Friday, April 29, 2016

Screen Printed Fabrics Now Available




I'm so happy to share with you that I have gotten my fat quarter bundles listed in my Etsy shop. It feels good to have met that goal. Thanks for looking. Have a great weekend.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Screen Printed Textiles

I have been overwhelmed, frustrated, and thrilled all at the same time recently. It's been crazy busy around here and I feel like I am hitting brick walls when it comes to trying to meet my own personal deadlines. I'm happy to say that those walls are crumbling down and I'm getting closer. Closer to what, you ask?  Getting my hand printed fabrics ready and listed in my Etsy shop. In fact, I'm hoping to get the first bundles listed by this coming Friday?  The key word there is "hoping". 


I am loving learning all about the screen printing process. There are so many steps to try and become skilled at within the process, and some of those steps have been very challenging. Early on when I decided to pursue this idea of creating my own line of printed fabrics, I was planning to use my Thermofax screens exclusively. Well it didn't take me very long to figure out that the scale I really wanted to do things in was not ideal for Thermofax screens. So I proceeded to learn how to print textiles with a typical screen printing process. One where you create your design on the screen with the photo emulsion process. While I have gotten better with the skills and am able to produce some usable homemade screens, I have also purchased some screens from an online source where they will prepare the screens with my image.










The photos in this post show a bit of what I've been doing for the past few weeks. It's been an exciting new journey for me and I can't wait to become even more skilled with the techniques of screen printing. It seems that every day brings new challenges that I need to figure out and hopefully master.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Lots of Piecing

While I've been getting things in order for my screen printing work space and waiting on a few items that I ordered to make printing sessions easier, I have been doing some quilt construction.  My pile of quilts that need to be quilted is growing like crazy. Why is it so much easier to start a new quilt than to finish one that is already started?


The quilt above is made with Alison Glass fabric. I used both Handcrafted and Handcrafted 2 fabrics and the block is called Flowering Snowball. I found the block in my EQ program, but I ended up altering it slightly. . . so I guess it should be called Altered Flowering Snowball?


The block above is called Tallahassee and I found it at www.quilterscache.com. Lots of great blocks at that site. I didn't following directions when making the block, however. I decided to change up the orientation of the block parts and came up with what you see above.



I'm really loving how the spinning stars quilt (above) is looking. This was a free pattern by Anna Maria Horner. I did alter the pattern though. In the original pattern the finished block size is 18". I wanted a smaller block and I also wanted to construct it with the paper piecing method. So I resized it and made paper piecing templates. My block size is 14". I don't know how big this quilt will end up, I'll just keep making blocks until I don't want to anymore or I run out of fabric.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Screen Printing and Dyeing, Oh My!

I've been busy. Very busy. I had planned on having some screen printed fabrics in my Etsy shop by now, but I've had a few hiccups along the way which has caused a slight delay. I'm hoping by the end of March, crossing my fingers.

I did manage to get some hand dyed batiks and other hand dyed fabrics into the shop recently. You can see those here.






I've gotten some fabrics printed, in the two designs above, but not as much as I wanted to get done before I found there were some issues I needed to deal with before moving forward. These two designs are called Rings Around and Dashing.

So I'm wondering, and would love your input, what would you prefer when shopping for my screen printed fabrics....your choice of printed design on your choice of fabric color or do you like to buy fat quarter bundles with mix and match printed designs and fabric colors? Thank you for any and all input!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Making Quilts

I've been working on some quilts lately and having fun at it too. I recently came across the block in this first quilt on Instagram. Instagram user @alittlegressica shared how she made this block and then several quilters on Instagram participated in a quilt along. If you are an Instagram user, look under the hashtag #insideadditionquiltalong to see lots of variations of this quilt.

My Inside Addition quilt top is finished, the blocks finish at 8" and I made mine 56" x 64". It now goes onto my pile of "to be quilted" tops. Yikes, I need to get busy.


The next quilt top will finish at 20" square and become a pillow cover. I joined an online pillow cover swap and this is what I am making for the partner assigned to me. It's been many years since I've taken part in a swap and I thought it would be fun to try again.


The block in this quilt is from the pattern A Wild Ride by Jen Kingwell, which I purchased recently (by the way I love love love all of Jen Kingwell's patterns). I needed my block to be a different size and I wanted to paper piece it, so I created it in Electric Quilt and printed out the papers for piecing. Quilting on this one is next. I'm not sure yet what I will do, maybe an allover simple design.

Monday, February 1, 2016

My Own Fabric Line

For a long while now I've had a dream to see my designs on fabric for quilting/sewing. I recently had an eye opening jolt after seeing a designer from overseas doing something that I can actually do (but never thought of)...and she is very successful at it. That designer is Karen Lewis and she has a wonderful line of screen printed designs that she has created. You can see her site here.

So over the past few weeks I've been researching and planning and executing my plans. I've created several screens using my Thermofax machine and here are my first couple of printing tests. 


These fabrics are hand dyed by me and while I will offer screened designs on hand dyed fabrics, I also plan to use commercial solid fabrics with my designs screened on them as well.

Below is my new set up for screen printing larger fabric pieces. My husband helped me create a padded board and t-square so that I can easily set up for repeat printing. I used it for the first time this morning and am thrilled with how well it worked.


My studio space has become too small for me over the years as I've developed my likes in what I love doing. It gets a bit crowded in the room with this screen printing table set up...so I take it down and set it up when I need it.  Another goal/plan I have is to move part of my sewing space into an unused room in my house (living room). We never ever use that room, so I plan to sell some of my furniture and turn it into my sewing space and then use my current space for my printing/painting work. It's a plan that may take a few months or more to actually execute, but I look forward to it.


I am very excited to start creating more screen printed fabrics and hope to have them available soon in my Etsy shop.

Another fabric item I plan to add to my Etsy shop are my hand dyed batiks. I'm having so much fun playing with this technique. I recently learned how to use batik wax, which is different from soy wax. I much prefer the batik wax as I found the soy wax much too slimy and hard to remove the final traces of it.


Thanks for stopping by. I hope my hand printed/hand batik fabrics are appealing to you.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Hearts

Guess what day is fast approaching? About one month from now it will be Valentine's Day. I was just looking through my stencils, wondering how many had hearts on them. I found six. If you are thinking about creating some Valentine's gifts for your loved ones, the following stencils would work for you.


Floral Swirl

Heart Flower 6

Love Postage

The Heart Within

Inky Hearts

Heart Grid

Find all these stencils and more at StencilGirl Products. I love stencils!!!

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year

Wow.....2016. It's a new year. Can you believe it? It seems like just yesterday we were entering the new millennium. I don't know about you, but time is just flying by.

Over the past few days I've been playing with fabric batik'ing. Here are three results that I'm happy with. I am going to be playing more with batiks in the near future. Just waiting for my supplies to show up. I ran out of batik wax so I had to get some ordered.


A couple weeks ago, I shared a quilt top that I had pieced, using all hand dyed fabrics. I've been thinking about how I will quilt this top and I'm sort of thinking about doing some hand quilting with these threads. The perle cotton was actually dyed with these fabrics so the colors are a match. I've seen some wonderful examples of big stitch quilting with heavier threads on the Internet and I like the look of it. So....we shall see about this. The good thing is that this quilt top isn't overly large, so hand quilting shouldn't take me forever.


And here is a quilt top that I'm currently working on. I found the central improv blocks recently in a storage container. I had pieced them some time ago...I have to say at least two or even three years ago....maybe. Well I decided it is time to create something with these so I'm slowly building the quilt top.


I plan to add more to this top but need some time to think about the next step. I have lots of scraps and pieces from other projects that coordinate with these colors so I am hoping to use those somehow. I have an idea floating in my head but just need to work it out.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Quilting with Stencils

Today, over on the StencilGirl Talk blog, I am sharing how I use stencils with free motion quilting. I invite you to check out the post....Click Here.




Thursday, December 24, 2015

Winter Photos

I find it difficult to get good photos in the house during the winter months. Usually the days are overcast and the lighting inside isn't great for photography. So I decided the next day there was minimal wind I would hang my finished quilt top on the clothesline and snap a shot. Today was that day. Even though it is overcast the lighting outside is so much better.


I finished my scrappy trip around the world quilt a couple of weeks ago. I have the backing fabric ready and now I just need to get it basted and quilted. I plan to quilt this one on my Bernina with simple straight lines (I think).

Below are the ornaments I made for the grandkids this year. Yes, it is a photo I took indoors and I'm not thrilled with it. But it records what I made this year and so it will do.


These ornaments are something I purchased a few years ago. They are interactive...you pull the string down near the legs and the legs and arms go up and down. They were unfinished wood when I bought them so all I had to do was paint and varnish.