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!



Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Try, Try Again

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again:
I'm attempting another reverse appliqué piece.
No products to keep the edges from fraying this time.
Wish me luck!

In the meantime, I've also been helping my daughters get ready for school and more importantly Comic Con. haha  My daughter Ann loves Cosplay and so I am making a Batman corset for her. . .
. . .as well as doing a lot of alterations to this dress that is almost perfect for her biggest Cosplay, and I wish I could remember what the character is!
I'll blog more about them once I am done so if you don't hear from me for awhile you know why.  In the meantime tell me what you are up to!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Happy Flag Project

The Happy Flag Project is a celebration of the Dalai Lama's visit to Birmingham, Alabama, through handmade prayer flags from around the world.  I made a couple sets of flags (which I forgot to photograph) and put them in a decorated envelope.
It's a simple design on the front and back but I had such a fun time that I decided I need to do some type of doodle or zentangle on everything I mail!
If you are interested in creating flags for The Happy Flag Project you still have a little time! The flags need to arrive in Phoenix by August 30th.  Click here for the complete instructions!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Fail?

This was the greatest success I had in the studio this week.
I put an empty tub on the table in hopes that someone would choose to sit there instead of on my project and. . . SUCCESS!

At a recent quilt guild meeting a friend demonstrated this product:
I was so excited to give it a try on a reverse appliqué project.  I followed the directions by putting it under hot water for 3 minutes, shook it for 30 seconds, poked a tiny hole in the top, put the nozzle cap back on and then tried to apply it to the stitching around the parts I wanted to cut out.  The liquid was so THIN that I found it hard to control.  It would drip out as I turned the tube toward the fabric and I would get blobs where I didn't want them to be.  I didn't worry too much because when my friend demonstrated it the liquid didn't show on the fabric once it was dried.
So basically, my first real mistake was not TESTING it on my fabric!
Once the fray block was applied, I cut and cut and cut until my hand ached.
As I cut I noticed areas where the Fray Block was really dark 
(or light as the case may be) from too much product.
I had a really hard time controlling it as I put it on.
In the end the whole quilt doesn't look bad, 
just needed some blocking and a binding but. . .
. . . up close. . .
. . . not so much. . .
It's not the show piece I had hoped for.
Perhaps if I did a lot of embroidery or beading over the top. . . hmmm
I will put it away for now.
I really don't have the energy for it.
So while this quilt is a fail it has taught me a few things:

1. Testing new products is a good idea.
2. Testing new products is a pretty good idea.
3. TESTING new products is ALWAYS a good idea!
So now on to the next project!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Craftsy Giveaway

Which quilt would you love to win? One randomly selected quilter will get to choose their prize, whether it's the starry True Blue Quilt Kit OR the elegant Blue Garden Quilt Kit. (Psst ... the prize also comes with the coordinated backing for the quilt!) 

**Only residents of the U.S. and Canada are eligible to enter.** 

Enter to win here: Enter to Win a Quilt Kit from Craftsy 

Prize Photos: