Saturday, February 20, 2016

Mermaid Quilt - Part 2

Soooo...My sister says to me "I haven't seen any new updates about your quilt.". I took that as a hint that maybe I should let everyone know my progress.

I have been making strides. While I was able to use my pattern for the tail, I soon discovered I really did not like the shapes I drew for the body.  I ended up doing the body organically.  It was more like doing a mosaic or a jigsaw puzzle. But I am really pleased with the results.  All of the shapes are turn-needle and I was surprised I could work that small. I am looking forward to using this technique for future projects. 

The face turned out a little differently than planned, but I find that my faces often have their own personality so I usually go with it as they really do not give me a choice. 

Here is the result:

I also started working on the ground. I quilted the blue background and then washed it for added texture. I had pre-made several pieces using a product called "Texture Magic" for the sea bed elements. I had so much fun using the beauty of the batik fabric with the quilt stitches.  It really made my sea bed come alive. 

I am now in the process of satin stitching everything down. The seaweed on the right is done. 

So you can get an idea of how everything is coming together I placed the mermaid on the ground fabric.  The scales are something I am toying with right now. I don't think the scale of the scales (LOL) is quite right, I do think they need to be smaller. (Sigh...just more work...Ah well.)

I do plan to add some other sea elements (starfish, sea plants, etc...) I also am still working out how add the body and hair to the quilt. Decisions, decisions.

Well that's it for now.  Thanks again for dropping by! Teri 

Saturday, October 3, 2015

And for my Next Project...Mermaid Quilt

I am finally starting on my next art quilt.  Actually, the drawing has been 2 years in the making.  It took me awhile to get it to where I wanted it.  Of course that meant I would work on it...put it to the side for several months, work on it some more...put it to the side. and then work on it some more. It was important that I had her personality and was clear on where the pattern pieces went. 

Here is the final result:
So then I blew it up to the size I wanted, so the final size of the actual mermaid (without the rest of the quilt) is 41"h x 25" wide. I think the final size of the quilt will be about 65"h x 50", but its hard to say. 

I have decided to employ the turn-needle applique method I learned from Barbara Olson. She is my absolute favorite quilt artist. It was her work that inspired me to go in this direction with my own artwork. (Needless to say when I had the opportunity to learn from her I was the biggest fan girl...she was awesome!) Check out her website.

Here is my pattern just begging me to start cutting and sewing. (and yes...there will be over 150 pieces...) 
I know this looks like paint-by-numbers, but it really helps keep track of what goes where.
In addition to working on the drawing, I have been collecting fabric too.  Since this is underwater, I decided to work with the batik quilt fabric. And there are many lovely colors and patterns to choose from. Here are the ones I have chosen. The background fabric is the background of the quilt where my mermaid will live.  

Body Fabric
Tail/Fin Fabric

Hair Fabric

Assorted Scenery Fabric

Framing Fabric (2-left) and the background fabric.

Next steps? Start cutting everything out.  I will do this in sections so I can keep track of where I am. I I will start with the scales.  They will be made with the iridescent fabric with the same technique as used in my fairy wing tutorial.  I have at least 200 scales to make...It will be a long evening. :-) Then will cut out the tail and bottom fin. 
As always, I will keep you posted on my progress.  Cheers, Teri

Friday, July 31, 2015

Up and Running at Galacticon!

I set - up my booth... and have already made my first sale!!  The Starbuck bag. Whoo hoo! !
And I have my lovely niece Ariel helping me. 
Will keep you posted on my progress! !

Monday, November 24, 2014

2014 has been a very busy year! Whew!

Wow...I can't believe that 2014 is almost over.  I have had a very fun and productive year. Here are pictures of some of the new contributions to my "inventory". 

Of course I have been busy with the bags...

I love to use use interesting contrast fabrics for the backs, straps and the interior of my bags.  And pockets dahling...always pockets (All of my bags below contain interior 1 zippered welt pocket and 2 slip pockets.) All of which can at least can hold a large cellphone. 

A good example of my use of texture is in In Command.
Front - A velvet/beaded applique badge from TOS-Star Trek. Velvet front
and a velvet/canvas woven pattern used on the strap, etc...
Strap is adjustable.

Back with a zippered pocket (Again...who can't use more pockets...right?)

Flap up - showing interior lining plus 2 more pockets?
Below showing a couple of interior shots.

Here are a few other bags....
Summoned - Tote with hand-beaded dragon on a front exterior slip pocket.
Don't Touch That Button! - I have always loved the visual of the Tardis spinning out of control!

Otahime - Dragon Goddess - Vintage Kimono fabric and additional hand beading and quilting.)

On the left,  Dem Bones
On the right, Date of the Dead -
I made this bag for Tamera, who is a fabulous jewelry artist. You can see her work
Loved it so much I had to make another one.
Both bags use glow-in-the-dark fabric and thread (Who knew!)
and includes a zippered exterior pocket.
Dem Bones bag uses an embroidery design from Urban Threads.
Date of the Dead is my own design and I actually found
glow-in-the-dark beads for that Date night

If you want to see pics of the interiors of my other bags - just send me a note and I can either e-mail them to you or post on my blog. 

In addition to bags, I did do a couple of other textile art pieces...

Hmmmm...Are You Here for Breakfast? I had discussed this quilt on an earlier blog, but here is the finished quilt. 
I just love this piece - I thought his face shows a lot of character.

And here is Fae Moon  - This is my first attempt at machine felting. I decided to make this a wall hanging as I don't trust the "hardiness" of this technique in a bag.. I enjoyed doing this so much I look forward to do more with this technique. The possibilities are endless!!

Now it's on to Christmas gifts ;-)

Take care and Happy Holidays! Teri

Monday, June 2, 2014

Queen Manuela - An Epic story about a creation of a Prom Queen's Dress!

My absolutely wonderful and beautiful niece did become Prom Queen!!! Huzzah for Queen Manuela!!!!
It has become tradition that I design and sew the Sr. prom dresses for my nieces. For Manuela, we started this project a year ago. Manuela sent me about 50 or so different images that she liked. (I won't bore you with the details.) What it boiled down to was that she wanted something vintage with modern flair. So after reviewing her images, I started with this sketch:

During the design process, Manuela decided to have the waist dropped to her lower hip-line and she wanted to add a belt. Based on these updates, I proceeded to draft the pattern, cut/sew the muslin. She came up to my house on 2 consecutive weekends for her fittings. Here are some images from the two fittings. During the fittings, Manu decided she did not want sleeves.

I then proceeded to cut the dress out and start to put it together.

We only had one day to do the final fitting. During the fitting we decided to remove the top two layers of the skirt as they were weighing down the netting and crinoline (Yes...we ended up with crinoline under all of this...created from a bridal slip and attached at the seam-line.)

Here she is on Prom Night!

 Plus, the prom had masquerade theme so I made a mask using an embroidery pattern from UrbanThreads.

Here is the happy couple!
This was really a fun project and was happy to co-design this dress with Manuela! And I know she was very happy with it.

And a shout out to my sister Amie who helped with some of the finishing during Manu's final fitting. 

Now onto the next project...Reorganizing my studio and fabric/trim storage!

Love Long and Prosper, Teri

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


Well...It was certainly a very exciting weekend at Norwescon 37. 

The Artshow was fantastic. I was able to get feedback from Robert Gould, the Artist Guest of Honor and from Lee Moyer, who was the Artist Guest of Honor last year. Of course Rob Carlos was also very (very) helpful and inspirational. 

On top of that I really got to bond with several of the other artists in the Art Show, including John  Grey III, Lizzie D and Michael Duquette. 

I was truly inspired by the amount of talent that was at the artshow and am honored to have been more involved this year. I am even more motivated and am looking forward to taking my art even further. 

I premiered 5 new pieces and will be posting the photos later this week. As for sales, I did pretty well. I sold 3 bags and 2 of them at the direct sales price. This is very encouraging. As some of you may know, pricing is always tricky. This year I tried a new formula: the Minimum bid reflected the price I was willing to let it go (wholesale) and the direct sales price was my ideal price (retail, or the price that reflects the amount of work I put into it.)

So here are the 3 pieces I sold. It really is like having your children leave the nest (So to speak :-))

A Little bit Sheldon and a Little Bit Penny

PacMan Fever

Back, White and Red Rampant All-Over
 Well it's onto the next Niece's prom dress...Pics to come soon!

Live Long and Prosper! Teri

Monday, March 10, 2014

Dragon Quilt Update

Well...I thought I would post my latest status. Things are moving along on my latest dragon quilt...but I am moving a little bit more slowly than anticipated...Doesn't that does ALWAYS seem to the case? (sigh)

I have everything cut-out and the quilt base done (Not quilted yet...but ready to be quilted....) Here is the final lay-out...The pink lines by the flowers represent where I am going to out some decorative stitching for the stems. (the spines are done...but not in the layout below...)

Here is the original sketch....
Quilt Details....
I did finish the head....I am quite pleased with how it turned out...

The Chickadees are almost done...I realized they need a little bit more...I want to add "wings" to make the bodies rounder.
And here are the wings...I am really happy...the trick is going to be how it looks when I stitch it down. 

My goal is to finish it by next weekend. I want to premier it at the Norwescon Artshow. And then I will get back to a couple of bags I plan on Manuela's (my niece) Prom Dress. (Which I am very excited about!) 
As always...Live Long and Prosper...Theresa