Thanks Cam! :D I've really become addicted to using brown paper to stitch with. It's really lightweight but once it's spray basted to a stabalizer or other quilt sandwich, it stitches like a dream. I usually use a size 90 topstitch needle with all different weights and types of thread and haven't had any tearing problems at all. Once it's been worked for a while, it takes on a soft, leathery feel. And because it's paper, it carries all the advantages of working with paper, like holding up well to paint, dyes, stamping, etc.
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Thanks Muppin. :D
If she approves, then it must be wonderful! It is so cool! I love how you made use of the bags. Great use of paper sacks. Thanks so much for the explanation.
Belinda aka crazyartgirl
Great quiltie. I still have not even started on mine yet!
This was fun! I love fish so the perfect quiltie shape was a fish. I freehand drew a fish. Cut out and fused all the pieces, sandwiched it all together, and quilted squiggly lines on it to mimic scales. I finished it with a loose satin stitch.
I plan on attaching him to this background. It was first marbalized with shaving cream and then sun printed with shells and rice. The color is more intense than I wanted, but I think I can tame it with tulle. I had fun making it so that's all that matters!
He's a great fish! :D
The little quiltie shape looks great, especially pops on the background. Good job!
Thanks guys. I'm just having fun playing!
Hi Belinda and thanks for the challenge!
I’m a newbie to the website and forums (I only came across the fantastic QA magazine about 6 months ago!)
This has been such fun to loosen up! (Well, I started out loose and then kind of got caught up in the fun of the detail!) My quilt shape is a medieval shield.
I used vintage tie fabric, thin craft wadding and commercially printed fabric as my quiltie sandwich. I hand stitched on some gold ribbon then zigzagged the edges and enhanced it with hand quilting in contrasting thread, added some seed beads, a velvet Suffolk Puff and a vintage button. The Suffolk Puff held the shank of the old button beautifully. (Must remember that little trick!)
I'm thinking about adding a small beaded tassle to the point of the shield or maybe a shallow beaded edging all the way round. It's 5" (approx 13cm) wide and 6 " (15cm) long.
Approachable Art: I just love your little hummingbird! I am going to give those paper bags a go! Looks like fun!
Caren: That must be the sweetest fishie ever! He's gorgeous!
Cheshire; smiling whilst dancing to the beat of my own drum...........
Cheshire- It's WONDERFUL! Thanks for sharing it.
Cheryl / Muppin
Goodness, so beautiful and all that great beawork!! Nice job!
Wow, these are all wonderful! Thanks for posting them all, including your great backgrounds - I'm inspired!
Caren, I love the fishie! Great detail in the sewing. I love how the background contrasts against the fish. Wonderful background.
Just so all of you know, my comments will be limited for the next few weeks. I got rear-ended a couple of days ago and my time online is limited. My back and neck are in a lot of pain and I can't be on the computer for long periods of time. I love everything that is coming in but can't type for very long.
Cheshire, medieval shield is so cool! Very detailed! My 6th graders would love this since we study this time period. Great contrasting colors. What is your background going to be. So, how long have you been doing this exactly? You must be an old pro at all this.