Hi gentle readers! As the title says, I have been very busy lately developing new projects that I hope you all will fully enjoy when I publish them here and in my YouTube channel.
For the first of these projects…exploring painting on quilted fabric…I will include any additional information that accompanies my video(s) that you might want here on my blog. So the the entire exploration information and demonstrating videos that result in a handful of painted quiltlets will be free to you. I am really having fun doing all the prep work for the videos and practicing the techniques and am nearly ready to start “filming” the videos.
For years I have been exploring how various types of fabric paints, artist crayons. and pencils, work with different types of fibers and weaves that are already quilted. Or rather, I already know more or less how this works so I will be show the matching of the types of paints, crayons, and pencils with the different fabrics to get the best results. I believe that by doing this, you will be able to take what I share and use it to get the looks you want on your own projects, or at least to explore your own ideas with some success. I am hopeful to get these published in April and May.
In the process of working out the sampler quiltlets I came up with an idea I want to make for a cuddle lap quilt that I may or may not put into a video if I make it. I haven’t decided if I can fit it into my work plan or not, but if I do make it, at the very least I will share it here on my blog. It involves in-the-hoop quilting designs coupled with free motion quilting and possibly quilt-as-I-go construction, but I haven’t fully decided on all of that yet. It’s just an idea at this point. I will be able to use some of my pretty threads for this project.
Anyway, in addition to working on the painting project hours daily for some time now I have been trying to design some new wool applique by machine projects to present on my channel for fall and winter. One will be quick and less complex and presented sometime soon, and others will be presented across the rest of the year. But I am also working to come up with a really good design with dimensional texture that uses the wonderful characteristics of wool for a small very artistic wall hanging. It will be what I think of as 2 1/2 D rather than 3D. LOL
I am thinking, after much consideration, that the background fabric for this textural wall hanging will be on cotton, and the appliques will be wool. I also am considering adding some couching of wool yarns and maybe even some wool roving that I would needle punch with the needle punch attachment on my little baby machine, my Bernina 350, which I usually use for piecing and travel, but it also has several attachments I like to use on that machine because it has a 5.5 width maximum stitch that allows some interesting results. I might also add stump work object that I make in-the-hoop from lighter fabrics. Anyway, I’m working on a complete design that I am very hopeful will be really beautiful and interesting to watch me make on my YouTube channel. It would be so delightful if some of you decide to make one yourself because it is so interesting and the result will be lovely.
If I get the design right, it will involve the use of three of my machines…my B350, my Bernina 880+. and my Bernina Q20 sitdown longarm, but will be doable on a single domestic machine and a hand needle punch tool if that is all one has or wants to use. For this project, I will be developing a downloadable pattern that I will sell in my website store. This pattern would include svg files for cutting out the appliques using a digital cutter and line drawings for use with scissors. Anyway, it’s rumbling around in my head and I am working on various designs to come up with the best one. It should be fun. I have long known that it takes me longer to design a project and develop the pattern than to make it. So this project will take some time, consist of multiple videos, and hopefully will be published over the summer. It would make a wonderful present for someone, even if it is for your own sewing space.
Sew you may want to know where the third and last video of my two birds project is. My video director and editor has had some minor delays in getting it done as work and life got in the way. We are hopeful that it will be out sometime in the first week of April. There is a downloadable pattern for this project available for only $5 on my website shop, but as of this writing I have only sold one copy, even though I have almost 400 views of the first two videos. Since it would be very difficult to make this project without the pattern, I guess my hope that some of my viewers would try to make it themselves has not yet happened. I am still hopeful that some quilters will decide to do the project and share their results with me so I can show you all. Maybe they want to see the finish before they decide. Or maybe people are not aware that it is almost a complete book on how to do this kind of project that they may find informative and interesting even if they don’t make it. It is accompanied by svg files for cutting the appliques. You don’t have to have a digital cutter though, because it also has the line drawings to cutout the appliques with scissors. Here are the links to video one and video two.
Sew happy everyone! Have fun in your studio.