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Saturday, September 27, 2008

My Latest Experiment

I used a pinking blade to trim the edges of this small zippered pouch.

Detail of my fused plastic bags. I recommend fusing at least eight layers together.

My DIL told me a good friend of hers was making purses out of plastic bags. Plastic bags? Yes. She fused them together to make 'fabric.' A Google search yielded tons of tutorials on the process.

Above is my prototype bag. If you'd like to try this, make sure to:

1. Use several layers of plastic bags so your 'fabric' will have some heft. The bags will stick together once heated without you having to add an actual fusing product like Wonder Under or Misty Fuse.
2. Make sure to use parchment paper above and below your bags to protect your iron. If you do accidently get a bit of plastic stuck to your iron don't panic. It will peel right off when the iron is cold.
3. The bags are slippery to sew. I recommend using an even-feed foot.

Note: Betsy asked whether the fusing gave off fumes. Since I have virtually no sense of smell, I'm at a great disadvantage to answer this completely. I noticed nothing that bothered my asthma. One of the tutorials found on Google may have more information.

Setacolor Study

I painted the coral border fabric with Setacolor transparent paint overlaid with cheesecloth and mesh webbing. It was then set in the sun to dry. I've found an Ott light will also work for this technique.

The circles were sunprinted with a 'holey' mesh bag.

Solid color fabrics are my hand-dyes. The pinkish flower print is a batik. The unquilted very cool chartreuse fabric to the left of the star is painted with gold. My sister Patty bought it for me in CA.

I had fun creating this little 19" square piece - not yet titled. The grid format allowed me to use various machine quilting designs. The star is rubber stamped and then outlined with embroidery floss.

As an aside - I'm distressed each time I learn of another independent store closing. The small quilt shops around me are nearly all gone. I'll have to drive at least 20 miles now in order to buy quality batting - not to mention really good thread. 'Tis very sad indeed.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Just Pure Fun

Here's what I did over the weekend instead of quilting a small piece I'd layered. Deka Silk paint (my fave which was discontinued long ago) was used for all the scarves as well as the little make-up bag shown. Click on any photo for a closer view.

I sprinkled this chiffon scarf with salt while the paint was still wet.
Colors used were chestnut and moss green.

My surface wasn't quite large enough so part of the scarf hung over the edge while drying. I turned the resulting darker strip into a positive with a rubber stamp and gold paint.

I painted the Devore' velvet scarf with royal blue and shamrock and then scrunched it a bit.

Detail. This one is my favorite.

I scrunched the painted scarf a bit to combine the royal blue and rose colors.
The silk scarf was then manipulated before drying.


A painted small canvas pouch make-up bag.

I didn't have any neat yarns in my stash, so used a few beads on the pull tab. I'm not happy with the white of the metal showing so will paint it with a different product.

Photo Credit: Bill Guerrant

Thursday, September 11, 2008

New Work

Surface Study

This 11x14 study will be framed. It's from fabrics I created using resist, stitched shibori, rubber stamping and hand-dyeing. A couple of commercial prints were added for contrast.

I used blue Elmer's School Glue as a resist for the spiral design (upper right). After the glue dried (takes a long time) I painted the fabric with Setacolor paint sprinkled with salt. You can see the embroidery stitches on the stitched shibori and my sop-up rag from a dyeing session (upper left).

I enjoy doing both hand and machine quilting on the same piece. After I'd stitched the triple rows, it hit me I could have used a triple needle! But I rather like the irregular look.

I'm trying to finish several small studies for an upcoming show. I've taught surface design classes for many years and had a huge stash of small pieces which came together in this abstract study.

Both my parents were sewers and had 'his and hers' sewing machines. They made quilts together in the winter when my father wasn't weaving. He always chose the colors, saying, "You know..... if you put something in that doesn't quite go - that will give your quilt spark. Otherwise, it's dull." I think he was right. That's probably why I like unusual color combinations so much.

Monday, September 8, 2008

My Other Blogs

"Fasten your seat belts, it's going to be a bumpy ride."*

If you're as addicted to politics as I am, check my blog:

I'll be starting a separate blog on my cardiac rehabilitation soon. Since I plan to chart my progress, I thought it would be helpful to post things I learn along the way about heart health. I'll keep you posted.

*Bette Davis in All About Eve, 1950. One of the all-time great movies imho.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Cardiac Follow-up

My DH and I saw my cardiologist late Wednesday. All vitals are excellent - heart and lungs sound good. I do have extra heartbeats which feel like little flutters, now and then as many people do. Thank goodness it is not atrial fibrillation or arrhythmia! I will have an echocardiogram on the 29th - standard following a cardiac event.

Because I was in the hospital for such a short time and the cardiologist who did the catheterization and stents said, "You're fixed," I didn't fully realize I'd been in such danger. I asked, "Then this was really serious - as in it could have killed me?" "Yes, you came SO close."

Initially doctors were going to do a stress test, then they decided on a heart cath late in the day. I was moved to a room and kept feeling sicker and sicker and too weak to even sit. I was so nauseous I was kind of in and out, but do remember someone constantly taking my blood pressure (which had dropped to 80/30), stuff being pumped into my IVs and lots of people scurrying around. Suddenly I was being rushed to the cath lab for an emergency procedure, as I was about to throw a clot (two were found).

My DH, with all his training in crisis communication, was extremely calm through it all as were my son and DIL who arrived later in the day. We now know that if I hadn't already been in the hospital, with IVs in place when the attack occurred, I probably wouldn't be here today. The place to have a heart attack is IN the hospital, not on your kitchen floor.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Featured Artist


8th Annual Barnful of Quilts

A Celebration of Quilting and Fiber Arts

Featured Artist:


Saturday, October 11, 10-5
at Fox Farms
Sims Road, Waxhaw NC
$5 donation to benefit
Missions and Outreach for
Waxhaw Presbyterian Church
(free admission over 60 - under 18)

I'm excited to tell you I will be the featured contemporary artist at this year's Barnful of Quilts celebration. The show is Saturday, October 11, 10-5 at Fox Family Farms south of Charlotte NC in Waxhaw. Held in a huge beautiful barn, the event is the brainchild of quilt artist Valerie Fox as a fundraiser for her church. I'll post more information as show time nears.

Click on this link http://www.foxfamilyfarm.com/ and click on Barnful of Quilts Gallery to see pictures from previous years. Directions to the farm are below.

Monday, September 1, 2008

A Salute to Labor

Do you remember this song?

Look for the union label
When you are buying a coat, dress or blouse.
Remember somewhere our union's sewing
our wages going to feed the kids and run the house,
We work hard but who's complaining.
Thanks to the I.L.G.* we're paying our way,
So, always look for the union label,
it says we're able
to make it in the U.S.A.

Written by Paula Green in 1975 as an advertising gimick to combat anti-union sentiment in Congress, the ditty was commissioned by a strong labor union begun in New York City. The *International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union, consisting primarily of females, was one of the most important groups in labor history of the 1920's and '30's.

As one who grew up when everyone I knew (including my father) sewed, I was always fascinated by the tune. I even imagined myself one day living in New York City, stitching away for the ILGWU!

To all the union members and organizers out there, I salute you! Happy Labor Day!

To read about and see actual ILGWU labels, go to: