Monday, September 10, 2018

Leaves in the Forest Update

Just a quick check-in...

Today is the start of Week 2 of the Quilt-a-Forest Geese in the Forest quilt-along on Instagram. It's not too late to join in. There are prizes!

These are my blocks for Week 1.

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I forgot to mention that I have a free tutorial for a maple leaf block on Craftsy. (Quilt and pattern kits are still available in the Etsy store.)

Off to make my nine Friendly Flock blocks for Week 2!

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Leaves in the Forest Step 1

I get a huge amount of satisfaction from checking things off lists. I guess I get a kick out of seeing visual proof of my progress toward the end of any task.
My version of a "list" for the "Leaves in the Forest" quilt is a progress diagram. I'm ahead of the game right now, but I have a couple of trips planned in the next few months (did someone say Quilt Festival?!?!?), so I need to be proactive.


The goal for the first part of the Quilt a Forest quilt along is to make 6 of Block #1 by September 8th. Since I'm replacing some of the blocks with maple leaves, this meant 4 #1 Blocks and 2 Maple Leaves (and an extra one because I made the first one in the wrong color).

It's not too late to join in. Both The Quilt Tree and Twiddletails are sponsoring giveaways for quilt-along participants on Instagram, so be sure to hop on over there for all the details! (just search for #quiltaforest or #geeseintheforest)

If you love these colors as much as I do, there are still kits in the Etsy store.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Quilt a Fall Forest

Wow! I'm not even going to attempt to commit to regular posting AGAIN. I'll try though.

As for right now, I'm in the middle of planning a new quilt, thanks to a quilt-along hosted by The Quilt Tree.
I've wanted to make another version of my Geese in the Forest pattern for a while now and this was just the kick in the butt I needed.

I decided on a Fall version with possibly a few maple leaf blocks scattered here and there.

My chosen fabrics are Moda Bella Solids (of course...).
I've added some kits to the Etsy store but, if you already have a Bella stash, the colors I'm using are as follows:
Hay 9900 104
Leaf Green 9900 192
Clementine 9900 209
Saffron 9900 232
and for the background my current favorite Eggshell 9900 281

I'm planning future blog posts with foundation piecing tips, tools, & techniques, so be sure to pop back in.

Oh and, last but not least, both The Quilt Tree and Twiddletails are sponsoring giveaways for quilt-along participants on Instagram, so be sure to hop on over there for all the details! (just search for #quiltaforest)

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Friday, June 1, 2018

Experimentation Part II

After my first attempt at printing images on fabric clearly wasn't permanent, I decided to experiment a little more with my homemade Bubble Jet Set.

If you search online, you'll find that the recipe is pretty much the same everywhere, but there seem to be different ways to use it.

A warning: I did not exactly follow the rules for conducting experiments as I was taught in school. Waaaaay too many variables were changed. My teachers would be horrified. If you're OK with that, read on.

Oh, and this is a pretty long post. If you want to see my conclusion, skip to the end and scroll up.

This is the image I started with.

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After some Photoshop manipulation, it looked like this:
I'm using a Canon TS6120 inkjet printer.

Test 1:
1. Soak fabric in solution, dry in dryer
2. Rinse
3. Air dry, iron
4. Print image onto fabric
5. Air dry overnight
6. Rinse in water
7. Iron
Printer settings: highest quality possible, scale 20%, glossy photo paper, printer manages color

Here's the image right after printing. Kind of dull and yellowish. Not a good start.

And after going through all the above steps. Clearly not the way to go.

Test 2:
1. Soak fabric in solution, dry in dryer
2. Soak in solution a 2nd time
3. Air dry, iron
4. Print image onto fabric
5. Air dry overnight
6. Rinse in vinegar
7. Iron
Printer settings: highest quality possible, scale 18%, matte photo paper, Photoshop manages color

After printing. Better.
After rinsing and ironing. It does smell like vinegar so I may have to rinse it again, which may change the outcome.

Test 3:
1. Soak fabric in solution, dry in dryer
2. Soak in solution a 2nd time
3. Rinse
4. Air dry, iron
5. Print image onto fabric
6. Air dry overnight
7. Rinse in vinegar
8. Rinse in water
9. Iron
Printer settings: highest quality possible, scale 16%, matte photo paper, Photoshop manages color

After printing:
After rinsing and ironing.

Conclusion: It's a toss up between Test 2 and Test 3. I think Test 2 lost more detail but it ended up brighter.
Of course, because of my lack of "scientificness", I'm not sure whether this has to do with my treatment of the fabric, the fact that I printed a higher definition image, or a combination of the two.

Stay tuned.

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Reveal: Thread Sketched Protea

Just a quick post to show you the end result of my first venture into thread sketching:

Thread sketching
All in all I'm very happy with this for a first attempt.

Detail:
Thread sketching
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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

A Venture into Thread Sketching

Protea Fabric Sketching
The reason I wanted to try printing on fabric was that I wanted to experiment with using thread to bring out the details in the image.
I purposely manipulated the photo to ensure that it did not look like an actual photo when printed.

What followed was a lot of research into thread sketching and thread painting. I started off trying to find instructions for thread painting techniques but quickly realized that this entailed covering the entire surface of the fabric in stitching. Not what I had in mind. I just wanted to enhance the image with quilting.

This is not a tutorial on thread sketching techniques. I have no idea what I'm doing. I just wanted to share the end result because I am quite happy with it.

I used only my old Coats & Clark threads left over from before I became a thread snob. Cost: $0.

There are things I would do differently next time but, all in all, not bad for a first try.




Off to quilt the borders and experiment more with achieving permanent images.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Experimentation Part I

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If you read my last post, you know that I'm trying to bring some spontaneity (and creativity) back into my quilting. I've started by experimenting with printing on fabric.

I found that all the recipes for homemade "Bubble Jet Set" (the stuff that makes printed images permanent) are exactly the same. What you do next - that's a whole other ballgame.
Sooo...I gathered my supplies, mixed them according to the recipe, which you can find by searching online. I'm not sharing it right now because, well, read on...

I used a photo I took on a recent trip to South Africa, played around with it a bit in Photoshop, then printed it onto 100% cotton Moda Bella Solids 9900-97 PFD.
I did not rinse the fabric after applying the homemade mixture, just dried it in the dryer.

I added some borders, and then decided it needed a little spray of water to get it perfectly smooth. Oops! I guess it's not colorfast.
I stopped right here and decided that it's kind of a cool artistic touch. But this one is definitely not going to be washable. Since it was going to be an "art quilt" anyway, it's not a big deal.

Up next, I'll try my hand at thread sketching.
Then more experimenting with printing and colorfastness.

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