Monday, December 31, 2012
The inspiration for the piece came from some "doodles" I had drawn awhile back. I blew the "doodles" up to the size I wanted and then tried to figure out how I would translate the drawing into fabric. Here is how it turned out.
Here is a close up. I think you can click on the picture and get an even closer look.
I had SO much fun making this piece and hope to get it juried into some shows in the future. I don't have a name for it yet. Any suggestions?
I have linked this post to Nina-Marie's Off the Wall Fridays here.
Monday, December 3, 2012
Here is the lineup so far...
December 1st Book Review by resident artist Nienke Smit--Textile Adventures of Mirjam Pet-Jacobs and Textile is Alive! by Ellen Bakker. The winner of the giveaway will be chosen December 8.
December 2nd Book Review by resident artist Karen Silvers--The Sketchbook Challenge by Sue Bleiweiss and Melanie Testa's Dreaming from the Journal Page. The winner of the giveaway will be chosen December 9.
December 3rd Book Review by resident artist Beth Berman--Finding Your Own Visual Language written by Claire Benn, Leslie Morgan, and Jane Dunnewold. The winner of the giveaway will be chosen December 10.
December 4th Book Review by resident artist Judy Sall--Create Your Own Hand-Printed Cloth by Rayna Gillman. The winner of the giveaway will be chosen December 11.
December 5th Book Review by resident artist Judith DeMilo Brown--Sock Appeal and Sockology by Brenna Maloney. The winner of the giveaway will be chosen December 12.
December 6th Book Review by Me!--Art + Quilt, Design Principles and Creativity Exercises. The winner of the giveaway will be chosen December 13.
December 7th Book Review by Ann Vanherle--Picture This--How Pictures Work by Molly Bang. The winner of the giveaway will be chosen December 14.
December 8th Book Review by Beata Keller-Kerchner--I don't know what she'll be reviewing yet, but come on over to the blog and find out.
Remember...you have to leave a comment on each post to be in the drawing for each giveaway. Have fun reading the reviews, finding out about books that might interest you, and getting a chance to win a great gift.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Check out the girls in their aprons.
This is Bianca and Lula.
This is Holland.
If you'd like to see the original post about the aprons (maybe you'd like to make one), here is the link. APRONS. It is #2 under "Other Projects."
Thursday, November 15, 2012
I'm also always on the lookout for inspiration for my doodling. Here's what I found.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Ryan and Tara liked it and told me tonight that they have it up on their mantle. If you take a closer look at the picture (by clicking in it) you will notice the heart with the four small red hearts in it. Those hearts represent Tara's children; she has four. Over the weekend I gained a new grandson and three new granddaughters. I'm excited!
Monday, November 5, 2012
I also made some blocks for quilts for the girls.
I also worked on a table runner and got some hand quilting done on my "caged" bias series. I didn't get pictures of those, though. Are you working on Christmas gifts?
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
The Pilot Frixion pen is intended for use on paper--not fabric, so I decided I needed to test it. Since the fabric I want to mark is red, I thought I'd see what effect the pen had on that. I thought I'd also try it on white. First I used a permanent marking pen to label each area to be marked. After ironing and icing (running an ice cube over the fabric), I'll be washing the fabric.
Below, you can see how the marks look after washing and drying. (I used cold water and detergent.) There are absolutely no marks left in the fabric (ghost or otherwise) except for the permanent pen I used to label each section. Even the discoloration in the red fabric is gone. I also ran an ice cube over each piece, and none of the marks came back.
Oh, I'd also like to share that two of my pieces were juried into "The View from Here: Quilts of the Ohio River Valley. SAQA members from Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Ohio." The exhibit will be on display during the International Quilt Festival Cincinnati, 2013 from April 11-13 at the Duke Energy Convention Center, 5th Street, downtown Cincinnati, OH. If you are interested in seeing which ones, check here. They are the first quilts in the post--The View from Within and Black Beauties. I'm tickled!
Sunday, October 21, 2012
This month, over at the Fire blog, we are trying out the 3-D shibori technique. It involves using polyester fabric, tying various shaped objects into the fabric, and boiling the fabric to make the shapes permanent. I finally had a chance to try this month’s technique and got some promising results. Here are some of my final fabrics. If you'd like to see more (and how this process is done) check out my post and the 3-D Shibori tutorial by Nienke Smit. You might also want to check out what some of the other resident artists have done with the technique too.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
As you can see, this piece is heavily hand quilted. The background and bottom-right-hand block are made from some of my snow-dyed fabric, the central character is made from fabric on which I tried sugar syrup resist, and the sun is made of hand-dyed fabric with a flour paste resist. FINALLY, I have used some of my surface design fabric from my projects on the And Then We Set It On Fire Blog!
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
These are particular favorites of mine. They are all easy to make, and I think kids will just love them.
Over at the Running with Scissors blog, Jessica has the CUTEST tutorial for making dinosaur tails. These are toys that kids can strap on. They are easy to make (I helped my sister make two of them for her grandsons.) and the ADORABLE factor can't be measured. They are a big hit with the toddler group. Check it out here. She has other great tutorials you should check out while you are there.
I remember when my grandson was little he loved to play Superhero. (He just turned 6.) We pushed the ends of a dishtowel into the neck of his shirt, and he pretended he was Batman. Since that time, I have found that there are several patterns for capes for toddlers. He would have loved one of these (and I would have made one had I discovered them sooner!). These capes are not just for the boys; little girls would love these capes too. Of course, the fabric choice might be different.
- At Craft Buds there is a good "Child's Cape Pattern and Tutorial." She even has a PDF file you can print out that contains a pattern.
- Here is a cape that is REALLY easy to make. This "Pillowcase Cape Tutorial" is brought to you by Becca Marie Designs and uses a pillowcase to make the body of the cape. You can find it here.
- Another easy cape to make is at "Shanon Makes Stuff." She uses a polyester knit so you don't even have to sew around the edges. She says the knit is light, so it flies behind the kids when they run. She even shows you how to make a little mask to match the cape. At the bottom of the post, she shows her little one taking a nap in his superhero outfit--too cute. You can find it here.
- Over at "Come On, Ilene," she has a tutorial for a reversible cape. She also shows you how she made logos for her cape out of felt.
- Chalkboard Book--As part of the Guest Blogger Series at whipup.net, guest blogger, Regina Lord, has a tutorial for a chalkboard book that uses a repurposed child's book and chalkboard spray paint. This would be a good way to re-purpose a board book that your toddler has outgrown. Check it out here.
- Reversible Apron--This tutorial, from the Moda Bake Shop, uses only three fat quarters and should fit a toddler 4-8 years old. I have a few little girls in mind for these aprons!
- Felt Cut-Out Cookies--Now, something to go with the aprons you make...felt cut-out cookies WITH FROSTING! These cookies take a little hand stitching, but they are such a unique gift. Check them out at The Mother Huddle blog. The girls there show you how to make a really nice gift. They have made a custom box to hold the cookies and have added a little rolling pin, spatula, and cookie cutter.
- Princess Bags--Over at "A Girl and a Glue Gun," Kimbo shows you how to make the cutest bags for little girls that you've EVER seen. They are REALLY quick and easy to make. You don't even have to get out your sewing machine. Check them out here.
- T-shirt Bracelets--Another tutorial from "A Girl and a Glue Gun" shows you how to make a large variety of T-shirt bracelets. These are really cute, and I think girls of all ages would like these.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
I have to say...I LOVE hand quilting. I LOVE how it looks, I LOVE how it feels, and I LOVE to do it. When I add hand quilting to my work, I feel like it makes the piece truly unique. Because of the time and handling involved in hand piecing, I feel "closer" to the work--a piece of me is in it. I just wish it didn't take SO long to do.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Binding by Machine...
Pat Sloan has a good binding tutorial here. Pat's take on machine binding is a bit different than most. She uses a buttonhole stitch to finish the binding. If you do it correctly, it provides a nice finish on the front AND back. On the post, she has pictures and does a good job of describing her technique. She also has a video and a PDF to explain the process.
Rachel, over at "Stitched in Color," has a binding tutorial that features a zig zag stitch. She has really nice pictures and good explanations. She also has some VERY cute pictures of kittens at the end!
Over at "Prudent Baby," there is a tutorial for bringing the backing fabric to the front to use it as a binding. This particular tutorial shows attaching the binding by machine, but it could also be sewn by hand.
Binding by Hand...
Julie Herman has several tutorials concerning binding on her blog, "Jaybird Quilts." She answers MANY questions about binding including "What is binding?," "Straight of grain or bias cut?," "How to calculate binding," "How to piece straight of grain binding," "How to piece bias cut binding, and "How to piece using straight seams." She has a "Perfect Binding Tutorial" that explains (and includes pictures on) how to add a "normal" binding. She covers two methods of making bias binding here and how to make a scrappy bias binding here. She also shows you how to deal with binding a curved quilt here.
Over at "Quilting in the Rain," Jera has a tutorial explaining her method of binding a quilt. The binding part of her tutorial isn't much different that the others, but she does have a section showing hand sewing the binding to the back of the quilt. Scroll on down to Part II to find her three videos on how she does the hand stitching.
Rounded Corner Finish...
At "A Quilt is Nice" blog, Nettie shows how to round the corners of your quilt. Nettie says, "The great thing about rounded corners is you don't have to do mitered corners on your binding." You do, however, have to use bias binding. I really like the look of rounded corners, particularly on a baby quilt. If you'd like to check that out, click here. She shows you how to machine bind a rounded corner quilt here.
Finishing a Quilt Without Binding...
Over at "Red Pepper Quilts," you will find a way to finish a quilt without binding or facing it. Some people call this "birthing a quilt." Check that out here.
Add a Fake Piping or Flange Binding...
This tutorial shows you how to make a "fake" piping binding. It looks intriguing to me and is something I definitely will be trying. Check it out here.
If you are interested in learning how to make binding with a flange, Julie Herman of "Jaybird Quilts" has her own version of a flanged binding here.
I hope you are enjoying my Terrific Tutorial Tuesdays. If you have any tutorials you think are great, please let me know. I'd love to include those in a future post. I'd love to hear from you, please leave comments!