Meet Our Quilt Market Designers 2015

Houston Quilt Market 2015 comes to a end today and for all those who weren’t able to make it by our booth or if the weather put a damper on your plans…todays blog and the next couple of days I would like to introduce you the designers and their quilt/art pieces that were created for us.

 I visit “Etsy” hoping to find quilts that have been created by wonderful designers who are willing to work with our Buttons! This year I found two ladies who have been just that – wonderful and creative…

Today I’d like to introduce Julie Dugas. She created two projects for us – Button Tree and Flower Power

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a little info about the artist…

“I create quilt art using my hand dyed and painted fabric. Through the art quilt, I express my feelings and share my experiences. I use a freeform approach to a new piece, not having complete control over the outcome as I layer, create line, shape or pattern, add color, machine stitch, hand stitch and embellish with beads, trims, yarns, ribbons, felt and buttons. My pieces are constructed using many different fabrics and fibers and are densely quilted with all types, colors and textures of thread. Wall pieces are constructed like a quilt — the top, batting and back are quilted to enhance the design and secure the pieces together. The binding is cut extra wide, sewn on as usual and stretched on a canvas-covered wood frame — the extra-wide binding fabric is wrapped to the back of the wood frame and secured. “

“In my home studio, nothing goes to waste. I collect all bits of thread, trim and fabric scraps, and using different methods, create one-of-a-kind fabric, which I add as an element in a wall piece. I am constantly learning new techniques and exploring all elements of my creative journey.”

Julies work is available on:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/FiberArtandFabric

http://www.artquiltsbyjulie.com/gallery.html

I first spotted Julies work on Etsy where she created a “Button Tree” already completed with buttons and I sent her an email asking if she would be able to just provide us with a quilt with a tree and was utterly surprised that she actually offered/gifted us the tree…when I received the tree I was in awe – the detail work that is involved to create the shading – texture – art all in itself!  I had my work cut out for me – what buttons do I use (hmm so many choices).  For this project I created with Crafting with Buttons:  Mini Buttons #1303 Jewel Squares; #1304 Funky Ovals; Clamshell Buttons: #470003503 Gorgeous Grapefruit; #470003503 Juicy Papaya; #470003504 Sweet Honeydew; #470003505 Leafy Mint; #470003506 Lovely Lilacs;   #470003507 Turtle Shell; #470003508 Graceful Giraffe; #470003509;  Button Wheels – #470002302 Muted; #470002303 Home; #470002305 Jewel; #470002306 Darks.  Granted you can use all these colors or you can cut the colors down (buttons always come in handy for your next project)!

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The inspiration was fall! The colors on the tree reflected what was going on outside our windows (if you’re lucky to have fall!). To attach the buttons I did use glue adhesive – you can if you have time to stitch each one on (it’s a suggestion).

This is Julie’s quilt that inspired me to create this quilt…

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if your interested in creating your own tree visit Julie’s Etsy Store where you will find several trees…

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Button Tree ~ made with Dupioni silk blue background fabric, layers of hand-dyed brown fabrics, free motion quilting with variegated threads, cotton batting, and a variety of buttons for the tree leaves. Quilt size: 20 inches (Width) x 16 inches (Height) x 1″ (depth) Original one-of-a-kind art quilt, framed and ready for hanging. Wall pieces are constructed like a quilt — the top, batting and back are quilted to enhance the design and secure the pieces together. The binding is cut extra wide, sewn on as usual and stretched on a canvas-covered wood frame — the extra-wide binding fabric is wrapped to the back of the stretcher bars and secured. The artwork is signed and dated on the back. If you have any questions, I welcome your emails. International shipping available upon request. Julie

Here are some additional photos of the tree…

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I was able to find a rustic wood barn frame and then with DCW – Project Basics Burlap Sheet 24 x 36 (worked like a charm) Loving this material and size. Covered the matt and went to town…

This project along with Flower Power by Julie were featured at Quilt Market this year..

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I would like to Thank Julie for her beautiful work and creating with our Buttons!

Stop by tomorrow and I’ll introduce you to Lori Ray.

Happy Quilting

Happy Crafing

Helen

1 Comment on Meet Our Quilt Market Designers 2015

  1. Sylvia Durell
    November 25, 2015 at 7:34 am (1 year ago)

    These are both beautiful and inspiring! Thank you for showcasing Ms. Dugas’ work.

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