Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

 © 2014 Fannie Narte


You are a special Gift.

Each day is exciting because you're in it.

Thank you for choosing to 
dance with me.

Thank you for giving me the space
to sing my own songs. 

Thank you for allowing me to be silly.

You are Love.
You are Joy.
You are Gratitude.

You are loved and appreciated.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Gratefully,

Monday, November 24, 2014

Butterfly Cross-Body Purse

Butterfly Cross-Body Purse
© 2014 Fannie Narte


This is how I created the flap of this purse:

I started with two pieces of Batik fabrics:


On this piece of fabric, I wrote my thoughts about friendship using gold gutta resist in a tube. Before it dried, I placed the second piece of fabric, shown below, right sides together, and gently patted the two pieces of fabric so the gold writing would transfer to the second piece of fabric.  I let this first piece of fabric dry.

On this second piece of fabric, I wrote my thoughts using black gutta resist onto the cloth.  This is what I wrote:

"When hearts gather to share life's stories and all who gather do so with open hearts, magical moments occupy the light-filled space and bind hearts,  once friends, now family, eternally connected because they just showed up with the willingness to share the love and light that were in their hearts from the wisdom of the ages, and life is richer.  Love & Light."


Then I placed one fabric on top of the other, right sides up, and cut them into one inch and one-and-a-half inch strips.


Then I removed every other strip beginning with the far left strip and


stitched them together to make one piece of fabric.


Finally, I cut, redesigned and stitched the above piece into the design shown below.


The above piece was placed on a piece of batting and muslin fabric and quilted before finishing the front flap.

That's it.  Fun!

This purse is available in my Etsy Shop.

This purse pattern offers so many possibilities for design fun.  On to the next purse . . .


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Cross-Body Purse Class at Quilt Passions

 Geisha, Cross-Body Purse
© 2014 Fannie Narte

Jingle Bells . . . Jingle Bells . . . it's almost that time of year!  I love my Geisha Cross-Body purse and use it almost daily while I'm walking around the Village.  I'm working steadily to fill my shop with these purses, which you can find in my Etsy Shop . . . and . . . I'm teaching this class at Quilt Passions in Kailua Kona.  If you're in the area, sign up and see you in class!  Make a purse or two or three for yourself and for everyone on your Christmas gift list, birthday list or "Just Because" list.

Here's the Class Description:

November 20, 2014
     9am - 12 noon; 12:30pm - 3:30pm  Fannie Narte
     Cross-Body Purse
     Whether you're walking the aisles of the quilt market or the super market, or the Kona Stroll or a cruise ship, this easy-to-make purse is a delightful accessory.  It is large enough to hold all your shopping and travel essentials and small enough for hands-free shopping!  Make several for yourself and one for each person on your gift list.
Class Fee:  $40
Class Kit:  $20
Bring your sewing machine and basic sewing and quilting supplies (cutting mat, rotary cutter, scissors, threads, needles, rulers, etc.).
Over 30 images available.  Contact Fannie to make selection:  info@fannienarte.com

In December, I'm teaching a fabric bead class!  Fun, fun, fun!!!

Have a fun day!


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Pineapple Delight Quilt

Pineapple Delight Quilt
© 2014 Fannie Narte


Hospitality--that's what I think of when I see the pineapple design.  This traditional design offers lots of movement and design possibilities.

Having fun with traditional pineapple blocks with a contemporary twist!  Here's the first of many to come:  Pineapple Delight.

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Friendship Tea Quilt -- Our Song

 
Our Song, 16.5" x 16.5"
© 2014 Fannie Narte


This fabric panel was made from my art quilt titled "She Remembered Me When She Heard Our Song," which was donated to the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative and sold to help raise funds for Alzheimer's research.


"Music is powerful. It can open hard hearts. It can soften broken hearts. It can heal pain. It can heighten the emotions of celebrations. It can open a pathway to the secret place where memories live. Music can enter a locked heart when words or other keys cannot."~Fannie Narte
 
Friendship Tea Quilt
 
All six blocks are made.  Now it's time to sew the blocks together and make decisions about the borders.  I may add some bird and pansy appliques . . . or not. 

 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Friendship Tea Quilt -- Hope

Hope, 16.5" x 16.5"
© 2014 Fannie Narte

THE INSPIRATION

Hope . . . everyone needs hope just as much as everyone needs love.

Isn't it fun when we gather with friends or family? We may meet at someone's home or at our favorite luncheon or dinner spot. When we first meet, we exchange hugs and maybe a few tears. Then we get life updates, and in between the updates, there's laughter and playing around, and lovingly woven throughout each sentence are words of hope.

Love . . . hope . . . makes life magical.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Friendship Tea Quilt -- My Mother, My Daughter

 My Mother, My Daughter, 16.5" x 16.5"
© 2014 Fannie Narte
 
 
The fabric panel in this quilt block was produced from my original mixed media painting.

THE INSPIRATION

A mother nurtures hearts and develops wings.

A daughter speaks.  A mother listens, quietly. 
A daughter cries.  A mother opens her arms, willingly.
A daughter hungers.  A mother feeds, nutritiously.
A daughter explores.  A mother watches, safely.
A daughter dreams.  A mother dances.
A daughter sings.  A mother celebrates.
They dance.
They sing.
They elevate one another.
They give love.
They share love.
They are love.
 
~Fannie Narte~