Friday, April 27, 2007

Maddie Says. . . .

HEY! Who turned off the sun?

It's been chilly, grey, rainy and Miss Madeline is not happy. She loves to spend her day sitting in the open window (or door) soaking up the sun and sniffing all the smells outside. Which helps me, as she's not jumping, climbing or otherwise tackling me when I'm trying to get something done. Do you notice her little "nubbie" of a tail? Madeline is a "pixie bob" which is a fancy way of saying she was born deformed with no tail (LOL). My dad calls her "stump."
Here's my Bunny block for April. A nice small project that I was able to complete very quickly. I only have 3 more Bunny blocks to do before my block of the month project is done. However, these last 3 blocks are DOUBLE blocks -- meaning there's two blocks in each kit. I hope to be able to keep to my schedule and get this done by mid-summer so that after the craft show frenzy in Fall and early Winter, I can then have a quilt top to put together and hand quilt over the winter months. Winter months? What am I talking about? I'm rushing towards another winter!!!!! Forget I said that.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Wizard

Here's my completed Wizard block for the fantasy quilt. If you click, it will make a bigger picture. Lots of beading went on yesterday and lots of work with Sulky Holoshimmer thread (that's the rays coming out of the crystal ball). I also took a close up of the crystal ball for you. It was embroidered by my friend, Christine, from Boston. The little heart was sent to me by my friend Crazy Judyth (http://crazyjudythsstuff.blogspot.com/

I want to thank all of you for your comments on my blog. I try to respond to everyone, but some of you come through as "anonymous" or no reply. I do go and look at your blogs though (I'm very addicted to blogs!) and leave a comment there.

Does anyone else have a problem with the spacing in Blogger? I swear I try 3 or 4 times to make things look nice. They look nice in preview but then when they're published ------- I thought the new blogger was supposed to be better. Sheesh, the old version was much better at spacing.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Dark Tower Fans?

Anyone reading this also read Stephen King's The Dark Tower series? I'm *finally* starting the last book, Vol. VII, I believe. And then it hit me -- all the imagery and scenes from this series would make the coolest quilt! I can see it in my minds eye -- the Dark Tower, a blood red rose twining through it, lots of doorways, Black 13, a billy bumbler, wizards, Slow Mutants, ahhhh, the list goes on and on.

So I've added it to my very lengthy to-do list for me. And since anything "for me" gets put on the back burner, I'll probably be in the old folks home, wearing my orthopaedic shoes with my blue hair, trying to explain billy bumblers and todash and O Discordia to the staff. Whereupon, I will promptly be transferred to the mental health side and they'll take away my scissors and needles.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Momma Bought New Shoes!


I love it when Momma buys new tennis shoes. The box is much bigger and I can fit in more comfortably.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Block No. Two

Here's block number 2 in my fantasy CQ quilt. The wizard is a rubber stamped image, done using fabric ink. He's then colored in with crayon and colored pencil and embroidery over all that. The far right patch has silk ribbon roses and other leaves and flowers done in #8 perle cotton. I just found a source in my area for the #8 perle cotton and I am loving it! This is a varigated green. I can see where I'll be spending more time (and money) in that shop adding to my collection (LOL).

The crystal ball on the left hand corner is a patch embroidered by my cyber friend, Christine. We have been cyber friends for many years (before she had children and her youngest will be starting kindergarten soon). Christine volunteered to do some of the embroidery on this quilt for me so I very quickly sent her some patches to do (g).
Mr. Wizard is not done yet -- lots more seam embellishment and then, of course, beads, beads, beads.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Spring?

It's official -- spring is over. Not because we've moved to summer, but because we've had 4 days of record breaking LOW temperatures. All the flowers are frozen. All the trees are withered. Everything green is shriveled and laying on the ground. It's not looking pretty out there. Even plants that were tenderly covered and pampered didn't make it. It was just too dang cold for too long for them to survive. And all my tulips had actually bloomed this year and were looking so pretty.

Here's the progress on the fairy that I showed last week or so. She is now embroidered and has a little bit of fabric painting. Now she's waiting to be beaded. The white spaces on her wings will be where I do the beading. I'm waiting on some silk ribbon to finish the flowers on her dress and in her hair.
This is the fairy picture that I transferred by using the wood burning tool (go back a couple of posts and you'll see this).

Friday, April 06, 2007

Bunny of the Month

I'm falling back into bad habits. This is my bunny block that should have been done in March. I'm pushing the envelope with it not being done until the first week in April. And it's not really done. As you can see these are very, very plain bunnies. They have no eyes, no lace or trim. But at least they are appliqued down.

I have about 2 or 3 more of these blocks to do before all are completed. All the rest of the blocks are doubles -- meaning there are 2 blocks for each month. I purchased these over a year ago and I'm still not finished with them.

And I won't mention how I also purchased another block of the month kit and it finished up this month. I haven't even opened any of the packages to it!
But hey, I did manage two posts to the blog already this month so I guess I'm ahead in that department (LOL).

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Transfer Tutorial

Here we go -- a tutorial on how to transfer with a heat tool. Hopefully, you all will be able to follow this.

First off -- the heat tool. The Walnut Hollow one (about $19.99 at Joann's, Hobby Lobby) WILL NOT WORK. It does not get hot enough. You will need a regular wood burning heat tool that heats up to 700 - 800 degrees. Your tool will come with several different tips. These are the two most commonly used for transferring. Some people like the big fat one -- I prefer the smaller triangle pointed one (which I have on).

Now you've got your tool, you need to let it preheat for about 5 minutes or so. I put mine in a ceramic coffee cup. Those silly little wire stands they give you with the tool do not give good support. And this thing gets HOT and it will scorch/burn whatever it touches -- so watch your fingers!
Get your item to transfer. I've been using print outs from a laser printer and photocopies from a copier using toner. I print/copy on regular typing paper. You will need a hard surface to make your transfer on. I use a square of pine board and I put a couple of sheets of plain paper on it to pad the surface. I wouldn't recommend using your good tabletop -- it could scorch!
Here's the picture I want to transfer. It was printed on a laser printer. I put down a piece of 100% cotton fabric (must be 100% natural fiber fabric -- polyester won't transfer as well and can melt).

Lay your piece of fabric right side up on your board. Put your transfer image face down onto the fabric where you want it to transfer. Grab your preheated tool and go to work. (For those of you who notice the scorch marks, it's because I already transferred this once. I can get at least 2 transfers from each copy). Your copy will also transferred reversed -- so if you have lettering on your copy, be sure and reverse the print. Here's me transferring. As you can see you get a little scorching action going on. That's fine and to be expected. Just keep the tool moving around on the paper. The tool will cool off a little while you're rubbing it on the paper. Just put it back in your cup and let it heat up a few seconds and then keep transferring. You must keep the tool moving or you'll totally scorch (and even burn) the paper. This doesn't take too long (depending on the type of transfer you're using). For a simple line drawing like this -- about 5 minutes is the total time to go over all the lines).
Here's the finished transfer:
The fairy is now transferred onto fabric. This transfer is totally water proof. It can be washed and there is no smearing or fading. You're ready to paint, embroider, sew, whatever.

I have tried doing colored pictures but they come out very faint from the laser printers (even using the darkest color setting). I don't have access to a color copier so I haven't tried that (yet). I also have not tried doing this with an ink jet printer. I'll let you know how that comes out.

Meanwhile, here's one last "before and after" of a photograph that I burned onto fabric.

This was also printed on a laser printer. The original copy is on the left -- the one burned onto fabric is on the right.
Have fun with this technique and if you use it, drop me a comment and let me go and see your results.
And now since Blogger has so nicely cooperated with all these photos, I think I'm going to hurry and publish this.