Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Embellishing with Stamps and Buttons

Most of you know that every art quilt I make has embellishing on it.   My preference is 3D embellishing, but I do like using stamps and different techniques.

I bought a really cool circle stamp yesterday  ( I am also currently obsessed with circles).  
It is going to be for my current art quilt, to be used on the background, to give some variety to it.

I tried out several different ways to apply it.  Here are the results:

This one I put the stamp under the fabric and brushed Shiva Paintstik on the fabric.

I used the same method as above, but with a marker.

I used a brayer and put paint on the stamp, then stamped it onto the fabric.

I love buttons.   I use them on many of my quilts.   Okay, I use them on all my quilts.   But I wanted more from the buttons.  I didn't like that I was limited to whatever colours the buttons were and I had no say in the creation of them.   So I ordered a little button making kit.   Now I can use my own fabric to make buttons.   This is Riley Blake fabric, but I am also going to use my hand dyed fabric too.
How cool is this?

I am definitely using both on my quilt in progress.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Fat Quarter Bundle Giveaway

A Chance to Win a Fat Quarter Bundle of Delighted!

Amanda Herring just told her Design Team that she picked up her new Delighted fabric today!  It is sooo awesome.    She is giving you a chance to WIN a fat quarter bundle of it before you can even buy it in stores if you go to her Facebook page and "Like" it.

I do have some fun stuff to show you, but have to unpack some cool things and then will reveal what I have been up to=)

Friday, August 26, 2011

Fat Quarter Bundle Giveaway

Hi everyone!   My friend Jana on the design team is hosting a superb fat quarter giveaway.   We have a fabulous team, but I can tell you Jana is by far the funniest one on it, and it comes through on her blog.  

This fantastic fabric is from Julie's shop.   The same one I had the giveaway from last week, so you know it is amazing fabric.  And a little tip, she is having a super sale again in her etsy store this week.

Hop on over and try and win this beautiful fat quarter bundle by Promenade in blue!

Giveaway Winner

Wow, thanks to everyone for posting on the giveaway!  

The winner was:

Blogger Allison C said...

I follow Intrepid Thread!
August 19, 2011 4:39 PM
Allison, I emailed you.   
For those that didn't win, I will be hosting another giveaway soon as I am nearing 500 posts and that is a cause for celebration.   
Thank you to all my faithful followers, and thank you to all the new ones that signed on.
I have a few things to show you that I have been working on - embellishing ideas and progress on my new art quilt, so stay tuned!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


Look at this new line of fabric that Amanda of The Quilted Fish has designed.  It is called 'Delighted' and should be in stores September.


You only have a day left to enter Julie's giveaway that I am hosting for her.   Click here to leave a comment on this post.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Dyeing and a Sneak Peek

It had been a few weeks since I dyed some fabric, and I was missing seeing it hang on my clothesline.   This is what I did, the one on the right is an overdyed piece of cotton.

This is a sneak peek of an art quilt I am working on.   I am using markers to colour it and the piece is about 35" square.  It is taking a  long time to do, but I can bring it anywhere and it is fun planning what colours go where.

If you haven't entered the fabulous giveaway, scroll down to the post below this one and enter!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Hostess' Half Dozen Giveaway from The Intrepid Thread

How lucky am I that I can call Julie from The Intrepid Thread a friend?  She has asked me to be her hostess in her giveaway this week.

This woman is multi talented.   Look what lovely piece of artwork I received in the mail yesterday from her.
I absolutely adore it!

Julie is part of our design team and recently has opened up an etsy store.   
She literally has the newest fabric coming in around the clock.   Her prices are exceptionally good, and she always has a sale on something.   You must go and check it out.

I follow her blog and it is there I get to see the newest lines, the cool tutorials in her newsletter and all the fun projects she has going.   Plus her weekly giveaways!

As her giveaway hostess,  I picked out 6 FQ's from the new collection Taza by Dena Fishbein for Free Spirit.
One lucky person will win them all!

How to win:
1.   If you are not a follower of The Intrepid Thread, sign up to be one and come back and leave me a comment on this post telling me you did.
2.   If you are not a follower of mine, sign up to be one and leave a comment telling me so.
3.   Post about it on your blog and leave a comment stating you did.
4.   If you already follow both of us, let me know.

I will draw a winner on August 26th.   Good Luck!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Giveaway Winners

As promised, the 2 winners from the Glamp Summer Camp giveaway are:

Blogger Mimi said...

I am already a follower. Thanks for the chance!!

Blogger Sallie said...

I voted. Thanks for the giveaway!

Please check back tomorrow, for another fantastic fabric giveaway!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Giveaway Ends on Thursday

Just a reminder that the giveaway ends this Thursday, August 18, 2011.   Read the post below for information.

Anyone ever colour on fabric before?  With either markers or pencil crayons?   Leave a comment if you know anything about this!  Thanks.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Summer Camp Glamps and Giveaway!

Today is the big day!  The end of Glamp Summer Camp.   The design team, along with 9 other followers of The Quilted Fish blog have submitted photos of their Glamps.   I have had a few sneak peeks and from what I have seen, they are simply stunning.

The team is not competing, but do go over and you will see that several of us have participated and have giveaways.

I also have a giveaway.  In the rare case you didn't know which one was mine.... here it is.   Of course, it has circles and 3D flowers!

Now onto the giveaway.   Amanda of The Quilted Fish, is generously letting me give away some of her fabric she designed.  You will see 3 FQ bundles.   I will pick 2 winners and they will get a surprise of a bundle mailed to them.  

What do you have to do to win?   Well, go over and vote on The Quilted Fish blog.  Come back and tell me you did.   That is 1 entry.   On a purely selfish note, I want to get to 300 followers.   So if you blog about it, you get 2 votes=)

Now go and enter the giveaway on my fellow team members blogs too:






Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Summer Camp Glamp is Done

I was up at the crack of dawn, literally.   I had two projects that were due by the end of the week, and I always stress that leaving it to the last minute may not work out.   So I got them both done today.  

One of them was the Glamp.     Here are Amanda's Glamps, and you can get the pattern and the hardware in a handy little kit here.

Now for Summer Camp the design team was sent kits, and asked to make a Glamp.   We could do whatever we wanted.  ( I may have went slightly overboard on this part).  Amanda also has 20 followers from her blog doing the same thing.   So that is alot of Glamps for Summer Camp to be shown.   I believe that the unveiling takes place this Thursday.   

Now I am pretty sure you are going to know which one is mine.   I can't reveal until our fearless leader gives the go ahead, but I can tell you there will be a giveaway involved!   

To bait you, here is a tiny peek of my Glamp.
  Are you loving it?  Or fearful that I went over the edge?   

Monday, August 8, 2011

A Win

I was asked to have two of my art quilts hang in a museum in a neighbouring town.   I have never been asked to have my work hung anywhere nearby.   Naturally I was thrilled and accepted.   It wasn't too difficult to choose as I had 3 new pieces, but two of them were heading out to Des Moines Iowa to be in the AQS juried show, so I brought in a new one and a slightly older one.

Last Thursday night, I attended the awards ceremony and imagine my delight when 'Let The Vines Shine Thru' won Best of Textiles.   This one was also juried into the Canadian Quilt Show in May.

 This quilt is called 'The First Flower'.  It was juried in 2009 to the Canadian Quilt Show.   It will always have a special place in my heart because it was this quilt that I accidentally stumbled and then developed my unique 3D method for flowers.

I am currently working on two projects both with deadlines this week.   Both not near done... please don't tell!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Friday Tutorial with Laminates

It is that time again.   The design team has another Friday tutorial up on our fearless leader's site, fabric designer extraordinaire Amanda who designed this funky laminate.

Sally, who is totally brave created this super fab art smock.  She has no fear of using her laminates and shows us how easy it is to do.


Laminates are the new thing in fabric these days.   They are so much different from the 'olden days' laminate.  These ones are soft and supple like butter.   They can be ironed gently on the wrong side.   They come in some totally funky designs.   And they can be used for so many more things than a table cloth.

Our design team is going to showcase just a few of the ways you can use laminates.

Stay tuned!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Glamp Summer Camp

My Glamp kit arrived yesterday!   I have until August 11th to get it finished and then we are all posting them here and over at Amanda's site.  This is her pattern and she has a ton of prizes and giveaways for those making Glamps and those of us on her design team to give out to our followers.   Yay Amanda!

When I first opened it and saw the hardware, I got a little freaked out.  I do not have a technical mind whatsoever.   When the kids hit a wrong button on the tv, I have no idea how to get the picture back.   I decided that I should at least read the pattern before having a complete meltdown.   I am so glad I did, it is super easy to assemble!   I couldn't believe it.  I don't think I am even going to ask my DH to help!

I have my fabric picked out and  a rough sketch of my design.  All I need now is some time to get it done.    

One more thing, if any of you are having a burning desire to have your own fabric line, check out the contest here.