August 9, 2011

Log Cabin Roses

Posted in Silk Ribbon Embroidery, Twitter Quilts...Twilts tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 10:00 AM by Shelley Swanland

Rose blocks created in a Log Cabin style and a Bouquet of Dye painted rayon lace with embroidered sprays using Brazillian embroidery thread, pearl cotton, silk ribbon. french knots and beads make up this weeks Twilt, “Log Cabin Roses”. Embroidery and beads have been added to the Log Cabin Roses and three Mother of Pearl flower buttons were added as an accent. I think the fabrics used are very 80’s ish but I’m not sure. Enjoy!

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July 19, 2011

Silk Ribbon Sampler

Posted in Classes. Workshops & Lectures, Silk Ribbon Embroidery, Twitter Quilts...Twilts tagged , , , , , , , , at 10:00 AM by Shelley Swanland

Last Saturday I taught my first silk ribbon embroidery class in at least 15 years. It felt good. I needed a sample to work from for the class so I put this together. Why not let it double as a Twilt.

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June 14, 2011

Crazy Quilt Twilt

Posted in Classes. Workshops & Lectures, Silk Ribbon Embroidery, Twitter Quilts...Twilts tagged , , , , , , , , , at 2:57 PM by Shelley Swanland

It’s been a while since I posted and I thought it was about time to get started again. Alot has been going on. Although Cathedral Window Quilting has been my passion I have missed Silk Ribbon Embroidery. I bet you would never have guessing looking at some of my Twilts. 🙂 I have been doing quite a bit of that recently as well as more dyeing of ribbon and rayon trim and Crazy Quilting. What a fabulous opportunity to use all the stuff I have been collecting.

So, my re-entry into blogging is a Crazy Quilt Twilt. I belong to a group of ladies that have totally inspired me so you’re going to be seeing even more crazy quilting and embellishing.

About a year and a half ago I started doing Quilt Shows with Georgia Puga from Georgia’s Quilting Obsession. It has been quite an adventure traveling all around. We ask ourselves frequently why we work this hard but we’re having a blast. Last month I helped move Georgia’s shop to a new location in Beaumont, California. She can now be found at 709 Beaumont Avenue. There’s lots more room and I have classes scheduled there. Check out her website: http://www.georgiasquiltingobsession.com/index.html

Happy Quilting and Twilting!!

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September 21, 2010

Wild Roses

Posted in Classes. Workshops & Lectures, Silk Ribbon Embroidery, Twitter Quilts...Twilts tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 7:51 PM by Shelley Swanland

“Wild Roses”, this Tuesday’s Twilt, combines the technique I developed ten years ago, Cathedral Windows by Machine with a technique I love and had missed, Silk Ribbon mbroidery. The borders of this Twilt have three-dimensional triangles with their bias folds rolled into curves, the part that is Cathedral Windows.

In the center I have a bouquet of roses. embroidered with silk ribbon, accented with pearl cotton and beads.

The background is a crinkled batik that I quilted with different colors of thread. The ribbons used for the roses came from my collection of silk ribbon that I have painted and dyed.

I hope you like it!

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August 17, 2010

A Basket of Silk Flowers

Posted in Silk Ribbon Embroidery, Twitter Quilts...Twilts tagged , , , , , , , , , at 9:00 AM by Shelley Swanland

It’s hot and muggy here in So Cal and I am looking forward to Spring. I found this block in my UFO pile. These flowers won’t wilt in this heat. I thought it would make a wonderful Twilt, “A Basket of Silk Flowers”.

I used a handkerchief for the basket and lots of silk ribbon with pearl cotton for the roses, fuchsias, iris and other flowers. I hand dyed the varigated silk ribbon in the roses and iris.

I think the border fabric might be from the 80’s. Does that date me?

Enjoy!

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September 1, 2009

Aloha Kaimuki

Posted in Twitter Quilts...Twilts tagged , , , , , , at 1:56 PM by Shelley Swanland

Aloha Kaimuki TwiltIt’s been a while since I posted but I am back now. I took some R&R, did some work and enjoyed the summer. It’s time to get back to my friends in the blogosphere though. Early in August, just after the Long Beach Quilt Show I went to Hawaii to visit my son, Raymond. He lives in Kaimuki, a little town just south east of Waikiki and Honolulu. Hawaii is such a beautiful place and it was fabulous to see him.Aloha Kaimuki Shells Detail I didn’t take any quilting related supplies with me other than a bit of handwork. Imagine my surprise that within walking distance of Raymond’s home I found the Kaimuki Dry Goods Store and a little bead store called Bead It.Aloha Kaimuki Flowers Detail  I collected supplies to fashion my Hawaiian Twilt completely by hand. The Dragonfly fabric became the focal point and I stitched the strips to each other by hand through the batting and backing.A K Kailua 2 W

Embroidery floss, flower sequins, beads, pearls and shells were added for embellishment. I rolled the backing to the front and stitched the binding by hand. I think this twilt will always have special meaning to me because while I created it I explored Kailua, Waikiki and Honolulu with my son.

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June 30, 2009

Twist and Twilt

Posted in Twitter Quilts...Twilts tagged , , , , , , , at 9:15 AM by Shelley Swanland

Twist and TwiltSilk and Linen are the focus for this Tuesday’s Twitter Quilt, “Twist and Twilt”. The ribbons and the twisted blocks are made from silk ribbons and silk fabric that was scrunch painted. The painted fabric was also used for the flower. The blocks are folded and basted to a backing fabric before the top was pieced. After the quilting was finished, I mostly stitched in the ditch, the ribbons were laid out and twisted as I applied them to the Linen block with a running stitch of #8 pearl cotton. Each petal and leaf of the flower was shaped using a candle to burn the edges.Twist and Twilt Detail The shapes were than applied using a running stitch with pearl cotton and embroidery was added to the leaves and flower center.

Credit goes to Yvonne Porcella who introduced me to the techniques through her books. She is a fabulous artist.

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