Friday, December 8, 2017

Sketchbook for quilter #2


Another free motion quilting sketchbook cover - same style as last week but all different designs.

Enjoying the practice and the whole “zen” of doing it. With this one I tried using a ruler to make the straight lines for the grid for the first time. I’ve had one for a long time but thought it was a hard thing to do. Doing this small quilt, it was easy! I first put some little sandpaper dots on each corner so it wouldn’t slip and I think that might have helped. 

Where to find all these designs? I use two sources mainly. First Leah days free gallery of 365 designs here and Pinterest. Search for not only free motion quilting on Pinterest but also zentangles will give you a lot of ideas as well. But. BEWARE Pinterest is a time suck -it’s easy to spend way to much time there but you can get a lot of inspiration and it gives you a place to keep all the internet found ideas in one place.

You still need a sketchbook though for practice. Never try to quilt any design without drawing on paper first. Ask me how I know 😇

And this one is for sale on Etsy here in case you need a good Christmas present for yourself 🤗

Friday, December 1, 2017

Sketchbook for quilter

I made another sketchbook cover. These are so fun to make, it’s hard to do just one. This leaf came out really nice.



Since I have a few of these now I put some up on Etsy to sell. 
Go here to check it out.


Next a sampler of free motion quilting made into a sketchbook cover. This will be for keeping all those free motion doodles and ideas in one place.


This is on Etsy also and if it sells I will make another for myself because I would totally use this.
(Post note - someone bought this a half hour after I posted it)  yay! 

If you want to make a sketchbook cover for yourself there is a free tutorial right here on my blog. Check out the pages for it. It’s a fairly quick project that you can do just about anything your imagination brings for any size book, journal or sketchbook.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Heat set and WIP

Nothing finished this week except a set of curtains for my bedroom that I won’t bore you with. 

I’m working on a goat. It’s almost done but I will keep you in suspense until next week 😆

Started another landscape, same pattern as the last couple. This time in November like colors. I always pick the sky and water first cause skies are the impact. I love this fabric combo.

And I tested acrylic paint mixed with textile medium to see if it really does set it enough to wash. The left is washed and it seems to actually work! It was put in with a regular load of clothes on a normal cycle. Air dried. I don’t have an agitator as I imagine that might rub it to much but this worked great! 

 Next week is thanksgiving already! Have a happy and healthy thanksgiving everyone - we are blessed to be where we are what ever circumstances that may be.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Leaf printing

I’ve been playing with ferns, leaves and paint. See the video from the slightly mad quilt lady on last weeks post to see how. Don’t forget to use the paper over the painted leaf like I did in the lower pics. Paint went where it shouldn’t have, thus the futile attempts to wipe it off (lower right)
They got better as I went along learning not to put to much paint on so it doesn’t glob, adding some aloe gel to my paint mix to soften the look a bit and using a sponge craft brush instead of the roller. 

Now Glen, of quilts and dogs fame has been doing the printing too and she not only did some beautiful prints, she whipped up a journal cover using the prints in no time flat. I don’t know how she gets so much done. She has been on fire lately, finishing quilt after quilt. My hero! 

So not to be outdone, I quilted this one up with white thread in the leaf veins and a basic meander on the background.


And made a sketchbook cover. The two I tried were to small but this one I quilted first, measured later and it fits perfectly!


Here’s the back                                                                            And the inside.

I love how it came out. ❤️❤️❤️  

Friday, November 3, 2017

Pastel landscape

Finished today. 19”x16”
I’m making a pattern to sell for this one so plan on seeing a few more with variations. I want to see what size different enlargements of the basic fit on a regular 8.5x11 pattern will get you. This one was enlarged 175%

Oh! I do want to share a you tube video by Charlotte from New Zealand on how to print leaves on fabric with paint. I want to try this for sure although most of our leaves here in Vermont are gone. 


Thursday, October 26, 2017

Sketchbook covers or storage bags?

My intention was to make a sketchbook cover out of this wonderful fern fabric that I scored recently. 

And yes, it did come out really good

The problem is I misjudged the size and cant fit the sketchbook inside. It’s to small.

So I made another and did the same damn thing! To small!

So what do I do with two book covers that don’t fit a book? 


Storage bags of course. One can never have to many, especially ones with fern fabric on them.

The moral of the story here is always make bigger, you can always cut it down but you can’t make it bigger after quilting. Dense quilting  makes the piece shrink a bit as does piecing which these have a lot of. Next time I’m giving myself two inches all around, then will measure the book after quilting and see how that goes. 

Live and learn

Friday, October 20, 2017

Landscapes


This week I have another landscape to show. I just love making these. They are relatively easy and I get to okay with my “good” batiks. I tend to collect sky and water fabrics and this yellow is lovely. Remember when doing a landscape the sky and water should be similar. When you look at a lake from far away it generally reflects the sky whatever that might be. At least in my world it does. 


I’m off to enjoy the last of our beautiful fall days here in Vermont. The weather this year has been just perfect. We are truly blessed. The color isn’t as good as some years but sunny and in the high 60’s very day? What’s not to love.


Does anyone use blogo for posting on blogspot? I had been using it and loving it bu for the last two weeks it crashes when I add a photo. Has anyone else had this problem? I am using another app but it’s not very good. 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Mother Earth is in our hands

I am participating in the art to fabric blog hop where for a week lots of quilt artists are making an art quilt having to do with mother earth and it also being inspired by another artist. That artist can be one that creates art in any form.

My mother earth was inspired by this photo taken by the Deep space climate satellite in 2015 using a special camera NASA uses combining a camera and a telescope. So the artist here would be NASA and the scientists.
You can read about it here.
and if you ever want some inspirationor just enjoy looking at cool photos, go to the NASA images site here.


To make the earth, I took a couple different shades of blue acrylic paint and poured it over a scrap of fabric, then rolled it around so it mixed but not to much. Then white paint was poured from a small cup over it, then swirled and rolled until I like the effect.



It was then set out in the sun to dry. Being so thick it took a long time to dry - like days, but eventually it did.

The painted earth was appliquéd to a background fabric and the hands were cut from a suede like fabric and attached using a fusible. After layering with a cotton batting, the whole thing was then quilted with an airy wind like design. I’m very happy with the quilting.



After binding the edges, the back was cut behind Mother Earth and stuffed with fiber fill to make it puff out. All in all it came out pretty although getting the paint to look like earth had more to do with luck rather than skill. I doubt I could make another.

But thats ok, we only need one mother earth - let's keep it around for awhile
:-)




Here are the other quilt artists posting new today so go check them out. The hop started monday so click on the art to fabric button on the right to get a list of all the participants. Definately worth a look. I love seeing how everbody chooses different art and ways to convey “mother earth love” all creative and unique. Thank you Aida for getting this all together.
Janeen: http://quiltartdesigns.blogspot.com/
Andrée: http://quiltinglearningcombo.blogspot.com
Karen: https://tunaquilts.wordpress.com/

Friday, October 6, 2017

New idea book

After listening to the new zealand quilt show podcast interview with lisa calle I feel the need to start a sketchbook. Of course I had to make a cover for it and forgot how fun these are to make!

A great way to use scraps and the quilt as you go is easy.(although I am in the you can never have to much quilting camp, so quilted on top of the quilt as you go) 😉

Note to self: when quilting words always write the word out on paper to look at . My brain can write with my hand but something about writing with the sewing machine - well things can go haywire. I first spelled sketch with a c instead of a k but saved it by putting in the k and making the word thick. You can see part of the c inderneath if you know it there.

Why I am calling this an idea book is where the lisa calle inspiration comes in. This is my book. It didnt cost alot of money so no need to be afraid to feel like I have to put some masterpiece of sketching or drawing in here. Nobody but me is going to see it. I can doodle, write notes,, write ideas, draw something crappy and unrecognizable, write quotes - I can write my grocery list if I want to. The point is to USE IT! Its small enough to throw in my bag so I will have a place to mindlessly draw or doodle when I want to rest my brain.

I hope you too will try having an "idea book"

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Bye, bye!


Its the end of the summer and the campers and tourists are leaving.

We're glad to have you but happy to see you go!

This is the one I showed you the back of last week - the sailboat, car/camper and birches are cut from commercial printed fabrics and fused down then quilted. The bear is from an old McKenna Ryan pattern.
I just love that lavender sky!

Friday, September 22, 2017

WIP

Nothing finished to show this week but 4 in progress

adding a puffed out trapunto look to this one

A landscape with the quilting done ( here is the back)

A few more tablet pillow stands in the works

Another landscape being quilted

Well Here is something finished - a mug rug from scraps and practice quilting.
At least one of these will be finished to show next week - promise.

I also wanted to recommend a podcast that i listened to this week. Its an interview on the new zealand quilt show with Lisa Call. Lisa is a full time textile artist. She has inspired me to try to start a sketchbook.
Here is a link to listen

Friday, September 15, 2017

Giraffes with butterfly earrings

I finally finished this! It's taken much longer than it should have, more than a month now. Maybe because it's a purchased pattern and I dont usually follow directions but fly solo by the of seat of my pants. Maybe its because I used the colors that the pattern cover had so I knew what it would look like so had no reason to keep at it to see what it will look like when finished because I already knew? Phew! Long sentence but you know what I mean, right?

Anyway it is a cool eyecatching pattern that really caught my eye in a booth at a quilt show. The pattern is by Sandy Fitzpatrick called my favorite earrings.

Of course I had to quilt the background heavily so that took awhile but I am binge watching a show called A place to call home which I am obsessed with at the moment and so watched that while quilting this.

If you liked Downton Abbey you will love this. Its better. Takes place in the early 1950's and it beautifully made with lots of family secrets and lies, twists and turns. It airs on pbs and netflix or hulu doesnt have it but you can get it through acorn tv . its free for the first week and then is 8 bucks a month or something and you can cancel anytime. Its like netflix and they have all 4 seasons. I highly recommend.

Enjoy!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Sewing with Nancy


Before you tube, craftsy, blogs and all the online ways of learning, there was sewing with Nancy. She taught us how to sew and became our friend. Her program is by far the longest running sewing series on tv and still on PBS today started in 1982 - 36 seasons recorded! She also started a sewing supply mail order company called Nancys Notions back when you actually ordered and recieved stuff thru the mail!

Recently Nancy announced that she will be retiring due to health issues. Read about it here on her blog.
she will be truly missed.


If you are interested in hearing a really good interview with Nancy go to While She naps and listen to the podcast interview here. I highly recommend it as she talks about how she started out back in 1979 with Nancys notions and dealing with various hurdles along the way. You will leave with a huge admiration for the woman as I do.

On a higher note, the champlain valley fair was last week and both me and my mom both won one of these!

My mom for this beautiful lone star quilt - best pieced workmanship.

And me for my camels hump landscape - best machine quilting.

we each won a whopping 20 bucks 👀 But then its not about the money its all about the glory, right?