April 14, 2014

Early Spring

Posted in 12 x 12s, Twitter Quilts...Twilts tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 1:14 PM by Shelley Swanland

Early Spring WI know there is cold weather out there but Spring is coming in with a vengeance here in Southern California. It’s almost 90 degrees outside. This is my newest Twilt, “Early Spring”. Techniques include Silk Ribbon Embroidery, Folded Gathered Roses. raveled linen Tiny Twilts with bits of vintage lace and a doily corner. There’s a vintage button, lots of beads and my favorite French Knot Roses.

For more info on the Twilts: Twitter quilts…….Twilts or see all my Twilts :Flickr Twilts Page. Click on the image of the Twilt to go directly to it’s high resolution image.

March 31, 2014

Twilts or 12 x 12s, A Lot of Fun!

Posted in 12 x 12s, Digital Collage, Twitter Quilts...Twilts tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 2:09 PM by Shelley Swanland

2014 January 12 x 12 DelightAt the Beginning of the year I joined a group on Facebook called the 12×12′s with Cosmo & Cook. The idea was that they would give us a word and we would use that word to make a 12 x 12 quilt. Anyone who follows my blog knows ….. that’s a Twilt. Here are my contributions for January, February and March.

“Delight” is January’s word and the title for my piece. I used a Crinkled fabric base with a burned edge silk heart. A bow held down with french knots was added along with a Digital definition of the word Delight from a 1908 dictionary. I finished it off with pearl cotton and silk ribbon embroidery. The tiny French Knot Roses are one of my favorite stitches.

Dance of the Zebras
For February we were challenged with Colorful and then Animal. I knew immediately that I would use the Zebra Batik from the 80′s. I applied fusible web to the batik print ,cut out the Zebras and stitched them in place. Once I fused them to the background batik I added a variety of sequins and buttons. It’s called “Dance of the Zebras”

 

Tranquility was the word for MaWhat is the Key to Tranquility Wrch with a bonus word of Bloom. I was working on my Tiny Twilt Squares and decided to use one with silk ribbon buds and a rose. I used pearl cotton Xs to stitch it onto a Digital print as the background. I added lace and silk ribbon embroidery. Once I added the border batik I thought it needed a bow and some pearl cotton feather stitch with beads. I finished it off with button and a Key. “What is the Key to Tranquility?”

Why did I call it a Twilt? For more info on the Twilts: Twitter quilts…….Twilts or see all my Twilts :Flickr Twilts Page. Click on the image of the Twilt to go directly to it’s high resolution image.

December 24, 2013

Season’s Greeting from Shelley’s Studio

Posted in Digital Collage, Vintage Postcards and Art tagged , , , , , at 6:52 AM by Shelley Swanland

To all my friends and family,

A Very Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas 2013

1900 Santa with sleeping child etching, digitally enhanced. Enjoy!

November 4, 2013

Composition Book Covers with Vintage Art

Posted in Designs & Patterns, Digital Collage, Vintage Postcards and Art tagged , , , , , , at 8:37 AM by Shelley Swanland

Composition Book Covers W01It’s been a busy month and I am glad to have some down time. My Composition Books with reusable covers have been very popular and I wanted to share a few of them. I used Vintage images that I collaged in Photoshop then printed on fabric to decorate the covers. When combined with Batik fabric and coordinating felt they came out quite lovely.

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Some of the graphics used in the collage process come from online sources. The Cherries and Butterfly came from The Graphics Fairy. The Roses image is from The Old Design Shop and the background writing on the roses came from Mudbay Images. It is a contract from 1792.  All other art came from my own collection. One of my favorite sources is a copy of Ben Hur that I picked up at a little book store in Lake Gregory, CA for $20.00. It was published in the 1880′s and was called the General’s Edition. There are illustrations on nearly every page. The wreath is one of them.

It is a favorite pastime of mine to search Antique stores, Old book stores and swap meets for the treasures that I can scan and use in my digital artwork.

August 28, 2013

Enchanted Garden Cathedral Window Quilt

Posted in Cathedral Windows tagged , , , , at 7:40 AM by Shelley Swanland

Enchanted View Web“Enchanted Garden” was made around 2000 in the style of the quilts in my first book, “Machine Stitched Cathedral Windows”. It used the templates in the book but the layout is different. It belongs to my daughter, Valerie, so it doesn’t go to lectures. I came across a rare photo of this quilt and wanted to share it. Click on the quilt and it will take you to the hi-resolution version. It has always been one of my favorites.

August 26, 2013

Shelley Swanland has Patterns on Craftsy

Posted in Cathedral Windows, Designs & Patterns tagged , , , , , at 9:47 AM by Shelley Swanland

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Romantic Reflection

I have started to put my patterns on http://www.Craftsy.com . Berries Jubilee, Romantic Reflection, Parchment & Black Lacquer and Sparkling Stars are now available for purchase and download as PDFs at my Craftsy store. I appreciate all the support I have had through the years for my technique and hopefully this will make the technique available to more quilters all over the world. I will be adding more patterns as time goes on so if you have a favorite you’re waiting for just let me know.

Pattern Quilts

May 12, 2013

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom

Posted in Digital Collage, Misc tagged , , , , at 7:59 AM by Shelley Swanland

Mothers Day 2013 2Wanted to celebrate the mother I lost when I was six on this Mother’s Day.

 

Happy Mother’s Day Mom, Barbara Jean Cates Andrews, with her mother Rhoda and her Grandmother Georgia in the 1930s.

 

XOXO

February 10, 2013

Tranquil Flora

Posted in Machine Felting, Silk Ribbon Embroidery, Twitter Quilts...Twilts tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 6:55 PM by Shelley Swanland

Tranquil Flora WAnother felted piece, “Tranquil Flora” is my latest Twilt. I’ve been working on the embroidery and beading for a while. Strips of various silks, a little rayon ,cotton organdy and wool yarn with just a touch of metallic mesh were felted onto a piece of white felt with my felting machine.  I then added two painted lace motifs with a ribbon and some trim. Silk Ribbon embroidered flowers with additional embroidery and feather stitch in pearl cotton and silk  were used to fill in. I finished it off with lots of beads.

Click on the image to go to Flickr.

For more info on the Twilts: Twitter quilts…….Twilts or see all my Twilts :Flickr Twilts Page. Click on the image of the Twilt to go directly to it’s high resolution image.

 

 

February 1, 2013

The Art Studio

Posted in Digital Collage, Vintage Postcards and Art tagged , , , at 7:34 AM by Shelley Swanland

The Art Studio W

My latest Digital piece, “The Art Studio”, was taken from a Vintage black and white  photograph. It could have been an image of a kitchen or workroom of some sort but I thought…an art studio. I manipulated the image in Photoshop. I will be linking it to Pixel Dust Photo Art – Photo Art Friday. Head on over to see the wonderful site that Bonnie has set up for Digital Artists and aspiring Digital Artists and the Photo Art Friday gallery for this week.

January 18, 2013

A Bird in the Hand…..

Posted in Machine Felting, Silk Ribbon Embroidery, Twitter Quilts...Twilts tagged , , , , , , , , , at 3:03 PM by Shelley Swanland

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My latest Twilt is another felted project, “A Bird in the Hand…”. I am thoroughly enjoying my felting machine. I felted several different colors of scrunch painted silk into a felt background, added felt branches and curly green roving for leaves. This was my first bird and it wasn’t easy. After I mushed it a bit I decided to add embroidery and managed to save the poor little bird. I added some pearl cotton embroidery to the branches and some silk ribbon flowers. The piece is mounted with embroidery stitches to a strip quilted batik base. I am pleased with the results but I think I need some practice making birds.
Enjoy!

For more info on the Twilts: Twitter quilts…….Twilts or see all my Twilts :Flickr Twilts Page. Click on the image of the Twilt to go directly to it’s high resolution image.

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