A blog about my interests, which include fabric landscapes and various and assorted other artsy pursuits and sometimes known to contain mumblings of a random nature.

Monday, March 05, 2018

A bit more progress....

There's a long way to go yet on this piece, but you can see the progress I've made over the weekend.  

I had a question about how I create my landscapes so thought I'd share my answer here.  The actual creation of the barns is done using a class I took online from Craftsy taught by Wendy Butler Berns.  Because of that, I can't share her techniques here unfortunately.  After I've used her techniques to create the barn, then I start to build layers of colour on top of the fabric.  The missing board areas are simply drawn in using a black Sharpie marker and I rely on layers of watered-down folk art paint to add shadows and highlights.  I would use fabric paints but don't happen to have any!  At times I also use watercolour pencils to add shadows.  I have had absolutely NO training in painting so anything I do that turns out is more by luck than anything else.  

- From the current Dior clothing collection....

This is only one of a number of crazy quilt inspired pieces in
the Dior clothing collection.
Who knew?

The quote of the day is another anonymous one..."Grandparenting is the stage in life when you finally understand the true meaning of the best is yet to come...because you've reached it"


  1. It's looking great! The pieced background makes a big (good) impact.

  2. It's great to know Christian Dior has finally caught up to what's abuzz! Your barn is looking great. I love how it looms up out of the patchwork ground and sky.

  3. Your piece is coming along. I have that class on Craftsy too, Must revisit it.

  4. Anonymous11:41 PM

    Hi Mary Anne this is going to be so wonderful,your work is awesome my friend xx

  5. looks lovely! Hilarious link to cheesecake!

  6. looks lovely! Hilarious link to cheesecake!

  7. I agree your work is Awesome also. Love the shading inside the barn.
    The CQ dress would be warm to wear in winter.

  8. Your barn is coming along very nicely. I would have never known about the Black Sharpe or paints. Well done dear. Amazing CD artist. Now that certainly is a CQ Designer dress. Is that your next project? Sunshine Smiiles...<3

  9. Fun, I can see it all taking shape.

  10. I’ve just discovered that I like cheesecake. Never really cared for it until now (after almost 64 years on Earth). But since I’m on Weight Watchers, I take a single serving size of Fage (or other brand) fat-free plain Greek yogurt (awful by itself) and mix in some Jello sugar-free cheesecake-flavored pudding mix (just the dry powder) I use less than a third of a small box. YUM - instant fat-free cheesecake. It’s even better with a plain fruit topping.

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  12. Your barn looks amazing! Great shading, but what happens if you have to wash the Sharpies ink? Does it last?
    Great designer dress, will it catch on?
    Barbara xx


  13. I like what you're doing and thanks for sharing 'process.'
    CQ/patchwork is exciting to me and why not use it in clothing?
    That S'mores cheesecake is calling to me, maybe I'll have lunch
    at the Cheesecake Factory, they serve a cheesecake just like that.
    They call it Toasted Marshmallow S'mores Galore.

  14. Thank you for explaining how you do those holes in the barnwood, Mary Anne. This is truly fascinating. Re: the cheesecake link... At every picture I sighed or outright said, "Oh my" until I saw the cheesecake bites. That one I had to click on the link and print out the recipe for. Thanks for being an enabler. ;^)


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