Friday, September 23, 2016

Applique using modpodge

I read about this on a blog last week and she called it crafted applique. There is a book out on the subject called crafted applique - new possibilities that gives you detailed instructions. If you really want to try this and do it right you might want to buy the book. I'm the type that likes to dive in and experiment so that's what I did.

First I "painted" the modgepodge on the back side of the fabric. Modgepodge is a white glue that dries fast and clear. It's used for decoupage.



I thought I was smart to lay the fabric on a large sheet of paper to protect my table. The glue went thru the fabric and stuck to the paper. Oooops! (Well that's not really what said but this is a family friendly blog)


So back to the drawing board, this time laying the fabric on plastic.




Some basic leaf shapes cut and laid on a background.

I'm not taking any chances that some of the glue is on the front so used parchment paper to iron and yes, it does stick to the background just like fusible. That makes it easy to quilt.


So her is is, quilted and finished. I made the stems small to see how it holds up under the machine needle. With fusible a small piece like this will shred under the needle but these stems held up nicely. The leaves felt somewhat stiff (as does fusible) so next step was to wash. The modpodge is water soluble so should wash out in the washing machine.


Here it is after washing. It felt softer so I think at least some of the glue washed out. This was put in with a load of clothes so I'm thinking soaking in hot water by itself probablly would do a better job of getting all the glue out and making it nice and soft. If I were to make a baby quilt or any quilt that was to be washed a lot I would probablly do the applique with a zig zag stitch. Most of my quilts are art quilts and aren't really washed so I just do the straight free motion. I wonder how zig zag free motion would work. Has anyone tried that? I would imagine it's slower to do but when making a mug rig or anything that will be washed straight stitch just doesn't do it.


As you can see here, my stitches didn't really hold up in the wash and caused the waves. Also to be fair, the background is flannel which I'm sure shrinks differently than the batik I used for the leaves.

All in all I like this technique especially for small bits. I will continue using my beloved fusible and freezer paper but will definately include the crafted applique technique into my "box of tricks"

Friday, September 16, 2016

Easy beach vacation mini quilt

I wrote a pattern for this beach mini geared toward the beginner. It's on sale for download on Etsy here or Craftsy here. These little art quilts are simple and each one can be so different that I'm on my 4th one and still enjoying it. Every time I go to the beach I'm always picking up something - a shell, some driftwood and this is a way to use them.


Here I used jute twine to hang on the stick. Sort of looks like fishing rope but now that I've said that, why didn't I use rope? There's always next time ;-)


This is a night one - check out those cool beads! Those squished up things on the left is supposed to be sea grass but I squished them to much maybe? I also should have used a more solid grass like color.

Live and learn. I show how to make the sea grass in my pattern as well.


And an easy way to attach shells. (Thanks to an idea I saw on Cathy Perlmutter's blog) her blog is called Gefilte quilts and it is a favorite. She has an amazing sense of humor and has had me rolling a few times :-)



This one is WIP. Quilting is done and I couched on some yarn and crocheted it so some strands hang down like flowers or vines. I'm really liking this. Reminds me of my vacation in Maine last spring. There was a stone wall like that at my hotel next to the beach, so there I am all beautiful with flowing dress with the wind in my hair and a glow on my cheek. Of course in reality it was April and cold so it was more like sweatpants, jacket hat and gloves but this is my quilt, my fantasy. She was originally a fairy and I know this sounds like I am the evil wicked witch of fairyland, but I cut off her wings and now she is a mere mortal.

Any way go check out the pattern - it's only 6 bucks!


Friday, September 9, 2016

Beach sand


I took this photo while walking on the beach at ausable point on lake Champlain a few weeks ago.

Love the colors and feel so had to try to make a quilt.


I sketched it out on the shiny side of freezer paper. Using a sketch and wash pencil. This kind of pencil can be used to draw on just about anything and sketching on the shiny side saved me a step of doing it on paper then tracing to the freezer paper.



Used the freezer paper as my pattern for applique pieces, clipping corners and folding under. That one piece was bigger than my fabric so had to piece it in two parts. I'm hoping it will blend in enough not to notice.


The pinkish piece above is #1 which is the water and I tried to break it up with some light blue tule. Not sure if I like it or not but worth a shot.

Since I wanted to add paint I wanted to sew together all the pieces before adding batting and back so sewed a straight line on the turned under edges. This was not the way to go. I should have used a buttonhole stitch or some sort of zig zag. If I were to do this again I would probablly try to piece it since the curves are not severe. It would look so much better. Note to self ;-)


Bouncing on some white paint with an old paint brush helps a lot. I like it. Also brushed on some sandy looking paint.


That's as far as I've gotten as of this morning so will hopefully show you the finish next week.

BTW - the road home row along starts this week. A whole bunch of bloggers are designing a quilt row each having something to do with where they live. There are people from all over the US and the world so should be interesting. There are also giveaways so check it out. It started this week and goes all month. I am participating and my day is Sept 29th.



Friday, September 2, 2016

Peg loom weaving

I saw a guy selling peg looms at the quilt festival and if it involves fabric, of course I want to try it. My father is a very good woodworker so instead of buying one, I gave him the plans and my most loving daughterly smile and he made me one.

This is how it works


The loom is basically a block of wood with pegs that are inserted in drilled holes that can be taken out and put back in easily.

Each peg has a hole. You take a length of twine or string and thread it through, tying the two ends together at the bottom.



You can use fabric or wool and being a quilter have lots of extra fabric to use up. I tore some yardage into strips. It would be a lot neater if it was cut but I didn't want to take the time wanted a more rustic look. You probably should sew all the strips together to make one long strip all nice and neat but again I was lazy wanted that rustic rag look.


You tie one end like this.



And then start weaving thru the pegs


Once you fill the pegs you lift each peg out of the hole, letting the weaved part drop down and put the peg back in the hole. The strings hold the whole thing together.


Then you just start weaving again. And keep going until the strings are full or you get as big as you want it.

This is as far as I've gotten as of this morning. I ran out of the blue strips so started some white. Let's see how the two toned look is :-) it's a bit of a mess right now but I will trim the strings when it's done and will have the finished rag rug for you next week. Still learning how this thing works. I want to experiment with different fabrics too. I wonder how fleece would be? Flannel?

Hmmmmmmm ;-)


Friday, August 26, 2016

Keep it simple

I admire graphic artists.

They get a message across in the simplest most effective way. It's hard to do simple. It's human nature to keep wanting to add more and then more and when do you stop? It's the stopping I have trouble with.

I was wasting spending time researching graphic design on the Internet and came across this perfect example of how just a few lines and some color can be effective. You know this is a bike and it doesn't clog up your mind with lots of details. Which is why these type of designs are used for ads. You know it's a bike so if you are interested in anything related to bikes, you will stop to read the ad and having that unclogged mind will absorb the words on the ad and maybe go do what ever it is the ad is trying to get you to do.

Maybe that's the appeal of modern quilts. They are graphic and simple. Hmmmm.

Maybe I should revisit the whole modern quilting thing.

More mindless serious internet searching?

I'm leaving today for our the Hathaway annual gathering known as hagfest in beautiful ausable point NY.

We camp so can bring the dogs and it's right on the shore of lake Champlain.


I'm bring these little beach scenes to bind and add lots of embellishments because we all know I just can't keep it simple :-)

Have a great week end!


Friday, August 19, 2016

Vermont seasons finish


I finally finished this quilt made for the road home row along in September. I will have this as a free pattern here on my blog on September 29th. Click on the road home row along logo on the right for more info. There will be giveaways as well.

My pattern could be done as a row or you could make just one for a small art quilt or do 4 small ones, each in a different season. More on this when my day comes up on September 29th.



On a sadder note, my friend and fellow quilter Glen of quilts and dogs blog lives in Baton Rouge LA and had almost 4 feet of stank water in her house. She and the dogs and husband are ok but had to be rescued by boat. She is back at her home now but can't live in it.


This is her sewing room when she got back in her house. How horrific is that? I can't begin to imagine how devastating it is to have all your stuff be ruined and now the clean up has to be very daunting. She has the best sense of humor and self than anyone I know so she will get thru it but it can't be easy.

Please visit her blog here and give her some comments of support.

She runs an animal rescue there and she says they really need help right now due to a lot of displaced animals being found. Please go to and give anything you can. If you can only do $5.00 it will make world of difference.


Friday, August 12, 2016

Beach vacation mini quilt

Small but mighty at only 7"x10"

First I started with the "beach stick" and decided on the size from there.

(It's all about the stick, after all)


I get to use some of the junk interesting objects I have been collecting.


These shells were a bracelet at one time, in another life.


These sailboats started out being white fused fabric but when quilting them down, being so small they just shredded so I just sewed over with white thread. They looked a bit raggy so then used white out (since I had no white paint) and brushed some on to fill in. Now they stand out much better.


Also making more fabric baskets to sell at the fair at the end of the month. Cows with grass lining - how cute is that!

And for the musician.

I'm now off to walk and swim. It's already 82 degrees at 7am and this Vermonter is not liking the heat.

I'll be under the trees or in the pond if you're looking for me today.

Be cool!