*NEW* Workshops at AQS Fall 2018

I'd love to spark your creativity at one of my *NEW* workshops at AQS- Fall 2018

I will bring a kit with most of the materials needed to work in class, you just come with basic sewing supplies and ready to have fun!
*Hand  Appliqué with Paper and Fabric* # 53513
Give a new life to magazine clippings and combine them with fabric to make beautiful and unique fiber art. This is a great opportunity to learn how to stitch on paper and laminate it.
I will also demonstrate how to foil the laminated magazine clippings.
 My second workshop is:
*Hug Stitch: Embellish by Hand* # 56503
 Want to add “wow” factor to your hand embroidery? Try this two step stitch!

 *Blue Dodo* The whole quilt top has been embroidered using the HUG Stitch.
 Let me know if you have any questions.

*BLOOM* - The story behind it

*BLOOM* 37 inches by 37 1/2 inches... a whole cloth quilt

It all began when I read the news about a group of teachers getting together to help spark a labor movement leading for an increase in salary. With a background in teaching and early childhood education, I can’t help but sympathize with them since this is a problem that exists globally.
I started by cutting out newspaper articles about this topic. Then the newspaper pieces were infused into the cloth using my -INC- method. 

Allow me to explain the steps involved:
Fig.1: Mixing the paint to match Aurifil LANA thread

Fig.2: For my color palette, I decided to eliminate the yellow-ochre and replace it by a lighter shade of gray

I chose my color palette based on the thread I wanted to use and mixed the paint to match! Next, I painted parts of the flowers.

Fig.3: Seamlessly infused newsprint cloth -INC- combined with painted areas to complete the flower designs

Figs.4 + 5: Then I applied the HUG stitch around the ovals and simple running stitches around the petals.

Fig. 6: Lastly, the three layers were sewn together by machine. Free motion quilting with the HandiQuilter Sweet Sixteen and the Glide Foot
 The letters   were  printed from a computer program and cut around to form a template. Then an erasable marker was used to draw the letters on the cloth before the machine stitching. 
Word BLOOM at the very bottom of the quilt, looks like trapunto but it is not.

STATEMENT:The upper small flowers represent the students. The ovals are the influences, guidance, and support we receive from the teachers who impact us in our early years. The big flowers represent the students who grow and begin to establish themselves as they prepare to take the next step in life. They bloom. (The word “bloom” is included towards the bottom of the quilt but only noticeable when the light hits or when you approach to have a closer look).

The start of a *New* Paper and Fabric Quilt

 After choosing a thread, I pulled out the fabric paints and started mixing them to match it's *exact* hue. It is interesting to discover how much underlining colors are in each mix. How much blue, yellow, gray and brown in different amounts are included in the mix to achieve the color palette I wanted.
Afterwards, the recycled newspapers came out.

Then, I applied an original technique which I developed and named *Infused Newsprint cloth* (INC) .
 My method allows for the SEAMLESS integration of aged print on various types of cloth. Which is also washable!
As shown on the figure, I am in the process of applying simple stitches around the shapes by hand.

The following picture was taken during my visit to the PUPS Quilt guild where I
 had the joy of giving a lecture entitled *The Odd Couple- Paper and Fabric in Quilting* What a nice and warm group of ladies!

*My Latest Article with Paper and Fabric* in Quilting Arts Magazine

*Gossip Birds*
a paper and fabric quilt
My latest article is out! I am on page 26 in QUILTING ARTS MAGAZINE -April/May 2018- Issue 92.
This article is entitled "A Way With Words", and shows on how to incorporate magazine clippings into an art quilt and on how to foil and sew paper on fabric successfully.
I had fun using DECO FOIL SHEETS
The best thread to use with paper and fabric quilts is LANA AURIFIL since it is delicate and strong and at the same time leaves bold marks of color and texture. 
and here it is the article with my quilt!
I hope you try this technique and have as much fun as I did.

Testing *PENS* to Write Messages on Cloth

I enjoy sending handmade cards to the people I love--and not just for Valentine's Day. This year I wanted the message to be part of the design and for that I needed to test pens on fabric. Let me show you how this card was created:

It all began with doodling on paper. After deciding which picture I liked best, I created a stencil of it. Then I took out the pens I have on hand. Only one was advertised specifically for use on fabric which is the *gel roller for fabric by Pentel*. The others tested are: Millenium 0.3 and 0.5 and Pigma 0.5

I didn't want the message to contradict the design so I needed to take into consideration the width of the pen marks. As you can see from the picture above, a scrap of the same fabric I use for the silk screened hearts has been used for the test.

To make it easier, I ironed the fabric to a piece of freezer paper.

For this project, the pen I liked the most was *Millenium 0.5*. It was easy to write with, didn't drag the cloth and it comes in a variety of colors.

I hope you always take the time to send a message of love to family and friends.

Remembering Prague, with *Paper and Cloth*

Techniques: INC (Infused Newspaper Cloth), deconstructed dyeing, HUG STITCH (hand-embroidery with Aurifil LANA thread for texture)
*Remembering Prague*
This is the finished piece. The best way to remember my trip to Prague...infusing the local newspaper into my cloth. Also added *instant* bling with metal foils and the deco-foil adhesive pen.

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