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.
I flipped the stamp over onto the fabric and ran over it with a brayer.
The paint looks lighter on this side, and that was my first clue that the sponge roller might not have delivered enough paint.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
Taking time out from playing with paint and trying to get the map quilt finished.
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.
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.
I have no discipline!
Color really is my thing–lots of it. Bright and bold and beautiful. I’ve always gotten my fix from commercial fabric, but I’m starting to become more and more interested in creating my own fabric. So here was my plan for the day–hand dyes, paint, stencils, stamps–and that’s exactly what I did!
Fabric, hand dyes:
Paints, stencils, stamps:
Here’s the whole package:
And I have a plan…improv piecing, mixing these up, maybe with the plain dyed fabric, maybe not. Or, just possibly, straight line cutting and piecing, no curves. Then stitching and more stitching and I’m pretty sure there will be some beads involved.
And a couple of little pieces from paint clean up. I’m surprised that I like these, as purple-ish as they are!
In assembling pieces for my recent Artisan Showcase, I realized that I am often working on a series without consciously recognizing that. Now that I’m aware of it, I won’t try to stop myself from doing ‘the same old thing’ but just go with the flow of it. Didn’t know I had that much to explore in City Grids!
Leaf printing in the fall is one of my favorite activities, because I use real leaves. I try to get a variety, but I DO live in a mostly maple tree area.
There are always decorative trees in people’s yards and this year I was on the lookout for gingko trees. I actually found three and I was very excited because I love gingko leaves. I found these this morning and I’m totally in love with them!
This fabric has been hoarded in my stash for years!
Haven’t found or made the ‘perfect’ pattern for it though.
And, of course, I made this gingko quilt quite a few years ago.
I wanted to arrange and re-arrange the leaves all day long to get detailed pictures.
Planning on getting some thermofax screens made, but now I don’t want just a single leaf, nor do I want just a single screen.
Yes, I want to overwhelm myself with gingko projects. Love, love, love these!!! And I haven’t even printed with them yet!
My local Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild has a great time together. This month we finished up our Secret Stalker projects. Secret Stalker? Does it sound ominous? It’s just lots of fun.
We all put a bit of info on a slip of paper…name, social media sites, favorite color or not so favorite colors or styles…hints and helps for whomever draws your name. Then you ‘stalk’ and make a small quilt and we can’t wait for the big reveal!
This is what I got this year, from Caroline…a quilt, AND a new mug, AND beads AND a supremely funny story about her stalker journey! I just totally love it, but I feel a bit guilty about all the extra gifts.
But I also got a great idea–I think–to commemorate it all in one package.
I’m going to make a line drawing from the flowers on the mug.
I can put that on the quilt and thread draw on top of the quilt.
Then I’ll embellish with some of the beads on the flowers.
I kind of hate to alter what Caroline has done, but I want to always have a rememberance of the entire story–even if I’m clumsy and drop the mug and use up all the beads!
The Secret Stalker is an absolute fun guild activity for us and it really helps in getting to know people you might not have found out about in the normal course of things. I so appreciate the work that goes into the quilt I receive and I have so much fun making something for a new friend.
Stephanie received this quilt from me…
…because usually she’s serious and on the straight and narrow, also bright and bubbly, but sometimes she goes off on a tangent!
I love the Secret Stalker! So much better than a Secret Santa just because you get to know someone a little bit!
The map quilt is pretty much finished. All the elements are sewn together and it could be called done. But there are still a couple of ‘what ifs’ rolling around in my head.
Does it need a border? Or will a dark binding finish the edge just fine?
Should there be a couple more spots of map fabric? (Don’t have the right software or knowledge to show options here!)
Letting it hang on the design wall until my brain comes up with the answer.
In the meantime, as I’m trying to clear a space to work on the next project, I can register another FAIL. I was trying to use up a whole bunch of coordinating fabrics in this quilt. Started out well, but I can never manage to use up ALL the fabrics. So here I am, stuck with a bunch of little scraps again.
Still, they are good together, and I’ve been making a lot of small works lately…maybe I can just start sewing them together and go until they are actually all used up…it could happen!
Back to the map quilt…putting the pieces together.
Usually it’s easier to just square everything up and sew straight lines.
Other times it’s better for a more organic look to overlap and free cut.
Sigh! It takes longer this way, but that’s the look I want for this quilt. It’s a simple design, but it’s taking a while to get that sewing done…okay, back to the machine!