Friday, August 18, 2017

The rust diaries continue

  Glen suggested I try steel wool - why not? So I took an SOS pad that the soap was used up and wrapped it around a bottle.

 Then tied the fabric after soaking in vinegar and water.
 It works! Here it is the morning after.
 And here it is after rinsing. - nice! Thank you Glen 😍

' The next thing was to try a bunch of big rusted things. I laid them out on vinegar soaked cotton that has a nice loose weave - kind of linen like.
 This was left overnight in the rain.
 And here it is after a couple days. It didn't really take the shape of the different items but I'm not really after that. I want some interesting mottled blobs of color.
 And that's exactly what I got. Nice texture to it. All and all I'm very happy with how they came out. I have no idea what I will do with it but it's sure fun to see how it comes out 😊

If things look alitttle weird with my posts, I got a new iPad and the app I used before (blogsy) is no more so I cant use it and the only thing I can find to use is called blogspot pro and it is not the most user friendly even though it cost 5 bucks. I think google shows its feelings about apple by not allowing us a decent app to use with their blogspot. Do any of you use an iPad to post on blogger? If so, what do you use? I tried going right to blogger and that is frustrating as hell. Any suggestions would be much appreciated. 

Friday, August 11, 2017

The rust diaries

 Let the experimentation begin!

First after spraying with vinegar some rusty stuff was wrapped in white cotton.

I didn't like the stark white so decided to make a tea bath and let it steep in that for awhile.

It didn't take the tea like I had hoped so threw on some more rusty stuff and let it sit in the rain.

It turned blue !

Most of the blue went away after rinsing in salt and then water and soap. 
It was then laid out to dry.

Since the forecast called for rain (again) I left it for another rinse and what the hell, lets throw the leftover dark rusty water left in the container from the last rain in the middle.

This is what I ended up with, sort of looks like an old paint rag.

But if you break it up look! 
Good stuff! 

Friday, August 4, 2017

Rusty stuff

I am in the process of the daunting task of cleaning all of the old crap from my basement and look what I found! I started to carry it to the take to the dump pile but could hear my dear online friend Glen all the way from Baton Rouge saying - no! Look at all that beautiful rust! I've never "rusted" fabric but remember some of the wonderful fabric she has created from things like this.

I have no idea how to do it but am sure I can find directions online so stay tuned.

I'm not able to get any extra time off this summer so am enjoying the time I have. This is how I de stress and stay happy. Getting out and enjoying the peace and quiet of nature.
Sewing wise I am making a bunch of the tablet/ phone pillows to sell at the fair. They require a fair amount of hand sewing and stuffing which is perfect for porch sitting, another favorite summmer pastime. I've put a tutorial on how to make them on a page here on the blog. Be sure to stuff as much in there as you can. It's key to holding the tablet well. 

Friday, July 28, 2017

Hummingbird quilt

This started with a picture of the  cali lily that someone posted on instagram. It was gorgeous but I didn't do it justice so decided to change the focus from just the flower and added a hummingbird. I have a published pattern with one this was an easy task.

The background is a simple white batik with a hint of blue and quilted with an overall stipple. 
I'm watching a series on PBS called Rare. A National Geographic photographer is going around the world photographing every animal that is on the endangered species list. He calls it the ark project and the show is really amazing. My point though is that he when possible takes the photos with both a black and white background. Some animals look better with a white background and some black. It's surprising how much different a piece looks depending on the background. Auditioning different fabrics is oh so important. If you haven't seen Rare you should. Its on the Pbs app or online so you can watch it anytime anywhere. Go here to see it.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Bird love

The bird center where this is going is celebrating its 30 year anniversary this year so there are 30 birds in this piece.

 And there are the names of 30 birds quilted in the background.
How cool is that! I am very proud of myself that I did not mispell any words.
I've learned my lesson and now write all words on paper and have it near my sewing machine for reference. 

Friday, July 14, 2017

For the love of birds

I am making an art quilt for a local bird center that is having an art show. 
The theme is birds by the numbers.

Finding public domain bird silhouettes on the internet,  traced them on fusible. I then cut a heart out of paper and put the birds inside, forming a heart.

There will be more - I'll show you the finish next week.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Mountain valley landscape #2 (Camels hump)
I enlarged the pattern I made my last one like this 200% and like it because you can really do some stand out quilting. The finished size ends up being 33" by 20". I published the pattern and detailed tutorial available for download in my Etsy shop here or on craftsy here

It's really mostly lines quilted in different directions with a few areas of squiggles for contrast.
See the pinkish looking hill to the left of the road? I saw the design on Pinterest I think and really like it for a contrast to the horizontal lines. It's just a series of circles at the bottom and close lines quilted vertically on top of them. It reminds me of those big bales of hay you see on fields that are rolled.
Go forth - get out and enjoy the summer!
Then go home and quilt

Friday, June 30, 2017

Wander in the Wild

I love how this came out!

You can find it for sale in my Etsy shop here

This an example of letting the fabric do all the work.

Thread writing - is there a catchy name for writing with thread that I don't know about?



Friday, June 23, 2017

Wonder while you wander

I've had this on my design wall minus the hiking shoes, dog and sailboats for months just waiting for the right idea to come along to take it from an ok landscape to "oh! Cool!" Someone on Instagram posted a photo of their feet and a mountain vista and that got me going.


I traced the feet onto white fabric with a pencil, then layer it over black felt. First I tried with just the fabric and my machine would not accept that. She likes stability before she will free motion correctly so I obey. So then quilted over the pencil lines in black thread. Using my Inktense pencils I first painted clear hair gel all over it and then colored in. As you can see my first try was way to orange.


But once it dried the legs were actually perfect so I just browned up the shoes a bit. I think they came out great! The only thing I would do differently next time is use a different white base fabric. It frayed a lot when I sewed it onto the quilt. I need to use something with a tighter weave so it doesn't fray.

Since I'm doing a series of "wander quilts" I call this Wonder while you Wander which is another Instagram inspiration. Someone commented on a water quilt I posted that she orders while she wonders and I loved that - so thank you to both of the Instagram people who helped my get this boring landscape off my wall!

Go forth and wander!

Friday, June 16, 2017

The bear essentials

What do you do when you have the day off and it's windy, rainy and downright nasty outside?

Sew in your PJ's day!

I just got this beautiful batik on sale from Hancocks of Paducah - love that place.

So decided to play with that today so cut a square and sewed strips around it.


Then fussy cut triangles to go around that so the Bears wouldn't be upside down or sideways.

No undignified bear positions in my quilt.


Course that leaves holes all over my fabric but, oh well.


The sides will go like this.
Now what?

Let's make some birch, or actually bears like beech nuts so let's call them beech trees.


This is where I'm at right now. I have no idea where I'm going with this.

Just one of those figure it out as you go projects.

Hopefully I will have the finish for you next week so stay tuned ;-)