Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Not Forgotten, just slow

I know that many of you think I have stopped  quilting on this little quilt.  The fact is simply that it has been taken out from under the needle a few times, but it keeps going back for more.   I have been a bit sick with a mystery respiratory ailment that has consistently tested NEGATIVE for covid.   So, that negative test has at least been a bit of a relief.     But, the illness did knock me out of the quilting "saddle" for a bit. 

I am feeling better, although I have some bronchitis that is lingering.  That is mostly annoying, but I also wear down a bit faster.    

I finally got all of the interior sashing and cornerstones quilting on this and now I am quilting a block at a time. That helps me to avoid "overdoing it."  

Here is the current photo of the quilting. 


If you are wondering, one of the reasons for taking this out from under the needle
is my compulsion to keep making the quilted faces.   So, YES there will be a new
one on Friday for the Face Off challenge. 



Until Next Time,  
Stay Creative 


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Friday, June 24, 2022

Friday Face Off June 24, 2022

Welcome to another week of the Friday Face Off.  This is a "challenge" that I find very satisfying.  This past Wednesday, I showed the basics of how I start these faces.  

I am linking up with DVArtist.  You can go to her blog to visit other "Face Off" participants. 

Here is today's face: 

This fellow has an odd little mustache and beard. I don't know how well it shows, but I attempted to give him dimples.  I purposefully made part of his face askew, because I think it is more interesting. 

I used an interesting fabric, I think it is batik, for the background.  Most of the other fabrics are hand dyed, but there is at least one print, a solid and a batik there also. 

Until Next Time,  
Stay Creative 


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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Quilted Faces - How I start them

The fun faces that I make and quilt are not terribly hard to do, although they take  a lot of time. A Left Handed Quilter asked why I don't show the process. I jokingly said "I can't give away all my secrets."  Of course the fact is that once I get "in the zone" - I forget photos.   HOWEVER,  today I made a "plan" and decided to post the basic process. This is fusible applique. 

I start with hand-dyed fabrics -or- batiks. Both are great for fusible applique.  The reason is that there they are generally a higher thread count (less fraying) and the color goes all the way through the fabric. Thus there is never a "white outline" from the base fabric as there is often with a print. 

I start by fusing some fabrics.  Okay, to be honest I have a bin of pre-fused fabric ready to play.  But for this tutorial, I grabbed some pretty hand dyed fabrics and fused them. (You can never have too many "crayons" in the box, can you?)  
I am not showing the fusing process as it is different for various brands of fusible. Today, I used MistyFuse, but I also have Wonder-Under and Steam-a-Seam 2.   The MistyFuse is thinnest and thus easier to quilt through.  You can layer the Wonder-Under almost as well, but the Steam-A-Seam is a bit thicker and more than two layers is difficult to quilt through.  I never know how many layers I will have for these.  
So I fused these fabrics:
When the MistyFuse is properly attached it gets a nice shine as you can see in the picture below.

You can actually see the web of glue in this photo. But I assure you it is just the shine.
This is well fused in place. 

I also have this bin of pre-fused fabrics

You will notice that there are some odd pieces cut out and some small pieces that 
many people would have discarded. But continue on and see why I keep them. 

As a work place, I use a silicone sheet - I think this one was sold as an oven liner.
There are many on the market.  The MistyFuse Goddess sheet leaves a nice wavy
design in the fusible on the back of the fabric. Yes, I would like one of those, but, 
I already have this one, so I spend the money on other supplies. 
Also in the photo is a piece of silicone release paper from the back of some wonder-under. 
That is an acceptable surface also.  And you see my Clover mini-iron, which is handy for
this when I am not working at the ironing board. And yes, sometimes I do this at the
ironing board also. 

Now comes the fun part: Cutting the pieces.  For this one I am doing an "alien head." 
So I decided to cut the shape using my Tri-Recs ruler but stretching it out by moving the ruler 
after the first edge was cut. (Hint - think outside the box and make the most of your tools!)

I layered two fabrics because I like the two color faces. 
There was an overlap so that I could trim a curved edge. 

I trimmed off some of the brown -which will be on bottom- to have less layered. 
Then I cut the curvy line on the edge of the blue. 


Next I lightly fused these together.  This is a temporary heat fuse. You only press the iron until
the glue melts enough to hold it in place.


I have two pair of scissors that I use for cutting the features.  One is from Famoré Cutlery, 
the other are Karen K. Buckley 4" perfect shears.  I prefer the Famore ones for general use.
I also keep some pre-fused white (ish) batik for eyes. The trick is to fold the piece of 
pre-fused fabric right sides together and cut both eyes at once if you want them to match. 

Here are those eyes placed on the face. 
For a human face you would place the eyes roughly halfway
down the face, for an alien, you have more options. 

I want you to see that the eyes are only tacked in place, so I could pull them up and move
them if I wanted to do so.  This allows for creative options



Next the nose is added.  Notice the small scrap of light blue fabric.
Had I thrown that small scrap in the garbage, I would have 
needed to cut into an extra piece of fabric. As it is, 
I have the larger piece of this saved for another project!

In this one I have added a mouth with the tongue sticking out, just for fun. 
The mouth was also cut from some very small scraps that I had kept. 

I will add "hair" and a neck and some other features before he is finished. 

Do you think you could do this?  I think you could. 


Until Next Time,  
Stay Creative 


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Monday, June 20, 2022

Quilting It, Baby!

You all probably thought that I had lost this quilt top.  But, I have pulled it out and started quilting it, finally. I did add a 2 1/2 inch border around the outside of this baby quilt.  I am using a wool blend batting on it as I had a piece that was just right for this top. 

The outer border doesn't show in this photo but it is "almost" the same color as the sashing.
I really don't think anyone will really notice the slight difference in the color. 

I had no idea what to use for backing, but I thought "Since there are flowers
on the front, I can use this fabric with flowers that has been in my stash for
YEARS.  It is a white background with a large, loose floral print. 

I am doing the quilting with a cream colored thread.  Which honestly is one of
my "go-to" threads for quilting.  And yes, there is another face in the works for
the next Friday Face Off.  This is another quilted one - but it is a guy. 
I found that creating a male face in fabric was a bit more challenging
for me. 


Until Next Time,  
Stay Creative 


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