Thursday, May 21, 2015

Pattern Wednesdays ~

Join me for some fun in creating some great patterns for printing. I am starting a journey on creating these and following Lynn Krawczyk over at Smudged Textiles Studio:

http://smudgedtextilesstudio.com/2015/05/weekly-pattern-wednesday-week-1-reveal-a-giveaway/

So here's my first of many patterns


Sunday, May 17, 2015


Some have come before me!


It began with a little post: "Who wants to join a blog to show off your clean studios?" from my good quilty friend Cheryl Sleboda of Muppin.com.
Of course I said "YES" and then contemplated on those words.  What did I just get myself into! For one, my FIRST BLOG HOP EVER!  It will be fun... I promise! Don't raise your eyebrows at me and tell me you have a million other things going on! And Secondly: "My studio will get the much needed clean up its been needing for a LONG time before I start my next big projects."  A couple secret ones going on as I type! Those will be revealed later this year.
Personally, I always have at least 4-5 projects going at one time.  One may be in the queue (fabric selection process) and others are in-between cutting, piecing, or sewing on the longarm stages. I love the smell and freshness of a clean studio! Open the window, let the dust out and the sunshine in!
 
My "studio" encompasses a great deal of my house. Upstairs are my hordes of fabric, art books, quilts, threads, scrapbooking materials, and of course, my long arm machine. While downstairs is the designing wall and the cutting, piecing, ironing area of all my projects (aka my kitchen table, kitchen countertops and wine bar area).
I know most quilters are envious of such a large space! Yes it’s grand, until you have to clean it all by yourself! 
Course what I used to tell my children somehow doesn't seem to apply to myself until I acquire the proper motivation! “If you made the mess, you need to clean it up.”  My children are out of the house now with their own jobs and apartments to clean, and they only come home for the holidays (which is another time that everything gets #springcleaning)  I usually spend my vacations going where they are living to visit and do some hiking, camping, and sight-seeing.  So this mess I see is made only by me! I do deep heavy cleaning when the mess gets too much for me to bare and when I can't seem to find the scissors I'm looking for!
So come on and get organized! This is your motivation! Let's do this together!
If you want to join in, use the #springcleanyourstudio on social media and then we all can look at the developments along the way.  Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter, you never know what pile of goodies awaits a giveaway!
So with no further ado:  Before and after pictures.

We'll start with the small stuff first.
Do I use this ironing board you ask!  Why yes and I always have to clean it off.  What you can’t see is on the end under the one leaf quilt, there are SEVERAL other projects in various stages!  You can't tell that by these pictures!

Hopefully it will stay this way! Future projects now have their own cubbies as you'll see below.
This mess expands half of my kitchen (including the STOVE).  You can tell how often I cook. The cleanup has helped me keep things organized in these cubbies. Fabric collections (Jason yenter/Asian/Batiks) all put together and labeled, dyes, UFO's, quilt rulers and some of my craft supplies all labeled and stashed together and taken upstairs and neatly put away!


As I said before, all fabric has been organized into cubbies that have been labeled!  Easier to find right?!  Only problem for me is once I clean there is always something I can’t find ~ let's just say 2 ziplock baggies full of 2” cut strips of stash fabric.  Really? I have looked everywhere….to no avail.  They will turn up at some point! 
Aforementioned cubbies ~ there's more upstairs all put away!
These are what lingered downstairs.
 

 
And a nice cleaned off table! See the Bee quilt....it actually found it's proper place ~ up on the quilt hanger in my front room! Looks better than on the chair.
 

Wine Anyone! 

The lights are lit and the bar is clean and fully stocked.....let's get this party started!
The design wall got cleaned off...but the table remains messy.  This holds all paints, brushes, tubs of painting paraphernalia!  So this will get cleaned another day.
Finally we made it to the upstairs.  You can see all the cubbies for fabric and all projects that are at the UFO stage have been neatly stacked.  I still do have a little bit of clean up to do upstairs, but for the most part it is clean and a workable space. Have fun with our mess...join along #springcleanyourstudio.  Show us your mess
 
  
 
 
 
 Final days of the blog hop ~ go back and check them out if you missed any:
 
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May 9 Heather Kinion http://heatherkinion.com/
May 10 Jessica Darling http://jessicakdarling.com/
May 11 Lisa Blevis Filion http://upstatelisa.blogspot.com/
May 13 Mandy Leins http://mandalei.com/
May 14 Amalia Teresa Parra Morusiewicz http://funfromatoz.com/
May 16 Debby Ritenbaugh Brown http://higheredhands.blogspot.com/
May 18 Michelle Mattingly http://stitchesofjoi.blogspot.com/
May 19 Cheryl Sleboda http://blog.muppin.com

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

#springcleanyourstudio

 I have been posting about the #Springcleanyourstudio Blog hop....have you been following our mess?



Go check out the previous hop studios!  They are awesome and some are doing some Pre blog hopping about the event with videos which may just make you join in.  Just do it!  My big day is Sunday May 17th....stop on over. 
Check out Amalia Teresa Parra Morusiewicz over at:
http://funfromatoz.com/2015/05/12/thinking-big-studio-secrets/

Here's our blog line up:

May 7 Kathy Mathews http://www.chicagonow.com/quilting-sewing-creating/
May 8 Misty Cole Http://www.dailydesignwall.blogspot.com
May 9 Heather Kinion http://heatherkinion.com/
May 10 Jessica Darling http://jessicakdarling.com/
May 11 Lisa Blevis Filion http://upstatelisa.blogspot.com/
May 12 Peta Minerof-Bartos http://www.thenotsewguiltyquilter.blogspot.com/
May 13 Mandy Leins http://mandalei.com/
May 14 Amalia Teresa Parra Morusiewicz http://funfromatoz.com/
May 15 Sam Hunter http://huntersdesignstudio.com/
May 16 Debby Ritenbaugh Brown http://higheredhands.blogspot.com/
May 17 Debbie Kleve Berkebile http://www.mountaintrailquilttreasure.blogspot.com/
May 18 Michelle Mattingly http://stitchesofjoi.blogspot.com/
May 19 Cheryl Sleboda http://blog.muppin.com

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Spring Cleaning Blog Hop ~ Starts Today!

Ironing board?

My very first blog hop.  Cheryl Sleboda of Muppin.com asked a group of us if we'd like to participate in a blog hop to show how clean our studios can really get!!  Mine definitely needs cleaning. Follow along with us through our mess!  Show your before and after pictures on social media ~ use #springcleanyourstudio

Here's our blog line up:

May 7 Kathy Mathews http://www.chicagonow.com/quilting-sewing-creating/
May 8 Misty Cole Http://www.dailydesignwall.blogspot.com
May 9 Heather Kinion http://heatherkinion.com/
May 10 Jessica Darling http://jessicakdarling.com/
May 11 Lisa Blevis Filion http://upstatelisa.blogspot.com/
May 12 Peta Minerof-Bartos http://www.thenotsewguiltyquilter.blogspot.com/
May 13 Mandy Leins http://mandalei.com/
May 14 Amalia Teresa Parra Morusiewicz http://funfromatoz.com/
May 15 Sam Hunter http://huntersdesignstudio.com/
May 16 Debby Ritenbaugh Brown http://higheredhands.blogspot.com/
May 17 Debbie Kleve Berkebile http://www.mountaintrailquilttreasure.blogspot.com/
May 18 Michelle Mattingly http://stitchesofjoi.blogspot.com/
May 19 Cheryl Sleboda http://blog.muppin.com

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4th Challenge of Fabric Printing at home ~ Rubbings
May 7th, 2015
Come join the fun and guess for prizes!  I won this time!!
Here is Julie's blog ~
Julie B Booth ~ threadbornblog.com

So I used the same tools from my previous textured pieces and decided to do my rubbings from those. They turned out ok.  I like the rice rubbing the best.  Top left hand corner.  The mesh fruit bag is the top right and bottom left corners.  I used a texture plate I have for the bottom right hand corner.  I do like that one a lot, although it is not something from the kitchen!

I decided to go through my kitchen drawers to find anything else I could use.  I came up with a grater and a plastic jar opener.  The grater came out nicely. 
 
I have been sick all week and drinking a lot of tea with lemon in it.  I cut the last of the lemon and had the very end of it left, so I decided it would be fun to see what it printed like.  I think I like that the best! Purple lemons!

 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Challenge 3 - May 5th, 2015
Scavenger Hunt - Fabric Printing at Home - Texture Challenge

I tried some fun things tonight with the creating texture challenge.  I had bought some of the sticky back foam sheets at Joann's on Saturday.  I have been want to make some stencils/masks/etc out of them, but instead for now I had fun sticking my kitchen finds to them for this texture challenge.  I cut the foam piece in half and to the one I stuck a lemon plastic bag and the other piece - rice!

 
I decided to use the plastic weave first and used yellow paint first and pressed it onto my fabric.  I then used orange paint and pressed it the opposite direction onto my fabric.  I got a little too much paint in a couple of the areas so it turned out a denser pattern, but in all I was pleased with the outcome.

I then painted a very watered down turquoise paint on to some of the areas of the fabric to give it a little different coloration.  Then I painted the foam piece that had the rice pressed to it with turquoise.
Pressed and rolled it with my brayer and  I really like the effect!  I may get the hang of this printing yet! 


Have fun experimenting~ I know I am.


Here is Julie's blog ~
Julie B Booth ~ threadbornblog.com


Sunday, May 3, 2015

Fabric Printing at Home  ~ May 1st, 2015

So as you all know I love broadening my horizons when it comes to art.  So one of the surface design artist is having a challenge on her blog.  I of course wanted to join in and see what I could create.  I went with a wine theme, using the bottom of a wine glass, shot glass and the end of a cork.

She has a lot of different techniques that you can try with just everyday kitchen items!  So go follow along and join in.  Prizes and art! What more could you possible ask for!

Scavenger Hunt - Circle Challenge
Here is her blog ~
Julie B Booth ~ threadbornblog.com

















Challenge #2 of printing - Lines ~ May 3rd, 2015
I originally did these pieces to start out with.  I used a wooden skewer and tried to roll it across the gelliplate to get lines, but that didn't work so well.  I then went and scribbled with the skewer on the plate and then pressed my fabric on it.  I also used a small whip to make some marks. I painted watery thin yellow paint for accent.





































I really didn't like them too much.  So I decided after reading Lynn Krawczyk blog and seeing her piece I wanted to do some more on these.  So I used popsicle sticks - small ones that I use to mix paint with and sprayed an orange dye over them.  Awww much better! This has really been a great learning experience on how to go about printing with lots of different techniques.  I think they could withstand one or two more rounds of paint...maybe circles!