Creating Texture on a Paper and Fabric Quilt with Aurifil Threads

*Flowers for Sophia*- a newsprint infused paper and fabric quilt (32 inches by 30 inches)
From the picture below you can see how the quilt started. The flowers where painted over an infused newsprint fabric. It looked nice but flat, so I decided to go to my drawer where I keep my threads and..
 ..chose Aurifil 28w thread for machine stitching....
..and12w thread for hand embroidery. Then I applied some seed beads.

I love how the different thickness of threads with a combination of simple stitches made the quilt *sing* creating texture and dimension.

Can I Interest You in a Workshop?

I am so excited to offer some new workshops! I teach three *one day* workshops where I will show students how to create instant paper cloth without the use of any liquid polymer medium. This is an innovative technique where you can make a one-of-a-kind craft using printed material as the main ingredient.

Wouldn’t you like to make a unique craft for that special person in your life? If you are like me, I love to pick up flyers, magazines and newspapers wherever I go. In doing so, I capture a special memory and place to be applied later in my art.

I'm also introducing a *two day* workshop where I teach a LAYERED LAMINATED PAPER AND FABRIC.

 Please find all the information on the upper right hand side of this blog. If you're interested and have any questions don't hesitate to contact me.

Hand Embroidery on Paper and Fabric

I love the practice of hand stitching. The world turns quiet and the movement always calms me. Seeing the end result of colorful marks on my paper and fabric quilts with thick colorful threads gives me a sense of joy and accomplishment.

It is a meditative act that I've learned to love. 

I try to always have at least one project at this stage so I can stop whatever I am doing and enjoy the stillness of the moment.
detail with hand embroidery
detail while adding beads

Working with LANA Aurifil Threads by Hand and by Machine on Infused Newsprint Cloth

Paper and fabric quiltlet.
Love the finished effect of the LANA Aurifil Thread on the infused newsprint cloth based on my own technique where the end result is a pliable and washable fabric easy to sew.

If you have been reading my blog you must know by now how much I love to work with thick threads. I sew with them by hand and by machine.
For this *quiltlet* I used my HQ Sweet Sixteen sewing machine and Lana Aurifil threads. To have success in working with these threads on your machine you have to use a slower speed (I do not go faster then 35%), use a new needle (size 20) and 40w or 50w thread in the bobbin.
 The picture below shows how it should look in the back. Perfect tension.
After I finished sewing by machine, using the same threads I sew details by hand. Because of its textured nature it covers very well the background with a matte finish look.

Coloring Cloth with Food Coloring +Glue Gel Resist / Quilting Arts Magazine June-July 2014

*My Dodo Bird*
Would you like to learn how to paint the polka dots fabric I used on this quilt? You can read all about it in my latest article on Quilting Arts magazine June/July 2014.
It is easy, fun and the best part is that you can do it over your kitchen counter! Hint: look in your kitchen cabinet if you have food coloring (must be the liquid kind, not the paste)
*Donation Quilt for the local Children's Hospital*

All the fabrics I used to make this quilt were made with the article technique (except the monkey and salamander which were some of the hospital pets that were required to be included).

*Paper and Fabric Quilt* for Quilt Alliance Contest Entry 2014

*Country Home*
16" by 16" paper and fabric quilt
This is my donation quilt for the Quilt Alliance Contest "Inspired by" 2014
This year's rule was to create a small quilt based on the Alliance's quilt index. The index is composed by a variety of quilts that span from traditional to modern, and it allowed me to be inspired by a quilt named *Christmas Eve in the City* by Kathy Jolman (you can see the quilt here.).
To make it more challenging I decided to use the charm pack of rainbow fabrics they sent me last year by enrolling in the program "Quilter's Take Manhattan". I watched the program from home since I was not able to travel.
I decided to iron the 2" squares on wonder under -paper backed fusible interfacing- and grouped them by color family.
With the help of the machine Accuquilt Go I cut out small circles. Then with a manual puncher I cut out tiny circles, form flowers and tree canopy shaped (green color family).
Afterwards, I infused newsprint on silk based on my own technique where the end result is a pliable and washable fabric easy to sew. Then, I ironed the tree and flowers in place, leaving an empty space where I drew and sew the cat and bird.
I chose Aurifil 50w thread for the background and Aurifil 28w for the cat and bird.
After finishing the free motion quilting, I hand embroidered the lower part and sewed beads on the tree canopy.

Detail of the infused and trapunto newsprint house.
I hope you will join me and participate in this contest. You can read more about it here. You still have plenty of time since the deadline is June 1st.

Design your own Stencil/When the words *I Love you* are not enough

*Ethnic Heart*
stenciled, hand-embroidered and machine quilted

If you have read my previous posts you will know that I been making my own stencils in a Silhoutte Cameo machine. In this case, I combined and modified two of their designs to achieve this particular one, which I called *Ethnic Heart*.
After the stencil was cut, I decided to do a monochromatic quiltlet and chose two shiva paint sticks to colored in on a white piece of satin fabric.
With the help of the sewing machine I sewed with thick Aurifil 12w thread all around the shapes. Once finished, I chose a 28w thread from the same color family to embellish with hand-embroidery.
This was an excellent project to do while watching the Winter Olympic Games...pausing my work when the ice skating performers were on, since it is my favorite part!
 I never chose white thread to sew on white fabric. I love to choose a light colored thread to give the piece a lightly colored background. Especially good are 28w Aurifil thread, which gives you just enough coverage that it plays beautifully with the light and adds interest to your piece.
Started sewing freely around the heart.
This is the finished quiltlet. It is for one of my dearest friends, to let her know how I feel about her because the words *I Love you* are sometimes not enough!
Happy Valentines Day!

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