mini art quilt book workshop

A fabric page from lesson 1
I have a workshop called the Mini Art Quilt Book that can be found with my other self-paced workshops on my educational site. At the end of February, my new student Terri contacted me and told me she was interested in taking the workshop. She registered through PayPal, I sent her the materials -a supply list and 5 PDF files . . . and va-va-voom! Terri was off and creating! She has added her fabric pages and front cover to 2 separate posts on her blog and they are gorgeous. If you visit this post you'll find a link to the other one -both filled with wonderful fabric art.

I am sharing this here because Terri's work is really fabulous and I think you will love visiting her blog. Plus, she says the nicest things -like I helped to draw out her creative muse. Wow, that is just the sweetest thing! Thank you ever so much, Terri!

local art meet

When I went to my local art supply store here in Bradenton, Florida on October 2nd for a Zentangle ATC swap, I met Susan Stewart. The group was small, so it was easy to talk and I discovered that Susan was just learning about Zentangle like me . . . and she was an art quilter -wow! We exchanged emails, and after a small  delay because Susan's first email went into my junk folder . . . we made a date to meet, have lunch and share some art, oh what fun!

Susan had explored my websites + blogs and told me in an email she loved the "shades of white" quiltie swap I hosted in 2008. So, I found them in one of my boxes, unpacked them and brought them along -Susan was so pleased!

Susan brought her more of her Zentangle ATCs to show me. She had tried adding color to these and was quite pleased. They look great! Click for more detail. 
Susan brought some of her art quilts to share :  ))))


I shared an ARTchix fabric Book RR I hosted in 2004-2005.
This fabric book  includes a page done by Helga Stauss, owner of ARTchix Studio! Susan had been to the ARTchix website and was excited to see this book and learn more about RR collaborations. 

Lastly, I shared all extra quilties given to me plus some I had traded by participating myself, in the "shades of sunshine" quilties swap, hosted in 2008.

It was a really fun couple of hours and a delicious lunch, plus now I have a new local friend  :   ^ ) Thanks, Susan!

skinny book pages for Trinka

Here is the second front and back "skinny page" that I've ever made as part of the 'Oh My Gothic' yahoo group. Go to this previous post to read more about the group and the exchange: new exchange: skinny pages. The page here is for Trinka Seals in Alabama who had 'Artist's Choice' as a theme, but noted that she liked Maps, Numbers, and Faces of Women. I will start with a close up of the top of the front page . . . Click on the scans for more detail.
This is a fabric page this time, using fabric I hand painted this summer for another project on the banks of the St. Lawrence River, Wolfe Island, Ontario Canada. The image above is from Alpha Stamps. Here is the entire front page, 4" x 8". 
Below is a detail of the wine glass charm i added. It was getting a bit rusty after washing the glass because of the metal tag I added. Steven thought we shouldn't use it anymore on the glass, so i put it in my art room . . . . 
it was karma that it ended up on Trinka's page, i guess!

I collaged and layered fabrics until I was happy with the arrangement and then started sewing pieces to the hand painted background fabric with my machine. When I had finished all of the sewing, I fused the front and back fabrics to a heavy interfacing called "fast 2 fuse". I had never used this before but picked some up because my friend Frieda Oxenham often talks of it, or something similar! I enjoyed using it. I could do my work separately on the fabrics, and then iron it to a sturdy base. voila'! Here's the other side:
Machine stitching, tiny Starfish, a Canadian "Toonie" and brass gears from ARTchix Studio. Below a close up of a gel medium transfer onto fabric printed with computer code. I did this front & back.

yes! hidden treasures can be found in art exchanges! I am happy to have the commitment to create a skinny page monthly for another artist on a theme of their choice, and receive from a different artist based on my theme of Love. Earlier this month I received a gorgeous fabric shinny page from Trudi Sissons in Alberta, Canada and Heather Robinson will be adding a page to my collection for February! lenna young andrews - February 13, 2010

Find Moments

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This is one of the Quilties I created as an example during the class I taught at Sew Inspired on November 3rd. It features a beautiful Alpha Stamps fabric image from The Balcony sheet, plus metal roses and German Scrap trim from artchix studio. i love the words that I printed onto plain twill tape with my own printer - so appropriate! A few days ago I uploaded a couple of photos of my class, but it took me untill now to finish the quilties I started making while leading Carol, Donna & Rena throught the fabric page making process! Finishing these little fabric pieces today reminded me that I have to get back to my journal quilt challenge!! I am really thinking about it now, so I would bet I will be getting back to that soon. In the meantime, if you would like to see more of my quilties please follow the link to my flickr photo sharing page. I have 4 new fabric pages uploaded there. Thanks and enjoy : ) lenna

Mail Art for Dawn - D'Blogala

I sent a few Grant of Rights forms to Dawn Sokol the other day, for fabric journal pages of mine I subbmitted and she may use in the new book she is authoring, 1,000 Artist Journal Pages. How exciting! I could not help but choose to snail mail Dawn these forms so I could do a little mail art for her . . . . . : )) click on the picture for a closer look. The stamping is done with VersaCraft and Brilliance Inks which can be heat set. I added Lyra watercolor crayons and a wash of water over the stamping, plus a bit of Twinkling H2Os. mmmm! The Postage stamps are ones I made at from scans of my own Journal Quilts - pretty cool!

JournalQuilt #20

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My weekly Journal Quilt.... here I was I wrote, printed onto fabric and used for the back of the JQ:

May 29th, 2007 * Journal Quilt Number 20 *
*To be elated*

Another week has come & gone since I did my last Journal entry, it’s hard to believe! This weeks’s fabric journal started earlier last week with the idea of wanting to try a new technique and then use the technique for my inspiration. Typically I have been feeding off what is happening around me for inspiration. At the same time I was also working on 2 fabric pages for a new yahoo group I joined, Fabric in Altered Art (see for more info on joining this yahoo group). One of these fabric pages had a Vintage theme. I had a beautiful postcard from 1907 that I had been saving, but never used. I thought I could COPY this postcard directly onto fabric to create my Vintage page for the group. Then, when copying the postcard I thought, why not send it through again and make another piece? On the spur of the moment I decided to send my prepared fabric through the printer a number of times; copying the handwritten side of the postcard over or near the beautiful picture side I had previously copied. I created my own little fabric collage sheet; what fun!

I used one side for my 6” x 6” Vintage page for the group, and used the other for my journal page. On both I added a paper image from the “That’s Amore” sheet you can find at ARTchix Studio. The romantic nature of the postcard image brought my thoughts to my wedding and marriage to Steven Deming, 2 years ago this June 11th. For my Journal Quilt I found a leftover program and added some of the words from our ceremony to the JQ. I aged it with walnut ink and when it was dry, glued it to the fabric. Again, when it was dry I gave it a light coat of matte medium to protect the paper.

The fabric surrounding the handmade fabric collage sheet is leftover fabric from my wedding dress, which I sewed & stamped myself! So, I started with a new technique, but obviously still get inspiration from my life : ) lenna

Here is what my own fabric collage sheet looked like before I cut it up to create my Journal Quilt and the Vintage fabric page. Also the back of the JQ. You can see I like rough edges!

6 x 6 Fish Fabric Page

I recently joined a new yahoo group called 'Fabric in Altered Art' and quickly joined in on a monthly 6" x 6" fabric page swap that you could sign up for just one month at a time if you like. I created the fabric page shown here to the right for the May 'Fish' theme. The month of May had two themes you could work on - you'll see the second one I did below. For more info on joining this yahoo group go to: It's by invitation and you'll need to request to join.

This page was done with rubber stamps, mostly Fred Mullet gyotaku (fish print) stamps. I used my favorite inks for fabric; VersaCraft inks, and I sponged Dye-na-Flow paint on around the fish in blue & green. I sewed sequins & beads on. Then I glued on a few Bingo chips & small shells & I was almost done! I just had to add a little soft & natural batting and back the square with another piece of fabric. Voila! I will send this in to Cathy and she will swap me a different page back! If you click on the photo you will see a larger, more detailed one.

6x6 Vintage Fabric Page

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I recently joined a new yahoo group called 'Fabric in Altered Art' and then joined in on a monthly 6" x 6" fabric page swap. I created the fabric page shown here for the May 'Vintage' theme; one of two themes you could participate in. Please see: for more info on joining this yahoo group -it is by invitation, and you need to request to join. For this fabric page, I used my copy machine to copy both the front and the back of a 1907 postcard onto muslin fabric. I ironed muslin onto Freezer Paper to stiffen it for going through my printer. I am happy with how this turned out! I used a couple of rubber stamps with VersaCraft ink (which can be heat set), Vintage Lace, a vintage button, and a vintage hankie for the back of the piece (see photo below). The long skinny image of the couple on the bottom left is from the "That's Amore" sheet by ARTchix Studio.

Quilties: July 28 class at Sew Inspired

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* * * There is no Journal Quilt from me this week. * * *

I should have uploaded a journal quilt on Monday, April 30th! This is the very first time I've missed a week since I started my challenge in January. There was my art show at Flatbread to put up and lots of other things capturing my attention. I was a little sad but decided just to let it go! There are 52 weeks in the year and I am sure I will have lots of quilties to put together into a larger piece when the year comes to an end. Instead, I will share with you a few of the little 5" x 5" quilties I have made so far as sample pages for my Quilties class at Sew Inspired in Simsbury CT on July 28th from 10-4pm. There is a sample at the store now to show what the Quiltie book will look like, but I am working on pages that will show exactly what we will do in this class. It should be a lot of fun! I have my first class there later this month on May 20th from 1-4pm - Fabric ATCs . . . I can't wait! Below are some more 5x5 Quiltie pages from the class sample book I am working on. They all use images from Alpha Stamps; either paper OR Fabric - click on the images below for a closer look:

Journal Quilt #4

My fourth mini Journal Quilt - click on the photo for a larger picture. It is hard to believe I have created 4 of these already! It is not hard to do, and the weekly deadline I made for myself is what keeps me creating them. I always THINK about the journal quilts during the week, and then sometime on Monday the actual quilties come spilling out. I would like to start one earlier in the week sometimes, but maybe that is just not the way I work! The back of the quiltie has my journal entry printed on muslin; I attach my fabric to a piece of lightweight cardstock and then run it through my Epson printer. I write my entry in a MS Word document, and then print it directly onto the fabric. This week's entry is below.

January 29, 2007:
This is the fourth in a series of *mini* journal quilts that I am adding to my year long fabric journal project. This 6” x 6” quiltie reflects a visit we enjoyed recently with our friends Garth and Nora. Steven and I have known Garth since we were about 15 years old . . . . In fact, Garth is why and how Steven & I met each other in the first place, way back then! Garth and I went to the same summer camp and Steven and Garth went to High School together. We have known his wife Nora and been friends with her for almost just as long.
My mini journal quilt this week features gel medium transfers of photos from a walk we took when Garth & Nora came to visit this past weekend. The past few weeks I have been teaching gel medium transfers to my students in my Mini Art Quilt Book class and enjoying some of the results I have tried myself - image transfers can be very tricky. The two gel medium transfers on this small quiltie are the photos, ink jet printed with my Epson Stylus C88 onto transparency film and transferred to fabric with Golden Gel Medium. The transfers I have done from transparencies have been the ones I enjoyed the results of the most lately. It has been very cold here in CT – the transfer in the top left corner is a photo I took of some leaves frozen in the ice. Brrrrr! Stay warm, Lenna

Journal Quilt #2

Here is another mini journal quilt from my year long project to share with you ~ and believe me, if I did not have this self-imposed deadline of Monday night, I would not be producing these fabric pages! This quiltie uses images from ARTchix Studio - from 'That's Amore', 'Dazzling Doorways' and the 'Heart & Soul' collage sheets. Enjoy! I am going to copy & paste what I have printed on the back of this quiltie:
January 15, 2007: This is the second 6 x 6 square that I have completed for my mini journal quilt project. Again, I created this rather quickly; in about an hour and a half. I was under the wire again, with my own weekly deadline being exactly what pushed me to produce this fabric page. I would really like to start working on this earlier (this week) – we’ll see! So far I am basing my theme on something that has happened the past week . . . and last week we had a new roof put on! We just moved to this home this past summer and the roof was 22 years old and in need of replacement. The roofing went on seamlessly in the background while I walked in the woods with Asia and Steven most every day, went to Jazzercise, and uploaded lesson 2 of my mini quilt book to the Dyehard Surfacing classroom group and answered their questions. In only 3 days we had a new roof and 2 new skylights! When I went to create the quiltie, I added a romantic image, a heart and a door all from ARTchix Studio. The 'Home' image makes me think of Steven and our love. Lenna 1/15/07

Tiny Gears

. . . I am teaching a private mini art quilt book class right now to the dyehard surfacing group and they were asking me about the small "gears" I had listed on their supply list. I found mine online at artchix studio but they were looking at some interesting watch parts on ebay! Either will make an interesting addition to your fabric page. Here is a scan of a quiltie I made for I swap I hosted in 2005. You can see the tiny gears I mentioned sewn onto the page mostly on the right hand side (click on the photo for a much larger view). The central image is also from artchix - this is actually a paper collage sheet called Women in Art. You can read what one of the participants in my dyehard surfacing class thinks about the class so far and see some of her pages by going to Kate's Quilting Blog. Posted by Picasa

New dates for Online Classes

To the left and below are four photos from two different classes I am teaching online during February and March. I've just set up new dates for teaching both of these classes online. Starting on February 9th and running for 4 weeks through March 2nd - is my photo art journal class called Open the Door. The first 2 photos show examples of the pages we'll create from a blank journal. The first page here shows a fabric background and real pebbles collected on a walk. Click on the photo for greater detail.

This photo art journal class will be held through my 'creative lenna classroom' yahoo group, which is a private yahoo group for registered students only. After you have joined the yahoo group by registering for class with me, you will receive the Supply List from the yahoo group as a downloadable PDF file. Lessons will be uploaded once a week for 4 weeks and you can ask questions via the group's messages. You can also create a photo album in the Photo section to share your journal pages as you work if you wish. The cost for this class is $40. Contact Lenna to sign up - and you'll find more information about this class, including a class outline on my own website.

To the right - Open the Door - a photo art journal! Click on the photo for more detail. This set of pages shows saved ephemera I added from our trip to Wolfe Island, in the Thousand Islands - Ontario, Canada this past summer. I've included maps and a description of the Island from a brochure. I'm also incorporating ARTchix Studio transparencies, photos we took while there, rubber stamping and Aluminum Duct tape!

These 2 photos below are sample fabric pages or quilties from Lesson One (which is 38 pages!) of my Mini Art Quilt Book class. This class will be held next through - in the joggles classroom/forum for 5 weeks from March 2nd to March 30th. This is a class with lots of information on how to make mini art quilts, fabric pages and fabric books! You'll find a lot more information about this online class and the class outline on my website. For this class you must register through