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Ready for the Super Bowl!!

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I’m not really a big sports fan (I do watch the occasional Buffalo Bills Games).  I always look forward to the Super Bowl because we get together with our friends in the neighborhood that I don’t always see!  It is always an awesome time.

There’s lots of food and squares to bet (I really don’t know how this works or what the official term is), and I always bring a prize to donate to the square raffle.  I painted these this year.  A little different than my usual quilt stuff.

I discovered that Enamel paints can be put on glass as long as it is not touching the mouth (hence the placement of the paint).  It also can be put in the oven for a period of time to bake the paint on and make it dishwasher safe.

Amazing what technology has come up with for the home crafter!

Have an amazing day!

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Still Painting Papa’s Door

I just finished the door today.  There are stairs, ground, and bottom of building to paint.  The bumpy knobs on the door I feel turned out the way I wanted them to!  I took a lot of squinting and using the camera on my cell phone to make sure I got it right.  I could not get it like this without the modern tools.

Why squint and use the camera?  When I am painting, I am right on top of each stroke and don’t tend to see the results of my painting from a viewers stand point.  There are many ways to view the art in progress in a “viewers” eye.  Squinting is one (be careful of this, I have a headache and eye pain which will go away with some well deserved rest), cell phone camera, and step back from the art piece about 20 feet.

Hope you enjoy it!

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Beginning of Papa’s Door

I’m starting a new quilt which will hopefully accepted into a National Quilt Show (s) this year.

I’ll share the story behind the quilt when I finish.  This blog is to show you my process and my thinking.

Papa’s Door will be a painted whole cloth art quilt.  I started with a traced image as my usual process and added the squares around it to resemble Italian tiles.  The original photo was a plain stucco wall.  To add interest to the quilt, I decided to add the “tile” look.  Frixion pens are my favorite fabric marking tools.  They stay on for as long as you want, thin line is formed, and iron off easily.  I have found that on dark fabric the pen leaves a white line which can be removed with laundry soap quite easily.

 

img_3275I started painting the squares (tiles).  It took me two days with a total of about 10 hours to finish painting the tiles.  Very peaceful and relaxing to do!img_3276fullsizeoutput_d0dIn the bottom right of this photo, you can see that I ironed some of the marks away.  The bottom photo shows more lines being removed.

img_3278I am still working on the painting part of the fabric, so I was afraid to iron more of the lines and have my lines disappear!!  YIKES!!!

I don’t know if this technique is out there, but I love doing it!  I would love to read your comments!

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Chair at Canalside – Buffalo, NY

This is a little slide show presentation showing how the painting process changes the quilt and brings it alive.  Hope you enjoy it!

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If you would like to purchase this item, click here.

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Table Runner Quilt Patterns

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These are my first two patterns!  I’m really excited to present them to you!  These are table runners with full instructions and templates for traditional piecing as well as foundation piecing.

If you are interested in purchasing one of these patterns, please press here to go to my Etsy.com site.

Thank you for supporting me!

 

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Michigan Street Finished!

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I’m very excited to present to you my first piece in the Buffalo/Niagara Region Series.  This is Michigan Street.  It is mounted onto a painters canvas and has a hanging wire for easy hanging.

I am working on three other quilts at this time to add to this collection.  In 2017 or 2018, I hope to have an exhibit at the Carnegie Art Center in North Tonawanda.  More information on that will follow!

 

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Buffalo Scene

I am starting a new adventure of exploring the amazing Buffalo/Niagara Region.  I have lived here my entire life so far and wanted to capture some of it’s past, present, and future views by using my art.  I am enjoying taking trips with my husband to take photos.  We usually have an area we photograph.    This will be my first series which will continue to grow over the years.  I intend to show and sell them at an exhibit next year.

This is the first one I am doing.  It will be called Michigan Street Lift Bridges. I’m not very far on it as of this point, however, by the end of this week, I hope to complete it and move onto my next one!

I would love to hear what you think of my idea and if you have any favorite areas I can visit and take photos at.

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Above is my original photo.  Below is my tracing of this photo and starting to put the fabrics in place.

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I will be posting the progress of this and everyone I do.  Thank you for reading my blog!

 

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T-shirt Preparation for Quilt

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T-shirts are a wonderful way to remember special occasions, events, and a myriad of other reasons.  If you are one of the many people who can’t seem to give up those special t-shirts, putting them into a quilt is an excellent idea.  You may use this tutorial for creating your own t-shirt quilt or see my Etsy shop for details of how I can do a custom quilt for you.

I want to add that you can use sweatshirts, sports shirts that are made of that waffle fabric, golf shirts (polo), etc.  Use the same directions for the prep.  Message me if you have any questions.

View #1 is the front and back of the t-shirt I am demonstrating today.  Some t-shirts have printing on the back as well as the front.  You may want to have both sides in your quilt or just one side. The preparation is the same.

It is very important to wash all of the t-shirts with your normal laundry detergent and 1/2 cup of White Vinegar.  The vinegar will remove most or all of the odors.

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After you have washed and dried your shirts, you can start cutting them apart. Be sure to lay the t-shirt flat on a table to have more accurate cutting.  Make sure you leave at least 2″ around the design you want to use.

View #2 is showing to cut sleeves away from the shirt first.  I like to cut close to the seams to allow as much extra fabric room as possible around the design.

 

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Next is to  cut along the side seams of the t-shirt (view 3).  This is where it is important to have the t-shirt laying flat.  Most t-shirts do not have a side “seam” (where the manufacturer stitched it together).  There should be some sort of a crease on the sides that you can follow and cut along that crease.  If there is no crease, that is where laying it flat will show you that where that “crease” would be.  Be sure to cut along both sides.

 

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Lastly, we move on to the shoulders.  The shoulders need to be cut right next to the seams on both shoulders.

If there is a little emblem on a sleeve that you wish to be part of the quilt, just send the sleeve as is to me.

Now you are done with the scissors!

If I am making this quilt for you, all you have to do is send the part of the shirts that have the emblems you wish to have in your quilt.

Please tell me if this blog was helpful to you.