Friday, March 20, 2015

Yellow zombie ghost quilting

Last week I saw this blog post from Linda's landscapes about ghost quilting and loved the idea. She saw the idea in a AQS magazine that was written by Martha Ginn. The reason I am titling this post zombie ghost quilting is because I didn't do it the way the others did. I got carried away using my inktense pencils and there is no ghost but a colored in version. The next one I will try to refrain from playing with pencils and make it more ghosty but here is what I did.

 

First I cut a 6" square from a vintage decorator fabric that I had in my stash.

 

Fused it to a white background and penciled in where the square was cut off and then some. I then free motion quilted over the pencil using a brown thread.

 

After doing an overall meandering with white thread I probablly should have stopped right there, maybe adding a hint of color here or there but I had the urge to play so colored with my inktense pencils.

This is what it looks like dry

 

And this is wet. I used aloe gel to wet it for more control, trying to "color in the lines"

Amazing how the pencils come to life. Now I used a bright green felt for a batting so that's what you see coming thru when it's wet.

 

But as you can see it goes away when it dries.

Here is the finished and bound piece - I'm liking it.

Now the way I did this I suppose some would say, well why don't you just cut a bigger piece of the fabric, quilt and bind that and be done with it but where would the fun be in that? Plus I like this so much better - more interest - don't you think?

What would you call this - non - ghost quilting ?

I am linking up to Nina's Off the Wall and the Rainbow challenge who's color is yellow this month.

Oh, BTW - go to the quiltshow.com starting today thru the week end they are letting anyone watch the videos for free and there are some really good ones. You just have to create an account to log in hut it's completely free!

 

16 comments:

  1. I'm liking it too, what a great idea!

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  2. I saw that post in hte magazine when it came out. I put it in the back of my mind for the future.

    When I scrolled down and saw your piece.....WOW!

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  3. Oh, so did you dye your batting bright green or is there a new product I need to know about?

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  4. Aren't you clever! Experimenting and taking an idea on to new discoveries for yourself. It's what Art does for us. It looks terrific. LeeAnna

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  5. WOW! Stunning project... beautifully executed and the colours are vibrant and really add a lot to the composition. You have a brave streak in you as you use the Inktense and it really works. The finished quilt is very special! Hooray... love it!
    Bethany

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  6. Oh my stunning! I love how it turned out. Enjoy National Quilting Day.

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  7. I think your piece is lovely - who cares about a "label" for what to call it?

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  8. Really neat idea! Love your introduction of color into the process. At first I thought it was something I could just admire, as my free-hand drawing skills are terrible. But I read the linked blog articles and realized I could trace the details - so definitely something I will try one day - thanks for the inspiration!

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  9. This is amazing . I've never seen anyone do this before.

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  10. Wow! I've never seen this before but I just love how it came out. Great job.

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  11. What fun! I haven't seen this technique before so appreciate you sharing it. Great finish.Which AQS was it in?

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  12. What a cool technique. Love that you shared the process.

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  13. Very interesting, intriguing and beautiful.

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  14. Wow, love the way you took off on this idea! Beautiful!! I've never tried to draw a bird, and as you know on my last 'ghost quilt' projects I traced elements that were already on the print fabric and repeated them in the border. One of these days I'll get braver. Never realized it until now, but all I ever drew growing up were landscapes and people. No birds, flowers, butterflies, etc....and yet I love, love, love nature. What's up with that? Time to expand my drawing repertoire. Looking forward to seeing more 'non-ghost quilts.'

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