Technique of the Week – Season 2 – Week 6 – Inkadinkado Stamping Gear

InstaTOTWS2W6As you know I’m always looking for things that can be used on fabric or in my little art quilts, and when I came across this little gem in the scrapbooking section, I knew immediately I could use it on fabric. The Inkadinkado Stamping Gear kit has everything you need (except a stamp pad) and it was SUPER easy to do and a lot of fun.  Plus, the variations are endless, which makes this an easy repeat use item in your sewing room. (Keep reading for a fun GIVEAWAY!)  Here’s this week’s video:

The quilt options are pretty open!  You can make borders, you can make a medallion, you can make individual blocks, you can make art fabric that you cut up and use in your quilts….   So many options.  Plus, there’s other gears available, like squares, ovals, and tons and tons of stamps in all kinds of designs.  Art Deco?  Far East?  Floral or Fleur-de-lis?  They have them.



I paired my stamp with a skull I had in my stamp collection and I was totally excited with how it turned out.  Like I said in the video, you could also use these lines as quilting lines!  Then you’ll be making spirograph type quilting on your quilt.  So fun!


To celebrate this week’s video, the super fine folks from Simplicity have given me an Inkadinkado Stamping Gear set to giveaway on the blog this week!  How cool is that?  So go ahead and leave a comment and a valid email address in the comment form if you think you would use this in your quilts and how, and I’ll pick a winner on Friday September 2nd at 10pm EST.  (please only one entry per person)

PLUS, you can enter to win a set over on my Facebook Page AND on my Instagram this week, so be sure to follow me there to catch when that happens!  GOOD LUCK and have fun!

Technique of the Week – Season 2- Week 5- Deco Foil

decoTubeSometimes a product is so awesome, you can’t wait to show it to everyone!  And that’s how I feel about Deco Foil!  It’s super fun, and it’s SO SO EASY.  Check out this week’s video:

So as I said in the video, I have used this before in an issue of Quilting Arts Magazine, so I was familiar with the product.  My favorite of the 3 adhesives has to be the liquid adhesive, but the other two are fun too.img011

Deco Foil should be readily available at your various local craft stores, but if you want to see more on their website you can check them out at ThermoWeb’s website.


Technique of the Week – Season 2 – Week 4 – Cyanotype Fabric!

img010This week we are talking about Cyanotype Fabric, with really awesome pre-treated sheets you get from Jaquard!!  Check out this week’s video.

So these are SUPER simple to use, and I love that they give you so many in case you mess one up.  I think the toughest part about using them is thinking about what to make a print of!

Cyanotype-10-and-30-Pack-Sheets-500x500I got mine on Amazon, and they seem readily available.  I hope you give this one a try!  I am going to give you a hint to pay attention to my Facebook Page this week for your chance to WIN a set of your own, so be sure to LIKE my page to see when to enter!TOTWS2W4title

What’s your Poison? 

When my friend Misty asked me to be part of her poison bottle Block of the month, how could I resist? It’s perfect for me, because skulls!

So back in the day, your poisons had to be in unique bottles because people couldn’t read! Also Victorian parlors are dark, so they had to be recognizable by feel.  Thus the poison bottle was born!

bottle 1The taller bottle is heavily textured in real life, so I wanted to recreate that by using a slight texture on the fabric using “Texture Magic”!

I used fabric markers to color it and then even used a little paint to help highlight the bumps. I used green as a callback to Vaseline glass, which was made with uranium in it!!! It was (still is) radioactive!

bottle2The skull bottle in real life is tiny!  But I wanted mine to be clear instead of blue, and I really enjoyed coloring it in with fabric markers.  The real one has crossbones on the bottom!!!  They are apparently super rare. 
Thanks to Misty for letting me play along!  Be sure to head over to her blog and site to see the rest of the bottles and give making these a shot!!!

Technique of the Week – Season 2 – Week 3 – Smocking (and GIVEAWAY)


This week’s Technique of the Week is dear to me, as it’s using one of my favorite techniques of all time, heirloom smocking!  As a fabric manipulation enthusiast, this is a ton of fun and the effect is truly impressive to your friends.

Doesn’t that look easy?  I’ve used this LOTS on my quilts, so browse through my blog for some more examples on what to do with this technique.

So to celebrate the release of my new MINI Heirloom Smocking Template, I’m giving one away to one lucky reader who comments below!  You have to tell me what I say at the end of the video in your comment to be entered, and leave a valid email address so I can contact you if you are the winner!