Saturday, February 28, 2009

Monday, February 2, 2009

FEBRUARY TECHNIQUE

Thank you to all those who have visited our blog, left comments and plan to join in the fun by making the technique and posting a link from their blog to ours.

On February 28th, we will add a slideshow of everyones work on the FABRIC QUILTIE , put names of all those who joined in into a hat and draw it - winner announced here same day...the next day March 1st the third technique will go live.. (March will be by Bevlea Ross)

TECHNIQUE # 2 - FABRIC QUILTIE

By Barb Thomas

REQUIREMENTS.
*Image printed or transferred on fabric.

*Two pieces of co-ordinating fabrics, 5" X 7"

*Heavy weight interfacing or Pelon ,5" X 7"

*Medium weight wadding (optional)

*2 OR 4 pieces of Vliesofix or Heat'nBond", 5" X 7" (optional if using wadding)

*Lace,Lace motifs,beads,ribbons,braids etc

*Beading thread and needles.

*Sewing tools (needles,pins,scissors etc.)

*Teflon Applique Sheet (optional but handy)

*Iron (use dry)

*Jaquard Fabric Inkjet Printing Sheet
OR
*White fabric ironed onto Freezer Paper and cut to size suitable to go thru' you printer
OR
*A TRANSFERRED image onto plain fabric using your preferred medium

*It would be possible to use T-Shirt Transfer paper for this too.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

GATHER YOUR MATERIALS



This is an ALL FABRIC project,
no paper is to be used.


Print or transfer your image onto the plain fabric.

Go thru' your stash
of fabrics,lace
and lace motifs,
beads,ribbons,
feathers,buttons
and charms and
gather together
those that co-ordinate.

You may not actually use them all but it is good to have several to choose from.

FREE IMAGE



This is the image that I used.

You may like to use it for this project
or save it for use later.

Right click and select "Save To" or
"Save Target" then select
where to save it to.

I printed it onto a paper backed fabric sheet made by Jacquard.

You can also iron fabric to freezer paper cut to a suitable size to go thru' your printer,I usually make it A4.  If you know how,you may choose to transfer an image onto the fabric.

TRIM off EXCESS


If you are adding wadding to your work, layer it between the interfacing-backed fabric front and back,using Vliesofix to adhere to each other and to stop movement whilst sewing.

To avoid marking and messing up your iron and ironing board, use a Teflon Applique mat between the fabric and the board and iron.

Set your iron to high heat and place the layered fabrics onto half of the Teflon mat and fold the rest of the mat over them, like a sandwich, so that both your ironing board and the iron are protected from the melting Vliesofix.

You should have....

A layer of fabric.(the back)
A layer of Vliesofix.
A layer of interfacing.
A layer of Vliesofix.
A layer of wadding
A layer of Vliesofix
A layer of interfacing
A layer of Vliesofix.
A layer of fabric.(the front)

If you are using either Pelon or interfacing, you may choose whether to use Vliesofix or not in-between the layers of it and the fabric. However,it does help to hold the layers in position when sewing.

If not using wadding, you should have...

A layer of fabric(the back)
A layer of Vliesofix
A layer of Interfacing
A layer of Vliesofix
A layer of fabric (the front)

If you choose NOT to use Vliesofix, pin and/or baste the layers together to make it easier to add the rest of the items.

After layering materials, measure your work and if necessary, trim off any excess fabric,interfacing or wadding, making the edges nice and straight.

PLACEMENT of IMAGE



Decide where you would like your image to be.

This is not set in stone as you can play with
it when positioning the fabrics around it.

Pin into position and either hand or machine stitch into place.

PLACEMENT of MATERIALS


This is where you have fun.
Place your chosen materials onto the fabric base and around your image asthetically.

You may decide not to use all of the bits and pieces that you first chose or you may even add more as you go along.

I often find that the work needs "just THAT something extra " as I stitch it.

Pin into place and sit back and look at it for a few minutes to see if it is a balanced arrangement.It sometimes helps to turn it upside down..or mirror image it.

When you are satisfied with the placement of your materials and or lace, either hand or machine stitch into place.

I find hand stitching very relaxing, and you can also change the position of pieces without much trouble too.

FINISHED WORK


When placement of the fabrics is to your liking,either hand or machine stitch them into place on to the main background fabric.

If you added the wadding between the layers, "quilt" around some part of the image to give it dimension.

Add beads,charms etc where required.

As you can see, I added more beads and pearls to the original fabrics and laces.
The blue trim down the left side is the actual rouleau loops from the back of a silk brides-maid's dress...the same one the lace motifs came from, so recycling has paid a large part in my work....vbg.

It is entirely up to you as to how much you add to embellish your
Quiltie...but if you listen to it...it will tell you when it has enough...vbg

CLOSE-UP



This is a
close-up of
the printed
image area.

I hand stitched around
the face and her
features to give
it dimension.


To finish the back off neatly,
I added a layer of the fabric
and hand-stitched it on,
turning under the edges.
I also printed my name
etc onto a small piece
of calico which I attached
with hand stitching and
small mother-of-pearl buttons.