Quilt National Workshop *Recycled Newspaper and Cloth*


Washable Newsprint Cloth
Doing more samples for my  coming workshop at The Dairy Barn Art Center.
Interlocking paint designs with recycled newspaper is just  one of the techniques I will be teaching.

the end result is a soft cloth that can be used in a quilt or wearable art.

*Sew kraft-tex Bags* Blog tour

When I was invited to participate in this blog tour I jumped at the opportunity since I have been using kraft-tex for several years.
If you have been reading my blog you must know by now that I work with paper and fabric in different ways.
kraft-tex is a paper based material that can be used in many applications like fabric and it can also be washed!

This new book by Betsy and Gailor is all about bags. Inside you will find the patterns for 17 wonderful projects with detailed instructions on how to make them with fabric or with a combination of kraft-tex and fabric. 

I decided to make the kraft-tex version of Valorie Wells' "Tool and Pencil Rolls" shown on page 10. I couldn't stop and made also a few for my friends.



The basic pattern found on page 10 was used. I modified the design since I wanted to showcase pieces of colorful felt that I had been saving for a special project.
I chose to work with three colors: tangerine, turquoise and basic white. Of these, the white one was aged by washing it with my towels in the washing machine twice.
Circles were drawn with a pen on the kraft-tex as shown in the picture and then cut out.
Three pieces of felt 1/2 inch larger than the circle shapes were cut out.
 Glue was applied on the back of each circle to paste the felt in place.
Regular thread was used with the sewing machine to fasten each circle on the felt. Afterwards, color coordinated embroidery thread was used with simple decorative stitches sewn on each circle.
More glue was applied to the back of the kraft-tex to paste it on the interior felt/lining.

kraft-tex is a paper-based,
The book's instructions were then followed to finish this project.
I hope you enjoy your new pencil roll in style!

Vanessa, an artist I admire also likes to work with this. You can see what she made HERE
Follow along with the blog tour to see more amazing kraft-tex creations!
Monday 3/4: C&T Publishing at ctpub.com/blog
Tuesday 3/5: Margarita Korioth at margascrafts.blogspot.com 
Wednesday 3/6: Jessica Kapitanski at sallietomato.com
Thursday 3/7: Kelly Nagel at blog.sulky.com
Friday 3/8: Designer Joi at designerjoi.com
Monday 3/11: Lindsay Conner at craftbuds.com
Tuesday 3/12: Teri Lucas at terificreations.com
Wednesday 3/13: Barbara Emodi at barbaraemodi.com

I am linked to: http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.com/. Go and visit another wonderful art projects!

*Workshops* 2019

I hope you can join me in one of my coming workshops:

Hand Appliqué with Paper and Fabric Uncommon Threads Quilt Guild- Memphis
March 30th or April 6th


Infused Newsprint Cloth- Quilt National '19 - The Dairy Barn Arts Center 
Session 2 Class May 26-May 27. You can see more samples: HERE

Mixed Media Forum * Modeling paste for Art Quilts* International Quilt Festival Houston  Thursday, October 31st  2-5pm

Hand Appliqué with Paper and Fabric - International Quilt Festival Houston
Friday, November 1st 9-5pm

Cold Foil and Tulle?- International Quilt Festival Houston
Saturday, November 2nd 9-5 pm


Valentine's Card- Thank you


close up
Robbie, a reader sent me this gorgeous card for *Valentine's Day* . She used one of my techniques. This was published in Quilting Arts Magazine

I love how she combined the magazine clippings with the Foil and the beads! Her words written inside touched my heart. Thank you!

You can see more of her art adventures here :blog

Give a hug!

Dyeing Fabric with Food Coloring and Glue Gel Resist

  • Newspapers
  • Batting, 20″ × 30″
  • Drop cloth or muslin, 1 1/4 yds.
  • Painter’s tape
  • Prepared for dyeing (PFD) cotton fabric, fat quarter
  • Blue school glue gel
  • Liquid food coloring
  • Blue school glue gel
  • Small plastic containers and plastic spoons
  • Small silkscreen frame (I used a 10″ × 12″ frame.)
  • Stencil (Use a stencil close in size to the silk screen frame.)
  • Old credit card or squeegee
  • Pressing sheet
  • Liquid fabric paint (I used Dye-na-Flow® https://www.jacquardproducts.com/dye-na-flow.html from Jacquard®.)
  • Clear aloe vera gel
  • Foam brush


Prepare the printing surface
  1. Stack the newspapers on top of each other and top with the batting. Place the drop cloth or muslin on this stack, wrap the edges around to the back of the newspaper/batting stack, and tape it in place with painter’s tape. My surface is 20″ × 30″ but customize yours to fit your space.
  2. Tape the printing surface to the worktable with painter’s tape to keep it from shifting while printing.
Apply the resist

  1. Tape the stencil to the underside of the silkscreen frame with painter’s tape.
    Tip: Use a stencil with a fairly simple design and large openings. Fine details may not transfer well.

  1. Pour some of the colored school glue gel into the well of the frame. Using an old credit card or a squeegee, drag the glue across the silk surface. This will push the resist through the stencil onto the fabric.

  1. When finished, remove the silk screen and clean it and the stencil immediately. Set the fabric aside to air dry. This may take 24 hours.
  2. When the fabric is thoroughly dry, heat set the glue by pressing with a dry iron (no steam) at medium heat from both sides with a pressing sheet. Do not skip this step—even though the glue is dry it needs to be heat set to obtain a clear resist.
Paint the fabric

 In another small container, mix
— 1 tbsp. clear aloe vera gel and
— ½ tsp. of liquid fabric paint.
Tip: I like to use Dye-na-Flow because it is a highly pigmented liquid paint. You only need a small amount of paint to color cloth, which makes it ideal for this technique.

  1. Pin the fabric with the glue facing up on the printing surface. Use the credit card, squeegee, or foam brush to move the paint across the cloth. Set it aside to dry. This usually takes 6–12 hours.
  2. Once dry, heat set the fabric from both sides with a dry iron, following the manufacturer’s instructions.
  3. Soak the fabric in water for an hour and then wash it by hand or in a washing machine with a mild detergent. Air-dry and press. Your fabric is ready for your next project!
Tips for Success
  • Use only liquid food coloring for this technique. The gel kind is almost impossible to remove from the fabric.
  • If you want to use this technique on silk, choose green, red, or yellow food color to mix with the glue gel. Blue food coloring tints the fabric and will not wash out.

*over-painted cloth*
I hope you will try this *fun* technique!
You can find the magazine where this article was published HERE

*BLUE* quilt - *Stitched* Celebrating the Art of Quilting

To celebrate *The Art of Quilting in Memphis-Tennessee* I am participating in an event called Stitched.
The requirements are to make a stitched three layer quilt with any material but a measurement of 24" by 24". Also, it has to be predominantly in blue color. 
Did anybody mention *ANY material*? Of course I took advantage of this and embarked on making the quilt you see above with paper and fabric.

For the background fabric I applied hand-lettered words to write *Blue-Azúl* . I also made brick shapes in different hues of blue.

Then, I applied my technique Infused Newsprint Cloth (INC) as part of the flower shapes.

Afterwards, simple hand stitching with thick embroidery thread was applied (the same color as my paint)


I used the *Hug Stitch* around the flowers and on top in brick shapes for texture.



As a surprise to the viewer I hid  the word blue. So while quilting the three layers together  I made sure to stop at the drawed lines which caused the letters to pop out. It will be interesting to see how many people will notice this detail :). 

I will be teaching Infused Newsprint cloth in May: more details here.
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