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Sunday, January 1, 2017

New Year ~ New Adventure Tutorial


Have you ever purchased new art books 
and supplies.
Got home and couldn't wait to try them out . . .
only to be disappointed?
I have many times . . .

But that wasn't the case this time:)




I am inspired to push my quilting
in a new artful direction
and these products are going to help me.

I haven't been this excited 
in a very long time!

Here's A little tutorial 
of what I have been doing . . .

1.  Make a sketch

  
 2When it's the way you want it take a sharpie 
and go over the main lines. 

3.  Sandwich two pieces of fabric 
with batting


4. Slide your sketch between the batting
and top fabric


5. Trace your sketch onto the fabric


6.  Carry over to your sewing machine
and with a darning foot and your
feed pedals down, start to draw with dark thread.


This step is so much fun!


7.  Tape your fabric to a table
with freezer paper (shiny side up) under it.
Then paint like you would a watercolor.


 Now, I have the tools to marry
Art Journaling
&
Quilting
&
it's so much fun!


Here are some of my other blocks.


After they dry for 72 hours they 
are suppose to be machine washable.


At that time I am going to go in with
white thread and do some more quilting
before using them as quilt blocks.


Here is where I used the markers.
After the fabric is dry you can write on 
it with the fabric markers.

I hope some of my excitement has rubbed off
on you . . . It's a new year
and time to dive into new adventures
in creativity:)


As I was leaving the Art Barn
I turned around and took this photo.
It was getting dark and the flash
focused on the snow coming down.  



Here's where I was headed . . .
Our little home looks warm and cozy :)

I know that this was a long post . . .
but if you have time
please leave a comment. 

Would you ever think about trying this?

 Keep Smiling!

Your blogging sister,
Connie:)


62 comments:

  1. It look like you have a fun new pastime there! I enjoyed your snow photos. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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    1. I can't wait to see how these will look worked into a quilt :) I love trying new techniques.
      We are getting a blizzard . . . the wind is blowing so hard right now that the snow is coming down sideways.

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  2. Oh, this looks like so much fun!

    I love all your sewing projects and you might even motivate me to get busy!

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    1. I can see this being used for any different projects. I just hope it holds up to washing like it claims to :) I'm sure it will, I've never spilled paint on something I liked and had it wash out, LOL

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  3. Connie, I can feel your excitement.Love what you have started to do, and the snow photos are so pretty- like post cards!

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    1. It's always so much fun, when you try something and it works that good the first try :)

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  4. OH MY GOSH!!!!! Connie I LOVE these. I have to try it. Now a trip to the craft store is in order for paints and markers not to mention I need to get a darning foot. I'm full of questions here though...lol Do you need to use those paints in order for it to be machine washable? When you trace the design on the fabric do you use a regular pencil or something else? When you stitch do you have a preferred stitch setting for the length? I probably have more questions but I think I've already made a pest out of myself

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    1. I'm never sure if these replies make it to your email, So, I'll answer this in an email. I'm so excited that you are excited, too!

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  5. Oh Wow Connie you did a fabulous job with these, such a fun new creative way to add to your quilting, Love them!!

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    1. Thank you so much! I have to say that I'm having a ball. Now I'm thinking cushions and pillows :)

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  6. That post wasn't too long at all........you just took the time to take us through each step...I like that !

    I'd like to try more thread-sketching, and I like this way of giving me something to base mine on....a sketch.


    And I adore the photos, focusing on the snow. We don't have snow, and I love snow, but I don't drive on snow, so I'll live vicariously (almost said PRECARIOUSLY) through yours !

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    1. I am delighted that I could inspire you to try this. I'm going to pull out my old art journals and turn some of those sketches into pillows for my Art Barn. This is such a sweet comment, thank you . . . you've given me a nice positive boost to start my day. I'll have to do some shoveling to get out to the barn this morning. It snowed like crazy last night and the wind is still blowing from the north.

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  7. You are very talented.
    The last two pictures remind me of a snow globe, very pretty.

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    1. I never thought of that but you are so right . . . wow, we live in a snow globe, LOL

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  8. Connie this is wonderful! Truly inspirational!
    Happy new year!

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  9. I think this is fantastic. I'm not artistic and the sewing machine I bought a year ago (heavy duty one) is still in the box unopened. But hope springs eternal they say and I am pinning this post for future guidance if and when I open that box! I do think you did an excellent job of making it look fairly easy to do and I am sure I could come up with a half way decent project piece should I get busy with it.

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    1. The first thing that I want to say is . . . open that box!
      Dear friend you have no idea of the wonderful adventures that are waiting for you.
      1.Open
      2.Read instructions
      3.Have Fun!!!
      Happy New Year!

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  10. You certainly got my attention and I loved your wonderful tutorial. I will be waiting for next post to see how it progress's it looks amazing. Your snow shots were a delight.

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    1. It exciting; I also can't wait to see my progress.
      Thank you for your sweet words of encouragement :)

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  11. I love how the snowy photos turned out!!

    Many years ago my mother did some tea towels in what she called " Liquid Embroidery". Somewhere I still have a couple of them as keepsakes.

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    1. That's cool, and thanks for the comment on the snowy photos. One blogging sister said that they reminded her of a snow globe and I think that really fits :) The wind is still blowing and it cuts to the bone when you go outside. I've got all of my Christmas decoration down and packed up, but we don't want to fight this wind to put them in the shed and well house. Hopefully we'll get some milder weather soon.

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  12. Your snow pics are beautiful. I recently used crayons on a small quilt! I wasn't thrilled with the result, but I will try again, and benefit from what I learned.

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    1. It's fun learning new techniques and being able to be more creative with fabric. I don't want to ever stop learning :)

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  13. What exciting techniques to start the year. You're off and running.

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    1. I love learning new things and different ways to express creativity. My husband says that I came out of the womb with crayons in my hands and singing show tunes, LOL

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  14. Oh Connie, it looks so fun! Your blocks turned out absolutely darling! Can't wait till they all come together in a quilt.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Can you tell I'm excited? I love learning anything that has to do with creativity :)

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  15. This looks like so much fun! I used to dabble in painting fabric YEARS ago! I would draw or transfer the image onto muslin, then use a Sharpie (even then! in the 60's) and then paint inside the lines with fabric paint. They even had it in the 60's. then I would put it on batting and hand stitch around the image. I made a few pillows doing that, but kind of lost interest I guess. I did enjoy it and this opens up whole new possibilities! I love what you have done so far!

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    1. Hi Marilyn, the more I know about you the more I realize how much we have in common . . . to bad you don't live closer. I'm sure it would be fun to craft quilt, and garden together :)

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  16. Oops! I almost missed this! Oh Connie, it looks like such a fun thing to do, but I just don't have your skills. You seem to know the colors and pictures and what looks best where. You get a lot done in a short time. I can't wait to see the quilt. I love the snow pictures. Your home does look cozy and warm. Love, Henny

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    1. Those snow pictures really surprised me, I had no idea how the flash would capture the snowflakes . . . I'm glad I tried taking them, it was getting dark and I didn't even no if I would get anything. As for the free motion embroidery, have you ever tried it on your machine. I think you would be surprised at how much fun it is.

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  17. Wow! You have given me so many ideas! I can't wait to get started! I love your bocks...simple, yet so pretty!!!

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    1. This is the kind of comment I was hoping for . . . you are going to love this and I know that this is just the beginning. Once you get started with a new technique and feel comfortable with it, then it is time to take it to another level. There are so many possibilities with this :) Please keep me informed when you start, I want to see what amazing things are being imagined and created with your talent.

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  18. HAppy New Year Connie - it looks like you had a lot of fun with this! Here's to more adventures in 2107 :-)

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    1. It's going to be a great new year . . . adventures in quilting, sign making , gardening and kayaking . . . and who knows what else. Once you reach my age, you realize that if you want to try something new, you better do it now, don't let any moss start growing under your feet. We all should get out of bed with the attitude that today we will enjoy every wonderful moment. Whistle while you work, hug and say, I love you, and slow down enough to enjoy God beautiful planet earth :) Here's wishing you a bright and happy new year, my friend . . . Enjoy!

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  19. Wow, this is amazing! I'm afraid I don't have even a fraction of your creative muse, at least not in this manner. I will just have to enjoy looking at your beautiful creations through your blog. :-)

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    1. Melanie, you are so sweet, thank you :)

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  20. Happy New Year Connie! I can envision some really beautiful and original quilts coming out of your art barn this year. The snow scenes were just lovely and everything looked so peaceful and really seemed to capture the essence of the moment. I felt like I was walking beside you and could feel the cold nipping my cheeks and hear the stillness of a snowy night. Blessings to my blogging friend.

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    1. You are so sweet, the way you describe those photos makes me almost want to go outside and take a walk . . . almost, but it's just so cold :)

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  21. PS: Please Stop by my blog and meet the new addition to our family.

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  22. The only reason I wouldn't attempt it is because I know better! I'm not the artist that you are. I wish I was, but I know my limits. I still make the same bird, and fish, that my Dad showed me how to make when I was about eight years old. Kind of looks like a figure eight with a beak and stick legs! Girl, you have talent!
    Sorry to see someone plowed into your fence. That is the reason I don't like winter. People wreck, all the time. They don't slow down. And because it's cold, and I don't like to be cold. It is pretty though. And those last two pictures you took of your adorable art barn and warm and cozy house are perfect! If I didn't know any better, I'd like winter because it LOOKS pretty! I know better though! Take care!

    Cindy

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    1. I know what you mean. Winter is like a pair of beautiful high-heel shoes. Just because it looks pretty doesn't mean it's comfortable, LOL.

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  23. Beautiful work Connie! I just love the blocks you made. I have wanted to do more in the 'art' quilt genre. I look forward to seeing more of your wonderful projects in the coming year. Which of the books you purchased had the directions for this process?

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    1. The first book and the second hint a bit toward this method, but I got more information about painting on fabric from doing Goggle searches. You can find almost anything on line :)

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  24. What a fabulous post, Connie. Your enthusiasm is infectious! Love what you've done with the designs and new techniques. There is no stopping your creativity! As for the snow pictures, they are incredible - I couldn't believe you'd taken thenm to start with. No snow here - far too mild, although we've had some frosts.

    Thank you for your visit and you lovely comment - the 2 copies of the mini-album are now finished and I gave the copy to our friends today on our outing (photos on my blog). I am hoping soon to make a video slideshow of the completed album and also do a blog post with all the photos of the finished pages. We are still very busy with various social activities and I've got quite a bit of catching up to do.

    Happy New Year!
    Shoshi

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    1. Hi Shoshi, it is always fun hearing from you. Thanks for your sweet comment . . . and keep on making your charming pieces, I love visiting and seeing what you are up to :)

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  25. Sounds like you will be having lots of fun! So talented in many areas and always doing something new! Love the snow pictures! Nancy

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    1. Hi Nancy, did you get my email? I'm just wondering how your move is going. It must be so hard moving this time of the year. Wishing you the very best!

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  26. You totally blow me away...always something new, exciting! I can't wait to see what you do with these pieces!!!

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    1. Isn't it always fun to learn something new? Especially when it is something that sets your imagination on overdrive, LOL.

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  27. Oh, my goodness, how much fun you must be having, Connie. If I could draw even slightly I might try this. Your designs are wonderful. My favorite is the sparrow. So sweet. I have been considering taking up hand embroidery again and using it in my fiber arts. I've seen some really wonderful things on Pinterest. Have fun!

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    1. Don't you just love Pinterest . . . It's like having a Smorgasbord of projects to spark the imagination. Thank you for your kind comment, it means a lot :)

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  28. The snow photos came out amazing! don't you love when your camera 'sees' what you see! And yes, I might try this. Looks like fun. I'll mark this post in my favs to read again later. I need some new projects for this new year! Hugs, Diane

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    1. Hi Diane, I am delighted that I could be an inspiration for your new project list this year. I think you'll enjoy trying this.

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  29. Looks like you are having yet more crafting fun!

    I do like those last two photographs too ...

    Sending my good wishes to you and yours for a happy and healthy 2017.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Good Morning Jan, thank you so much and thanks to your blog we will have some healthy recipes to try :)

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  30. Hi Connie..oh beautiful ..love your arty stuff..
    thanks on my Valentine girls too :)
    hugs,Patty

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    1. Thank you so much. I love company and visiting back and forth with blogging sisters. Your blog is awesome, I enjoyed my visit there, too.

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  31. Connie,
    You have certainly inspired me...that you for the tutorial. I love every single block that you made...I especially love the Ball jar and the sparrow...the colors are so pretty in all of them! I can't wait to see it all put together!
    The photos of the snow flakes were pretty too.
    I hope that you had a wonderful holiday! Hugs, Kimberley

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    1. One of my favorite things to read in a comment is that I could be an inspiration to another blogging sister. Thank you and have fun with this.

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