lovely... x

Steph said...

how lovely, E!!!love those subtle alphas....

Halle said...

Awesome quiltlet! Love the apple.

CRAFTY WOMBLE said...

Wow that really is splendid :) Does this mean that your computer is feeling a bit better again?

Ariel said...

I love your letters and the apple in the middle is so tempting-:)

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Oh no--I hope you get the pipe problem sorted out soon!

I like what you did with this challenge. The outlining really made the background pop. I can see the "A" on the apple...wondering if perhaps a different color thread may have helped it stand out more?

Dandelion and Daisy said...

Very nice piece, I really like the way how the apple looks with the page under used as the highlight.

~*~Patty S said...

Hope you get your leaky pipes fixed
Oh My!

I so enjoy your creative process and really like the apple you stamped...it is extra special and so artsy!

Your quilties are so special!
oxo

Lynn said...

Always something fun to find here happening!!!

Steph said...

the pleasure is mine...dear friend....it's over to you now to fill it with your magic....always....steph

Claire said...

this is stunning!!

Terrie said...

Thanks so much for the visit and kind comments about my ALAW alpha. Your project is so creative - one of the things I LOVE about your blog is your willingness to share your experiments...the successes and mess ups. So many other sites show these gorgeous finished pieces and I'm so totally intimidated, but with your projects, even though the end result is still gorgeous, I love that you have a round-about, goofed up way of getting there. It's like creating with a girlfriend as we sit around the table and chat and make our boo boos but then cheerlead each other to even better results. Thanks for putting it all out there!

artangel said...

This is lovely work - the letters and the little apple are all gorgeous! Your creative process always fascinates me, the use of shaving foam is quite ingenious!

VonnyK said...

I love this and the apple reminds me of school days. Learn your abc's and an apple for the teacher. Just gorgeous.
Von :)

kirstin mcculloch said...

this is fantastic - a really inspiring piece

craftydvl said...

The apple is making me hungry! And I agree, it makes me think of school, learning the alphabet, and giving the traditional fruit to your teacher. Sorry to hear about your pipes, but I am glad that even in the face of frustrating things, you are continuing to make wonderful work and to share the process here!

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