Wednesday 7 March 2012
Lots of progress on our art quilts today! I’m ready for the fabric painting tomorrow and then stitching. If I’m lucky I *might* have it close to completed by Friday when we finish up at noon. But then, I thought I’d be at the painting stage by about noon today.
I’m having heaps of fun! The gals in our group are a great bunch, and I’m getting to know those on my table and those at the next table across quite well. We were in fits of laughter over some silly thing today.
My piece is starting to come together and I’m feeling much happier about it. I changed tack a bit today — I removed the clouds from my piece and replaced them with another range of hills, and I decided to not try to emulate the difficult needle-like casuarina trees, instead opting for a stylised representation of them with overhanging ‘pods’.
Just so I don’t forget the process, here’s a summary of the steps:
- Poster-size photo, taped together.
- Clear plastic taped over the photo and draw with a fine Sharpie the outlines where the tones and colours change in the photo.
- Pull the photo out, flip it over and put it back under the plastic.
- Tape together freezer paper (on the back, cut off excess paper where it’s taped together).
- Tape freezer paper down over the plastic and draw the outlines again, this time with an ultra fine Sharpie. This is the pattern.
- Tape white muslin over the freezer paper and transfer the outlines to the muslin using pencil. This is where the fused pieces will go.
- Mark the pattern with color shades (use a color chart of swatches if you want).
- Cut out a section of the pattern at a time (using an Exacto knife) and iron it on the front side of the fabric you want to use.
- Using an 18 mm rotary cutter, cut loosely around the edge of the pattern piece on the fabric. Leave about 1/2 an inch.
- Iron MistyFuse on to the back of that fabric piece — cut the MistyFuse to the size of the fabric so there’s no excess that will gunk up the iron. Iron between two sheets of parchment (baking?) paper — it releases the heat much quicker than a Teflon ironing sheet).
- Using the 18 mm rotary cutter, cut closely around the fabric and pattern piece. Peel off the pattern piece.
- Place the fabric right side up on the muslin, and, when you’re happy with it, fuse it down with the iron.
- Cut out other smaller pieces from that pattern and finish off that section.
- Only do one small section at a time, otherwise you’ll get lost and will just have a massive jigsaw puzzle to sort out!
- After fusing everything down (this could take a couple of days, depending on the size and complexity of your photo!), you’re ready to use fabric paint to soften edges, add shadows, add highlights, deal with the tiny details you can’t do easily with fabric, etc.
- Once you’re done with the paint, you’re ready to stitch. You can either do surface stitching (thread painting) first if it’s likely to be very dense, or go straight to applying the batting and backing and then doing the free motion quilting.
- Square up the quilt, add borders and/or binding. (If you’re adding borders, hold off on putting on the batting and backing until after you’ve squared up the quilt and applied the borders!).
Lunch today was tacos, but we made them ourselves from all the supplied ingredients, which means you could eat as healthily or as unhealthily as you wanted to! Also, chicken tortilla soup. I’m impressed with the meals here — they DON’T dress the salads, or add gravy or similar to meals. They leave that for the individual to add. And it’s pretty much all REAL food too — very little that’s processed. Lots of fresh fruit all the time, too, even at the coffee stations outside our rooms.
Dinner is early tonight, then we go to The Quilt Haus for some exclusive shopping
Later… Dinner was Chicken Cordon Bleu with peas and potatoes and a tomato and basil soup; there was something for dessert but I didn’t even look at it.
After buying a few metres of fabric at The Quilt Haus (well, it *is* half the price that we pay in Australia AND there was 10% off!), we returned to the resort and a few of us went back to our workshop room to continue working on our projects. I started my fabric painting and I want to finish that by mid-morning tomorrow so I can start sewing!! No, I haven’t touched a sewing machine, thread etc. the entire time I’ve been here!
Oh, BTW, Kim announced the 2013 faculty for the Quilting Adventures (www.quilting-adventures.com) seminars and retreats after dinner this evening, and it’s an impressive line-up:
- March 3 to 8, 2013: Gail Garber, Katie Pasquini Masopust, Paula Nadelstern, Cindy needham, and Michelle Watts
- March 10 to 15, 2013: Robbi Joy Eklow, Rayna Gillman, Lyric Kinard, Velda Newman, and Terry Waldron.
- June 3 to 6, 2013: Susan Brubaker Knapp (I’d LOVE to attend this one!)
- September 19 to 22, 2013: Susan Cleveland.
Click on the small photos to see them larger; the first ones (the completed ones!) are some of Lenore’s work — the others are the work of those in my group, and mine: