Danse Macabre Stencils from Artistcellar! (plus a GIVEAWAY)


If you know me, I love a good skeleton.  After all, my front “parlor” is Halloween all year round.  I was married on Halloween.  So it was probably my love of all things Skulls and Cross bones that Lisa from Artistcellar asked me to be part of the blog hop for these awesome stencils.  Read on to see how to win a set for yourself!

The line, called “Danse Macabre”, is the new Signature Series by Beatrice Coron, an amazing papercutting artist.  They are just lovely. Of course, she has an amazing TED talk at that link too, so go check that out.


Being a fiber artist and quilter, I knew I could use these on fabric, but what to do with them afterwards to quilt them?

The Painter and Dancer stencils, I stenciled with iridescent black Pebeo Setacolor fabric paint on white fabric.  For the Dancers I quilted in ghostly clothes and ribbons.  For the Painter, I quilted the skeletons white and left the background unquilted, but put in the “heartstrings” with red thread. So cute.
img084 For the Housework and Online stencils, I used Jacquard Discharge paste to stencil the black commercial fabric, and then discharged the color away with a hot steamy iron.  (This is one of my upcoming Technique of the Week videos!) and then I used white acrylic paint to paint in the bones of the skellies.
img083 They finished up about 6 inches square, and I could see you making a quilt with all four as blocks.  As with all Artistcellar stencils, these are incredibly detailed and are really high quality!

Check out the rest of the hoppers on this blog tour! They are amazing artists too, and they have done some incredible things with these stencils!

September 20th – Lisa Cousineau, Artistcellar www.artistcellar.com/wp
September 21st – Jill K Berry – jillberrydesign.com/blog
September 22nd – Janet Ghio – www.janetsartplay.blogspot.com
September 23rd – Cheryl Sleboda – <<== That’s ME!
September 24th – Sarah Trumpp – www.wonderstrumpet.blogspot.com
September 25th – Diana Trout – www.dianatrout.typepad.com 

Before you run away, be sure to comment on this post to win a set of the stencils yourself!   Be sure to use a working email address and I’ll pick a random winner by Friday September 26th at 5pm!  Good luck!

Technique of the Week – Week 6 – “Texture Magic” Fabric

yr4week6This week, we’re texturizing fabric, with this cool product called Texture Magic!  Check out the video:

Skill Level: Confident Beginner
Time Commitment: Afternoon +
Cost: Under $25

productimage-picture-texture-magic-14243This is one of those projects where even though I didn’t care for it, doesn’t mean that you would not find it incredibly fun.  I did enjoy the sewing and texturing the fabric parts, but the end result wasn’t something I was thrilled with.  However, that’s because I have done this type of texturing by hand before, and I could control the results.  If you are the kind of artist who likes a little random factor in their work, this is definitely for you.   Superior is one of my favorite brands, and this is cool stuff, it just was not made for me!  Superior has done a great job of providing videos on how to use it, so I’ll just leave that linky here for you to view on your own!

If you want to try giving this a shot, you’re in luck, because I’m cutting apart my leftover sheet of Texture Magic and I’m going to give 10 lucky commenters the ability to try it for themselves!  The piece you’ll get is small, about 8 x 8 inches, which is just enough for you to play with and make a small patch to insert into a mini quilt.  So, leave a comment, and on Sept 23rd I’ll pick 10 comments at random to get a piece of this in the mail to try out.   Be sure to tell your friends and good luck!

Thanks for commenting everyone! I’ll be contacting you all for addys for your 8 x 8 inch samples! I have enough for EVERYONE who commented! (And comments are now closed!)

Technique of the Week – Week 5 – Painted Wholecloth Quilting

I’m sure you have seen many Wholecloth painted quilts that are painted BEFORE they are quilted. But have you tried painting a quilt AFTER it’s quilted???

Check out this week’s video!!

Skill Level: Beginner
Time Commitment: Weekend
Cost: Under $5
The technique here is to quilt your design, and then use a “dry brushing” technique to paint the raised surfaces of the quilting! I drew my octopus with an erasable gel pen, and then quilted the heck out of it!
Then I used a thick brush like in the video, and the idea is to get paint on the brush and then get most of that paint off the brush on a napkin or paper. Then, using a light hand, you gently go over the surface of the quilt. I used several colors to highlight my octopus design.
This was one of my most favorite projects in this series so far, so do give this a try!!!

Shots of the Studio from GenQ’s Quarters

I really do love my studio, especially when it’s clean. These were taken in the winter when I was in full prep for my DVD and Quilting Arts Tv appearances.


Quilting on my Janome!!

A look in from the hallway.

This is a pretty good look at the wire curtain rods from IKEA that I clip my mini quilts to for a rotating art display.

This is the bin storage I keep all of my fabric in. These are from IKEA too. I like that I can put stuff on the tops. It’s usually a mess. The bucket on the right is fabric I have recently used that is waiting to be re folded and put away.

This is my ironing station made from a china buffet from IKEA that i made a padded top for. I needed storage and a larger ironing surface, so this fit the bill.

One of my favorite places to be!!!

Unused Photos from Gen Q’s Quarters Article

genqWant to see what the rest of the house looks like? :)    Here’s some of the unused shots from the Generation Q magazine’s article on my home.  I’ll post a separate one of my studio, since I have lots of cool features to show you.  Go out and get the July/Aug 2014 issue to see the shots chosen for the magazine!


The loft area of the house was turned into a library with custom built shelves. It holds a lot of graphic novels that I get from my day job in the comic book industry.


I love to smock fabric on the couch in my living room while watching tv. That’s my cat, Vermithraxis Destroyer of Worlds.


On the way through my dining room is the office I work in everyday. I have two erasable boards for my calendar and projects I’m working on for both the day job and my quilting career.