Saturday, January 30, 2016

purple maple

Hi friends.  I needed a gift for my niece's wedding on January 30th, so I decided to make a quilted table runner.  One of my favorite quilt patterns is the maple leaf, so I knew that would be an easy one to use. 

I dug into my fabric stash and chose some purple and turquoise fabrics. 

Then I went hunting for my Easy Angle tool for ease in cutting the triangles.  Nowhere to be found.  I actually have two of them - the original one that is about 4" long and a second one that is about 6" long.  But I couldn't find either one.  So I made a quick trip to the closest JoAnn's to buy another, and used a 50% off coupon, so I didn't feel too guilty.  Unless I'm making an appliqued quilt, I use a rotary cutter to do all my cutting, so it was absolutely necessary to have the triangle ruler.  I need to figure out a better storage system, so this doesn't happen again.  I still don't know where they are hiding, but I'm sure they'll turn up eventually. 

I cut, pressed, and sewed, and before long I had three blocks made, each using different fabrics.  I put them all together with borders.  Then I layered backing fabric, batting, and the top together with pins, and then hand basted it.  I sewed the binding on the front and trimmed off the excess batting and backing.  Then I quilted.  I just quilted it in my lap without a hoop, since it was small enough to handle that way.  When I was finished quilting, I blind stitched the binding to the back. 

Then the only thing left to do was make a label.  My usual method of making a label is to print the label on paper and then tape it to my light table with fabric taped over the paper and trace it.  I actually made one that way. 

But I'd been reading about printing on fabric using an inkjet printer.  I really wanted to try that, so I printed a test label on paper to make sure I liked the size.  Then I ironed my fabric to the shiny side of freezer paper, cut it to 8-1/2"x11" and put in the printer and sent the page to the printer, nervously hoping I wasn't messing up the printer.  It printed!  Perfect!  I peeled the fabric off the freezer paper, and pressed it to heat set the ink.  Then I let it set in some vinegar for awhile, rinsed it well, and pressed it again to remove all the wrinkles.  Then I stitched it to the back of the table runner.  I'm really pleased that it worked so well.  The print is so much cleaner and neat.  That was sure a much easier method of making a label. 

And the quilt was finished  It only took about a week to complete.  I have no idea if my niece reads my blog, so I'm scheduling this post for after the wedding, just in case. 

Thanks so much for taking time to visit today. 

Thursday, January 14, 2016

mixed media

Hi friends,

This card was made for a mixability challenge on SCS that was tie dye tissue.  I used some shipping filler paper instead of tissue, so I had some problems with the paper not absorbing the color like it was supposed to.  I used food coloring to get more brilliant colors, and I do like how the background turned out. 

The stamps are SU's You've Got This, sponged with ink. 

The ribbon was a find at Good Will - a mostly full reel of seam binding for a dollar.  It's a very pale pink, but I thought it was pale enough that I would be able to dye it with ink.  I pressed mustard seed distress ink on my craft sheet, spritzed with water and pressed the seam binding into the ink until it was fully colored.  Then I used my heat gun to dry it.  I was really pleased how well the color changed, and you can't tell that it started out pink. 

Thank you so much for stopping by today. 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

and more vsn cards

Hi friends,

Here are more of the cards I made for VSN on Splitcoast last month. 

For more details on how I made these, click on the green button in the sidebar for my Splitcoast gallery.

Thanks so much for stopping by. 

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

a few more vsn cards

Hi friends,

Here are a few more of the cards I made for VSN on Splitcoast last month. 

If you'd like more details on how I made these, click on the green button in the sidebar for my Splitcoast gallery. 

Thanks so much for stopping by. 

Thursday, January 7, 2016

and then December happened

Hi friends.  I was going to try to blog a little more often... and then December happened.  I worked like crazy to get my Christmas cards all finished, addressed, and sent.  And I also volunteered to be a hostess for December's VSN on Splitcoast.  The theme was Around the World in 80 days.  For challenges, we picked a country and something pertaining to that country.  My challenge country was Indonesia and my challenge was to make a card using some type of batik technique or fabric. 

This card has a background created with the acrylic batik technique.  

This next card uses batik fabric.  A number of years ago, I was given a bunch of fabric pieces by a lady who was moving and didn't want all her quilting scraps.  Included were a lot of small scraps, but there were also some larger pieces.  This fabric was was part of that. 
I glued the fabric onto some cardstock and then die cut the circles. 

Along with having my own challenge, hostesses are asked to make samples of the other challenges if we have time, so I did that also. Here are a few of those samples. 

I'll share more of these soon.  Thanks for stopping by today. 

Sunday, November 22, 2015

recycled ornaments

Hi friends.  Today I want to show you some ornaments I've been working on.  I started with cereal boxes and cracker boxes.  I love being able to create something pretty from an item that would normally be put in the trash or recycling bin.  

I found instructions on line showing how to create a nice 5-pointed star by folding a square.  So that is how I made my pattern, which I cut from cardboard, so it was easy to trace.  And I traced it many times.  And cut them out.  You need two sides for every ornament.  Of course, it would have been much easier with a star die.  I forgot to check if I had one. 

I then had to score from each star point to the opposite valley and fold the stars to make them 3-D. 

I made small loops with crochet cotton for hanging the ornaments.  I prefer to use ornament hooks rather than a large string loop, so I kept my loops small.  I taped a loop inside one star point.  (I forgot to take a picture of that.)  Then a piece of newspaper was scrunched into a ball and sandwiched between the two sides.
I used a lot of masking tape for this, taping each side of every star point, trimming tape so that it was neat.  

The next step was to coat one side with mod podge and attach a square of newspaper, trimming and gluing the edges over the masking tape to the other side.  I repeated this on the 2nd side of the star.  Then I gave the star a good coating of mod podge and let it dry.  This helps to strengthen the star and make it a firm,  

The next layer is the decorative layer.  This can be designer paper, wrapping paper, old book pages, music, fabric, paint, or even napkin decoupage.  For this star I chose fabric.  It was applied in the same manner as the newspaper, except the 2nd side was first cut into the star shape, so there was no overlap. 
Then I gave it 2-3 coats of glossy mod podge.  Once it was completely dry, it was finished.  I really like how it turned out.  I've also done a couple using a bright shiny filler paper from the dollar store.  Because they are already shiny, they don't need a final glaze finish.  The one on the right is silver paper, but reflects the light differently from different angles, giving an iridescent coloring.  For the top one, I used tiny torn pieces of pages from a book that was falling apart.  This one still needs glaze on it.  I think I may try one that uses just a single piece of book page on each side instead of the tiny pieces.  That would be much easier. 
There are just so many possibilities for finishing these.  Of course, you could purchase ready made paper mache stars, so you didn't have to make them from scratch, but I love creating things from trash.  

Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.  If you made some of these, I'd love to see them. 


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

and time slips by...

Hi friends,

I can't believe an entire month has gone by since my last post. 

I spent a day at my sister's a couple of weeks ago.  She has been using scraps to make backgrounds and I really liked the idea.  So one of the things I took with me to work on was a box of scraps.  Some are pattern paper, and some are cardstock.  Rather than leave the cardstock plain, I like to stamp on it with background stamps, wheels, and small stamps.  That way, it's just like pattern paper and I like the mix better than using plain cardstock.  I sponged the edges with vintage photo distress ink before arranging them on cardstock.  I spent a lot of time cutting strips, but I did manage to put together 3 backgrounds that day.  I use thinner, less expensive cardstock as a base, unless I am putting the strips right on the card front. 

I decided to use this technique in my class this week, so I wanted to use the backgrounds I had made. 

I pulled out some butterflies that were in my stash of stamped images.  I added a sentiment and some punched dots.  A layer of black between the background and the card base completed the card. 

The next one is very similar, but I didn't add an extra layer of cardstock.  I did stamp a large doily on this one, though.  These were both all pattern papers. 

This was the third one I had made, and the butterflies just didn't seem to work, so I pulled out a new SU set that I just picked up on Friday.  I love this flower.  I stamped it twice, colored with my cheap kid set of gelatos, and then cut them out. 

Of course, I colored more than I needed, so I had to make another card.  These last two are mostly pattern paper, but a couple of the strips are stamped cardstock. 

I think this is such a great way to use up those little strips that get cut off when creating layers for your cards. 

Thanks so much for stopping by.