Sunday, April 14, 2019

Pecan Tree Quilt Project

Happy Spring everyone!

Today I'm sharing some photos from one of the projects I've been working on. I used to work on one project at a time, but lately I've been working on different projects, off and on. It is a different approach but it is enjoyable in its own way!

Here are some photos from my Pecan Tree in Winter project:

It started with a drawing I made from my studio window of our Pecan tree during the Arizona winter months. Here is a photo of our Pecan and Pear tree.  (I edited out the Pear tree in front, and only included the Pecan tree, also the drawing was made at a slightly different angle.)

Winter pecan and pear tree in our yard.


Here is a photo of the drawing I made. I first made a pencil drawing, then traced it onto canvas, using black and blue fabric markers. I plan to add machine needle felted embellishment, and perhaps some stitching on top of the design. I'll then cut out the tree portion and applique it onto a background.


Black and blue drawing on canvas.

















I've been working on a sky background using hexies (English paper pieced hexagons).


Some of the hexies laid out on my cutting table.



Close up of the hexies (hexagons), I used snowflake 
fabrics, hand painted fabrics, and will also 
use some blue solids with a texture to them.




























I'm planning to add some shadows on the ground, as well in the design. We will see how it all looks when it is completed! Also, some additional details, which I will share as it is completed.

I enjoy imagining a design, and bringing it to fruition! 

Hope you enjoy seeing my progress, 

Happy Creating,

Denise A. Buchwalter-Losczyk


Monday, April 8, 2019

Gardening and Apple Core Block project

Good Afternoon!

It has been busy here lately! Not so much with art and quilting, but we have been busy in the garden. Starting new seeds, and preparing garden beds.

Here is one of my favorite new things in our yard/garden:

Strawberry Pyramid - we ordered a kit from Burgess.com, though you can find it at other nursery sites and other catalogs, also. The kit came with the aluminum border, and with a hose sprinkler hook up. My husband put it together for us. (though I am the strawberry lover in the family!) 

This is an early photo, the strawberries have started to grow, and a few even have flowers. I'll post an updated photo later on. 

We put screening down first to keep the gophers out, then a layer of cardboard and mulch, to deter weeds. Then we purchased good soil to help the strawberries thrive. We planted an everbearing strawberry assortment of Eversweet, Ozark Beauty, Fort Laramie, and Quinault berries. I am excited about the Eversweet Strawberries, as they are said to do well in temperatures over 100. Hoping it will be a nice strawberry patch for years to come.

Strawberry Pyramid



















Here is project that I started on, but have scrapped for the meantime! I cut the fabrics out using my Brother Scan n Cut DX electronic cutter. It is an Apple Core table runner. I used small blocks since I had 5 inch charm squares, with apple print designs that I wanted to use. The apple print fabrics were from Benartex, I included other fabrics to complement them. The blocks were small, so I had difficulty piecing them. (I will try piecing larger apple core blocks in the future, and that should be much easier!) I will most likely applique them to a background in the future to make a table runner. The pieces are living in my scrap box for now, until I feel motivated to pick them up again!  The block was one of the built in designs that came with the cutter. I do like how the fabrics look together.

Apple Core Patch Table runner project

Close up Apple Core Blocks

Fruit Tree Blossoms in our yard






















































Last is a photo of some tree blossoms in our yard. I can't remember if this is from our Almond or Fruit trees. Many are blossoming now! It is definitely feeling like Spring here!

Happy Spring to everyone! Hope you are enjoying warmer weather, and a nice Spring season.

Blessings,

Denise A. Buchwalter-Losczyk

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Postcard project update!

Just a quick post today! Here is a photo of my completed 4 inch x 6 inch postcard quilt for the Quilting Arts "Tempus Fugit" (Time Flies) Reader Challenge.

The bird design is from a woodblock print I made as a teenager. Time has flown, and many decades later I am still creating!

The completed quilted postcard, using Sulky 
metallic threads, hand embroidery, 
mulberry paper for binding. Also, some 
yellow-gold ink marker.






















Happy Creating,

Denise A. Buchwalter-Losczyk

Monday, March 4, 2019

Project update

Here is an update on one of the many projects I have been working on. This one is due in April, so I will be busy finishing it up this month. It is my entry for the Quilting Arts "Tempus Fugit" (Time Flies) Reader Challenge, it is a quilted textile postcard for their 100th issue.

I used an image from a woodblock print I made as a teenager as the base for the design. Hope you enjoy seeing my progress. 


Postcard size quilt sandwich (muslin backing, cotton batting,
 and printed quilt top) ready for quilting and embellishment.










Project with quilting done on sit-down machine, with Sulky metallic threads, color added with permanent yellow marker, and text stitched with vintage DMC embroidery threads. (thread is in excellent condition, from the 1950s, I believe, and found at a sale. I love the sheen it has!)

Back of my project, to get a glimpse of the quilting. I plan to add a plain backing over this back, so it can be written on.






























It is starting to feel like Spring here today. We even flew some kites in our backyard!


Flying the Snake kite I purchased in Seattle in the 1980s! 
Nice to have space to fly. Shadow is my husband taking the photos.











Enjoy creating and preparing for spring,

Many Blessings,

Denise A. Buchwalter-Losczyk

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Projects in Process in my Studio

I haven't been in my studio as much as I would like these days. Have been busy with other day to day things. I have managed to get a little bit done.

I am planning to create some projects using images I have printed to Lesley Riley's TAP (Transfer Artist Paper). It is transfer paper that makes a very sharp, bright image on fabric. It can be used to transfer images onto other surfaces, also. Since I mostly work with fabric, I am using it to transfer images to fabric. I have printed up some images on the TAP supply I had in my art supply stash. I ended up with images printed in both directions, since I forgot to flip the image on my computer screen before printing! Something to remember when working with transfers. (very easy to forget!) I plan to make good use of all of the transferred images. Unfortunately the TAP product is no longer being made, so I will have to make the most of my little supply!



Images printed onto TAP (Transfer Artist Paper). 
The one on the upper left is of a Monarch butterfly
on our Cosmos plants. The bottom right photo is one 
of our ancestral homes in Ireland. I believe it is no 
longer there, but this image of it has always
sparked my imagination. A good starting 
place for a project!





















Image of our ancestral home in Ireland. It is printed
on vintage linen, I believe from the 1950s, 
found at a sale. The linen was new, with sizing
still in it. After washing it is a bit wrinkled. It is off white
with a bit of texture. This image has always sparked
my imagination, a good starting place for a project!

Images transferred to Cotton Prepared for Dye fabric.
An iron, used in combination with my ironing board,
was used to transfer the images. A Teflon protection
sheet could also be used as extra protection for
your iron, though I didn't use the Teflon sheet this time.
 
I like using the PFD fabric, but the TAP transfers can 
be applied to other surfaces, as well.

















Bird wood cut image transferred to PFD fabric. 
This is from a wood cut I made in my teen
years (quite a while ago now!) I have been wanting
to create something with the image. I plan to use it to 
create a post card for the Quilting Arts Magazine
"Time Flies" Reader's challenge, which is in celebration 
of their 100th issue. It seems like an appropriate
image for the challenge.












I am happy I have gotten a little bit done, even though it is not as much as I would like! At least I have a start on some new projects.

Sometimes just finding a little bit of studio time leads to the eventual completion of projects. (Created in bits of time, rather than all at once!)

Wishing you good use and enjoyment of your time,

Many Blessings,


Denise A. Buchwalter-Losczyk






Sunday, January 20, 2019

Planning ahead and filling in the spaces

I know I don't make resolutions at the beginning of the year, but I am always planning ahead.

Sometimes the plans don't come to fruition, but I like to collect together my ideas for projects to make, designs I may imagine, shows and contests to enter, and other opportunities that may come my way. It is good to stay open to the possibilities.

Thought I would share with you my re-furbished planner, and a notebook I have chosen for starting the year. Here are some photos:

My chosen notebook for the start of the year,
and a refurbished planner I found in my stash.

Close up of the planner, I used embossing for the numbers, 
and the photo is a print on fabric of a photo I took of our sunflowers.

Calendar collaged on with Washi Tape, 
and a little drawing/doodling in the empty spaces.

More doodling and drawing. I like the idea of using 
those empty spaces, nothing goes to waste!

The remainder of the year in the back of the book.







































































































I like the idea of using items I have on hand, rather than running out and purchasing new items, and I have a bit of a stash of supplies to use up! (It makes me very happy!)

Wishing you good plans in the year ahead, and hope many good things come your way in 2019,

Denise A. Buchwalter-Losczyk