With the coming of the New Year all I want to do is sew! Scratch that ... all I ever want to do is sew! I'm working on a new embellished piece and the beading is going to take forever! In the evenings when the eyes and brain are tired I piece. I've made many quilts this way.
Here are two totally different looking quilts made with my favorite block.
Christmas this year was a bit abnormal. Wednesday, I got a call, my sister was unexpectedly called out of town. So I cooked dinner for 12 ... I was not inspired to decorate the table for dinner! We are getting together again next Sunday, stay tuned. PS There was no fire!
My job at holidays is to decorate the table. Are there any ideas here? Usually by now I have settled on one idea. This year I have visions of sugar plums and too many thoughts. Must settle on one thing soon!
Paint Sticks are oil paint in a crayon like form, my favorite for stenciling on fabric.
This example is painted using a purchased stencil on the back of one piece of fabric.
This is a friendship block, I thought that it would be a fun change to paint the block. I drew the block design on freezer paper, ironed it to the back of the fabric. Masked the areas not to be painted with more freezer paper on the right side of the fabric and painted with textile paints. Great way to personalize a block!
1. Understand the paint: Textile Paints can be applied with brushes, sponges, stamps and squirt bottles. Luminere are metallic paints that brush on like butter. The paint remains flexible. They are opaque, even on dark fabrics. Paint Sticks are oil paint in a crayon like form, very suitable for stenciling on fabric. Dye-Na-Flow & Seta color are free flowing textile paints, not suitable for stenciling
2. Easy Clean up: Tape plastic to your table.
3. Discourage leaks: Use some hairspray on the underneath side of your stencil to make it stick on the surface, and to help prevent the paint seeping in at the edge.
4. Securing basics: keep a stencil in place by taping it at the top and bottom with a piece of tape and iron the fabric to freezer paper.
5. Less is more: Load the brush lightly, so that the ends of the bristles are covered evenly; wipe off any excess on a piece of paper or cloth. You'll get better results by applying two thin coats rather than one thick one. Wait for the first to dry before applying the second.
6. Work from the outside: Start painting on the edges of the stencil, working into the center. This helps prevent paint getting under the edges.
7. Appling the paint: Stencil brushes are round with short, stiff bristles. Use quick up-and-down movement to dab paint onto your fabric. This helps prevent paint getting under the edges.
8. Go multi-colored: To use more than one color in a stencil, use tape to mask off areas of the stencil you don't want in a particular color.
9. Wash regularly: If you're doing a repeat design, wash your stencil regularly in warm water to keep the edges free of paint. If there's some paint on an edge, you won't get a crisp edge to your painted stencil.
10. Store stencils flat: A stencil needs to be flat to be usable. Store it in a large flat box.
Fabric paints can enrich your material before you begin sewing—or at any time during the construction process. Use paints to add new designs or dimension to any portion of your quilts or garments, making the fabrics uniquely your own.
Paint sits on top of the fibers. The type of paint you use and how it is applied will determine the “hand” (or stiffness) of your finished item. To make paint easier to spread, try diluting it with between 25 to 50% water. Just keep in mind that full-strength paint colors will be intense, and the more you dilute it the lighter the color will be. Diluted paint doesn’t store well, so plan to use it up in a few days.
The nature of your project will help you decide kind of paint to choose:
Textile Paints can be applied with brushes, sponges, stamps, or squirt bottles. • Transparency: You can increase the transparency of any color by adding Colorless Extender. • Increasing both Transparency & Flowability: Add up to 25% water.
Luminere are metallic paints that remains flexible. They are opaque, even on dark fabrics. They can be easily mixed on the palette but will resist running together during direct application onto fabric. • Pastels: Add #589 Neopaque White. • Increasing Transparency & Flowability: Add up to 25% water.
Dye-Na-Flow is a free flowing, transparent, textile paint. This concentrated liquid paint may be used on natural or synthetic fabric. It will spread until it is thoroughly absorbed and even. (Heat set painted, dry fabric by ironing for 3 minutes on dry setting appropriate for fabric. Wash in cool water with Synthrapol and rinse.)
TIP: If you mix your own color, write down the recipe so you can make it again.
In these days, learning opportunities fall at every doorstep. New and clever techniques are taught in the latest publications, at our local guilds and on the internet. Three pages or three hours provide enough information to explore a new concept. Yet…sometime we long for an in-depth, hands-on study with a master teacher. We seek instruction that spell binds us and pulls our creative energy outward. We want an opportunity to focus, to learn, and see what we can really do in an unhurried and encouraging setting. Add good food, laughter with friends, and late-into-the-night sewing and you have the makings of an adventure we might all long for.
Come embellish with me at Quilting Adventures. March in the Texas Hill Country routinely brings budding bluebonnets, apple green foliage and mountain laurel bushes leaning low with their blooms and intense fragrance. Plenty of inspiration for EMBELLISHMENT EXTRAVAGANZA.
I love embellishments, especially ‘all things shiny’ and uses them expertly in my work. Learn techniques in a relaxed, hands-on workshop. I will guide you in the creative use of fabric, foil, paint, paintstiks, buttons, threads, embroidery, other commonly available materials and "beads" to create your own special quilt.
You will also learn an easy way to make a bow, create texture with ribbons, plus make folded ribbon roses and lace.
This workshop is like having a week of private lessons from a Master Embellisher! Once you learn the techniques, you will be able to create your own embellished ‘masterpeices’ on any textiles from quilts to wall hangings to garments.
There will be plenty of time to work on small projects. You will be surprised at how quick and easy the smaller Eye Candy and Bead Candy quilts are to make. As your creativity flows, you will be dazzled by the results!
____________________________________________________ Tell Santa you want to go to Nancy Crow's barn studio to take a class with Philippa Naylor, author of Quilting in the Limelight. She will be teaching in the States next year. April 19-30 Nancy Crow's Barn Nov. 7-12 Art Quilt Tahoe Her classes are fun and informative and she is a wonderful teacher!
The Priority quilts for December's Show and Silent auction have been posted on small quilters' favorite website.
Here are the quilts and facts about the Smackdown: Hollis Chatelain won the championship belt. Her quilt, "Fading" sold at auction for $3,600. Becky Goldsmith came in second. Her quilt "Mini Passion Flowers" sold at auction for $2,500. Sue Nickels' quilt, "Golden Feathers" sold for $1,200. John Flynn's quilt, "Red Hawk's Star" sold for $1,000.
ALL of these quilts brought in more money than any other AAQI quilt previously sold. In my book, they are ALL winners.
Many of you know I collect vintage rhinestone jewelry. I buy it whenever I get a chance. Phyllis, one of the lovely ladies in Dallas took me to Antiqueland, undoubtedly the largest antique mall I have ever seen.
My quilts are colorful, graphic, vibrant and joyful!! I use color and texture to explore the glories of nature. Realism or abstraction, are used as best fits a theme or concept. I enjoy the challenge and excitement of translating my vision into quilts through a rich variety of fabrics, gilding and embellishment.
I find such joy in being able to express myself through quilting, that I'm not comfortable without a needle in my hand. Quilting is my life's work and a wonderful one at that.
The best quilt is always the next one.