Well, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted. Good intentions but life somehow gets in the way. So I’m making an early New Years resolution – to blog more in 2012………
I’m making last minute preparations for HMQS (Sandy, UT) and MQS (Overland Park, KS). I wanted to give all my readers a coupon you can use at my booth at the shows. You can download the coupon here or on my website. Everyone has to download their own – no copying and sharing! See you there!
Pam from our Art Quilt Group made some Valentine fabric in our January Group by fusing heart shapes. In February I received this lovely Valentine. She mailed it in a clear plastic sleeve with my address showing through on the back. Here it is to share with you.
When she was making the fabric, without knowing what she had in mind, I thought the hearts were too far apart. They ending up being just perfect, allowing her to add patterns stamped onto the fabric, buttons, and other embellishments. The fabric was mounted on timtex with fabric fused on the reverse side also. Then Pam sewed around the postcard added a message and address to the other side and sent them out.
I attended the CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) Show for the first time last weekend. It’s like Quilt Market for the Craft and Hobby industry, especially scrapbooking. It was a great experience. The classes were great – even some of the business ones. The floor was full of make and takes. Here’s some of the products coming out that I was particularly interested in.
1. A machine to make your own acrylic stamps. It’s due out in 6 weeks. You create your artwork and then make it into a negative using software that comes with. You then print it out on clear sheets that also come with. You layer the negative on top of a gel pack and place it into the UV machine. The light hardens the gel under the clear part of the negative. Then you open the gel pack and rinse out the unhardened gel. Place the stamp back under the light to cure and you have your own stamp. You can also use a different gel pack for a harder stamp you can use for embossing. It also makes stencils but I thought they were a bit thick and liked other ways of making them better.
2. Sizzix Big Shot Pro – This dye cutter is coming out with an identical unit with a different accent color that will be marketed to quilters. It will take the Accuquilt Go and Studio dyes as well as the existing Sizzix dyes and the dyes that Sizzix is developing especially for quilting. There will also be dyes developed – including a strip cutter – that will work in the regular Big Shot Sizzix which can be found for under $100. I use the sizzix to cut fabric and it works great so I’m really looking forward to this machine.
3. There are 2 new electronic cutting machines coming out, one by Sizzix – the Eclips and one by Craftwell called the eCraft. The sizzix machine is very similar to the cricut but has a few more features. It works with cartridges and the controls are connected to the machine by a cord. The control unit does not operate away from the machine. The eCraft doesn’t use a cutting mat. The material you are cutting feeds in between rollers. Because of this you can cut an unlimited length. It’s run through a computer and comes with cutting files. There will be software to allow you to create your own designs.
4. The Cricut cake was a big hit. It’s a cricut cake is a food grade cricut machine used to cut fondant and icing for cakes. I had heard of users doing this with their regular cricut so wasn’t surprised they were coming out with it but I was really surprised that there were so many people who couldn’t wait to have one.
It was a great show and I had a great time.
Here’s the first Virtual Art Quilt Lesson! In these lessons I will be sharing ideas and techniques with you so that we can all get those wonderful products we’ve bought out and use them. You can experience my classes in three ways – 1. Do the project just like I did. 2. Take my basic idea and go with it. Put your own spin on it. or 3. Use the materials and do something entirely different with the supplies. Any of these are acceptable. If you finish a project please email pictures so I can include them in the blog. We’d all like to see them. Supplies for these project are available on my website – http://www.QuiltedArtsStudio.com. You do not have to buy the supplies from me, nor are you limited to just the products that I carry in your projects. You also have my permission to use these projects in your own live art quilt group. With all that said – here we go!
This month’s group lesson in making gift bags with Paintstiks.
Here’s the one made with the new Paintstik Snowflake Stencil from Cedar Canyon Textiles.
These are made with the Happy Holidays Rubbing Plates.
Here’s a pink/blue colorway using the new paintstik iridescent colors – Magenta, Jade and Sapphire.
Paintstiks – I used Silver, Gold, Red, Green, Jade, Magenta and Sapphire Iridescent
Fabric – each yard will make about 6 bags
Snowflake Stencil Set
Happy Holidays Rubbing Plates
The bags are simple. Decide on the size of your bag – the directions are in the download, then decorate your fabric. When using rubbing plates it’s best if you space the rubbings apart and not rub all the way to the edges. Then go back with either another rubbing plate or the same one and fill in the empty areas. This keeps your piece from looking like it’s done in squares.
When using the rubbing plates that create a picture – for example the string of lights on the red bag above – use a contrasting color, I used gold, and lightly rub. As you see the edges of a shape move on to the next one. When you’ve got the basic shapes you can then go back and fill in with the different colors to make the lights different colors. You’ll get the hang of it with practice. If you’re having trouble with the fabric moving on top of the rubbing plate, spray a KK2000 – a Sulky temporary spray adhesive – on the back of the fabric before laying it over the rubbing plate.
Paintstiks are wonderful to stencil with. They’re so thick they stay right where you put them. Just hold the stencil down and apply the paintstik with a stencil brush. I apply it directly from the stick and rub with a circular motion on the stencil. If you need a little extra help holding down the stencil, spray the stencil with KK2000.
Speaking of KK2000, I love that stuff. It’s made by Sulky and is readily available at Joanns and other stores. It’s heat dissipated so it just disappears over time. I use it any time I need something temporarily stuck to something else. It’s great for lots of sewing tasks.
The bag pattern with sewing instructions can be downloaded as a pdf here:
The general paintstik techniques file can be downloaded as a pdf here:
We also experimented with a technique shown on Laura Murray’s website. I made freezer paper stencils of ornaments. We then ironed the stencils on our fabric and used rubbing plates to create a design in the stencil. I softened the edges of mine by rubbing with a brush after I had done the rubbing. I liked the look a lot.
The ornament at the top and the one on the far right were done to demonstrate using the positive and negative of a stencil. The paint is drawn on the edge of the stencil and then pulled off onto the fabric with a brush. You can fill in as much as you like. If you leave the center open it gives a radiant look.
Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed our first lesson. Please leave your comments or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks and see you in January!
It’s only taken two years but finally the website and blog are a reality. The website is up and running – http://www.QuiltedArtsStudio.com. The paintstiks are ready to be purchased and other items will be added shortly. I’m working on the first Virtual Art Quilt Group and it should be available here on the blog next week! Topic; Holiday Bags with Paintstiks. Comment here or email me at QuiltedArtsStudio@earthlink.net. See you again soon.