Technique of the Week – Week 15 – Model Magic Embellishments


This is one of my favorite pieces from this series so far!  I had a great time making it.  Model Magic is easy to find and fun to use.  Check out this week’s video.

Skill Level: Beginner
Time Commitment: Weekend
Cost: Under $10

So a couple of tips to add to the video:
-To keep your stamp from sticking to the Model Magic, run the palm of your hand over the stamp to get a little of the oils from your hands onto the stamp and it’ won’t stick.
-Try to use an even thickness for your embellishments, you could even roll them out with a rolling pin or tools designed for polymer clay.
-You can paint over them with regular acrylic paints, but let them dry fully before attaching them to your quilt!

Have fun!!

Technique of the Week – Week 14 – Bleeding Tissue Paper Dyeing

The fun thing about this technique can be it’s randomness.  It’s not for everyone, but it’s Easy and FUN.  Here’s this week’s video:

Skill Level: Beginner
Time Commitment: Weekend
Cost: Under $10

Bleeding Tissue Paper is readily available at lots of different place like these!
yr4week14So remember just a few things for this technique:

-It’s messy, so wear old clothes and gloves!
-Use PFD (Prepared for Dyeing) fabric
-Get your fabric wet OR lay down the tissue paper and then wet the fabric.  You get different results for each.
-The tissue will bleed into areas you may not want.
-Heat set after it’s dried completely.

Let me know if you give this one a try!

Technique of the Week – Week 13 – Single Line Drawing


Skill Level: Intermediate
Time Commitment: Afternoon
Cost: FREE

Here’s my video this week:

So the video I was inspired by is called “The Red Thread” by Kazuhiko Okushita, and I have placed it below.  See if it inspires you the way it inspired me!

Keep in mind that when you create your drawing from a photo, to not lift your pencil or you will “break” the “thread”.  Using a lightbox to transfer your image is the easiest way to get your drawing on fabric, and then just follow it with sewing!  Have fun with this easy technique!

Technique of the Week – Week 12 – Glue Resist Painting


This week we’re taking a look at using glue as a resist for painted quilts.

Skill Level: Beginner
Time Commitment: Weekend
Cost: Under $10

Here’s another project that takes a weekend to complete, but the time is totally worth it.  I had a lot of fun using Elmer’s gel glue to draw out my design like I was using a marker. The little squeeze tip on the bottle makes it pretty easy. Once again I deviated from my squid theme, but sometimes you just have to go where inspiration takes you, and I’ve been drawing this cute girl since I was a little girl myself, so here she is on this quilt.

Check out the video, and be sure you take note of the fact that this project requires fabric paints.  You will be washing out the glue, so you don’t want your paint going with it!

Have fun, and we’ll see you again next week.

Cecilia Swatton Kaleidoscope Stencils Blog Hop!

Once again, the fine folks at Artistcellar asked me to see what magic I can make out of the newest line of stencils, this one by the amazing Cecilia Swatton!!

Now, this one had me a bit stumped, because I love the kaleidoscope feel of them, but knew that if I used this like a traditional stencil, that the design I wanted would be in reverse…  I wanted the closed parts to be black, like the leading of stained glass!

That led me to use the stencil on some fabric with fusible on it.  I worked from the paper side and then cut away all the “windows”.  That left me with a piece of fabric that I can fuse down to any other fabric and get the “peek-a-boo” effect I want.
Here’s how it looks on some commercial fabrics!





Aren’t they awesome? I plan to make additional blocks and put them into a miniature quilt or table runner!

Now it’s your turn!  Want to win a set of your own?  Comment below and you will win a set! Comments will be open until Nov 3rd, and then I will pick a winner.
And be sure to visit the rest of the folks on the blog hop to win a set and also see what other wonderful things you can do with this set of stencils!

October 25th – Lisa Cousineau, Artistcellar
October 26th – Effy Wild –
October 27th – Lisa Chin –
October 28th – Cheryl Sleboda – <<==That’s ME!
October 29th – Paula Phillips –
October 30th – Cindy Powell –
October 31st – Cecilia Swatton –


COMMENTS ARE NOW CLOSED! The winner will be selected shortly and notified via email! Thanks, everyone!