Monday, November 12, 2018

Lost and Found quilts

I have located a couple of quilts that I didn't have on the list of quilts that I've made.  They weren't in my books of stories about the quilts and pictures.  Somewhere back in my box of old photos, I'm sure there is a picture of them??  Anyway, I made lots of quilts over the years and many of them were for classes that I was teaching.  So, I'm surmising that I must have been in a hurry to produce them for class samples.  Then when I got buried in quilts at the house, I gave a lot of them away to my friends and relatives.  Two of my friends recently came over for lunch and loaned back the quilts that I had given them.  It was all part of the process of gathering up the quilts for the solo show that was held in October.

To my surprise, they both had quilts that I recognized but had no record of!  Of course, neither one had a hanging sleeve, and only one had my signature.  (Sigh).

It was fun seeing all the quilts loaned back to me, and even more fun to see all the people!  I hope you have your quilts spread out among your friends and family too.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Fabrico Markers

I purchased some Fabrico markers for highlighting and shading quilts a few months ago.  One of my friends uses them a lot on her quilts, and since she has won so many top awards, I thought that I should learn how to use them too.  Fabrico markers are a product by Tsukineko, which makes other products that are used by art quilters and paper crafters. I usually use Derwent Inktense pencils with fabric medium to add depth to my quilts, and have written a blog or two about how to use them.  The Inktense pencils are really easy to use and they don't bleed when you use fabric medium.   These markers also do not bleed.

I made a little butterfly quilt and after appliqueing down the pieces to the painted background, I thought that it looked totally flat and fake.  I wasn't trying to make a realistic butterfly, per se, but I wanted to make it look less like a cartoon character.  I used the markers and found them easy to apply, but I had to go over the area a few times to be able to see the shading.

Here is the picture of the little quilt before and after the shading, but before the quilting.  It's faint for sure.  You can see it more on the body than on the wings.

I hope you try new products too.