Naturally I thought, "why not make more work for myself by piecing them together first." ;-)
|Anything can happen!|
Actually, I was interested in how the process would work across seams, so this really was a sensible course of action.
Have you seen discharge spray in action? It's pretty cool.
Spray. Let dry. Iron to activate the magic!
It smells like ass. But it works!
Here is a section that needed one more bit of branch on the right. It's been sprayed and has had time to dry completely. The next few photos will show how the image appears when hit with the iron.
|Discharge spray becomes practically undetectable when dry.|
Barely touched, and the image is starting to show.
|A hint of things to come.|
A little more heat . . . it could be left like this if desired, but I kept going.
|Image becomes more definite as heat is applied.|
Lots of heat and steam gave the effect I wanted.
|The final result.|
|My experiment is shaping up - more to come!|
Experimenting is a must when heading into a larger project, and I'm not done with this yet. I'd like to test paint colours for stamping, thread colours and types, and quilting motifs to see what I like.
The imagery will be different on the actual project - it's the techniques and colours that matter here.
Oh, but before I stamp and stitch, I plan to test bleach as a discharge agent on the same group of fabrics. Bleach reacts immediately, and there is wayyyy less control than with the decolourant spray. It's going to be exciting!
|Ready for the next experiment!|
I'm going to test each fabric separately - I'm hoping to accidentally-on-purpose (serendipitously) create images that can be worked into my actual project. If a fabric responds extremely well, I'll be able to discharge more on the spot. (Let's hope for the best, right?)
Fresh off the Frame
Quilts that come to me with no particular deadline may wait a bit as I work to meet hard deadlines in quilting and in life.
The biggest lesson I have learned is to not rush a quilt. If I do, the quilt suffers. I suffer. The owner doesn't get my very best work.
If you are waiting for a quilt, please know that it is best for it to go on the frame when I can give it my full, loving attention. The design will be better. The flow will happen. And I won't want to burn your quilt. (ha!)
If it's waiting it's because I'm not ready. I'm still thinking of how to do the quilting. Obsessing, really! Drawing, scheming, visualizing, hunting for ideas in my class notes and online. Sometimes a quilt has to marinate, even after it is on the frame. So I try to wait until I'm ready.
So . . . if you are waiting, thank you so much for your patience with my process!!! Yours is probably next!!!
(Seriously, it is! I'll bet you know who you are!)
Now, how 'bout some quilts that have made it through the studio in time for Christmas!
A cheerful red, black & white features the Hearts in Bloom pantograph.
|Hearts in Bloom pantograph|
Feathers are set off by straight lines in the table topper, below.
A lacy feather fills the black/silver areas, and a swirly feather adds interest to the red areas. Both wrap in a clockwise direction around the quilt, appearing to weave themselves together.
|Quilting close up!|
I knew ahead of time that the red minky on the back of the next quilt would be trimmed, tucked and wrapped to the front as binding. I trimmed the batting to the edge of the top after quilting, and the rest will happen in the hands of its maker.
|Flannel with a minky back - cozy!!|
Speaking of Life . . .
It wouldn't be Christmas without traditions, and in our family that includes a day of tart baking. We missed it last year and none of us wanted to miss it again, so we coordinated our schedules (a herculean effort!) and had (almost) a whole day together! By the end of the day we had produced hundreds of delicious butter and jam tarts - all from scratch. Yumm!
|Good thing these freeze well!|
It's not finished. (Captain Obvious here. ha!)
But it is insulated and has a temporary furnace warming things up for the workers. Yay for progress!
Try, Learn, & Grow!
P.S. Find me on Instagram under my blog name, Fresh off the Frame.
I'm a bit weird about not sharing the same thing in two places, so photos that appear there will not typically appear here, and vice versa. Keepin' things fresh, all around!