More Places to Find Inspiration

I'm always on the look out for more inspiration especially when I'm ready to embark on a new series or when I'm immobilized by the possibilities (which happens a lot). I've recently fallen in love with watching Quilting Arts Television for new ideas, tips and tricks to try in my mixed media art. I've been watching and rewatching the new Quilting Arts TV 500 series which happens to be almost six hours of guilty pleasure.

I've learned so many new things including fantastic rubbing techniques for oil paintsticks, making a pocket collage book, how to make no sew fortune cookies, creating floorcloths, ways to incorporate more metal into my art, and a whole slew of ways to dye fabric.

Even if you don't normally work in fabric, you can easily adapt these ideas to mixed media and collage. And the best part is, all of the corresponding patterns and instructions you might need are provided on the QATV website. Guilty pleasures and patterns, what could be better?art scan


I decided to take the pattern from the quilted eyeglass case from episode 506 and create my very own mixed-media sunglass valet. (Sounds so chic–no?)

Here's how I adapted the project:


  • Instead of creating a pieced top, I scanned my original art and printed it up on fabric paper.
  • After putting all the layers together (printed fabric paper, batting, and lining with interfacing–right sides out), I added some decorative hand stitching and embellishments (instead of free-motion quilting which, alas, my old machine cannot do).
  • For the edge I substituted a blanket stitch instead of the lovely satin stitching used in the video.
  • After the piece was all stitched together I added additional embellishment with my fabric markers, paints and other do-dads from my studio.


Now, I may not be ready for swimsuit weather but I'm definitely ready for the sun!


Jenn Mason






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