Fabric fun outdoors

I went outside to play with fabric on a sunny morning last month.  I used white muslin, cotton batting, old linen napkins found at a thrift store and fusible web. I had sponge brushes, Lumiere metallic paint by Jacquard, and Dye-na-Flow fabric paint.  I mixed colors and just had fun.  I played with painting sunsets – need more practice getting the colors in sequence for different skies.  I had lots of fun painting with the Lumiere paints – who doesn’t like glitter paint.  I heat set the fabrics with an iron after the fabric dried outdoors.  The fabric will probably go in a circle quilt that I have been thinking about.  But I still have lots more paints and dyes to play.  Just waiting for the another sunny day so I can play again.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Completed Sea life quilt block using painted fusible web


With the painted fusible web on the background

I am getting close to finishing the SeaLife quilt collage.  I completed the fish block by adding painted fusible web to the background neutral fabric.  I found the painted fusible web technique in “Fabric Art Workshop” book by Susan Stein. This book has over 25 different techniques to explore.  The directions and pictures are easy to follow.  I painted pieces of fusible web using Dye-na-Flow (transparent fabric paint).  I had to be careful painting the fusible web – if the web gets too wet it will tear.  I used a sponge brush.  The paint dries fast.  Once the paint is dry, you can apply it to the fabric. Be careful with your iron – make sure you cover your ironing board and use a pressing sheet or parchment paper.  I am talking from experience.  I thought I had everything covered but needed to use the iron cleaner after this experiment.

Finished block

I also added some “leafy” stuff to the block and cut apart some of the practice piece of threads using the washable soluble stabilizer.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.


Dolphin block completed for SeaLife collage quilt

Not the final quilt block – I moved some the appliqué pieces around on the sand.

I wanted to add a dolphin or whale to my ocean quilt.  I found a pattern by McKenna Ryan – “Tweedle Dee” part of the Sea Breeze quilt pattern.  I used this dolphin pattern as my inspiration and made some changes. I quilted the background square (“calm waters” quilting design) before adding the appliqué pieces.  For the dolphin, I used a light grey instead of white and used the blind hem stitch to attach the dolphin.  I tried using the buttonhole stitch but I didn’t like the look of that stitch.  I added 3 pieces of coral to the sand.  I added a couple of shells to the sand but I didn’t like them so I took them off.  I also added some pieces of different fabrics (not cotton fabric) and gold threads that had been fused together using a heat gun (a technique that our friend Linda showed us).

Finished block

I like this block.  I think I will make some small paper pieced fish squares to the collage.  I also have a seahorse block to quilt.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Using water soluble stabilizer to make “scarf” piece

Practice piece

I wanted to add a yarn and thread piece to my Jane Sassaman project.  I have been wanting to try using water soluble stabilizer to put together threads and yarns to make a” see through” piece.  So I looked in one of my drawers and found Super Solvy by Sulky.  I am sure you can also use Solvy Water Soluble Stabilizer but I had a small package of Super Solvy that I got on clearance somewhere so I used that.  I looked on the internet for information on ” making a scarf with water soluble stabilizer” and found lots of tutorials and information for this project.  It was super easy to do.

Before free motion stitching

Use 2 pieces of stabilizer and lay your yarns, threads (I used some thick metallic threads to give it some sparkle), etc. on one piece of stabilizer.  Move your stuff around to get the effect that you want.  Then cover your piece with another piece of stabilizer.  Using a pressing sheet or parchment paper, iron lightly your piece to hold everything together.

Finished piece

Next, use free motion quilting to sew a grid in two directions and then free motion stippling to make sure everything will hold together once the stabilizer is gone.   Place your piece in cold water for about 15 minutes and then put it on a towel to dry.  Since I used Super Solvy which is extra sticky, I had to rinse it a second time after it dried on the towel because it was still sticky.  Super fun and easy.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Another block for the Sea-Life collage quilt

I have started working again on my Sea Life collage quilt.  So far I have completed 8 blocks.  I have at least 2 more blocks to complete.  For my shoreline bird block, I modified a pattern by Pine Needles Designs (McKenna Ryan) – “At Water’s Edge”.  The birds in her pattern were too large for block, so Mary helped me shrink the birds to the size that I needed.  I added one more bird to my block and also added water.  I made the background and then quilted the background before adding the appliqué pieces.  I used twine for the shore fencing and attached it with free motion stitching.  It was a fun block to make.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna

Coloring in Embroidery designs

Mary’s design

Last month our bee used embroidery designs from Hatched in Africa to make flower sketches with black thread.  This month we used watercolor pencils, fabric pastels, and watercolor pastels to color the designs.

Donna’s design

It was very relaxing – reminded us of coloring books that we used as kids.  We also used water and paintbrushes to blend colors on the designs.

Mary’s design

For practice using the coloring tools, we used black and white printed fabric.  It was a fun afternoon.  Not sure what we will do with our little designs yet. Looking forward to our next project.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Donna’s design

Hawaiian appliqué block completed and deconstructed

After washing

I decided to use Mary’s Hawaiian appliqué UFO block for my Jane Sassaman quilt project.  But first I had to complete the block and quilt it.  Mary had started to “needle turn hand applique” the block so I had to take out her stitches – Mary helped take out the stitching.  She had done very small stitches to hide her stitching on the block.  Next I used a blind hem stitch on my machine and stitched down the appliqué with green thread.  I drew a design on the appliqué and used free motion quilting to stitch out the design.  I used echo quilting around the appliqué to complete the block.  Next I cut the block in half and then cut out 3 circles from one half.  With the other half I cut a curved line on one side.  The quilt project is pinned to my design wall to get ready for the next step.  I keep moving the leaves around so I do not have a final design yet – still a work in progress.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna