Thursday, December 17, 2015

For the Star Wars Fans

Today is a big week for Star Wars fans.  I remember going to see the first trilogy in my youth, and then seeing the second with my boys.  So I thought it would only be appropriate to share this piece with you today.
This started as a sample for my thread painting class.  When I found the fabric in my stash—Star Wars fans, please do not disclose how old my stash is!  I called my Yoda expert to make sure my color choices were correct.  I spent over an hour texting and speaking with my son.  It was great to take the time to relive some of our Star Wars adventures, among other things. 

In the class I was making the point to help develop your skills in thread painting it is helpful to thread paint a design found in fabric. This is great to learn about shading with different colors of thread and how to use different stitches to cover the area.  For the class we then created post cards or a journal page, but I knew this Yoda piece deserved more.
So I found the appropriate quote on Pinterest and machine embroidered it to the back ground fabric.  Then I quilted my green space atmosphere all over the back ground piece.  Next I appliqu├ęd the thread painted Yoda on the top of the quilted piece.  Then using the Dusty Ferrell’s Black light thread colors by YLI  I extended the light saber.
While the piece was fun to create, I appreciate the memories of being with my boys in their youth and working with my Yoda expert more.  So be sure to not miss out connecting with friends and family, don’t be too busy and miss out on the more important things. -Linda

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

And the Winner is. . .

And the winner of my free Craftsy class, Exploring Natural Machine-Quilting Motifs is. . . . 

Leah O Conner!!!!

Leah, please send me an email with at with your contact information.

Thank you all for participating, and as a special bonus--use this link to get my class at a special rate!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Sparkle On!

I’m a big fan of sparkle, no big surprise to those who know me!  So I am always looking for ways to include it in the things I create.  One of my favorite mixed media techniques is using glitter to add sparkle to projects.  

You need an adhesive that bonds glitter to fabric and there are several choices on the market.  I like a product that holds the glitter and still allows movement to the fabric.   I have used Artist Glitter Fabric Dries Clear Adhesive, from Art Institute Glitter, Inc, Cottonwood, AZ, and absolutely loved it.  

 As far as the glitter goes, make sure it is a polyester glitter.  There are glass glitters on the market, but glass will cut fabric fibers so use them on your non- fabric pieces. Also this is not the glitter that your children use on their art projects.  A good polyester glitter will allow you to wash the item and keep the glitter in its desired location.

Attach a piece of freezer paper behind your project for stability, or tape your fabric to a piece of cardboard, this will keep the piece from moving and putting glitter and adhesive where you don’t want it.

For this project I am using the printed motif on the fabric to jazz up my serger cardigan.  I love to do this because I am just enhancing what is all ready there.
I started using a paper towel, but realized the texture would be working against me!

I recommend using a piece of paper to hold and catch the excess glitter so when you are done with that color, you can pour the excess glitter back into jar.

There are metal tips available so you can pipe or squeeze out a fine line.  I used a fine paint brush to fill in the areas I desired to glitter. The glue can be painted on when slightly diluted with water to keep the glue fluid. This is just enough to spread it easily, not to dilute it so it no longer serves as an adhesive.

Spoon the glitter on the adhesive while glue is wet, it should be white and shiny. Turn the project over paper and tap backside with a spoon (or finger) to expel excess glitter before moving onto next color. The adhesive will hold the glitter; you do not have to wait for it to dry before tapping excess off. 

Always put adhesive down in small, controlled areas, so glitter can be applied before adhesive begins to dry. 

If you make a mistake, you may be able to lift(gently scrape) the area using some quilter’s template plastic (or a stiff thin piece of something that won’t absorb the glue or stick to the fabric) after you have added the glitter to the design.

Depending on thickness of adhesive and climate in your area, it should dry in 10 to 30 minutes.  The adhesive recommends a 4-5 hour drying time for durability.

The adhesive also recommends heat setting your project using your oven.  Be sure others in your home know what you are doing! Preheat your oven 300 degrees. SHUT OFF OVEN ONCE PREHEATED.
Remove paper, tape and place item, design side up, on a foil-lined cookie sheet.
Place in the oven; be sure the oven is shut off. Leave in 30 minutes to set. 

You can then wash the item inside out in cold water before wearing. Line dry or tumble dry low. Do not bleach or dry-clean item.

One of the most stunning effects comes from using a pearlescent glitter on brightly colored fabric. The pearlescent colors compliment the fabric colors beautifully!

Imagine the possibilities, I found the product to be flexible and wonderful to add another dimension to my quilts.  I used it on the rose quilt to emphasis the rain drops, and on the butterfly quilt to create sparkly butterflies. So don't be afraid to add some sparkle to your next project!-Linda

Sunday, December 13, 2015

There is Still Time Left!

You can still enter to win my Craftsy Class Exploring Natural Machine-Quilting Motifs! To motivate you to enter, check out what individuals have to say about my class:

Reviews of this Class

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Excellent Really Enjoyed This Class  November 28, 2015

Linda's quilts are amazing - and so is this class. Starting with simple shapes and working up to beautiful nature inspired motifs, Linda makes you believe that you are in with a chance of achieving similar results. Well, we shall see - but it's been really fun trying!
A lovely class Linda, and you are a great tutor. Thank you.
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Excellent I loved this class  November 5, 2015

Another way to quilt with hearts, leaves, vegetables, flowers, shells etc... These quilting designs can even be used as embroideries. All the technique is very easy to follow and open other doors for a different quilting way. Very interesting class. Thank you Linda.
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Excellent Linda's Great! Love This class!  October 12, 2015

Very fun and inspirational.
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Excellent Easy to understand, great details!  October 6, 2015

Love the way Linda starts out with basic shapes and then expands on them with more easy shapes to create designs that look difficult, but aren't! Also love the way she sketches them out before going to the machine, so it is really easy to follow along. I'm not a freestyle artist, but with Linda's class, these motifs seem attainable. Thanks, Linda!
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Excellent Brilliant nature motifs  October 4, 2015

Denise S
Brilliant. This is one of the best of the many Craftsy classes I have taken. Linda uses variations on simple shapes to create detailed realistic looking nature motifs. Linda has the ability to break this down to a simple process and to execute the designs on a domestic sewing machine. A soothing well modulated voice, and a natural teaching style, including how to correct errors made this a pleasure to watch.

So don't delay!  Instructions on how to enter can be found here.  Thanks, Linda

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Practicing Your Free-Motion Quilting Motifs

One of the things I encourage my free-motion quilting students to do is to keep a sketch book of your practice designs. Treat yourself to a sketch book that is dedicated to your doodles. 

Use a pen, and don’t erase any errors.  To emulate you stitching the motif with your machine, don’t lift the pen from the paper. 

By sketching or doodling your designs you will start to develop a muscle memory that will help you execute the motif with your sewing machine.  As you develop your skills, the sketch book becomes a great record of how you have improved in your skills.  

 So gather your supplies and start doodling some great quilting motifs!-Linda

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Threads Magazine Machine Embroidery Challenge

A few posts back I mentioned entering in the Threads Magazine Machine Embroidery Challenge. 

I just found out that my peacock shawl has been chosen as one of the five semifinalists!!!  (Happy Dance!!)
I digitized the peacock feather design, and then thread painted the raw edge appliqued bird.  What many don’t realize is at that time my largest hoop would only stitch out one of the feathers at a time.  The 84” x 22” shawl took 40 hoopings to stitch out all the feathers!
It also has some hot fix crystals on it to embellish it further.  It has become one of my favorite wardrobe accessories.
Photo by Susie Seaman
You must vote by December 15th, so follow this link,  and cast a vote for your favorite piece.  

Feeling honored to be recognized, Linda