Technique of the Week – Week 12 – Glue Resist Painting

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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!

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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 www.artistcellar.com/wp
October 26th – Effy Wild – http://effywild.com/
October 27th – Lisa Chin – http://somethingcleveraboutnothing.blogspot.com/
October 28th – Cheryl Sleboda – http://blog.muppin.com <<==That’s ME!
October 29th – Paula Phillips – http://www.journalartista.com/
October 30th – Cindy Powell – http://cynthiapowell.blogspot.com/
October 31st – Cecilia Swatton – http://ceciliaswatton.blogspot.com

Blogger’s Quilt Festival! Fall 2014 Edition!

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I am so incredibly stoked to once again have something finished in time to show in the Blogger’s Quilt Festival, which is so much fun.  I love seeing the work by everyone else, and I’m glad you’re here to see my work! My entry is a little ROYGBIV table runner, using a pleats technique from my DVD, Heirloom Sewing Techniques for Today’s Quilter.

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You quilt the background before opening up the pleats, so it’s like a mini-reveal when it’s all done!! This is an INCREDIBLY easy project to do.  My DVD tells you how to make the pleat blocks, and I just alternated them with a 3 inch strip of fabric on the top or bottom of each so they look like they are undulating.  Add a 3 inch border, quilt, and then get ready to open the pleats!

pleats table runnerI used a matching thread to tack each pleat open, again in an undulating pattern.  I’m so happy how this turned out!  You can see it in Houston at International Quilt Festival in booth #144, where I will be teaching another technique from the DVD, Heirloom Smocking!

Thanks for stopping by!!!

My Quilt Market and Quilt Festival Schedules!!! Please Say Hi!

I’m one busy girl at Quilt Festival this year, and I am really looking forward to seeing you at the show! Please do stop by and say hello!  I will have some FREE Skull Patches if you find me at the show and ask for one, so don’t be shy!!  Here’s where to find me!

Thursday October 30
10 am to 12 noon
Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabric - Booth 1601
Demos of Fabric Manipulation Basics

12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Fiber on a Whim – Booth 144
Smocked Pincushion Class - Only $10! – Limited Seating!

3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Fiber on a Whim – Booth 144
Light Up an Artist Trading Card Class – Only $10 – Limited Seating!

Friday October 31 (Happy Halloween)
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Fiber on a Whim – Booth 144
Smocked Pincushion Class - Only $10! – Limited Seating!

2 pm to 4 pm 
OPEN STUDIOS
Fabulous Fabric Manipulation

4pm to 6pm
Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabric – Booth 1601
Demos of Fabric Manipulation Basics

Saturday November 1
10 am to 12 Noon
Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabric – Booth 1601
Demos of Fabric Manipulation Basics

3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Fiber on a Whim – Booth 144
Smocked Pincushion Class - Only $10! – Limited Seating!

Sunday November 2 
11:00 am to 12 noon
Fiber on a Whim – Booth 144
Light Up an Artist Trading Card Class – Only $10 – Limited Seating!

Where to find me at Quilt Market!


I’m so excited to be doing a signing of my DVD at International Quilt Market, the trade only event for professionals in the quilt industry.  It’s my first time attending, and I’m so excited to be doing a signing of my DVD!

Catch me at the Interweave/F+W Media booth #732 on Saturday October 25th at noon!

Technique of the Week – Week 11 – Painted Batting

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This week’s Technique of the Week is inspired by an episode of Quilting Arts AND a good friend, Judy Coates Perez!  Judy demoed this technique on the show and it’s super fun.

Skill Level: Beginner
Time Commitment: Weekend
Cost: Under $10 (especially if you use scraps!)

I got the lovely shades of green in this piece by wetting the batting first and then mushing yellow and blue around on the piece til I got the saturation I wanted.  Then I let this DRY DRY DRY.  That’s why this is a weekend project!  Then I stamped over it with the stamp you see in the video.  This is LOTS of fun so give it a try.  And be sure to checkout my friend Judy’s website too!