The map has a meaning?

Maybe I’m feeling a bit philosophical right now, but I think the map quilt that I just finished has some deeper significance than using up extra fabric. I had 3 pieces of fabric with maps on them and originally they were all going to go into a quilt together just because they were maps. I rejected one of them. The colors weren’t really compatible with the others and it just looked a bit too cartoonish. I used a large variety of other fabrics and assembled my quilt with a definite north-south orientation.

Deb's Map quilt 1

There were a few edits after this pic and then I started quilting it. I couldn’t bring myself to do the whole thing in a straight line grid, as this fabric suggested.

Map quilting 1

But maps are marked off and measured that way, as if you could get from one location to another by following that grid. The other map fabric showed some latitude and longitude lines, but it wanted a swirly design–like the winds that blew the early sailors and explorers from place to place.

Map detail 2

The rows of up and down strips are surely meant to be jungles and trees and grasses found in all those new lands. Map detail 1

I don’t usually give this kind of thought to ‘quilt’ quilts that I make. They are only covers, meant to keep you warm. Art quilts most often have some deeper thoughts behind them. I have no idea why this one made me so fanciful but I guess maps can open your thoughts up to all the possibilities of the wide world.

Map quilt done

In the real world, though, I’m happy knowing that I can make something to keep my loved ones warm and snuggly. Most days that’s as wide as my world needs to be.

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Simple stitching

It’s always so enjoyable to sit and stitch on a quiet day.

Stitching on a leaf 1

I’ve got a bunch of leaves that I’ve stamped or stenciled on fabric so it’s easy to pick one up, thread a needle and begin to stitch.

No plan, simple running stitch for the most part…pure enjoyment.

Stitching on a leaf 2

Probably needs a little beading bling before I’m done with it, though!

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Glue-stamp, stencil, paint!

Those glue gun stamps are so much fun! I did some stamping and some stenciling and used them for resists. I got paint all over my hands and made a big mess on my table.

Glue stencils 4

I had sooooo much fun!

I produced some fabric that I liked, too.

Glue stencils 3

Since I had these pieces

Pink purple paint play

I decided to use them for my experiments. It’s so much easier to play when it’s on fabric that you really don’t care that much about!

Sooooooo much fun! I guess I already said that!

Glue stencils 1 Glue stencils 2

I believe I’m going to have even more fun when I start slicing things up and putting them back together. They seem to go well with this piece of fabric also, so I might end up with quite a large piece.

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Playtime—just can’t beat it!

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Glue stamp, stencil, paint…

Time to try out the glue stamps! They aren’t really as delicate as they look, either!

When you take them off the silicon sheet, the bottom side is flat and a perfect stamp. I laid it out with that side up and applied paint. I’ll tell you right now that 1) I made a very large stamp, 2) large stamps take a lot of paint, and 3) a sponge foam roller is not the best applicator of paint to stamps. The makeup sponge worked better.

Glue stamp paint 1

I flipped the stamp over onto the fabric and ran over it with a brayer.

Glue stamp paint 2

The paint looks lighter on this side, and that was my first clue that the sponge roller might not have delivered enough paint.

Glue stamp paint 3

I simply repeated with another color, using the other applicator and making sure there was a lot of paint on the stamp. I didn’t try to line it up exactly with the first stamp, either. It just didn’t seem to need that bit of exactitude!

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Came out pretty well. I can certainly work with this. Stuck with the same stamp for the next experiment. I used it as a stamp, then a stencil and spritzed more paint over it.

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This came out really pretty and I’m eager to make something with it.

And because I just can’t waste any paint, I grabbed a piece of fabric and laid it on top of this while the stamp was still on it and the paint was wet. Tip: have ironed fabric available because those fold lines leave small straight lines when you take the impression.

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But even this came out very useable, for a clean up cloth! And cleaning the stamp was a simple swish in cool water. There is a tiny bit of paint visible, but that won’t affect anything.

Glue stamp paint 4

Right now I’m very much in love with glue gun stamps. I have more to play with but a few days with outside responsibilities before I can get back to this. Now I can’t wait! So much fun!!!

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I’m stuck on glue…

Pun intended! After my failure with the glue on cardboard stamps, I went to the internet to look for a better way. I found lots of good information and there are so many interesting videos out there!

I grabbed onto the parts that appealed to me and this is what I’m trying.

For my first try, I thought I’d make a leaf…but I placed a drawing underneath the silicon sheet and traced over it with the glue gun.

Glue stamps 3

Not an exact copy, because I thought ahead enough to make sure all the parts connected. And that’s because I took a couple hours and went to a thread lace class and everything has to be connected or the leaves fall apart!!!

Thread lace leaves

So, here’s the glue leaf.

Glue stamps 4

And then I tried a glue tree…

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And a little sylized glue tree…

Glue stamps 6

The glue has to cool before you take it off the silicon sheet, so I have to walk away for a bit…and maybe buy some more glue sticks! I’ll be ready to see how these work as both stamps and stencils after the hubby and I go out to lunch with friends.

Must always remember to mix the fun with the work…oh, wait–it’s so very hard for me to tell the difference!!!

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Back to paint and glue

Messy is my middle name, so I always have a use for a clean up rag. When I’m playing with paint and stencils and stamps, it’s just another piece of fabric that I use to clean off stamps and use up the last bit of paint on my palette.

These pieces were clean up pieces

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and I liked them so much I decided to chop and sew with them.

Paint play clean up

I have a stack of pieces that I dyed in the same batch with these and I really didn’t like the way they turned out. I may have found a way to use them now!

Pink purple paint play

And these were the hot glue on cardboard stamps that I made…hated the way they stamped…

Glue stamps 1

I decided that nothing could hurt the practice fabric so I thought I would try regular school glue as a resist. The plan is to do paint-in-a-bag with it and check how the glue works as a resist…and to see if washable glue really is washable! Stay tuned for the results!

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Sidetracked

Taking time out from playing with paint and trying to get the map quilt finished.

Deb's Map quilt 1

I thought I wanted lots of straight line quilting, based on the latitude and longitude lines on one of the map fabrics. That’s where I started with the quilting.

Map quilting 1

I have not even finished those lines on that section of fabric and I’m changing my mind…because it’s booooooring! I like loops and swirls and wavy lines and truly free motion quilting. I’m trying to convince myself that the straight lines will really look better on this quilt and go ahead with the boring-ness, but it’s a losing battle!

If I can just finish this section with the straight lines, surely that will be enough.

Map quilting 2

I have no discipline!

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