Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Fabric and fusing Fun

Okay, so I have been slacking off on blogging.....yes I know "Bad ME."  Ah well, I have been trying to be a good person anyway.  I did drive my uncle to the hospital when he had to be there at 6 a.m. (too early for my guardian angel to be awake.)  Then I went back to carry him home also...and I stayed in WalMart two hours waiting for his prescription - because his MD always forgets to tell them the OTHER med that will interact has been stopped until this is over. 

So, I have been doing self therapy with paint and fabric.  First up, I painted a nice chunk of fabric (actually two at once, one on top of the other.)  And I LOVE this - 
Yes, slightly crazy but so HAPPY to look at.  The bottom one in the photo was 
the fabric on top while painting - it is more intense in color. 

I also chose four fat eighths of hand dyed fabric and fused it with Mistyfuse.

They are separate pieces that I can cut up for making whatever fabric art I want to make! Of course I am thinking "faces." You know I don't stick to "normal" colors. 
Ha ha! 

Another "therapy session" involved pulling a pile of random scraps 

What  mess huh?

Those were in this big jar where I keep odd scraps of batik and hand dyed fabrics.
The jar has a nice spout - that leaks!  So I repurposed it. 
But the fabric doesn't leak out like water or other beverages do. 

Of course I had to iron these scraps  to make them flat. 
Then I took a piece of Steam-a-Seam and put it on a piece of felt. 
Those strange pieces were cut and placed on the sticky Steam-a-Seam
with just slight overlaps so that all the felt was covered. 
At this point I can still pull off any piece and move it or replace it.
But I was happy with this one and decided to take it to the ironing surface
to steam it into place. Then I added a backing fabric, which I glue basted on
with Elmer's school glue. (it is a small piece and the back probably won't be seen.)

Next up I sewed around all the pieces to fasten down the loose edges where it overlaps.
Oops, I did a teeny bit of free motion in that one corner. 
I think I liked this better than when I quilted it.
Do you see a picture?  It was only planned as a non-representational abstract
But once it was tacked down and turned this way and that, 
we saw an image.

So, quilt it, I did. 
If you haven't guessed yet - don't look at the next photo

Do you see it now?
It is a wide vase full of flowers and leaves. 

Until Next Time,  
Stay Creative 

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A Left-Handed Quilter said...

Paint and fabric are great for self therapy! I like your fused vase and flowers - ;))

Vicki W said...

Now that's the way that you do therapy!

DVArtist said...

That is so nice of you to take care of your uncle. OMG! 2 hours at walmart. You are a nice guy. LOL. OK, I just want to come to your house and play with fabric. I have some fabric paint but it says to dry it in the sunshine. Ha ha ha I don't have much sunshine here so I have never used it. Love the fabric holder and ooooohhhhh I saw the picture in your quilt right away. I am just in awe of your artistic skills. Have a nice evening.

My name is Erika. said...

It looks like you are having some good de-stressing with your fabric Gene. 2 hours at Walmart. That sounds like torture. Smile.

Jeanna said...

I GOT IT!!!! I guessed a flower vase, can't believe it. I first squinted my eyes and then just look away and back at it quickly. I'm sure I looked pretty silly LOL. Your self-therapy sounds like something I need.