Thursday, February 26, 2015

A Last Minute Show Deadline

I only found out about this a week ago - but I really wanted to do an entry. This is a show at a local arts center which has music venues, and the theme of the show is irresistible to me: spirituality! I have in mind to do a diptych and mount it on two canvases, since this isn't a fiber art show, but a regular art show in all media. I'm using thermofax screens and other bits and pieces I already have, so hopefully I'll get it done enough to send in a photo day after tomorrow. I still need to do some hand stitching and some free motion quilting. It's a good chance to use my new Janome HD1000 - I have it set up for free motion quilting, and I'm really trying to build my skills.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Article in Quilting Arts!

I've written an article for the April/May issue of QA magazine (my favorite magazine of all time). It's an explanation and demo for using T-shirt transfer paper as a method to put sensitive, detailed drawings onto fabric. Expect it at the end of March. Kristine from the editorial staff has told me it's going to be quite a beautiful issue! I'm pleased and thrilled to be a part of it.:)

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Ten Finished Pillow Tops

Ten down, about six to go. I'm using surface design techniques like spray dying, applique, stenciling with acrylic paint, and T-shirt transfers. For a healing influence, it seems like a no-brainer to use bright colors and happy nature images. I'm loving this project, because each pillow is a lot simpler and less involved than creating a large wall hanging. I'm not quilting the pillow tops due to the time factor, but am adding pretty top stitching at the seams.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Discharge on Hand Dyed Fabric

I used a plastic mandala stencil with paste discharge on a small sponge - I got the discharge from Dharma Trading (the kind you let dry, then iron). I should have used a lighter hand with it, because the fabric got soaked and lost detail. The paste is very wet. Lesson learned! The second sample is discharge sprayed through lace, using a light hand. I'm not trying for perfection here, just a soft, subtle texture. This one I really loved, and I'll use the fabric in my pillow project. More on that soon.:)

One of my new transparent collages

Summer Dance

Summer Dance
One of my collages