Sunday, September 21, 2014

Utah Quilt Guild Quiltfest

Just a little glimpse at the fun I had during this year's Quiltfest in Utah.
Display for my class - Beginning Surface Design: Monoprinting & Stamping
The opening social
My friend Sandy.  She was very interested in her food!
My quilt, Muses, in the quilt show.
Sylvia's quilt.
My quilt, Green Valleys.

A few of the youth quilts.
They did a great job!
Bev's Kaffe Quilt
Nancy's quilt
Ruth's lovely quilt won a ribbon!

The smorgasbord dinner we had in our room the first night.
I met up with my friends, Danelle, Chris and Penny.
It was so nice to meet them in person finally!

My students were fabulous.
I hope they had as much fun as I did!
Sylvia's class.
I love all the beautiful color ways!

It is always nice to spend time with friends!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Holiday Party Blog Hop & Giveaway!

The Holiday Season is coming fast!
6 Weeks until Halloween,
10 Weeks until Thanksgiving,
12.5 Weeks until Hanukkah,
13.5 Weeks until Christmas,
AND about 15 Weeks until New Years Eve,
so no matter what Holiday you celebrate, 
it's time to think about parties, decorating and gift giving!
To help you get in the mood, it's time to read QA Holiday 
and get great ideas for lots of beautiful projects.
There are so many fabulous things I would love to make in this magazine!
Jacquelyn deRuyter's Village Houses,
Lyric Kinard's Beaded Snowflakes, Carrie Bloomston's Love Pillow, Linda McLaughlin's Holiday Postcards and the list goes on and on!
So many projects, so little time, I need to get started!
One project I have already finished for a friend 
is my Hanukkah gift bags on page 20.
The fabric for the bags were painted 
with a stencil I designed and then cut out using my Silhouette Portrait.
You can easily stencil designs onto fabric using a foam brush but I have another way I love to quickly stencil a piece of fabric.  Here is a two minute video showing you how this is done:

I taped the fabric to a piece of foam core, no padding, and used Speedball Printing Ink.  If I were using a stencil with words (such as the Hanukkah stencil in QA Holiday) I would place the top of the stencil against the screen so that the words appear backwards when taping the stencil down.
Leave a comment telling me what your favorite holiday is for a chance to win a copy of Quilting Arts Holiday, AS WELL AS your own Hanukkah or Snowflake pre-cut stencil!
(I cut my stencils from DuraLar)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Doodling on Brayered pages

I'm preparing to teach a class about Monoprinting on fabric this week and so I have been working on a lot of sample pieces.  I recently read a great tip about cleaning the brayer off into a sketchbook and using it as a background for collage or drawing. I LOVE this tip!
So far I have created two doodles onto my brayered pages that I just love!
Flowers are always my go to drawing.  
 And trees come in a close second!

This one makes me think about the long cold winter we have ahead of us in the northern hemisphere!
Do you have a favorite go-to doodle?

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Cosplay Creations

My "baby" loves Cosplay (costume play) and attending Comic Con.  For this year's con she decided on three costumes and despite OUR plan of letting her create them all by herself. . . I TOOK OVER.  
CONFESSION:  I have a lot more patience teaching sewing to strangers then I do to my own children.  Does anyone else have a difficult time teaching their children to sew?  Poor girl has had to learn at school.  
Anyway, her first brilliant idea occurred when we discovered this fabulous Batman fabric at a great price.
She purchased it with the idea in mind of turning it into a corset.
She cut out the pattern after we measured her, but the pattern looked small to me (foreshadowing of trouble here when I rely upon my own sense of size perception), so I told her to cut it a little bigger.  The pieces sat for a long while because we needed some good interfacing and we kept forgetting to buy it when we went out.  Finally I picked up the interfacing and the process began!  It went together easily enough but the "little bit" Annie added to each piece ended up creating a corset almost big enough to fit me!  I made a lot of adjustments and finally ended up with a decent product.
She was very happy with it even if it did make her sit up straight all day!
Her second brilliant idea came about when we found a fantastic deal on these stilleto boots.
(Of course she regretted finding them by the end of con that day!)
She decided the boots would be perfect for her to be 
Queen Bee from DC's Young Justice.
We found a prom dress to convert because who wants to start with a pattern?!
We also found a belt for her headpiece.
We found both at our local thrift store: Consignment Circuit.
I love this shop!  
They are so helpful and have the best stuff!
The dress fit snuggly and was small around the bust. . .
. . .but because there was a lot of length that needed to be removed I had extra fabric to use in the alterations.  I added a few extra inches through the bust and used other pieces of the cut offs to create the cape. I cut the belt from a scrap of pleather and made a few holes in the back so it could be tied on with ribbon and then a pair of leggings completed the costume.

As you can see from her big smiles, she was very pleased with her costumes.
Her third costume, Carlos, from the witty podcast Nightvale, posed some other problems that I will tell you about in another post. I neglected to take a photo of her before she left the third day!  We need put her back into the costume for a photo session and then I can tell you the story of our many dye attempts!  Sometimes it really is easier to not know how to do these things and just go buy stuff!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Inspirations Words - The Printed Fabric Bee - Giveaway!

Lynda Heines' theme for August was Inspirational Words and she wanted her 8" x 18" pieces to be in southwestern colors.  I knew I wanted to make a thermofax screen to use in her project and so I searched the internet for inspirational quotes and then arranged them in photoshop.  You can click on the photo below and copy it for yourself.  Feel free to use it to make your own thermofax screen (for personal use only please!)
I dyed a piece of pfd cotton in a lovely turquoise.  
This is my favorite southwestern color!

To add some texture I used my zentangle thermofax screen and some Speedball fabric screen printing ink in turquoise.

And then I added the words on top using Speedball fabric screen printing ink in a deep plum.

I really like this color combination.
Here is the 6"x6" piece that is part of this months giveaway:

If you would like a chance to win all nine of this months pieces head on over to Lynda's blog or The Printed Fabric Bee blog to leave a comment!

And once you enter to win, stop by everyone's blog to see how they made their pieces!