Author: Angela Flicker

How to Cut a Chain of Paper Dolls

how to cut a chain of paper dolls You may remember cutting a chain of paper dolls from your childhood, but may not remember the exact procedure. These directions will help stir your memory and get you crafting.

A few months back, I wrote about “Crafts for Kids with Scrap Fabric”.  These paper dolls are a great extension or variation to that project.

And before I get to the tutorial part of this post, I wanted to make an announcement.  At Craft Lake City this Saturday, I will be hosting a craft booth where kids can make these paper doll chains.  Come on by!

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DIY Paper Doll Chain

Things You’ll Need:

• Construction paper or card-stock (old file folders also work great)

• Pen or pencil

• Scissors and glue

• Doll Template

• Craft supplies such as scrap fabric, markers, crayons, yarn, etc.

Instructions:

1. Fold paper into an accordion with equal parts. (Note: 9×12 construction paper gets folded in half, 12×18 construction paper gets folded in thirds, old file folders get folded in fourths, etc)

2. Take the accordion folded paper, and using the doll template, draw a doll shape on to the top panel of the paper. Make sure to touch side to side with arms/hands and additional points if desired, such as the skirt and/or feet.

doll template

chain paper doll tutorial

3. Cut along the drawn outline, making sure not to cut into the linking arms/hands.

4. Open the chain of paper dolls and color or decorate the dolls with scrap fabric, yarn, crayons, markers, etc.

5. Consider drawing non-traditional forms, such as animals or aliens, for additional creativity.

DIY Paper Doll Chain tutorial

Happy crafting!

What’s Your Angle

Angela Flicker The Artists House Geometric Colorful Quilt

Finally, my modern quilt for The Temporary Museum of Permanent Change and Craft Lake City’s gallery exhibit titled, “Celebration of the Hand” is finished and installed.  I truly have had a love, hate relationship with this project.  Let me explain.  This piece was installed outside.  Yes, you read that correctly.  I just spent months making this beautiful and original piece, only to hang it outside for the elements to decide its fate.

Angela Flicker The Artists House Geometric colorful quilt design

So, what’s my angle you might be wondering?  Why did I do this?  The only answer I can give is that I am an artist, and artists do crazy things in the name of art 😉

I plan to head downtown every week to rephotograph the piece, as I am curious if the sun and the rain will alter the piece in an interesting way.  This is part of the process, and part of what makes this project interesting.  Utah is a pretty dry state, and so I am not too worried.  I scotch-guarded the heck out of the piece–hopefully it will hold up to the elements.

Angela Flicker The Artists House Geometric colorful quilt design

Angela Flicker The Artists House Geometric colorful quilt designHere is my sweet hubby helping me install the piece.  And by helping, I mean he basically installed it all by himself.  I am pretty lucky to have such a supportive husband!  Thanks Josh, I love you!

Angela Flicker The Artists House Geometric colorful quilt design

I plan to attend the Gallery Stroll this Friday, the 20th of July, as “Celebration of the Hand” opens, in conjunction with the Salt Lake Gallery Stroll.  It will be neat to see all 12 pieces, and how they beautify our Salt Lake City streets.

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Here is the press release on this project:

SALT LAKE CITY, Thursday, July 12 – The twelve Craft Lake City chosen to display their work as a walk-able outdoor gallery exhibit titled, “Celebration of the Hand” will begin their installations on Friday, July 13 at 3 p.m. Installations will continue throughout the weekend, beginning at 3 p.m. daily. See attached schedule for complete details regarding times and locations that installations will take place. The twelve participants will create outdoor works of art utilizing permanent steel frames (known as plakats) installed adjacent to the sidewalks in downtown Salt Lake City on the North and South sides of Broadway (300 South) between 200 West and 200 East. Craft Lake City was granted usage of the plakats by The Temporary Museum of Permanent Change. “Celebration of the Hand” will open on July 20, in conjunction with the Salt Lake Gallery Stroll.

Artisans include Annika DiMeo, Michelle Christenesen, Nic Annette Miller, Keith McKeown, Issac Hastings, Rachelle Smith, Angela Flicker, Laura Frisk, Carrie Wakefield, Jorge Arellano, Eleanor Scholz and Candace Jean Anderson.

“We feel that the 12 chosen artisans are an excellent representation of the diversity present at Craft Lake City,” says Festival Director Angela H. Brown. “We are also thrilled to become the newest organization to participate in The Temporary Museum of Permanent Change’s outdoor museum,” The plakats were installed in 2007, and have been utilized by various non-profits, such as Sundance, Spy Hop and Tumbleweeds Film Festival. “The Celebration of the Hand” will be displayed through the festival, which takes place on Sat. August 11 at the Gallivan Center.

“Celebration of the Hand” Kickstarter Video

The Celebration of the Hand Kickstarter Video is up.  You can view it here.

A quilt is meant to be touched and used, not just looked at.  That’s why I think my modern interactive quilt will be perfect for the “Celebration of the Hand Exhibit.”  My piece is basically going to be an interactive, modern quilt. It will be interactive in the sense that it has pockets so that passersby can insert notes, photos, tickets, basically things from the city and their community. I think it will be neat to see what gets put in the pockets overtime.

When I first heard about The Temporary Museum of Permanent Change, I wanted my piece to not only interact with the public aesthetically, but also in a physical sense. I wanted it to be touched, thought about, manipulated, revisited in a respectful way. And when I heard about the theme “Celebration of the Hand”, I immediately thought about everything I do with my hands: sewing, designing, gardening, collecting eggs, holding my children, writing letters, taking photos, etc.  Then I got to thinking about how hands are used everyday in the city: to type, to cook, to serve a meal, etc.

I imagine this piece becoming a mini-time capsule. An opportunity for people in the community to express and interact with the art, and to express what it is that they do with their hands everyday.

I’ve been trying to get a book published over the past few years. My first book idea was on interactive quilts for kids. Lately though, I’ve been creating art that reflects more of my style, and has less of a childlike feel –art that is more modern, geometric, and full of color.  That being said, ironically my daughter, and my first book idea, still influenced me when I was thinking up this design.  Monet, my daughter, using her hands to collect treasures is a perfect example of what the pockets in this quilt could be used for.

I hope in reading this post, you can see the heart and creativity that I will be putting into my Plakat piece for the Celebration of the Hand Exhibit.

Please, take a moment to watch the video and donate today.  Thanks.

Angela Flicker

Salt Lake City Farmers Market 2012

Salt Lake City Farmers Market 2012

Great news —The Artists’ House will be selling at the Downtown Salt Lake City Farmers Market this summer.  I won’t be there every week, as I really don’t have enough time for that type of commitment, but you can find me there on the following days: June 16, June 30, July 14, July 28, and September 1.

This Saturday, June 16th, you can find me on the corner of 300 West and 400 South, about 6 booths in on 400 South.  I would love it if you would come by and say hello.

My booth will be full of handmade goods: quilts, fiber wall art, bags, dresses, skirts, etc.  Here are a few images to give you an idea of what I have been making.

messenger bag by the artists house angela flicker

sewn applique frog bag the artists house angela flicker

reversible sewn skirt the artists house angela flicker

monster zipper bags the artists house angela flicker

sewn cat dog applique bag the artists house angela flicker

Hope to see you there!

Celebration of the Hand Kickstarter Video Coming Soon

Angela Flicker Celebration of the Hand Kickstarter Video

I was interviewed by Craft Lake City today, for the “Celebration of the Hand” Kickstarter video.  The Salt Lake City Film Festival is generously donating their time to make this video, in order to help Craft Lake City raise awareness and funds for the “Celebration of the Hand” Temporary Museum of Permanent Change exhibit opening in July.  I’m nervous to see myself on tape, as I was a bit of an anxious mess.  I’m much better at these sort of things when I am in my natural habitat.  Yet at the same time, I am so thankful, excited and honored to be a part of what Craft Lake City is doing.

Thanks you Craft Lake City, The Temporary Museum of Permanent Change, and Salt Lake City Film Festival!!  Thank you!

EZ Dresden Challenge: A Quilted Beach Bag

dressden beach bag quilted by The Artists' House Angela FlickerWelcome to day twelve of the Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild blog hop for the EZ Dresden Challenge.  Have you been following this?

The Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild has partnered with EZ Quilting, Simplicity and a host of other manufacturers to celebrate Darlene Zimmerman’s 20th Anniversary designing quilting tools for EZ Quilting. To help them celebrate, Salt Lake MQG is hosting a challenge — Use the EZ Dresden Ruler to create a project, then enter it to win amazing prizes, including a new sewing machine and a photo of your project in a 1/3 page Simplicity advertisement in Quilting Arts Magazine.  How exciting is that?!  Leave a comment, and you could win one of these awesome rulers.  I will announce the winner in a week, on the 19th of June. For more information regarding this challenge, follow this EZ Dresden Challenge link.
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ez dresden quilt challenge quilted beach bag
For the past few summers, I’ve wanted to make myself a really bright, yet simple beach bag.
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Colorful umbrellas, beach balls, and sailboats were my inspiration.

I also knew that I wanted the bag to be deep, to hold rolled towels, and the bag had to have a nice zipper pocket to hold smaller-hard-to-find items like chapstick.  I’m really happy with the results. I can’t wait for our first beach/pool outing, as I think this bag will be perfect and fun in the sun.

.Here’s what my project looked like, right before I turned it into a bag.  I was intentional about picking a bold fabric for the background, as I wanted the sun to play on the dresden pieces, making the background shine through.
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ez dresden quilt challenge quilted beach bag
The collage of images below, show some of my work.  Really, it was quite simple.  I basically laid the pieces out, put right sides together, sewed, ironed the seam allowances open, and repeated until I had one long, snake-like piece. I’m not a fan of raw edges, so to finish the piece off I sewed around it with a 1/4″ stitch, and then used this stitch as a guide to help me iron a 1/4″ under around all the sides.  I then used washable basting glue and lightly glued the dresden piece down before using a zigzag stitch (clear thread) to sew around the entire exterior.  Lastly, I basted and quilted the piece.
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ez dresden quilt challenge quilted beach bag
Here is the finished product.  I really like how the chevron print shines through.
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ez dresden quilt challenge quilted beach bag

Remember, leave a comment, and you could win one of these awesome rulers.  I will announce the winner in a week, on the 19th of June.

For more inspiration and ideas for the EZ Dresden Challenge, follow along with the blog hop:

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Our lucky winner is #9, Jenny C

2012/06/12 at 12:03 pm

Love your bag! Have fun in the sun!

Thanks for your comment Jenny.  I hope you love the ruler!  I can’t wait to see what you create with it!

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Junebug Dress for Toddlers and Babies

toddler dressJust recently, I have started designing dress patterns for toddlers and babies.  My daughter has been the best little model.  Monet’s middle name is June (her birthday is in June), and when she was just a baby her nickname quickly became “Junebug”.  Naturally, I named my first dress design after her.

toddler dress

toddler dress

I haven’t made a sewing pattern for this dress yet.  Right now, I’m just selling the actual dresses, custom made by me.  You can find it in my Etsy shop for purchase:  Junebug Dress for Toddlers and Babies by The Artists’ House.  I have been making a bunch of dresses lately, because I’ll be selling them at The Farmer’s Market and Craft Lake City this summer.

toddler dresses

Celebration of the Hand

geometric triangle quilt modern colorfulGuess what?  I’m working on a special project.

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by The Temporary Museum of Permanent Change and Craft Lake City to submit a proposal for a gallery exhibit titled, “Celebration of the Hand”.  They accepted my proposal and asked me to create a large piece that will hang in downtown Salt Lake City. I’m in love with geometric, modern, and colorful quilt designs these days, and so that was part of my inspiration.  Along with that, I will also sew small triangular pockets into the piece.  These pockets will hold collected paper items and photographs from around the city (ticket stubs, newspaper clippings, postcards, photos, restaurant menus, letters, etc).  Passersby can then play with and move around these pieces, or folks can also add their own paper pieces to the pockets.  This allows the piece to be interactive with the public.  I think it will be neat to see what items get put into the vinyl pockets over time.

geometric triangle quilt modern colorful

Here is what Craft Lake City had to say about the event,

“Celebration of the Hand:  Craft Lake City has joined forces with The Temporary Museum of Permanent Change to bring local art to the streets in the form of a walk-able outdoor gallery exhibit titled, ‘Celebration of the Hand.’ The gallery walls are made up of 15 plakats located in downtown Salt Lake on the North and South sides of Broadway (300 South) between 200 West and 200 East. The plakats are permanent steel frames installed adjacent to the sidewalks and are referred to as the museum’s “windows.” Collectively, these museum’s windows (or plakats) make up the exhibition. The plakats were originally installed in 2007 and over the years have been used to highlight the work of numerous nonprofits. Craft Lake City is excited to become The Temporary Museum of Permanent Change’s newest plakat collaborator.  We will be using 13 of the 15 plakats to highlight the work of 13 Craft Lake City affiliates.  The exhibit will officially open in conjunction with July Gallery Stroll on July 20, 2012. The artisans involved are Annika Dimeo, Michelle Christenesen, Nic Annette Miller, Keith McKeown, Isaac Hastings, Rachelle Smith, Angela Flicker, Laura Frisk, Carrie Wakefield, Jorge Arellano, Tommy Dolph and Eleanor Scholz.”

I’m honored and excited to be a part of this exhibit!

Making a House a Home: Handmade Quilts on Beds

handmade quilts on beds

When it comes to making a house a home, handmade quilts in bedrooms are just lovely.  I love how it really becomes the focal point of the room.  I’ve been wanting to make a quilt for my master bedroom and I am finding these photos to be very inspirational.  What do you think?

Image Credit / Quilt Credit:  Better Homes & Gardens, Design Sponge, Apartment Therapy, Design Sponge, 79 Ideas,

Custom Handmade Wood Cart for Sewing Classes

handmade wood cart for sewing classes

I have been teaching sewing lessons at a local school for the past few years.  I enjoy every minute I spend teaching, but unfortunately the cleaning up is no fun at all.

Cleanup has always been a nightmare, since I don’t have my own classroom.  Every week I would haul machines, irons, boards (both ironing and rotary), fabric, extension cords, scissors, rulers, etc, etc, etc to the classroom I was going to teach in.  Lately, with a full class, it was taking me about 45 minutes to clean up each week.  My husband was getting frustrated with me getting home so late, and so I asked him to build me a cart.  I sketched up a design, and in a matter of just two days, this is what he created:

Handmade Wood Cart for Sewing Classes

This handmade wood cart is perfect.  It hold 4 machines on the bottom.  The middle shelf is actually two shelves that stack on-top each other, and they hold all my fabric and other supplies.  The top is for the irons –now I don’t have to wait for them to cool.  And the side/bottom boxes hold the ironing boards and rotary boards.  It’s perfect!  No more hauling things back and forth.  Now I just load this baby up, and roll it away.  I’m so excited!

Handmade Wood Cart for Sewing ClassesThe best part is that the cart stacks (it’s made of 4 different boxes that come apart), so it’s really easy to get things in and out.  And now that everything is perfectly organized, my students have no excuses when cleaning up –everything has a place!

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