Care to Color?

Have you been caught up in the coloring craze? I think I love it now more than ever. Gone are the chunky, rounded wax crayons. They’ve been replaced by super sharp pencils and fine line markers in rich rainbows of color. And coloring books? New works of art all on their own.

free Valentine heart coloring pageSo, of course, I had to make a quilty little coloring page, just for fun. It’s free! Click here to download the single page pdf, then print and color to your heart’s content. It’s a fun way to test out color options for the Pieced Heart Quilt Pattern–an easy-to-make pattern I designed for AccuQuilt–or get crafty and create a hand-colored Valentine for a special someone.

Free pieced heart quilt pattern

Love these fabrics? Check out the full Flirt collection (and don’t miss Love Letter, a new collection after my heart) at dearstelladesign.com!

The Pieced Heart Quilt Pattern is free for a limited time on the AccuQuilt website. Get yours now!

 

In Love with Leaves

Fall leavesWhat is it about leaves? They’re a great inspiration, no matter what medium I’m working in. The colors and textures are always amazing, whether it’s the freshly unfurled first leaf of spring or the dry crackly last leaf of the season.

One fun thing I like to do is make mini collages of found items, such as leaves, pine needles, and interesting pieces of tree bark. You can take a quick click with a digital camera, or scan the actual items on a flatbed scanner. Once you get started, you’ll be making mini collages out of everything you see.

To make the leaf images for the Deconstructed Denim jacket shown below, I scanned several collages and individual leaves, then manipulated the resulting images in Photoshop to fit the desired areas. For the outer denim jacket, leaves were printed onto fusible fabric, then trimmed and stitched to the garment. The scarf was made by treating the cotton gauze fabric with an ink fixative, backing the fabric with freezer paper, then printing on the gauze. Portions of the jacket lining were printed onto sueded cotton, then stitched into the lining yardage and quilted, before the jacket pieces were cut and assembled. Directions for the jacket and lining construction are included on the project disc included with Print Your Own Fabrics, published by Krause Publications. Copies may still be available on Amazon.com.

Leaf fabric jacket