It's self inflicted - I'm just having a whine.....but I will be able to put business aside for a short time next week.
Today we've been working on our hotel, trust me folks... the events there will be very exciting. It's taking longer than we thought but well worth the wait. It's a 5 star spa (come Quilt Retreat) To be able to design my own conference room and class room is a dream come true.
I had to baby sit my daughters dog who had the snip yesterday... I had him in the kitchen in the warmth while we had our meeting. We left him quietly for an hour while we talked over lunch and he absconded through a window...
We just hope someone kind has found him and will notify the council soon. Gees louise !!!
On the practical side I've labeled many of my quilts with the new Qr labels ... and I think it's the thing I dislike the most about making a quilt... sewing on labels......I never seem to get them straight, despite using lots of techniques...
4 Quilts and entry forms completed....!!!!
Another first yesterday was having my eyebrows shaped by a talented Indian lady with a reel of plain old cotton....it's amazing...It's called "threading" an apt name for a quilter.
It's been quite cool here this week... but I look nervously at the weather in Lincoln Nebraska... it was 2 degrees there yesterday. I think I'll take the long johns. Still I'll be so busy studying so I guess I won't notice the weather too much.
I'm attending a Quilt Conference at the International Quilt Study Centre and Museum, University of Nebraska. Sheer pleasure and delight. I'm a student again.
Recently on another list there was a wonderful idea posted.
It was also mentinoned on a few other Quilt lists today.
The image below is the identification of my quilt, Woven watercolors Fish No 3 and for the first time will serve as the label.
Its a QR code and you can go on line, create your own code and put the details you need into it...
The information in this litte square covers much more than I could normally put onto a label.
It covers the idea for design, the fabric, and all my information etc.
OK. I will go out of date sometime and maybe in 50 years or more it may be considered an oddity... however. right now whilst I'm around it's and interesting concept.
I have a record in my computer, in my file and on my quilt. The written information covers the basics.
I just need to zap it with my Iphone app and it tells me all the information. In fact, I can create this code with my phone, send it to my computer and print it out....
So I printed it out on fabric and I'm sewing it to the back of the quilt.
I purchased some beautiful white Japara recently.
(What is Japara)?
Waxed cotton is as the name suggests, is cotton impregnated with a paraffin based wax, woven into a cloth. Widely used from the mid-19th century to the mid-1950s, the product which originated in the sailing industry in Scotland, became widely used by many to make themselves waterproof.
As wax and cotton are both natural products, they decay and reduce in effectiveness over time. To reduce this decay, waxed-cotton products should never be stored in a damp condition, but dried gently.
I bought it for an experiment, and it works.... the picture of the Arty Artichoke was printed on my Japara. it has a very high thread count.
The wax causes it to shrink a little when you put the iron on the fabric. I put fusible web on the back to put it through the printer for a project I'm doing... when I ironed the fusible to the fabric, I got a few puckers...
So. I pressed the pieces very well, and put it through the printer as is (without any backing) .... voila... it works...
I had to print images for my thread paiting course and I had a wonderful assistant. Tilly waited for them to come from the printer... she gently took the sheets to the iron and smoothed them out ready for me to iron...
"Ready now Bamma" I ironed them and she put them in the file ready for travel.
I've had a lot of questions on how the quilt was made.
It's thread painted and Illustrated with thread.
This quilt is a little different to some of the other thread painting quilt genres.
It's unlike a whole cloth quilt,.
It's unlike an applique quilt.
It's unlike a pieced quilt.
But I have used elements of most of the above in the quilt.
I don't think you would expect me to give away all my secrets, but I've stitched the entire quilt free motion with the feed dogs up and using a Janome Horizon machine which has a tensioned free motion foot that allows me to do this without the use of an embroidery hoop or stabilizer.
The outer edge of the quilt (shown in the last photo) is quilted with the accufeed open toed foot.
The thread is Superior Masterpiece 100% cotton and I match the threads on the top of the quilt with a matching bobbin thread.
In the photo above... you can see a small degree of puckering... in fact it is minimal considering the amount of quilting and stitching I've done on the quilt. However, it does mean that the quilting surrounding the image needs to be quite intense.
How to Quilt it?
The extension of the petal complete the oval effect of the image... but I don't want the entire quilt to look like that... If I echo quilted the shape... it makes you eyes move out across the quilt... and in fact... I think that's what most people would do.
I will echo a small border and then create straight "box" lines of quilting.
It gives me am extension of uniform movement - geometrical. It tends to contain the image rather than extend it.
This will be the last quilt I make bfore travel.!!!!!
Woow, I just had heart failure... I spent most of the day cleaning up my computer today.....
When I went into my blog it was jumbled.... but restarting the computer helped.
I had two days studying film editing over the weekendand and I learnt a lot of valuable information...There were a few things I didn't want to learn, like the special effects.... but "By Jove, I think I've got it"
In the past few hours I've been finishing off the artichoke.
Friend Gwen came up on Friday and looked at it.... her suggestion was to add quilting around the edge of the artichoke to make it a whole thing.
I thought about it... I was going to do it in orange before her suggestion but I had to stop and think - and now this is the result so far. I love it.
The back of the quilt.
It's late...time to turn on the alarms and retire.......I will share more tomorrow...
This is a post from Charlotte Warr Anderson this morning and I am sharing her post with you.
I thought I'd give you all a heads up about Frixion Erasable pens.
A student showed me hers at Road to California in January.
She drew a line, thin but quite black, and then ironed it and the line totally disappeared. It looked like the coolest thing ever!
So I went in search of these pens, which you can get a Staples.
I bought the pack that has three colors in it - black, red and blue.
Being quite the skeptic about things that are too good to be true, I read the back of the package. In small print it says:
"Do not expose to extreme temperatures (14degrees F;> 140 degrees F). If pen is exposed to temperature that reaches 140 degrees F the ink will be colorless when writing. To restore color, cool to at least 14 degrees F and the ink will again write in color."
Aha! I said to myself. If you iron the ink it's going to be way over 140 degrees so it's going to disappear. So I took some fabric and scribbled on it with all three colors. Then I ironed it and, sure enough, all the scribbles disappeared.
But then I put it in the freezer for about 10 minutes and all the lines reappeared. I left it for about a week and a half while I went travelling and today I tried to wash the ink out. It didn't come out with soap and hard scrubbing and not even after I put rubbing alchohol on it. So then I ironed the piece dry and all the lines disappeared and then it went back to the freezer and all the lines reappeared (perhaps just a bit fainter).
This experiment was enough to persuade me that these pens are too good to be true and even sort of creepy - the ink is always there even if you can't see it. I wouldn't use them on any fabric or quilt you really cared about.
If I had a blog I would have put this on there but since I don't any of you who want to pass on what I've written can feel free to copy and paste this post
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