Monday, January 29, 2007

Journal Quilt #4

My fourth mini Journal Quilt - click on the photo for a larger picture. It is hard to believe I have created 4 of these already! It is not hard to do, and the weekly deadline I made for myself is what keeps me creating them. I always THINK about the journal quilts during the week, and then sometime on Monday the actual quilties come spilling out. I would like to start one earlier in the week sometimes, but maybe that is just not the way I work! The back of the quiltie has my journal entry printed on muslin; I attach my fabric to a piece of lightweight cardstock and then run it through my Epson printer. I write my entry in a MS Word document, and then print it directly onto the fabric. This week's entry is below.

January 29, 2007:
This is the fourth in a series of *mini* journal quilts that I am adding to my year long fabric journal project. This 6” x 6” quiltie reflects a visit we enjoyed recently with our friends Garth and Nora. Steven and I have known Garth since we were about 15 years old . . . . In fact, Garth is why and how Steven & I met each other in the first place, way back then! Garth and I went to the same summer camp and Steven and Garth went to High School together. We have known his wife Nora and been friends with her for almost just as long.
My mini journal quilt this week features gel medium transfers of photos from a walk we took when Garth & Nora came to visit this past weekend. The past few weeks I have been teaching gel medium transfers to my students in my Mini Art Quilt Book class and enjoying some of the results I have tried myself - image transfers can be very tricky. The two gel medium transfers on this small quiltie are the photos, ink jet printed with my Epson Stylus C88 onto transparency film and transferred to fabric with Golden Gel Medium. The transfers I have done from transparencies have been the ones I enjoyed the results of the most lately. It has been very cold here in CT – the transfer in the top left corner is a photo I took of some leaves frozen in the ice. Brrrrr! Stay warm, Lenna

Moon & Star Lottery

A piece for the Bi-Weekly Lottery on the ARTchix Studio Yahoo group using Transparencies from the Starry Starry Night sheet. The central image is one of my favorites from an earlier collage sheet called Loveliness. I used a cut-out of a star leftover from our wedding framing the central image! Steven and I made stars for friends & guests to decorate; this piece was the leftovers. To create this I used watercolor crayons, Twinkling H2Os, and I stamped stars with white Brilliance inks. Click on the photo for greater detail. This theme really called to me. Steven and I think of the moon & stars as instrumental in our getting together after a failed earlier marriage for each of us. Moon & stars were the theme of our wedding! My engagement ring is made up of moons & stars, and Steven's wedding ring has the same images etched into his. Thanks, Patricia for the wonderful theme to work with! Note on 2/2/07: Melissa Kuhl Yerkes was the winner of this lottery sponsored by the ARtchix Studio Yahho Group!! I sent her my entry today : )

Friday, January 26, 2007

Oh So Charming . . . .

Here is a sampling of the shell and wire charms I created for Dawn Seller's Oh So Charming Swap that I found through the art exchange page on the wonderful UK site: art-e-zine. This was a challenging swap for me. I racked my brain trying to figure out something different to do . . . . then while Steven & I were vacationing in Florida on Sanibel Island, my answer came clear. The amount of shells that already had holes in them was so abundant! I collected them and then when I returned home in January, I played around using wire & beads to make these lovely shells into charms! Thanks, Dawn. I look forward to my returns!

Monday, January 22, 2007

Journal Quilt #3

My 3rd mini Journal Quilt. I plan to sew these altogether at the end of the year for a large wall piece. The back of this journal quilt is a piece of muslin printed with the following journal entry...
January 22, 2007: This is the third in a series of *mini* journal quilts that I have completed towards my year long fabric art journal project (click on the photo for more detail). I began this 6” x 6” piece by simply thinking about what happened this past week –it was easy! (to come up with an idea) I spent an evening doing gel medium image transfers both as tests for the online class I am currently teaching - The Mini ART quilt Book - and also for this journal project. When it came to actually putting the fabric square together I finished it very quickly, in less than an hour. This is fairly typical of how I do my artwork, but I felt like I created it almost ‘too quickly’, if that was possible? Steven and I talked about this, the length of time it takes to create a piece of art versus the value of it. Steven pointed out how I had actually spent a lot of time on this piece thinking about it and doing the transfers – he added that the square looked great and there was nothing wrong with working quickly!

This weeks’ mini journal square celebrates Chloe, the 2 year old dog we adopted from a shelter one week ago. She is a beautiful and gentle Terrier-mix that we got as a companion for our dog Asia - but we are falling in love with Chloe ourselves! Asia & Chloe are good friends already. For this journal square I did a gel medium image transfer- a photo of Chloe & Asia together on the couch and then sewed it onto the base fabric. The pink strip running across the bottom of the image transfer is some fun ‘Shakespeare’ cloth ART Tape from Alpha Stamps. To finish this I added free-style swirly sewing around the image . . . Steven says that’s his favorite part of this piece because he loves how it directs his eye. Enjoy! Lenna

Saturday, January 20, 2007

meandering books - new art

I have done two pages in Barbara Robert's meandering book - a Round Robin I am involved in through the Fabric-olics Yahoo Group. This is an invitation (or refferal only) group at this time . . . but if you feel that you would enjoy this yahoo group and can be an active member please send a email to the group owner Sammy Stafney and tell her about yourself, any website or blog you may have, and about your fabric art! There are a lot more meandering pages to view for this RR exchange on my website - please enjoy them there! The beautiful images on these 2 pages are from Alpha Stamps - from the 'M is for Magpie' collage sheet and the Ophelia #1 Transparency sheet. Both worked well for Barbara's Spring theme.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Journal Quilt #2

Here is another mini journal quilt from my year long project to share with you ~ and believe me, if I did not have this self-imposed deadline of Monday night, I would not be producing these fabric pages! This quiltie uses images from ARTchix Studio - from 'That's Amore', 'Dazzling Doorways' and the 'Heart & Soul' collage sheets. Enjoy! I am going to copy & paste what I have printed on the back of this quiltie:
January 15, 2007: This is the second 6 x 6 square that I have completed for my mini journal quilt project. Again, I created this rather quickly; in about an hour and a half. I was under the wire again, with my own weekly deadline being exactly what pushed me to produce this fabric page. I would really like to start working on this earlier (this week) – we’ll see! So far I am basing my theme on something that has happened the past week . . . and last week we had a new roof put on! We just moved to this home this past summer and the roof was 22 years old and in need of replacement. The roofing went on seamlessly in the background while I walked in the woods with Asia and Steven most every day, went to Jazzercise, and uploaded lesson 2 of my mini quilt book to the Dyehard Surfacing classroom group and answered their questions. In only 3 days we had a new roof and 2 new skylights! When I went to create the quiltie, I added a romantic image, a heart and a door all from ARTchix Studio. The 'Home' image makes me think of Steven and our love. Lenna 1/15/07

Friday, January 12, 2007

4 x 4 Page for Vickie Rienhart of B'Muse

To the right is the 4x4 page I made today, using Bmuse products (the wings and the woman). Click on the photo fror more detail. This page will be part of a Healing Book for Vickie Rienhart - owner of Bmuse. Very unfortunately, on January 1st Vickie suffered a ruptured cerebral aneurysm. You can read more about her condition here:
The moderator of Vickie's Bmuse Yahoo Group, Sandee Hyde posted a call for anyone who would like to do something for Vickie. Sandee writes:
" . . . So, I am making a Healingbook for her from anyone who would like to participate. Our love of art goes beyond the groups we belong to and Vickie dedicates her life to this so I know that we all want to do something for her. If you could all make a 4 x 4 piece of art. Include UPLIFTING words of encouragement. Do whatever you do best . . . collage, painting, sewing, etc. I will have it professionally bound for her. I'll hand deliver it as well. Let's have these in my hands no later than January 20th. I have to believe that since she survived this, that the powers that be are not quite ready for her just yet! Let's let her know that we are all thinking about her . . . . sandee."
Later Sandee wrote: "I made a new blog that will be updated everyday with the names of the 4 x 4's I have received for Vickie."
Please check out Sandee's blog for more.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Personal Portals - ARTchix Swap

Here are the 5 postcards that I created for Mija Marie's Personal Portals Swap sponsored by ARTchix Studio. I used Fabriano watercolor cards as a base, then painted a background with watercolor crayons, Lumiere paints, and Twinkling H2Os. I like the round images from the Through the Looking Glass sheet for this because the subjects look as if they are looking out of a porthole - or portal! I also used collage images from these sheets: This Ol' House, Dazzling Doorways and Amazing Archways -all are from ARTchix Studio. -Mija wrote, "The theme of this swap is Personal Portals. With the year coming to a close and a new year beginning, it's a great time to reflect and look forward. Think of the paths that lie in front of you, doorways that have closed or the windows of opportunity opening up to you. Of course, these are all metaphors but maybe these visions will help inspire you. Please create 4 for 4 or 5 (extra for Helga) 4 inch by 6 inch postcards (they do not have to be for mailing). Original Artwork Only. Please mail artwork by Wed. Jan. 24, 2007. Each piece of art MUST include at least one ARTchix Studio image. " -Thank you so much for hosting this swap Mija; it was a great challenge for me & also fun to do! I look forward to my returns! lenna

Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Journal Quilt #1

This is the very first in a series of 6 x 6 Journal Quilts that I will create on a weekly basis (roughly) during 2007. I will use this blog to share them so check back! I’ve always wanted to create a larger fabric piece . . . recently my husband has encouraged me to do more art for myself, for our own collection. So, this fabric art will be for us based on whatever happens this year! Every time I create a square I will journal about the piece and print the journal entry onto plain fabric. I will use that fabric to line the back of the square - see above right. At the year’s end I’ll sew all of my journal squares together and proudly hang them up in our home.

January 8, 2007: This square was done rather quickly; in about an hour or so. I don’t often work with (the color) RED, but this swirly fabric I spied in my stash reminded me of what this past week has been like since we returned from 12 days of vacation – swirly busy! The fabric is printed with celestial swirls and small gold stars; I placed the ribbon to continue that swirly theme and then added gold glitter. The top left image is paper from ARTchix Studio. It’s sewn right onto the fabric by machine. The small blue stars are mini-brads pushed through the fabric to hold the sheer ribbon & are also from Artchix. The bottom right image is a fabric image from Alpha Stamps, glued to the base. I sewed free-form by machine with red thread all over the piece using decorative & plain stitches and thus attached a piece of heavy interfacing to the square while I did. I am happy to have created my first square. Posted by Picasa

Saturday, January 6, 2007

Sanibel Island

Maggie, here is your 'sunset on Sanibel Island' photo! Click on these photos for a larger one. We had such a lovely time there, so relaxing, and we were lucky enough to get these sunset photos. Also, one of my husband Steven & I dressed up for dinner one night -yes, we clean up pretty good I think! Happy New Year, Lenna

Shells on the beach, taken while we were there, and then the shells that cleaned up & made it home. Some of them even made it into the charm swap!!

Friday, January 5, 2007

Tiny Gears

. . . I am teaching a private mini art quilt book class right now to the dyehard surfacing group and they were asking me about the small "gears" I had listed on their supply list. I found mine online at artchix studio but they were looking at some interesting watch parts on ebay! Either will make an interesting addition to your fabric page. Here is a scan of a quiltie I made for I swap I hosted in 2005. You can see the tiny gears I mentioned sewn onto the page mostly on the right hand side (click on the photo for a much larger view). The central image is also from artchix - this is actually a paper collage sheet called Women in Art. You can read what one of the participants in my dyehard surfacing class thinks about the class so far and see some of her pages by going to Kate's Quilting Blog. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, January 4, 2007

New dates for Online Classes

To the left and below are four photos from two different classes I am teaching online during February and March. I've just set up new dates for teaching both of these classes online. Starting on February 9th and running for 4 weeks through March 2nd - is my photo art journal class called Open the Door. The first 2 photos show examples of the pages we'll create from a blank journal. The first page here shows a fabric background and real pebbles collected on a walk. Click on the photo for greater detail.

This photo art journal class will be held through my 'creative lenna classroom' yahoo group, which is a private yahoo group for registered students only. After you have joined the yahoo group by registering for class with me, you will receive the Supply List from the yahoo group as a downloadable PDF file. Lessons will be uploaded once a week for 4 weeks and you can ask questions via the group's messages. You can also create a photo album in the Photo section to share your journal pages as you work if you wish. The cost for this class is $40. Contact Lenna to sign up - and you'll find more information about this class, including a class outline on my own website.

To the right - Open the Door - a photo art journal! Click on the photo for more detail. This set of pages shows saved ephemera I added from our trip to Wolfe Island, in the Thousand Islands - Ontario, Canada this past summer. I've included maps and a description of the Island from a brochure. I'm also incorporating ARTchix Studio transparencies, photos we took while there, rubber stamping and Aluminum Duct tape!

These 2 photos below are sample fabric pages or quilties from Lesson One (which is 38 pages!) of my Mini Art Quilt Book class. This class will be held next through - in the joggles classroom/forum for 5 weeks from March 2nd to March 30th. This is a class with lots of information on how to make mini art quilts, fabric pages and fabric books! You'll find a lot more information about this online class and the class outline on my website. For this class you must register through

Monday, January 1, 2007

new year - new art

Here are 2 new pieces/pages I just finished up today for Angela's 'Merfolk' Meandering book - a fun art exchange (Round Robin) that I am participating in with the Fabric-olics Yahoo Group:

Since some people have asked me about this group . . . Fabric-olics is a yahoo group that is closed to new members at this time (2007), unless you are referred by a existing member. . . to keep the group small. If you feel that you would enjoy this group and can be a active member, send a email to and tell her about yourself, any website or blog you may have and about your fabric art . . . . (edit 2009: This group has since closed).

The top piece is a fabric based page for Angela Hart's Meandering Book with a paper collage image from the Alpha Stamps Mermaids 2 sheet. You can find this collage sheet at: - in the collage sheet section, under children's book illustrations.

The bottom page is created from my favorite marbled paper layered on top of a piece of warm and natural quilt batting and put together mostly with Tacky Glue. The collage image on this page is paper and also from Alpha Stamps. The shells I used on these 2 pages were picked up on the beaches of Sanibel Island just a few days ago!

: ) enjoy! Lenna
p.s. you can see more pages and books in this RR exchange and also how I put these particular pages into Angela's meandering book . . . . on my webpage.


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