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About Me
I'm a fiber artist, writer, I live in deep South Texas where it gets hot in the summer. I love to read, walk, and of course sew.
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http://www.quiltmerchant.blogspot.com
Hobbies and Interests
quilting, applique, paper piecing, machine quilting, embroidery
My pets are awesome!
I can't replace my darling Maggie, the dog who was my companion for 12 years.

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At 9:32am on March 12, 2011, Judith Cogswell said…

Fran,

Have a happy birthday today.

Judy from Montana

At 7:39pm on February 13, 2011, QuiltDragon said…

Hi Fran, sorry I didn't answer back - didn't know you'd sent me a message.

The 4 elements is...you represent the four elements of nature - earth, wind etc. You can do representations of one element or as many as you want to incorporate into your design. This is a little different as the others were limited to a 12x12 finished size. You can do any technique you want including fabric manipulation, dying, non-traditionals, etc. To get an idea of what we've been doing, check out the other challenges we've done as a group - they're in the DF's above the comment block.

Originally I wasn't going to do this one since I have a bunch of stuff going on, but it just seemed like too much fun to pass up - especially since they extended the deadline to Mid-April! LOL Besides, I've been working on my GDG's first full sized quilt and am working on getting an online business going, but since those two are very traditional (especially my DGD's quilt since my DDIL is very traditional and wants very pastel colors - definitely NOT my favs), so I need some art-type work to do.

I have my idea and some pics to use for inspiration, but haven't started it yet. Hope this helps.

Too bad you forgot to take a pic - I've done that before. Maybe your niece can take one for you.

At 9:21pm on February 12, 2011, Barbara Blackwell said…
Hi Fran, the zebra is black aplique on white background fabric.  It is from a free to reuse image I found on the internet.  I copied the image and used poster razor to enlage it (I think it was 6 A4 pages).  Then I just traced the black shapes on fusible web and cut them out in black.  I laid the printed picture under the white fabric and it showed through enough to place the black pieces correctly.  Next, I free motion embroidered black on black and white on white in lines going the direction of his coat.  Lastly I make a quilt sandwich and FMQ'd around the edges of the black pieces.
At 10:27pm on February 11, 2011, Barbara Blackwell said…

Hi Fran, well, here is the other Aussie!  Welcome to the group.  You will certainly fit in well with us all.  There are so many tallented ladies (and occasionally a couple of men) who use different techniques to make fabulous textile art.

I'm off to see if I can find your book.  Looks like fun. You are very tallented.

At 9:09pm on February 11, 2011, Sandy B /AUS said…
Hi Fran, welcome. I am one of two Australians in LOAQ and ACEOs but am much the newbie in this creative field of fabric. I think you use of kaffe's fabrics is so clever.
At 8:48pm on February 11, 2011, Cottonwood Quilter said…
Good to hear from you, and yes I could have gotten a new keyboard, but long story short, the laptop I had I bought 4 years ago, it was used.  A friend of mine got 100 laptops off lease, so they had been used and used and used some more.  I truely got my moneys worth out of it, now the problem with this is that it is so darn fast, and a bit bigger, I also paid less for this one, so as with so many things, they become disposable.
At 4:34pm on February 11, 2011, Cottonwood Quilter said…

Welcome Fran, we are lad to ave you on te Love of art Quilts roup.  Yes, I am te one wit te computer problems, D and I bout me a new one today, but it will take a bit to et use to it, and I tink te ladies would miss my decodable messaes. 

Aain welcome, we are a very catty roup, but wat a lovlie roup of women and all so knowledable. 

Love your auction quilt, suc fun and beautiful colors.

At 11:34am on February 11, 2011, QuiltDragon said…

Hi Fran, Yes, I do love dragons...the fantasy kind...in the early 90's my DH and I created a sf and horror trivia board game and took it around to a bunch of conventions trying to sell it. I'd always liked fantasy and of course quilting, so when I saw masquerades and hall costume awards, I was hooked! I didn't actually do the masquerade since I"m into the making, not performing, but loved the hall costumes. I was also a workmanship judge at several conventions - it was great fun getting an up close and personal look at the costumes. I'd love to make a cape with a dragon skeleton...even have the pattern done...but don't know if I'll ever have time to make it. Right now I'm very busy with my DGD, my landscaping business and starting a child's bib company.

Have you done any dragons lately?

Barb

At 8:40am on February 11, 2011, Charlotte Gustavson said…

Welcome to the site and the Love of Art Quilts group! We're very chatty (as Cottonwood Quilter would be the first to tell you!) but everyone on here either knows something about the subject you want to discuss or else they know a link where you can find more info. 

Actually, CQ (as we fondly refer to her on here) is having PC issues and missing her Gs and Hs, so if she does welcome you now it may take a bit of decyphering!lol We're glad to have you as a member and looking forward to seeing more of your work! : )

 
 
 

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