25 July 2014

What can I do with this?

When I was going through my fabric stash looking for likely victims candidates for the self round robin, I came along this old piece which was a "failed" deconstructed silk screen on linen. The fabric was so scrumptious and the pale colors so appealing That I had hung on to it thinking there might be a place for it in my life one day. 

I badly needed a new purse and if I folded this is half it was just about the perfect size. Hum...let me see. There were bits of these colors.  

So I decided to thermofax screen some ginkgo leaves in all three colors.

This is an old thermofax screen I had made by Lyric Kinard 

Now I need a lining fabric. I think mint green is one of the ugliest colors ever created!! BUT, I needed a light colored fabric so my old eyes could actually see inside the purse, plus I had it in my stash so....

Fabric trimmed square, horrible green about to be trimmed to size and a binding color needed to be chosen. Second from top I think!


Heavy quilting done. This is just so relaxing to do.

Quilting on lining side.

I stitched it up with my new Baby Lock Eclipse which I bought myself for living through chemo and radiation. It threads itself by vacuuming the thread through the lower loopers. Be still my heart!!

I made the box seam on the bottom then...

Cut, ironed, folded, and ironed in half both the binding and the handle fabric

I cut a half inch wide strip of warm and nature cotton batting for inside the handle for heft, strength, and a dense surface for stitching.

 Binding was attached with the cut edge (top) of the purse like binding on a quilt. I started the binding with about 4" unattached so that at the end I could get a perfect fit. You can see the seam in the center top edge of the picture.

After ironing the seam open, I stitched it down with a double row of stitching.

Now the handles could be attached.

I also tacked the "corners" of the box shape to keep the purse square and not so floppy.


 I was out of magnetic snaps so I just ordered them from ebay. I usually use the poke through kind. I have various ways of hiding the metal plate on the outside but

This time I also ordered some sew in kind. First I will use some E6000 fabric adhesive then stitch them down as well.

Snaps in with stitch and E6000

23 July 2014

A bunch of stuff

Judith blogged about the playdate with her daughter Ellen and grand daughter Abby here. As a matter of fact I am expecting her today and we will play with thickened dyes -  I'm sure I'll show you.

This is Laura who came for three days of fun. You've already seen the results. We are having lunch courtesy of her husband Dominic.

A beautiful hand painted stone necklace from Laura. How did she know I love rocks??

A 4 X 6", 12 X 12" and 12 X 18" piece of soft-kut from Blicks. I am going to make three huge stamps (probably with crows) so stay tuned for that!! The rotary cutter is to lend proportion.

Had to wait an hour in Bangor so I went to Walmart to kill time. I got great curved needles for sewing coptic bindings, two kinds of fabric glue, an X-acto cutting mat extra thick since an X-acto knife will cut right through a rotary cutting mat and 2 yards of 100% polyester satin for transfer dyeing like the two pieces below.

Give-away. These are so-so books. I thought the animal one would be better and I don't do tradition Baltimore Album quilts. I think I got the Baltimore book free????  Anyone interested leave a comment and which book you are interested in.

Root Beer label I really loved. Look at the graphics of the boy in the boat. YUM!
Made in Maine!!

This is a sideways picture of a prayer flag Judith made me. I LOVED this fabric she made at my house. The stitching means "for Beth". The figure 8 with the line through it is my "mark" or signature: back to back Bs. Thank you Judith!!

21 July 2014

Playdate with Judith AND FAMILY

Yes. Judith's daughter and grand daughter were visiting from Ohio and were able to come over for a day of play!!!

We made batik scarves and did some acid dyeing. We started with silk haboti scarves (72") and batiked with soy wax. We used Dye-Na-Flow paint thinned a bit with water for our colors.

Fun in the Art Greenhouse

Here are the cotton pieces Ellen and Abby made

Judith was batiking some cotton as a third or fourth layer

Getting ready to acid dye (overdye) a batiked scarf. Vinegar, water to add dye to and a microwavable dish.

Dye added to dish and covered with plastic wrap.

Nine or so holes punched in the film to release steam.

Beautiful colors

This looked like a fun thing to try. I hope to get a photo of the finished scarf from Ellen who I gave it to after forgetting to photograph it (sigh)

When I acid dyed a scarf for myself which I already gave away

Get ready!!

As they say in Maine "A good time was had by all"

Happy artists

The end of a perfect day. So happy to have Ellen and Abby visiting!!