For the Not Sew Perfect

IMG_0322I love the fact that some very brave fabric artists threw caution to the wind and took quilting to a new level.  There are so many ways available now for us to use fabric and to even make it more custom; even dye your own fabric.

While I love to gaze over quilts that are made the traditional way, the perfection it takes to put one together makes me grit my teeth and grasp for air.  I respect the work that goes into a complicated pattern with perfect stitching but for me, I don’t feel that bubble of excitement that I get from tossing around ideas and then using the information from the tutorials and books to make it happen.

I just read a book that Alisa Burke wrote and watched her DVD called Sew Wild.  I am sure her ways aren’t for everyone but for me it’s very freeing.  I can’t wait to try out some of her ideas, maybe even try my hand at fabric painting.

I think it’s fabric artists like Alisa that have helped bring the quilting world into the frontline of art and helped put some sizzle into the craft and through the internet we can see both kinds of quilts; traditional and rule breaking quilts.  Thirty years ago our quilts sat on shelves or hopefully were used by friends and family but now they are display for the world to see and enjoy.

The quilting industry has grown in response to fabric artists involvement.  New fabrics, threads, sewing machines, books, magazines, classes and ways to market these items have blossomed and brought employment to people who are earning money in a craft they love.

I am so glad there is room for all types of quilters.  It’s brought me hours of enjoyment; I have learned how to play with fabrics and look forward to going into my dining room studio every day.

Studio Organizing

I am so fortunate to have my dining room to use as a craft area.  I am not really a tidy person so I am surprised to find myself so interested in organizing my studio.  I can only think that it’s a product of necessity.  After spending a lot of time searching for fabrics and tools I realized that I could get projects completed with less frustration if I put things in order.

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Art Quilt Websites I Love

 

As I am  researching websites to learn the Art of Quilt Making, I  find a website I love and then forget what it was called or why I liked it so much.  I hope to expand this list and use it to help me find that special tutorial or cute little store that I use for special items.  Hope it helps other beginners like me get started on their quilting journey also.

For FREE tutorials that teach you how to quilt, plus wonderful fabrics and daily deals; https://www.missouriquiltco.com/

To SELL your handmade items:  http://www.etsy.com/

For Beginner Quilters FREE tutorials: http://www.qnntv.com/videoscategory/quilty/

Mother and Daughter quilting  team with great help for beginner Art Quilters:  fonsandporter.com/

For Quilting, Art Quilting and other Craft classes (cost run from $19 to $39) These classes are lengthy videos that you can back to anytime to see.  You can ask questions and the instructors post answers.  You are also able to take notes at crucial points and revisit them any time.  craftsy.com/

Free tutorial for Confetti technique by Gail Hunt:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8X67xrvKOek&noredirect=1

Latest Work In Progress

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This is the older version 5/24/13.

Next, I will be glue basting the appliques and then machine quilting the background.

Three Palms This is the updated version 6/2/13.

I painted in waves with acrylic paint and attached the leaves with a zigzag stitch.

I need to decide on the free motion technique that I will use.  My confidence is flying right out the window in this area but since I am trying to not take my art so seriously, I will consider this a practice piece and forge ahead.

Misc. Quilting Tips

 

TIPS FROM ME;

To enlarge small art quilts; use borders and extend stitching or applique onto border.

For small art quilts:  Instead of making a sleeve, I use D Rings.  Hand stitch the D ring’s straight edge to the backing at top left and right and use the curved edge of the D ring to slide onto nail.  I found a pack of 50 for $12.95 from Country Brook Design Inc.  on Amazon.com.

 

TIPS from www.aliceinstitches.com

 

Washing Fabric:  Fold long lengths of fabric into arm-length sections and safety pin along the top before pre washing to eliminate tangling in washing machine.

When arranging fabrics by value, squint to see if a fabric jumps out at you.  It’s easier to spot a piece that is out of place.

To display your work in progress for getting a better perspective; cover your design wall with felt, flannel or pellon fleece.

Chain piecing:  Use a scrap of fabric as a starter when chain piecing.

Pin Basting your quilt layers together:  Use #2 safety pins.  Start from the center of your project and work out any wrinkles that form along the way.

Use clean pizza box lids for storing blocks or cut pieces of fabric. (I use  cardboard for separating my fused pieces. J)

Run your needle and thread through a fresh dryer sheet to eliminate tangling in your thread. (I have also heard that dryer sheets are good for getting fusing material off your iron) J

Put batting in dryer for 15 to 20 minutes before layering it with your quilt. It takes out wrinkles and will be easier to use.

Misty Fuse is an ultra thin fusible  product that is easy to quilt through and won’t add bulk.

Easy Way to Finish a Small Art Quilt

Be sure to check out www.quiltingdaily.com,  it is a wonderful website instructional tutorials for art quilts plus free downloads.

Here is a sample of what you can learn from them.

Quilting Daily wrote:

On their Quilting Arts Workshop™ video Improvisational Fused Quilt Art: Create Beautiful Art Quilts the Easy Way, these experienced, award-winning quilt artists show several options for finishing their quilts.

Here is a very simple technique that Frieda demonstrates.

1. Create a frame by fusing fabric to both sides of a piece of Timtex® interfacing.

Timtex is a good choice because it is firm without being bulky and you can stitch and cut through it easily, says Frieda.

For complete instructions visit Interweave at www.guiltingdaily.com

New to Fabric Art Quilts

Tail Biter (2)It’s a little crazy around my house today but I will get this post done and get started on my new blog.  It’s my intent to use this blog to put all the new information I locate about art quilts into one location.  I have tips on binding, techniques on fusing, where to shop for fabrics, quilting tutorials and mounds of valuable information scattered about my studio just waiting for me to use but it takes forever to locate them.

So welcome to my blog.  Feel free to gather information, post comments and  use my site as your place to go for ideas and help negotiating your way through the internet to find help with your art quilt project.

Tropical Purse 001  You can purchase this purse and more art projects at http://www.etsy.com/shop/ColorcrazyCreations

Come back again; new tips and techniques are posted daily.