It's Day #12 of the Fabric Printing at Home Blog Tour!
Today we're off to visit Cheryl Sleboda's blog. Cheryl is a woman of many talents...
Cheryl Sleboda is a comic book industry executive by day and an award winning art quilter by night. Cheryl is a teacher, lecturer, author, and designer and the owner of her own quilt business – www.muppin.com. She currently has a yearlong art quilt technique series called “Technique of the Week” on her YouTube channel. Cheryl is also an expert on electronics in quilts and has been recently working with dimensional fabric manipulations. Cheryl has been featured in Quilting Arts and Generation Q magazines, been featured many times on Quilting Arts TV, and is the author of the “Heirloom Sewing Techniques for Today’s Quilter” DVD by F+W Media.
Be sure to stop by Cheryl's blog today and leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Fabric Printing at Home.
Keeping Things Interesting
Today's post started out as a project and turned into a lesson in awareness, especially when things aren't quite "working".
The project was designing a Valentine's-themed pillowcase using carved turnips and found object printing with bottle corks.
I then cut turnip slices with a heart-shaped cookie cutter and carved designs in the shapes with a linoleum carving tool (see Slicing and Dicing: Printing with Vegetable Shapes on p. 56 in Fabric Printing at Home). I printed these veggie blocks with a warm red opaque fabric paint.
Here's what I realized...it was boring!!
What to do? I started pulling out print blocks. I used a sampler fabric and started "auditioning" designs. Then I took a deep breath...
I decided to do some printing with recycled foam blocks (see Making Your Mark: Designing Print Blocks from Recycled Foam on p. 90 in Fabric Printing at Home). I chose a round block with concentric circles and a plain square block. I also decided to use undiluted and slightly diluted transparent fabric paint on the blocks so that the first layers of printing with opaque paint would show through.
First, I randomly printed with the round foam block using blue paint. Then I printed a checkerboard pattern with the square foam block using yellow paint.
I still wasn't completely satisfied. I decided to go back in with one of the carved turnip heart blocks using a mixture of slightly diluted blue and red transparent paint.
What do you do when you're working on a piece and it's not turning out quite the way you planned? Do you forge ahead? Do you set it aside? Leave a comment about your tactics!
Today's giveaway is one yard of Kona Prepared for Dyeing Fabric. Leave a comment for a chance to win. I will choose a winner at 11:00 PM Eastern USA time. Check tomorrow's post to see if you are the winner. Your comment also enters you in the final drawing at noon on February 15 for a free copy of Fabric Printing at Home: Quick and Easy Fabric Design Using Fresh Produce and Found Objects.
And now for the winner of yesterday's giveaway (journal and freezer paper)...congratulations to Jewelry Treasures by Louise! Please email me with your contact information (firstname.lastname@example.org) so I can send off your prize.
Tomorrow the tour stops at Terri Stegmiller's blog. Terri creates quilts full of whimsy! Find out more about her in tomorrow's post.
Be sure to visit all the stops on the Tour. Please note, I've added the deadlines to enter the giveaways at each stop:
February 2 (winner will be chosen on Feb 14): Lisa Chin
February 3 (winner will be chosen noon Feb 15-book and stencils!): Lynn Krawczyk
February 4 (winner will be chosen end of Feb 13): Jane Davila
February 6 (winner will be chosen end of Feb 13- 2 book copies!): Judy Gula
February 7(winner: Deb Clarke): Susan Purney Mark
February 8 (winner will be chosen on Feb 15): Teri Lucas
February 9 (winner will be chosen on Feb14): Jennifer Coyne Qudeen
February 10 (winner will be chosen on Feb 17): Deborah Boschert
February 11 (winner will be chosen on Feb 14- 2 book copies!): Lynda Heines
February 12 (winner will be chosen 5PM on Feb 16): Cheryl Sleboda
February 13: Terri Stegmiller
February 14: Jackie Lams