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!

Be Kind a *Paper and Fabric* Quilt

*Be Kind* is a small 10" x 7" quilt I made with *paper and fabric* for the next 2014 SAQA Trunk Show. They are celebrating their 25th Anniversary! All the quilts will be mounted on a black mat. The great thing about the trunk shows is that the quilts travel and many people get to view them first hand. Each artist has their own style.
When the paper-cloth was painted and dried, I started doing the appliqué. With the help of my sewing machine I sew around each motive, in this case the flowers and little person, with thick 12w Aurifil thread. Afterwards, I did hand embroidery.
When finished sewing all the details by hand...
I did free-motion quilting on the background.
The world can be a better place if use this is a moral: *Be Kind* to each other.

*TRAPUNTO* with Thick Threads

As I promised I will show you how I did this small quilt. To warm up follow the exercises explained in the previous post HERE and adjust the tension in your sewing machine if necessary.
Draw a house shape on a piece of paper and use it as a template. Iron fusible webbing on the back of a colored fabric and trace and cut the house. Iron to a piece of solid color fabric. In this case, I used white fabric.
Following the first step of my TRAPUNTO technique published in Quilting Arts magazine Dec13/Jan14, prepare the first layer. Choose your thread, in this case I chose 12w Aurifil in a monochromatic color.
For the focal point I chose a combination of my *practice designs* and changed the color thread to add interest. I did not draw the shapes on my final piece only a straight line on the roof where I wrote with dark brown 12w thread the words "my house".
After finishing sewing the design by machine, I decided where to place my *toppings* (that's what I called the hand-embroidery or beading details). In this case, I decided to use only thread, so with the same 12w thread I started to do hand embroidery.
Following the instructions of the article, prepare the  final layers.
Load your sewing machine with 28w thread on top and stitch the background. I chose a variegated color to give the viewer a surprise element once they get closer to the quilt. Finished the border with a zigzag stitch.
I hope you will try this technique adding texture to your work with trapunto combined with thick 12w and 28w thread.

...and the winners are.....

And the winners are: Michele Bilyeu and Kicky C.

Please send me your (snail)mail addresses for me to *pop* your goddies in the mail. 

To all, thank you for participating!!

Aurifil Thread GIVEAWAY

Let's start the New Year with a giveaway! If you are new to my blog, I am happy you are here! As you can see I *love* threads, especially thick Aurifil 12w and 28w threads.

Let me show you how I do a FUN practice piece before I start any project using these threads.
I could never begin with a white piece of fabric so I came up with this design which includes all the basic quilting lines: straight, curves and angles to help me started.

How it works: on a white piece of paper draw the design with a black sharpie. Pass over the lines with Sulky iron-on transfer pen. You can skip this step and draw directly on your fabric but I like the versatility of this pen because it prepares the design for future use.

As you can see, I only drew half of each shape so when it is time to sew first I follow the line and then freely complete the rest of the shape.
Cut two pieces of the same fabric you would use in your project and following the manufacturer's directions, transfer the design with the help of an iron.
Sandwich your fabrics with the same batting you would use in your project. First, load your sewing machine with 12w Aurifil thread on the top and 40w thread in the bobbin, insert a new 90 or 100 needle and start to sew at a slower pace. Once finished, load your sewing machine with 28w Aurifil thread on the top this time and 40w thread in the bobbin and complete the exercise as before.
 This is how it should look in the back after sewing with 12w Aurifil thread.
Final practice pieces are pictured. The picture above shows the 12w Aurifil thread and bottom picture shows the 28w Aurifil thread.
Make any adjustments in your machine with your tension if necessary.

Now that you are familiar with these threads, why not do a small project?
I made this small quilt with my TRAPUNTO technique published in Quilting Arts magazine  Dec.13/Jan14 (you can find the article on page 54) and a combination of Aurifil 12w and 28w thread sewn by machine and  by hand. In my next post I will show you how I did it.

Now let's talk about the GIVEAWAY:

Aurifil is giving away two sets of 7 spools each of 12w and 28w thread
It's open to all readers-International shipping
If you are interested in winning this giveaway just leave one comment telling me what would be your first sewing project of the year.
Please make sure to leave your contact information if you are a no-reply blogger.
I do usually respond to comments, but with the volume received for giveaway day, I apologize in advance if I am not able to do so.
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