One fine day in July I thought it would be fun to make some sun prints, so I dragged everything outside and got busy. Turns out it wasn't so fun.
A frustrating, intermittent breeze lifted my boards, flipped the fabric edges, and blew my leaves out of place. I was forced to use rocks as weights to hold things in place, which I thought would be a fine solution.
Turns out it wasn't as clever as I'd hoped. Some of the rocks printed, too. Doh!😖
The second print confirmed the rock printing phenomenon.
After much swearing, chasing of leaves, and stomping around the garden, I packed it in and moved to the basement. No wind there!
Weirdly, some of my fabrics didn't feel like 100% cotton. I'm not even sure why they were in my stash, but I decided to paint them anyway. Nothing ventured, nothing gained!
As I was taking pictures I had a monumental slip and fall, thanks to a piece of waxed paper that got away from the pile of pressed leaves tucked under a table.
My poor tailbone smashed onto the concrete floor! OUCH!!! An abrupt end to my play day.
The next day, I limped downstairs to see the results.
Some prints were successful, and others - well. They'll make great supporting players in my work, but are rather disappointing on their own. Not really a surprise. These paints don't do well on poly-cotton blends.
I used an unimpressive print as a background to help show off a better one.
You may have noticed that several of the fabric pieces on the painting table were odd shapes and sizes. I figured I might as well paint everything, and figure out what to do with those bits later.
While looking things over, I noticed that a few bits looked rather pretty together. I sewed them into a little composition that makes me happy. (If you weighed in on the purple/pink placement, thanks!)
I'm now considering this batik for an accent - somehow, some way - maybe. We'll see.
Despite my unfortunate injury, I've been able to stand without much pain. Client quilting goes on!
Fresh off the Frame
First up - pebbles and swirls for days! (daze? ha!)
Next up - pantographs on pretties!
Modern Twist pantograph:
Memory Quilt #1 - Hearts in Bloom pantograph:
Memory Quilt #2 - Modern Twist pantograph:
Memory Quilt #3 - Techno pantograph:
Knowing the reason for memory quilts is emotionally taxing for all involved. It helps ease my own heart to imagine how these quilts will offer immediate comfort, and I hope they will eventually trigger happy memories when the time is right.
Linking Up With:
Monday Making @ Love Laugh Quilt
Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation
Try, Learn & Grow!