Monday, April 5, 2010

My Quilt Blocks & Another Table

Okay I'm not a seamstress. I know as much about a sewing machine as I would a car  engine, and I envy anyone who does know about these 2 things.  But last week at Jo Ann's their canvases were 40% off and I found a nine pack of 4 x4 gallery wrapped  canvases.  So I collaged my painted papers that I showed you here on them


As I was making them, they reminded me of tiny patchwork quilts, which I love, so this is my version of quilt blocks!  And I wanted them to all be the same, but yet different from each other so I decided to embellish  them, which was just as much  fun as making them--



I have 3 more to make, but I think I'm going to do more--I LOVED doing these--I'm just going to have to paint some more papers though!

Also, I wanted to show you another table that I did. Star was asking me if  I hand paint all of my furniture, and for the most part, I do, but once in  a while, I'll try something a little different and start fooling around.


 I made this last year. The houses are made from scrapbook and other papers that I collaged on to the top of the table. You can pretty much do anything on furniture that you would do on any substrate, as long as you have multiple layers of a protective sealer on it. This table was pretty neat too. The top was basically a lazy susan, and it was removable--I called it my swivel-top table.

And I hope everyone had a great Easter yesterday--I did.  We went over to my son-in-law's family's house and enjoyed a delicous dinner AND  I got to see HIM  (who I haven't seen in a very long time)--

BOB!

And yes, the Easter bunny paid him a visit too--



One more thing--I just wanted to remind everyone of my giveaway on April 8, this Thursday.  If you haven't left a comment, just go to  this post and leave one, and good luck!!

56 comments:

donna!ee said...

ABSOLUTELY FANTABULOUS ARTINESS! thanks so much for sharing your process of exceptional creativity... AND that bob sure is a cutie... ;)

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

You may not know about sewing, but those 9 patch designs are simply unbelievable. Talk about time and detail. Of course, I can't forget color, which I believe makes your art so special.

Oh Diane, thank you. That table gives me an idea for some of my dumpster wood. Your post couldn't have come at a better time.

Glad you got to see Bob. It has been awhile. Were you Bob's secret bunny?

Brigitte aka Scrappassie said...

Your patchwork art is fantastic ! Great colors, all different, yet matching together. I love it !
And Bob is very cute ;-)
Your table inspires me, I'd love to do something like that.
Thanks, and enjoy the remaining of Easter :-)

mojca - mka said...

beautiful color, fantastic compositions! and table - uau! I like it very.

Dianne said...

I love love love your quilt blocks!

Jackie said...

sigh... So much Talent!
I really love these and I am sewing impaired too BUT I plan to learn ,on my list of to do:)
You did a beautiful job.Those are gorgeous.I also love your table.
Hugs!

Manon Doyle said...

Hey Diane,
I can relate to the sewing machine thing. I can't sew anything...lol!
Love your quilt block canvases. They are so pretty. The table is fantastic!!
Is that your *bob*? Omg .... I love Frenchies. ( I'm guessing that's what he is?) He is adorable!!

Have a great day!!

Micki said...

Oh I love your work, you have such a happy attitude to your creations, that table is just wonderful!!

Micki x

tarnishedandtattered.blogsot.com said...

Diane,
Your quilt blocks are awesome, & that little table?!?!?! OMG, Cute! But Bob...Cutest Dog Ever! I want to adopt him, although I know you'd never do that. LOL Lisa

Buffy said...

Bob is so adorable,and I'm glad the easter bunny brought him a basket! My dogs are spoiled too! Oh and I just love your series of quilt blocks,love how you embleshished them too. The colors are gorgeous.Glad you had a nice easter.

Martha Lever said...

I just love these canvases. That looks like it was so much fun to make. LOVE THEM!!! And that table is fabulous!!! WOW---and one more WOW...you're in Suzy's book! Now that is really GREAT!!!! Have a great Monday!

Janie Husband said...

Beautiful, beautiful work.....and your "Bob" is the cutest.....

Janine said...

OMG! Your boxes are wonderful and that table...WOW!

What a sweet puppy!

Mary said...

I like the little canvases when I saw the first picture, then wow, I love the additions to them!!

Bob just cracks me up, both the name and the look he gives!!!

Emelie said...

You have very creative design talent, these blocks are so pretty, not just the colors but the embellishments are just right.
You did them quickly, and I admire those stright lines, I do have a great deal of trouble with straight lines, even lines in books look crooked sometimes.

I bake use of osme of the inspiration I got from you and painted an odd person on a large wooden plate. I am not quite done, and it needs protective glaze yet and maybe more than one coat. Also one of my background elements looks like a spider coming down and I can't decide if that is good or bad. I keep thinking my goodness Miss Muffit has aged. I really wanted a thin, soleful looking person with a mysterious
sort of feeling.

What a cute little dog, such a face and how lucky to get an Easter Basket.

Oh Yes, I like the table also, very attractive composition of houses on that.

thekathrynwheel said...

Wow wow wow, your little 4x4 blocks are amazing. Such detail :-)
And I love Bob too - is he a french bulldog? Cute! Kate

Janet Ghio said...

I love those 4 x 4 quilt blocks!! Fabulous. Didn't know JoAnns sold canvases. HMMM. Love Bob!! Too cute!

sharon said...

Wow is right! These are flippin fantastic Diane! Craaaaazy good!! And your table too...I love it!!

Bobbi Lewin said...

Your quilt blocks are scrumptious! The colors are great. I aspire to be as prolific as you; how do you do it? Do you know some trick to make more hours in the day?

Heavens2Betsy said...

Your blocks are exquisite Diane. I am totally in awe of the art you are creating. Lovely colours, fabulous design - altogether beautiful x

McKella said...

Hey, just found your blog! Your projects are beautiful, and the little dog is so cute!

McKella
http://art4fun-mckella.blogspot.com/

joyfulploys said...

Bob makes me laugh...I can't help it...he so cute! I love your table and your canvas quilts are great too...love the blues!!!
Cheers,
Mary

ShabbyChicShaz said...

Bob is adorable! Just love your collages on canvas, brilliant.

Jeanne Nelson said...

Diane, thank you for your lovely comment on my blog! The flourishes are Tim Holtz Grunge Board "Elements" and can be found readily online, I feel certain. If you have no luck with a google search, let me know and I'll find some for ya locally, and mail them to ya!

LOVE your "quilt block" pieces, lady! We have very similar styles, and seem to think alot alike. I recently did something very similar to these, as gifts, but forget to take pictures. Wishing you all the best in this spring season. Keep the creative juices flowing, babe! You're awesomely talented! Hugs ~~ Jeanne

Kristin said...

BOB cracked me up!!! What a perfectly wonderful picture - and so cute that he had his own basket! I LOVE your art pieces - they are so wonderful as a group - and that table! Well, it's just stunning. Thank you for your sweet Easter wishes to baby Kendra and I hope your show pieces are coming along well, Kristin xo

Say It In Color said...

Hi Diane!....I've been looking at some of your old posts, like the kingdom of cards...love, love it....and others! Boy, you are a great blogger and so full of info and encouragement and fun!!! I DO love these little canvases....especially what you have done with them!!! I bet they will be good at a show!! Love your work! sherry

NatashaMay said...

Boxes are amazing and the table is just awesome! Bob ia adorable! :)

Marilyn Rock said...

Your blocks are awesome and the table!!!! WOWSA! Just fantastic! You are so talented but we knew that :)

Bob is adorable and glad the Easter bunny paid him a visit, too. Sounds like you had a joyful Easter! xxoo

Shariyah said...

Oh my goodness, Bob is just too cute!!! He looks like he could be Cash's brother! Is he yours? Thanks for stopping by, and I will visit you (and Bob) again soon :)
Peace & Love

BlueRidgeLady said...

Hello lovely creative one! These quilt boxes are sooooo cuuuute! I can see how much fun they would be to make! Love the embellishments you added to them. The table is just adorable! Sounds like you had a fun Easter visiting and seeing Bob! Cute picture!

Jane said...

These are gorgeous!!!! Great to see all the dimension you added to them. The table too - what an inspiration. Thanks for sharing this!

Adrian said...

Diane, your work here is so beautiful, I hardly know how to comment. The patchwork on canvas looks so intensely colored, they are amazing. And, of course, the table is wonderful. I thought you had painted the houses on the wood, but really like the idea of collage. I forget about that when I take paint to furniture. Cool!

Diana Evans said...

wow!!! these are gorgeous!! and the table is stunning!!!

Monica said...

Oh my goodness, how cute is BOB!! love him

Your 'quilt' blocks are gorgeous. No wonder you enjoyed making them.

I never thought of collaging on large furniture pieces, I always just paint. Looks great.

Star said...

The canvas's turned out so cute and colorful! I like the embellishments. I LOVE the table and a swivel table, at that! Great idea for the top.

Rina said...

I love love your quilt blocks....so fun and colorful....love how you make your own papers...and that first picture of Bob is priceless....love the look on his face...so cute!!!

Ophelia said...

This is amazing! Gosh, you are so inspiring!!

*jean* said...

ooo love your blocks!! and that table is wonderful!! okay, i'll give the dog a pat...nice doggie...

Lola ^^ said...

I wish i knew how to use a sewing machine too! quilting seems like so much fun!!! I love the quilt blocks you made.. they'd made such nice gifts.

Julie said...

Wow, those art blocks are gorgeous!!!! And the table as well! I really adore how you did those blocks. And that Bob is pretty darn cute too. : )

Peggy / Blissfactory said...

Your colors are great, this table is amazing and this little dog is the cutest ever ! :o)

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

WOW, you have created some really gorgeous pieces! The closeups are fabulous too!
oxo

Lovey said...

I love your work. It's fresh and full of life! Love all the colors and tones you use to express your heart in your art!
Hugs and thanks for the encouragement on my blog! Lovey

julie Haymaker thompson said...

Darling .Darling. Darling .Darling oh and Bob is darling too!!

Jo Reimer said...

Thanks for visiting my blog, Diane. Love your quilt blocks and the table, too.

Lisa said...

Love it all Diane...the table, blocks and BoB : )

Martha Lever said...

Hi Diane,
Yep,I enjoyed it too. Who is your favorite now. I think I am liking Goldielocks as Simon called him. I can't think of his name but he is a cutie-pootie.

Marlynn said...

OMG BOB in all his glory - oh yeah, your art work is GREAT... Man - you would be a natural quilter, girlfriend, yes you would! I love these and the table is so cool! Glad you were able to spend time with Bob. Oliver sends wet kissies to bob.....

Kelly Berkey said...

diane,
can i just come over and play with you some day? i just know i'd learn so much. every time i see one of your little creations i ask myself how you do it.
i'm back now from my vacation and trying to catch up on adult life once again. not as fun as swimming in the ocean!
hugs,
kelly

Jonny J Petros said...

I love your quilt art- gorgeous color scheme!!!! I would love to try that one day (now you have my mind thinking all different ideas to do). I always envy quilters when I go into JoAnnes fabric and look at all the different color combinations of material- your idea is beautiful! Your table came out very pretty, and Bob is so cute he looks like he is enjoying what the Easter Bunny brought him. Sincerely, Jonny

classic girl said...

Just love the fanciful patchwork art ... and the table - what a humdinger! Diane I can't believe you've been blogging for such a short time - the sheer number of followers you have here is a testament to your creativity and flair!

Deb Harvey said...

Such yummy color and pattern!!! I love your quilt blocks and your table! It's fun to see Bob, too! He is so very cute!!! Those eyes...just melt your heart.

pammyjo said...

I love these pieces of art. Simply wonderful. Bob ... I just want to snuggle him. LOL My daughter just got an English bulldog pup. Toby. Another doll baby. Have great rest of the week.

Juliette Crane said...

these are just lovely! that table is amazing!
best wishes,
juliette

Annette Q said...

Wow what an inspirational post Diane! Love the quilt blocks and thery look wonderful together.
And that table? Oh gosh its beautiful! My daughter would love a table like that! :-)

Dorthe said...

Diane, they are ever so fantastic, I love your colors used, and the way you decorated them, theese jewel-tones are beautifull,they makes a wonderfull "carpet".
And your table is great,and so glad and happy...
Hugs,Dorthe

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