Monday, February 27, 2012

Quilting Arts in Stitches- Volume 6

I'm thrilled to have an article in the latest issue of Quilting Arts in Stitches.
It's a downloadable emagazine with great interactive features- photo zoom and video along with beautifully illustrated instructional material.  It's available for your pc, mac and ipad here-interweave
AND in the app store, if that's easier for you.

It's spring here in New Mexico, which means we're subjected to howling icy winds.  One of my favorite antidotes to bad weather is to surround myself with glowing, luscious color.

Here are some of the pieces I love to paint, I call them "bullseyes" and they are a great springboard for all kinds of projects.  I used one of them as a base for a step by step project featured in the Stitches article.  Here's a tutorial on you tube on how to make them- once you get started, you won't want to stop!
We're offering a workshop in Santa Fe featuring this technique and many others-

want to see how to turn this-into this?  it's in the magazine!
The great thing about the format is that you can explain it in print, then show it in a video that you can watch as many times as you like.

I'll be giving away a pair of GrabARoos Gloves for Quilting that were reviewed in the magazine.  Drop me a note and let me know if you'd like them.

My fabulous fellow artists from this issue are also writing about it- here's the schedule.....WITH a giveaway on each
make sure to check them all out!

Monday 2/27 - Lindsey Murray
Tues 2/28 - Betty Busby /
Wed 2/29 - Barbara Schneider
Thu 3/1 - Nancy Cook .nancygcook.blogspot.comhttp://www
Fri 3/2 - Tracy Stilwell .tracystilwell.blogspot.comhttp://www
Mon 3/5 - Sandy Donabed
Tue 3/6 - Jane Davila

Happy Quilting!!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

but wait there's more

Just now the question of using poly thread with the heat gun came up, so I thought I'd put up some pics
of the tests I did.

 first this is the layout, stitched.....4 different meltables- poly and nylon- on top of 4 pieces of cotton.
this is a sheer home dec material, melted really nicely but there isn't enough contrast with the cotton below to see it well.
 this is a disgusting nylon pillowcase.
 this is the poly I ended up using, you can see where the thread has burned away in spots.
So while the heat gun was out, I attacked some felt with it.....

 made some of it into trees, and put them in quilt.  Although they were pretty stiff with the paint & all they were no problem to sew through.

Moonlight Sonata, 25x42