My LED Quilt article now collected on CD!

If you missed my Quilting Arts debut in issue #48 (Dec 2010/Jan 2011) you can now find it as part of the CD collection of issues from Interweave!  My article on putting LED lights into quilts is on this CD.  

On this page you can scroll through to the last issue’s Table of Contents and see the postcard I made for Quilting Arts to celebrate their 10 years in publishing! 

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Back to Basics

Do you sometimes get overwhelmed and find you can’t create?  For me, it doesn’t matter where the overwhelming part comes from: life, work, art, family…whatever.  When I get overwhelmed, the creativity shuts down.
Some people can quickly turn it back on again, and some people lose interest altogether.  I am in the middle.  It takes a while, but I can kick myself over like an engine that’s sat too long in the garage and get myself going again. 
One of the ways I get myself going is getting “Back to Basics”.  It’s easy to forget that the basics of our chosen artform can be so satisfying, and then your mind is racing and full of new ideas.  
Things in the quilting part of my life are just as hectic as the rest, and I decided to pay more attention to the quilt “business” I’m building.  To that end I’m planning to do some more blogging about “Back to Basics” topics to explain what I do when stumped so that they can help you too! 
I hope you enjoy them!  Check back, subscribe to my RSS feed, or Follow me on the right hand side panel to get updates on the blog as I post them!
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Technique of the Week #35 – Gelli Arts Gel Plate Monoprinting

After a brief hiatus, “Technique of the Week” is back for a couple of weeks to show you some cool stuff! My plan was to eventually finish all 52 weeks, so here’s week #35!

Project Hours: 2 hours
Design and Materials: 1/2 hour
Execution: 1 1/2 hours

On my list of Techniques to try for this series, “gelatin monoprinting” stuck out at me for a long time and I was not inspired on getting it started.

Then I got this new product called the Gel Printing Plate from Gelli Arts.  After seeing the video on how to use it, I was hooked, and could not wait to try it out on fabric.

Here are all of my supplies and my Gel Plate ready to go.  I used regular cotton fabric (my favorite Southern Belle white from Springs) and SetaColor paint for fabric.

I started off simple, by adding a smidge of paint and rolling it out on the gel plate with my brayer.  In between colors, I rolled off the paint onto regular computer paper.  It worked really well, even when using a light yellow next.

I eventually got fancy by adding 2 colors to the same plate and also over printing.

Here’s some of the papers I made too!

This was so much fun, but not seconds after I cleaned it all up (with water- super easy!) and put it all away, I realized I didn’t print an Octopus for my TOW themed quiltlets. I pulled it all back out and played again!  It took about 10 minutes for set up, and 15 minutes to clean it all up.  Super easy!  No gelatin molds to cook, refrigerate, break apart, etc!  I was so glad this product came along so I could try this. 
To get your own, check out the Gelli Arts page!   

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This N That #28

Wahoo!  Here’s an update from my crazy-busy world!
Are you ready for the long holiday weekend?  I’m so excited I’m not going anywhere and can spend it in my studio working on a challenge piece that will eventually travel.  Oh if the quilts could travel instead of me for a while, that would be something! 
I flew to Baltimore for business right in the middle of my hectic quilt schedule!  While no quilting was done I way overpacked on the projects on the off chance I was stuck somewhere.  It’s no surprise that I didn’t even touch the projects.
One of my top secret projects is in the “can” and should be able to be announced shortly!
At the beginning of June, I attended the Professional Art Quilt Alliance‘s meeting, since it was moved closer to my house.  I joined after one meeting.  While there, I was asked to run demos and make-it-take-its by Lois Jarvis (the RustTex lady!).  I had a good time showing folks at the Midwest Fiber and Folk Art Fest how to make Mixed Media Artist Trading Cards!
I finished up my last meeting as President of the Riverwalk Quilter’s Guild last night.  I’m still on the board, just not leading the group.  Two years went by fast!
I’m going on a ATC retreat with friends in Rochester at the end of July which should be a lot of fun.  The gang I will be hanging out with are all part of a new website called WonderStrange.  You should check them out, they are a riot.
Don’t forget I’m running challenges over on Quilting Arts’ website!  Our latest challenge is called “It’s Elemental”!  Come on over and play!  
That’s all for now, but I will have more soon. I promise!

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