Collaborative Canvas Weekly Quilt

At some point with the collaborative canvas, you go from this:

to bits of the same canvas all cut up, with no real discernible rhyme or reason.  It’s at that point that I saw a leaf shape in the canvas, and thought to turn it into a flower.
Here’s the finished piece.

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New Weekly Quilts for May- Collaborative canvas

Here are a couple of new weekly quilts for May.  I had those lovely canvasses from my class in Cincinnati taught by Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jenison.  Often, with something as cool as these, you don’t want to cut it up afterwards and you end up keeping them forever.  I wanted to use them in this month’s themed works. I could not cut up the face I painted, so I used that portion whole.

This one is just an abstract.
I have 2 more coming later this week.  Enjoy!

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Star Wars Quiltlet 4- Yoda

Do, or do not…there is no try.
I remember Star Wars in the movie theatre, but the one that stuck with me was Empire Strikes Back.  I was old enough to know what was going on, and the line from Yoda to Luke about moving past that mental block really stuck with me.  I’m the kind of person who “gets it done” in a crisis or stressful time.  Maybe it was because of Master Yoda.  
I got the idea to do this lil Yoda in the middle of the class I took from Lyric Kinard back in March. In my sketchbook, above one of my exercises for class, I doodled a little Yoda.   After refining the sketch, I put my fabrics to work.  All of my Star Wars quiltlets are done in Cherrywood Fabrics, those gorgeous hand dyes.  I accentuated Yoda’s wrinkles with a grey fabric marker.
I hope you like him, as he finishes up March’s Weekly Quilt series, and I’m off to work on all of April and May.   

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Technique of the week #34- Mokume Shibori

Project Hours: 10 hours
Design and Materials: 1 hour

Execution: 9 hours 
This is my dye project for “…And then We Set it on Fire”, a technique group I am part of for this year and which you can follow along on our blog.  I have put up more about how I did this technique there.  Go check it out!

I had the Quilting Arts Dec 2009/Jan 2010 issue out for this technique because I had the pleasure of meeting Enid at the Houston Quilt Festival.  In this issue was the last technique and this one.  Both fairly easy to do.

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Technique of the Week #33- Water Soluble Printing

Project Hours: 3 hours
Design and Materials: 1 hour

Execution: 2 hours 

This technique is by Susie Monday, and her directions are in the Dec 2009/Jan 2010 (last year’s) Quilting Arts issue.  I also watched her Quilting Arts TV segment this week and was inspired to do this.

My drawing was made on some thin cotton that I stretched into a hoop to use as a screen of sorts. I used Caran D’Ache Neocolor II water soluble crayons I got from the art supply store. I drew this Octo very heavily and then slathered on a mix of matte medium and GAC 900 which is a fabric medium by Golden Acrylics. 
The first screen is always the crappy one, but this one that I quilted was screen #2 that I pulled.  The medium mixed some of the colors but I liked that.  This did have a little bit of a stiff hand because of the matte medium, but it was a fun technique that I will try again.

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