Monday, April 21, 2008


Enjoyed a nice weekend. It has been super warm around here (60's-70's) and I have been soaking it up. I spent a good deal of the weekend walking Misty and mountain biking. Adam plays baseball in an over 30 baseball league, so he was gone most of the day Sunday. Normally I watch his games but it was nice to have the day mostly to do nothing.

Picked up a few wonderful reads at the library.


Turns out our local library has a great quilting and sewing section. The Gee Bend's book is so inspiring to me right now. I have viewed the quilts from there online before, but the book is so much more comphrensive.

I am currently adoring the denim quilts from the book. It is funny that one of the first things that got me interested in quilting (quilting denim) is suddenly new to me again.


I also tried some stencil printing on fabric that I read about in the new Lotta J. book. I cut a stencil from acetate. I would not recommend this particular stencil method to anyone though. I loved stenciling and I loved the pattern- but next time I will cut it from freezer paper or something. The acetate was too flimsy.


Yes, I am very messy.


But, I am super happy with the results. I used fabric paint and heat set it with an iron. I just have to test wash it to make sure it stays.



I also love the texture that the brush leaves behind.


I plan to try a lot more of printing on fabrics.

Oh yes, and the church rummages? Divine I tell you. I'll show goodies soon.


Meg said...

The fabric painting looks so good, what are you going to use it for? I have seen pictures online of the Gee's Bend quilt, but I haven't seen the book. How inspiring!

Allison Fouse said...

Well... it least you got great results! Your design reminds me of lily pads. I like it! =)

Rebekah said...

that Gee's Bend quilt is on my wishlist.

And your fabric painting is coming along wonderfully! I love the green!

kathi d said...

I love your stenciled leaves. Very cool!

I actually saw some of the Gee's Bend quilts in person once at a gallery. Very inspirational. Just like my own grandma, none of those women bought fabric to make a quilt. They made quilts because the beds needed them, it was a way to use up old clothing, and at least for my grandma, an acceptable way to socialize with other women.

And finally, I am getting ready to make a little blanket with my cowboy sheets. I am going to make the pillowcase into a drawstring bag to carry the blanket in. I'll send photos when I finish.

The Stitching Surgeon said... the printed fabric...can't wait to see what you do with it! it reminds me of lily pads too!

Karin said...

You have some excellent reading ahead of you!

Very cool fabric painting! (I agree with you about the acetate, it can be frustrating sometimes)

Liss said...

your fabric painting is so nice. I just love this colour green.

Rachel said...

Your design is so cool! And the colors, too. Also, I really enjoyed your post about luck, what a great observation! Ruts...

Rachael Rabbit said...

LOVE your new header picture! I'm very jealous of your stenciling ... I really want to try it ... in fact I shall be adding it to my list. I can't wait to see what you make from your new designer material!

Bec said...

That fabric looks divine. Love the pattern! And I'm looking forward to seeing your treasures from the church rummages!

Lunden said...

I love the handpainted fabric - it looks great.

Jenny said...

oh my, that denim quilt is amazing. i love how it was photographed--the different intensities of dye on the jeans makes for a nice pattern.

Jennifer said...

Very cool print. Freezer paper would be much easier.