Posted tagged ‘techniques’

Printing on Fabric

November 2, 2013

Just when I think I’m getting smarter in PSE, I perform dumb, dumber, and dumbest things.

I’ve printed on fabric many times, but this time nothing goes right. Gets hung up in the printer, smudges of ink on the sides, etc., etc., etc. I had a small piece of hand dyed gray fabric to print on and messed it up.


See the big smudge on the right? And I had no more hand dyed gray. Once I use a hand dyed fabric, a commercial fabric just doesn’t do the job. What to do? Ah-Ha! I turned the above fabric over and scanned it and put it in PSE. Then I scanned my drawing of the trees on tracing paper and put that image into PSE  on a transparent background. Then – moved the trees onto of the scanned gray background and printed it on a paper backed silk purchased from Dharma Trading Co.


The background is a little lighter but I can live with it. And if you look very closely you can see the trees that were on the back.

I also wanted to use an image that I saw on the internet. I asked the photographer for permission but got no answer. So I altered the image by putting my head of “her” body. That wasn’t so hard, but every time I printed the image there was something wrong. Too green, too big, too small, too something, Took nine tries to get it right.

Many-EmmiesWish I were really that slim.

Two Projects at the Same Time

April 12, 2012

Two Projects at the same time is fun, but the studio is a mess.

Note the two sewing machines. I’m trying to use both of them. The little ripped, worn out ironing board and my chair have to trade places depending on which machine I’m using at the moment. There’s an old Pfaff on the right and a big Singer commercial machine on the left; it has a wider needle swing and I’ve spent two days off and on trying to correct it’s tension. Almost there.

Here are the two projects:

Cover Lovers Askew is now pinned and ready to embellish.

Flower Patch blocks – there are 14 so far, not enough room on the design wall to display them all and there will be more.

This is how they will go together using the QAYG  (quilt as you go) technique.

Marianne at The Quilting Edge blog has excellent “how to” tutorials on the technique.

Happy New Year 2012-Resolutions and Scrap Quilts

January 3, 2012

Happy New Year to everyone. May it be happy, healthy, and prosperous.

I’m terrible at keeping New Year’s resolutions but I can think I can do it this year. I’m trying to clean up my fabric stash and throw out what I’m sure I’ll never use. When I see some pieces I say to myself, “What was I thinking?” What you see here is only about 1/2 of the stash. The resolution is to make three large to large-ish scrap quilts.

 One  quilt will be from blocks given to me by my old quilt group in Florida, The Cover Lovers. One year we gave each other quilt blocks for Christmas. At the time none of them seemed to go together. Maybe they still don’t but my challenge is to make it happen. I have a couple of ideas but I’m open to any suggestions. Seeing the blocks in a photograph I can already see that some rearranging needs to be done.

The other two quilts will also be scrap quilts. One for a blue person and the other for a hot pink person. The blue has begun.

As Time Goes By

March 15, 2011

It’s been a long winter but real signs of Spring have arrived; crocus, daffodils, budding trees, greening grass. There’s a powdering of snow on the ground this morning but the weatherman has promised warmer temperatures all the forthcoming week.

So – here’s my winter project finally finished and I’m ready for Spring.

You’ve seen me struggle with the bird and the script at the bottom. The garment was found in a thrift store and even though it is too small for me, it was too beautiful to pass by. Perhaps too pretty to cut up you might suggest, but I’ve cut up beautiful fabric that was much more precious and expensive than this blouse!

In addition to the blouse, the rest of the piece consists of:

Three different pieces of silk dyed in a natural dying workshop. cotton fabric, and decorative fabric.     Techniques consisted of piecing, fusing, hand applique, machine applique, silk screening, direct drawing, decorative machine stitching, hand quilting, and machine quilting. Sounds like a sampler doesn’t it?

Ideas are Slow to Come to Fruition

January 10, 2011

This current project has beenon the back burner for months. Finally, I said, “Just do it” and now I think it’s coming together. There has been a lot of sewing and ripping and more ripping, but just to have it up on the design wall where I see it every day is actually comforting. What started out as a rather gloomy piece has become uplifting; certainly color wise. The most pressing decision at the moment is deciding which bird to use. They are printed on paper so it’s easy to move them around.

Bird #1

Bird #2

I think just going through the exercise of writing and publishing this post has helped me decide.

Improv Nine Patch and Log Cabin

June 28, 2010

Here’s something that’s kind of fun.

Take two pieces of fabric and cut them to the same size. These are 9 1/2 inch squares.

Lay one on top of the other.

Use your rotary cutter as a drawing tool and cut curves through both fabrics

Then cut again so that you have cut the fabrics into nine pieces.

Take the fabric pieces apart and lay them out in opposites and you are ready to sew.

Now they are sewn together and you have two improvisational nine patches. If you are particular about the corners matching you can pin the seams together at those points and finesse the edges together as you sew. I’ve never done anything with this technique but people seem to enjoy seeing it.

I have made a lot of pillow tops like the one below using curved seams and sewing improvisation-ally cut pieces around the center until it’s large enough. I call this an Inprov Log Cabin. It’s just that my center is much larger than the traditional log cabin. I figure that the center can be any size.