Friday, May 4, 2012
Toot, Toot, Toot...
...and I am not talking about farting, or for those with sensitive dispositions "faire passer le gaz". I am going to have to practice saying that because as I get older it seems a problem and at least in France it will sound so much better to say, "excusez-moi de faire passer le gaz!"....ah, but I got off tract...today I am going to give you a short toot (tutorial). Earlier I had a Transfer eze tutorial but wasn't able to show you what I do with bigger projects. My next project is a fabulous pattern by Kathy Schmitz one of my favorite embroidery designers. The entire project used four 8 x10 pieces of transfer eze. For me it was worth using transfer eze rather than having to trace all the detail with a light box. I used one of those big office printers, placed my pattern on the glass and slipped the sheet of transfer eze in the paper tray.
Once I had my 4 segments printed on the transfer eze I trimmed them on the dotted line that prints out and around any motif that crossed the dotted line.
this way I could overlap and interweave the two segments, matching up the design on my fabric. Once I figured out how they would line up I peeled the back of the transfer eze gently, placed on the fabric lifting the pieces I wanted to weave and then smacked it down! I can't show you the entire piece yet because it is a present...and something should be left a mystery.
The second "toot" is about this antique spray. I like an antique-prim look and thought I had found the perfect solution to giving my fabric an aged appearance. When I first used it I was disappointed because it not only sprayed a fine mist but bigger dots. I didn't like this look so it stayed on my shelf until I decided to test run it again. I wanted the project above to have a little older look so I test sprayed a piece of my fabric.
see what I am talking about...I don't like those big dots.
The I discovered that if I sprayed and quickly wiped with a piece of cloth the dots disappeared and I got the old look to my fabric!
Today is First Friday at QuiltWorks! QuiltWorks hosts a First Friday Gallery Reception from 5PM to 7PM and all contemporary fabrics* will be 20% off!
We'll honor Featured Quilter Dianne Browning as well as The Quilter's Sew-Ciety Quilt Guild of Redding, California for their spectacular "River of Quilts" exhibit.