I would LOVE to meet all of you at the big quilt show in Chicago! Here’s where to find me!
10 am to Noon – Open Studios – Fabric Manipulation
2pm to 4pm – Open Studios – Cartooning for Quilters
7pm – Hilton Bar (across the street from the Convention Center) – Naperville Modern Quilters Guild Meetup (everyone welcome)
2pm -4pm – Open Studios – Heirloom Sewing Techniques for Quilters
4pm -6pm – Open Studios – Light Up Your Quilts!
8pm – Cherrywood Fabrics/Wicked Party – WXYZ Bar at the Aloft Hotel
9am to Noon – Class – Vintage Style Smocked Pincushion! – $48 - Still room in this class! Sign up on site to take it with me!
2pm to 5pm – Class – Light Up an Artist Trading Card! – $50 - Still room in this class! Sign up on site to take it with me!
This week’s Technique of the Week uses Electroluminescent Wire, also called EL wire. This stuff is so cool when it lights up. It’s also called “cool neon” because it’s completely cold. Check it out in the video:
So the main resource I use for EL wire is COOLNeon (www.coolneon.com). EL wire uses a giant battery pack on them, so you will need a way to obscure that. You will want to purchase wire that is pre-soldered to your battery pack. You will also need to stiffen your fabric, so I use Timtex or Peltex instead of batting.
One drawback is the battery life, which can be short. Also the battery packs (also called drivers) do have a high pitched squeal to them, and pretty much every single one I have ever bought does this. If you are sensitive to the sound, this may not be a project for you. But I hope you do give it a try and be sure to share with me what you make.
My friend Lynn has an awesome new fabric line out called INKED, produced by Red Rooster Fabrics. Last October I went to my first Quilt Market to help her out in her booth. Well, now her fabric has launched and you will be able to find it in your favorite local quilt shop!! To celebrate, Lynn is hosting a “Block Hop” in which each stop on the blog tour you can WIN FABRIC and also get the instructions for the blocks in the quilt below. I know you will have to think hard about which block is mine…
Now here’s the FUN GIVEAWAY part!! You can win a set of the fat quarters of INKED used in the block above by commenting below. You could tell me which of the blocks you plan to make first. Open to USA and International, and be sure to leave me a valid email address in case you are the winner! The drawing will be March 15 at 5pm CST. Good luck!
Here are my adorable cats, in my guest room, on a stack of comic book boxes. (You know I work full time in the comic book industry, right? I get a lot of free comic books.) Anyway, I was having an issue with prepping orders from my shop in the office. It was such a hassle to move around in there with my day job desk. Once I ordered a giant roll of bubble wrap, I knew that the business stuff needed a new home.
My cats will be sorry to see this set of boxes go! I headed to IKEA with my measurements for this wall, and a budget in mind. The comic book boxes got moved to another room in the house.
And here it is! I needed the cabinet door portion to keep all of the Skull tShirts I sell free of dust and cat hair. One side is shipping and promotional materials, and the other is merchandise. It’s great to have all of the components together and I’m really pleased with how it looks. Yes, my guests will have to sleep with our business products, but it did free up tons of space in my office.
Skill Level: Beginner
Time Commitment: Afternoon
Cost: Under $12 for the discharge paste
You can get Discharge paste by Jaquard at Dharma Trading Co. Like I say int he video, you want to make sure you are in a well ventilated are for every step of this process!! This stuff is pretty smelly!
You will want to test fabrics to see what colors they discharge out to, as not all fabrics will discharge to white. In fact, most will not! Have fun with this one, and be sure to share with me what you make!