Friday, October 13, 2017

Art with Fabric Blog Hop by Alida

My choice of artwork to interpret into fabric for this blog hop is the White Stag Sign in Portland Oregon.   The White Stag Garment company went out of business and the city of Portland acquired the sign in 2010 and put "Portland Oregon" on the sign in neon lights.   The sign is easily seen when you travel over the Burnside Bridge towards the downtown area. 
(More information can be read about it here:

I have always admired the sign.  I used navy blue fabric to represent the night time view of the sign.  I sketched out the design on paper :

 I just kept drawing until it looked about right and then used a black marker to finish the sketch.
I used a tracing wheel and dressmakers carbon paper to transfer the design onto the cloth.  It was a little hard to see so I went over the dots it made with a white pencil and that made it easier to see.
Then a little testing on a piece of fabric with iron on batting applied to the back of it.  Deciding the length and width of the zigzag I wanted to use.  I used machine embroidery thread for the zig zag and also in the bobbin. 
I put the backing fabric on and quilted the piece by outlining most of the lettering.  I also put some straight line quilting on the sign sort of resembling the framework of the sign.  A little bit of wavy line quilting in the sky area.   After quilting it I decided to finish the edges by the facing method.  I haven't done that before but have wanted to try it.  I though it was a better finish for a cloth art work piece.  This picture shows the facing ready to be hand stitched.  (these fabrics are navy, not black)

Here is the list of artists that are scheduled for my same day.

Thank you so much to Alida at  for this fun challenge.  


  1. So simple, which makes your piece really effective. You have captured the sign really well, and the facing was an excellent choice of finish. I imagine you will enjoy having this hanging somewhere in your home.

    1. Thank you. My granddaughter is waiting in the wings for it! She said she has the perfect place to hang it at her house.

  2. Such an interesting inpiration piece and really beautifully translated into fabric!! Thanks for sharing your process and your talent in the blog hop!!

  3. You are so right, art is everywhere. Very nicely done.

  4. You are so creative. You chose a great piece for your art. I liked to see all of your detailed instructions too. You have a family heirloom there!

  5. This is a very cool quilt, and I do love signs!! Clever!!!

  6. Pretty projects and great idea,Thank you for the tutorial and for sharing !