“Pathway” quilt pattern release & exclusive kit through Spool! :)

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 Pathway, an original quilt design by Lynn Krawczyk

 

I’m incredibly excited to announce the release of my first quilt pattern, Pathway! I love to design things and creating this quilt pattern has been incredibly fun. Here are the details about the quilt:

Pathway is an original quilt pattern by Lynn Krawczyk of Smudged Textiles Studio. The finished quilt measures 60″x60″ and is constructed using 12″ blocks.

Details about the pattern:

* The pattern is six pages long.

* Supplies for the pattern:

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* The pattern is professionally illustrated and has both written and graphic directions.

* It also includes a section of “Break Out” patterns for creating smaller projects.

 

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* A sheet of the quilt design without color is included so that you can plan your color scheme .

A note from Lynn about the inspiration behind the quilt:

“When I first began blogging many years ago I developed a regular blogging habit by posting a photo essay once a week called “Where I Stand Sunday”. During the course of the week I would take a picture of my feet standing somewhere and then write a few sentences about why I chose to take the photo there.

Here is the mission statement of the project: “Where I Stand” is an ongoing photo essay examining the different places I spend my life standing. Too often we take for granted the everyday places we spend our lives walking on. The ground we tread on has it’s own stories to tell.”

It’s a project that has since ended but it taught me to appreciate the artistry that is everywhere, even when we forget to loo. “Pathway” is a tribute to “Where I Stand Sunday” and all the beautiful walkways we move over each day.”

It’s graphic and an awesome lap quilt that won’t make you feel like you are drowning (great for us short folk). I am selling it as a downloadable PDF here.  

 

And in order to really celebrate it’s release with a bang, I’ve teamed up with Maddie Kertay and Flaun Cline over at Spool to offer an exclusive kit:

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It contains the fabrics for a slight color variation of Pathway (you can see it when you click on over to their shop), a printed copy of the pattern, a “get INKED” button and a BadAss Quilter Luggage tag – all snug in a pretty little box! Isn’t it adorable??

And because they are all kinds of awesome, they’ve taken incredible care with the details of the kit to make it a snap for you to dive right in, even going the extra step to label which fabric coincides with the fabric key in the pattern:

 

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There are very limited quantities of this so if you’re interested, snag it up while it’s still there.

And I hope that you will enjoy making the quilt as much as I enjoyed designing it! :)

 

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weekly pattern wednesday – week 1 reveal & a giveaway :)

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Details about Weekly Pattern Wednesday can be found here.

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It’s here! Our first reveal for Weekly Pattern Wednesday! :) Make sure that you share your pattern in the link widget below so everyone can come visit you. Don’t have a blog? No problem, leave a link in the comments section to wherever you post your pattern and we’ll come find you.

Here is my pattern for Week 1:

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And since I’m so excited about this project, I thought I’d do a little giveaway to kick it off. If you post a link in the widget below to your blog showing off your pattern or a comment to another site where you posted your pattern, you’ll go into a drawing for a pad of my favorite paper:

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I’ll announce the winner for it next Wednesday (May 27) so plenty of time to post your link. Let’s see those patterns!

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****When you post your link in the widget below, make sure you post the entire web address. For example, mysite.com won’t work. It has to be https://www.mysite.com. And please link directly to the blog post with your pattern so if someone visits later on, they can find your fabulous pattern without having to scroll through other posts. Thanks! :)****

 




52 screen printed squares – video inspiration

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I’ve been battling some kind of bizarre cold/virus since the beginning of May. The past two weeks have been especially energy sucking and I’ve not really done much in the studio – including another square for 52 Screen Printed Squares Project.

But since Monday = screen printing geekiness (in my mind, at least), I thought we’d watch a nice little video about screen printing designs for silk scarves. I love watching multiple prints from start to finish, watching what looks like nothing random placed shapes magically turn into a whole picture is incredible. Enjoy!

 

 

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diego rivera’s sketches & the wonder of process

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Last week I went to the Detroit Institute of Arts with a couple of friends to see this exhibit:

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The exhibit is about the 11 months that Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo spent in Detroit while he worked on his mural.  (If you don’t know what mural I’m talking about, you can find some good information here on the DIA’s site.) I expected to be awed by the exhibit and I was – but not for the reason I thought I would be.

As a long time Frida fan, I was crazy about the idea of actually getting to see her work in person. The exhibit had much of her work and I was surprised to learn that she often painted on metal. It took every ounce of self control to not reach out and touch the paintings (I’m pretty sure security would have tackled me).

But her work was not my favorite part. Which is the part that surprised me. What I fell in love with was the rooms that showed Diego Rivera’s process for how he designed the mural. Enormous full size sketches in charcoal on paper filled the space. General ideas of how he wanted it to look . Really raw. Incredibly energetic. These were the sketches that he presented for approval before he began working. You’re not allowed to take photos inside the exhibit but I did find this article on Huffington Post that shows what I’m referring to.

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There were also several color studies that he did while he worked out his ideas. Being able to see just this small portion of his process is so special and touching. We talked with one of the docents in the court after we left the exhibit and she said the drawings may never be on display again, they’ve aged so much (it’s been 80 years since he created the mural) that they are extremely fragile. I’m happy to have been able to see them before they are lost to age and time.

As someone who works in the automotive industry, I’ve been in love with Rivera’s mural for a long time. It’s hard to go and take in the whole thing at one time, it’s massive and covers all four walls of the courtyard. You are allowed to take photos of the mural itself and here are a couple small areas:

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The exhibit really got me thinking about how much emphasis we place on the finished product but we give far less glory to the process it takes to get there. Those are the steps that show the true face of an artist – contemplation, changing direction, self doubt, discovering strength. It all makes it’s way into the actual artwork and to me, those are the most fascinating parts of making art.

We walked around the museum a little more. I wanted to see the modern/contemporary art section. Lots of large abstract paintings (many in black and white) and then this painting, “Annette Seated” by Alberto Giacometti:

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It’s pencil and oil and it’s such an integration of process and finished product that I wanted to just take it home. (Again, security. I didn’t.)

But it’s something to consider, isn’t it? How often do we treat the process as something we just simply need to get through? When in reality, perhaps that’s the most special part of the entire business of being an artist.

What do you think? Is the process of creating something as beautiful as the end product itself?

 

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“playing with surface design” by courtney cerruti – book review

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I always get giddy when I see new surface design books on the market. It’s like coming across a new friend that I know I’m just going to love. I’ve been spending some time looking through this new gem, Playing with Surface Design by Courtney Cerruti, and I wanted to share with you how cool it is.

One of the things that I like about this book is the concentration on a set number of techniques. She covers five different ways to decorate surfaces and then spends the rest of the book showing you how to effortlessly use them on a huge range of projects.

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They processes are different and effective – including paste paper and nail polish! (Have to tell you, I didn’t see the nail polish coming and I find the surprise of it really exciting!)

Everything is presented in an easy to understand way and I really appreciate that – nothing overcomplicated, just a friendly invitation to “let’s play and make this together” vibe to the whole book. And she’s a fellow sponge brush addict, clearly a kindred spirit. ;-)

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The projects are really wonderful too. All of them focus on showcasing the awesome surface design skills you learn from her and they are all things that can be completed in a reasonable amount of time. In other words, you don’t need to invest a year of your life in order to finish them. They are fun and often practical – ranging from coasters to journals to gift wrap. It’s an excellent resource for quick gift making.

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I’ve been a paint flinger for a long time and my bookcases are bursting with books on the subject of surface design. I honestly find this one very charming and whether you’re a seasoned surface design artist or just starting out, there is something in here for you. Pick up a copy if you’d like to play and really engage your creative side! :)

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weekly pattern wednesday – you’re invited to play!! :)

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Let me ask you a question. Have you ever made something, fell madly in love with it, rushed to show someone your great creation and the first thing they ask is, “What are you going to do with it?”

Talk about taking the winds out of your sails.

The truth is that too often we treat creativity as a luxury. Something that is an indulgence, not something to be honored but rather what you do after all your “real” responsibilities are over. I’m pretty tired of that line of thought, aren’t you?

Back in February of this year, Julie Fe-Fan Balzer issued a challenge to create a pattern everyday during that month. I decided to play along because I wanted a way to blow off some steam from some really heavy deadline projects I had going. I loved it so much that I chose to continue on after the month was over and set a new goal of 365 patterns. (You can see the whole collection here or follow along with me every day on Instagram.)

What I’ve realized most is that this simple little act of making something just because I feel like, with no end goal, no purpose, no deadline has been missing from my creative life for a little longer than I care to admit to. Several people have voiced that they would like to play along but they can’t manage daily art, even something that small. I hear you, life is a complicated beasty.

So I’ve decided to host a weekly gathering here at the blog called Weekly Pattern Wednesday. This is totally a no pressure kind of thing, just an invitation to come play with me here. Just because it makes you happy and for no other reason.

Here’s how it works.

* Every week I’m going to draw a new pattern. Basically whatever strikes my fancy – circles, triangles, colors, black and white. Sky’s the limit! I invite you to do the same! If you don’t normally draw in a sketchbook and the idea doesn’t thrill you, create the pattern however you like most.

* Post your creation to your blog and then come back here and share your post with everyone following along can come visit you. (There will be a widget at the bottom of every Weekly Pattern Wednesday post starting next week on May 20. This is the invitation post so you get a full week to make your pattern.)

* Post to social media using the hashtag #weeklypatternwednesday so other people can come play along! :)

And that’s all there is to it. Just a fun kicking-back-hanging-out-with-your-art-friends-online-making-art-because-we-feel-like-it kind of deal. Next week I’ll have a giveaway treat, anyone who shares a link will be entered in the drawing. Treats will be randomly thrown into the project along the way for participants to get in on drawings to win. Who doesn’t need more art supplies, right??

Need some inspiration to get you started? Here’s a little pattern I’ve been goofing with during this past week. My personal goal with these is to use color in them since my daily patterns are all black and white. You don’t have to follow my lead on this but you are more then welcome to if you’d like.

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Are you in?? I hope so because this is going to be a lot of fun! :) Get to creating your pattern and I will see you back here next Wednesday! Woo!

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no. 12 of 52 screen printed squares

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Details about the 52 Screen Printed Squares project can be found here.

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I’m totally smitten with this week’s square. Pattern wise it’s nothing earth shattering but see the imperfection of it? I’m so digging the personality that gives it! (I’m totally wanting this in repeat for fabric yardage.)

I had a relaxed schedule in the studio this weekend so I decided it was time for me to try making my own screens for this project using modge podge. I knew it would produce a rougher result but I like that and I think it could be interesting to see how we can use that to our advantage.

Making one of these screens is super simple. Here are the supplies:

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You need a sheer fabric. I’ve no idea what kind I have right there but I’m pretty sure it’s a cotton. It’s got a very open weave and I’m wondering if I could get a cleaner print with a more synthetic material. But this is what was kicking around the studio so I decided to use what I have.

You put the fabric in an embroidery hoop to create the frame/mesh set up. I used a 6″ hoop. Here’s an idea of how sheer the fabric is:

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I lightly drew an outline of the X I wanted for the design with a pencil, being careful to not tear a hole in the fabric. Then all you do is dip a paintbrush in Modge Podge and paint all the areas you don’t want to print.

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I wanted to print the negative of the X in the circle so I painted the X itself. I set the hoop on two paint jars as I worked so that it wasn’t touching my print table. And then you wait for it to dry. It turns clear when it’s done so it’s easy to tell. (Although I did have one glob that stayed white. It went through the fabric and blobbed up on the other side but was solid enough for me to print with it like that.)

Then I printed it:

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And I hated it:

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I expected rough around the edges but honestly? This looks like something that Carter chewed on. I realized pretty quickly that the issue was the canvas I was printing on has a lot of texture too. Texture from the fabric screen plus texture on the square = ick. So I grabbed a piece of smooth cotton and tried again. Much happier:

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Here are the details on this square:

Square base: cotton fabric

Ink: Blick Textile Printing Ink

Printing tool: sponge brushe

Screen type: homemade hoop/sheer fabric/modge podge screen

I’ve got a lot of that sheer fabric left and since you can really only do one printing session with each one (modge podge is water soluble and the fabric isn’t really robust enough to hold up to scrubbing), I’m going to continue to make these types of screens for a few more weeks. I want to see how far I can push it.

Screen printing is totally awesome. :)

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Making more space – are you with me?

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For years there has been something standing just outside my field of art vision. I can always feel it, moving in circles around whatever I do. It’s not threatening, just present and patient and waiting for me to finally see and understand.

Sometimes it moves closer and I feel like I’m nearly there. It happened when I was writing Intentional Printing. I kept thinking, “This is it. It’s finally right.” And then it moved away after I typed the last word and I’ve been watching and wondering ever since.

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It’s been getting closer again lately. I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching lately about what I’d like to pursue now that my studio schedule is wide open.

And that empty work time was on purpose, it’s a gift I wanted to give myself. I promised myself that I was going to take time to just hang out with Art Brain and see if anything shook loose, to remove deadline and see where she would go. Nothing like a big vast blank space to really make you figure things out.

 

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You see, I’ve been incredibly busy since I launched Smudged Textiles Studio in 2011. (Technically it was still Fibra Artysta then but that’s the year I seriously began to build my creative business.) To be blunt, I’m damn proud of everything I’ve done. And I’d do it all again and hope to continue on with much of it in the future. But it’s here and I can’t ignore it anymore – that swelling need for change that only seems to grow with each passing day, with each question I pose to Art Brain. I’m settling in to do some more self reflection with the help of a couple of coaches and I’m hoping that at the end of that, the focus of how I want to proceed becomes razor sharp. I’m still in the “trying to mush it into something organized” phase of it all.

It all started when I began painting after my DVD/TV tapings at the beginning of April.

I pushed the paint across the canvas and…just let go. I stopped worrying. (In all honesty, I was too tired to worry. Which probably helped the process.) I intended to use the time to unwind from the tapings (I often struggle with coming off big projects, I finally figured out that I need to gently occupy Art Brain so she doesn’t drive me insane trying to keep up the pace). Instead it froze me dead in my tracks and I’ve realized a few things.

I am first and foremost a surface pattern artist. And what I enjoy most is creating the things that people use to create art and inspiring them to live creatively – because I don’t believe that living a full time creative life is reserved only for those who work in their studios all day. It is in all of us, regardless of day job status and family obligations and time constraints.

 

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So what does all this mean? It means that I’m being brave and I’m going to expand my business. I’m going to change a few things and hold on like hell to the things I want to keep. Mainly the community I work within. It scares me a little because I’m going to bring in different types of art (painting, drawing, etc). Will you stay with me even if it’s not all textiles all the time? I sure hope so. I hope that the shift I’m making will only serve to inspire you and allow me to find a more dear place in your art world as we work alongside each other.

You’ll start to see some changes on the website as I work to spiff the joint up and make space for the new. I’m still a textile artist. I still love quilting. I am still a paint flinger. I’m just opening the door for Art Brain to do all the things that she is dreaming of. I’m taking her off her leash and following her lead.

 

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Perhaps that’s the thing that hovers at the edges of my work time in the studio. Maybe all along it has simply been a voice saying, “Be this. Let go. It is your creative destiny.” Stick with me. I promise it’ll be worth it.

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doodle pattern painting (i’m obsessed)

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It’s been a long week for various reasons, not the least of which was picking up the horrible cold that seems to be so common this time of year. (Lost my voice and watched more TV than I care to admit to.)

I wanted to work on something but had no energy to be in the studio so I cut a piece of Strathmore mixed media paper to a 12″x12″ square, quickly painted out the background with some grey paint and bright circles and retired to the sofa with it. I spent my evenings hand drawing on doodles in patterns with ink.

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I’m completely obsessed with patterns. Can’t get enough. So it was fun to just attack this head on and cram in as much detail as I could.

 

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I would do this again but on canvas instead of flat paper. My pattern obsession is leading to a new project that involves anyone who would like to play, the announcement on what it is will be made next week if you want to swing back and take a gander. In the meantime, I’ll continue to fling paint until the cows come home. :)

 

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will you test this for me?

I’m working on a fun new little project that includes YOU. Which means I’ve been searching high and low for a good link widget to use on posts. Not so simple it seems.

I think I found one that will work well. Will you give it a shot for me? It’s at the bottom of this post. All you have to do is enter your name and a link. And since this is just a test, let’s have a link to your blog so we can all come visit, ok?

And if you have trouble with the widget, will you let me know what browser you are using? Last time I tried this with a different widget, that seemed to be the issue.

Thanks! :)




no. 11 of 52 screen printed squares

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Details about the 52 Screen Printed Squares project can be found here.

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I’m asked quite frequently for tips on creating layered prints on fabric. Some of them are really dense and it can be hard to figure out where they began. Quite often they look like this square in the beginning.

Layered artwork is about building up textures and color and patterns. Not every layer can be a strong graphic image, some of them have to be fractured and broken apart. These are the ones that will peek out behind the focal images and offer up the mystery that so many of us love in that kind of artwork.

I really debated about using a square to demonstrate one of these unsung hero layers but in the end I decided why not? Screen printing is incredibly versatile and it’s the perfect vehicle for creating texture layers like this one.

I started with one of my 365 patterns. (I post a daily pattern on Instagram if you’d like to visit me there.) This one is Pattern 86/365:

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I brought into photoshop and tortured it a little bit so the lines would blur together. Basically I altrered it enough so that it wouldn’t produce a clear print, only texture.

To take the texture aspect one step even further, I printed it on a small piece of tea towel I had left over from another project. The result is a foundation that is very rich in fractured pattern:

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Here are the details on this square:

Square base: loose woven tea towel

Ink: Simply Screen paint in black

Printing tool: sponge brushes

Screen type: Thermofax screen

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Being an artist is so much about appreciating even the homelier stages of the process, not just the super pretty ones. This square plays homage to that. :)

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print-along with Julie B. Booth! :)

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My good friend and fellow surface design junkie Julie B. Booth is hosting a very fun print-along right now and I couldn’t resist joining in for a challenge or two. She is the author of the wonderful Fabric Printing at Home book and the thing that I love most about Julie – aside from her incredible talent when it comes to creating fabric designs – is her enthusiasm and joy about the entire process. It’s completely contagious!

This is the second challenge – take a look through your house for objects that you can use to print line based patterns with. Here is what I created:

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I decided to stop printing there because this is just begging to be stitched. It’ll make a nice evening project. Here’s a quick view of how I did it. I used wooden coffee stirrers as my object for printing lines. I laid them over top of my fabric:

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Then I used Tulip Fabric Spray paint to spritz color over top, the stirrers acted as a resist:

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I let that dry and then repeated it on the other side with yellow spray paint:

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Then I painted the wood sticks with some black paint and did a little monoprint along the red side:

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And the end result is pretty darn fun! :)

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What a great little challenge, right? Be sure to stop by Julie’s blog everyday to find out what the current challenge is and be sure to create something for it because Julie is giving away great prizes! :)

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the everyday creative – pushing through the rough spots

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What’s the saying? The only reliable things in life are taxes and death? I’d add this – you can also count on there being rough spots.

Now before you start to label me as a Debbie Downer, hear me out. The truth is, behind everything successful, it’s likely there has been a blip somewhere along the way. I hit a huge one in the past few weeks. And while I really don’t do the vague posting thing, I also believe in keeping certain elements of business private. So I’m going to. But I will discuss how it made me feel.

Stuck. Worried. Uncertain. Surprised.

I sort of hit the brakes and stood back and thought, “Well, I didn’t see that one coming.” I don’t believe in simply brushing off things that bother you. I know it is the gut reaction of some people to say, “Just let it go!” Nope. I think that if you need to stew for a few days, then you need to stew for a few days. It’s been my experience that if you let the blah feelings have their moment in the spotlight, they are easier to squash. (Trick is giving them a time limit so you don’t cross over into Wallowing Land.)

So I did. I stewed. I complained to friends. I wrote in my journal. I painted until my hands were caked up and dry with all manner of colors and brush strokes. I honored the upset and now that I’ve done that, I’m ready to move on.

Truth is, it’s a chance for me to wiggle around a bit and try some new stuff out in the creative department. It’s room that I might not have had if this rough spot hadn’t happened so in the end, it’s a good thing. Just didn’t feel that way when it smacked me upside the head (metaphorically speaking). While I’m faced with a wide open spot in my creative business that I didn’t realize I would need to be working to fill this year, I’m getting excited about the chance to keep on trucking.

How about you? How do you handle the rough spots? Do you kick them to the curb straight out of the gate or do you art therapy your way through them?

 

The Everyday Creative is a series of blog posts pondering the things that everyday artists encounter. Being an artist is not always a magazine spread picture perfect experience. These posts pay tribute to the angst, the messy studios, the glue that shouldn’t be where you found it and that blue streak of dye you accidentally got on the dog.

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inspiration in motion – tradtional blockprinting

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I have such respect for traditional wood block printing and the artisans that do it. I hope to one day visit a place that does it. In the meantime, videos can give us a small glimpse into what they create.

 

Blockprinting from Nidhi Kamath on Vimeo.

 

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no. 10 of 52 screen printed squares

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Details about the 52 Screen Printed Squares project can be found here.

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I’ll admit to a wee bit of feeling unsettled lately. I’m rebooting a part of my creative business and it’s made me…philosophical (to put it nicely. Moody might be another word for it.) I always turn to my journal in times like this and just write it all out. I was flipping back through some of it and came across a line I wrote some time back, “there is always time to begin.”

I decided to play with it for this week’s square. While attempting to organize a bit too in the studio, I got to wondering if I could print on the wool felt from National Nonwovens that I love. I’ve tried printing on other brands of felt before and it didn’t really turn out well. The images didn’t hold their shapes, just sort of got sucked down into the fibers and blurred.

But I figured, what the heck? Let’s give it another shot. After all, this project is all about exploring screen printing and different types of fabric to print on is included in that mix. This time it turned out far better than the other attempts. The white did start to bleed down a little (you’ll notice a little bit of pink tinge to it) but for the most part, it did ok.

Here are some progress shots:

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I printed it in black too to honor the turmoil that comes along with big changes. But then decided that it didn’t deserve to be so obvious since I’m already busy squashing it out with new work. So I printed over it:

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Here are the details on this square:

Square base: National Nonwovens wool felt (acrylic/wool blend)

Ink: Simply Screen paint in white, black and blue

Printing tool: sponge brushes

Screen type: Thermofax screens

 

It’s nice that we can use art to work through the rough spots, isn’t it? :)

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instagram digest – fabric, thread, orange tea & daily patterns

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My love affair with Instagram is still going strong. For a while now I’ve been posting daily patterns (since the beginning of February, actually.) I’ve included a couple in the photo parade below, they are the black and white drawings. I’m aiming for a total of 365 patterns.

This post has some of my favorite photos from my account there.

My username there is girllovespaint. If you’re also on Instagram and would like to let everyone know where to find you, leave your username in the comments on this blog post and we’ll swing by and give you a big wave hello. :)

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what would you name it?

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Here is my  latest painting:

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It’s an 18″x18″ canvas so only a wee bit larger than the last one. (I saw a 30″x30″ square canvas lurking at the back of the studio. I think that one might be next.)

It needs a name. Artwork titles usually come easy for me and I’ve got a couple ideas but nothing has stood out as THE one. What would you name it?

Here are a few progression and detail shots:

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I’ve got a new painting working, on a 16″x20″ that I expect to wrap up this weekend. It’s got a fun twist to it, I’ll share that one next week. I’ve been using these pieces to just explore patterns and surface design. I’m really enjoying the freedom of them, they are for getting rid of the nagging parts of a long day. :)

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No. 9 of 52 Screen Printed Squares

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Details about the 52 Screen Printed Squares project can be found here.

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And we’re back! Sorry about the break there, couldn’t be helped. Life just went along at warp speed there for a bit and rather than produce junky prints that I wasn’t happy with, I decided to simply hit the pause button.

For this square I decided to explore repeat patterning. It’s something that I find completely fascinating – that rhythm that comes from printing the same image so intentionally. It sort of reminds me of the odd thing that happens when you say the same word over and over and again – how it blurs into one sound.

 

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This tiny coffee cup (minus the steam) is about an inch high. Often I’ll use a small paintbrush with the Thermofax screens to help hold the detail on smaller images.

 

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I also wanted to use the focal image a little differently. Instead of printing it across the whole thing, obstructing our little orange friends, I only did two along the center. I like the result of it, has a very distinctive vibe to it.

 

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Here are the details on this square:

Square base: 100% cotton fabric

Ink: Simply Screen white paint, Dick Blick orange blue textile screen printing ink, Jacquard Gray Textile color.

Printing tool: sponge brushes & small paint brush

Screen type: Thermofax screen

If you’ve been hanging around the blog any length of time, you’ll recognize the big coffee cup screen. It’s one I actually sell in the shop. I’m always looking for new ways to use it so this was a nice way to give it a fun twist.

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“All Inked Up” quilt pattern & video in “Quilting Quickly”

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I wanted to share with you a very cool quilt pattern by Tony Jacobson that uses INKED in the May/June issue of Quilting Quickly from Fons and Porter:

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I love the first line of the article: Tony Jacobson says, “This quilt is no shrinking violet!”

Yeah, I’d say that about sums up INKED. ;-) The quilt is really cool and is an awesome way to show off all the prints in INKED. It measures 81″ x 101.5″ and the quilt in the article was quilted by Cathie Zimmerman from Handi-Quilter.

Keepsake Quilting  also has a kit for the quilt to make things easy to put together so be sure to check it out. Not only do they have the kit but they also have a video to help walk you through making the quilt – how cool is that?!

 

It’s a great kit and a really fun quilt – love it! :)

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no deadline art – a new painting

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I’ve been working on a new little painting. This one is a 12″ square. I’m not sure if it’s finished but it’s definitely at a pausing point. I always photograph the progression of the process because I love watching it morph. I thought I’d share that here in case you might find it nifty too. :)

I only snapped one close up of the first layer:

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I had mixed feelings about the second layer:

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So I did a bold “edging” along the bottom and some more color blocking:

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Enter the sharpie and some detail work:

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More color:

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And a little more details:

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I feel like it’s finished. I’m letting it lurk on the side table but so far I’ve managed to walk by it a few times and not throw more paint on it so that usually means Art Brain is done with it.

The next painting is going to be much bigger. I want to stretch out a little bit and really go nuts. Not that this one is exactly restrained but hey, go big or go home. :)

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everyday creative – just work

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Yes. That’s pom-pom fringe. And yes, I do have a project that I plan to use it on. It’s kind of become oddly symbolic. Let me explain why.

I am taking some time to refill the well. If you’ve no idea what I’m talking about, I mean that I’m pulling back to just submerge myself in making things. In dwelling and exploring and taking back control of the train wreck that is my studio.

This does not mean that I have no big projects. (I’m working on proposals which is a nice place to be. I love proposals, so much possibility in those things.) Or that I’m dropping off the face of the planet. But I’m a big believer that just doing the work is the best way to recharge my batteries. I’ve long been wanting to explore painting on canvas and I’ve got my sights set on making the closet in my studio the envy of organizers everywhere. (I have to find the back of it first.)

I think it’s important as an artist to do this – to step back from the regular pace of our creative lives and go inward. Starting with my pom-pom fringe. ;-)

How about you? Do you take time to recharge your creative batteries? What’s your favorite activity to do that?

 

The Everyday Creative is a series of blog posts pondering the things that everyday artists encounter. Being an artist is not always a magazine spread picture perfect experience. These posts pay tribute to the angst, the messy studios, the glue that shouldn’t be where you found it and that blue streak of dye you accidentally got on the dog.

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52 screen printed squares – some tutorial links

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52 Screen Printed Squares has not ended. I just needed to take care of business for my tapings and then I’ve been consumed with filling orders for INKED so I put the project on hiatus for a bit. 620 fat quarters went out the door, it looked like a fabric store barfed all over my studio. It was awesome. :)

And since I’m a nerd, I kept taking photos of the piles. You know. Because color. And fabric. (I know you understand.)

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I’m planning on bringing back 52 SPS next week but in the meantime, I thought I’d rekindle our screen printing geekiness with a link to my Pinterest board on the topic. There are some interesting tutorials  and just some general awesomeness to admire.

 

Follow Lynn’s board Screen Printing Obsession – Smudged Textiles Studio on Pinterest.

 

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STITCHED blog hop, Stenciled Fabric Bagde tutorial & a giveaway! :)

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I’m still frantically cutting fabric for INKED orders and trying to catch up from my tapings a couple of weeks ago. I’m slowly getting there (although I feel as if I’m moving at the speed of mud) but I took a break from the 620 fat quarters I’m cutting because there is a super cool blog hop going on right now that I want to tell you about.

Several of the instructors of the STITCHED community, the place where I’m teaching my “Stencil Mania Collage” class, are offering fun tutorials and giveaways. As a reminder of the class I’m teaching, here is a little preview video I put together:

 

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Here are the other instructors on the hop:
 
April 7th: Lidija at http://www.bludor.com/magazine
April 9th: Hanna at http://www.ihanna.nu
April 10th: Alma at http://almastoller.blogspot.com
 

One of the things I like most about surface design with stencils is that it really does all the work for you. It’s super simple and you get awesome results in two shakes of a lamb’s tail (maybe even one shake).

So in order to help entice you to take the class (it’s really cool, I share with you everything about my process for making a fabric collage from start to finish), I thought I’d show you an easy fun project using stencils, my INKED fabric and minimal stitching. I’m also doing a giveaway but you have to read all the way to the bottom to find out what it is.

Here is the project, Stenciled Fabric Badges:

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And here’s how you make them: :)

Supplies you need:

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* (4) 3.5″ wide x 2″ high pieces of INKED fabric

* (4) 4″ wide x 2.5″ wide pieces of wool felt

* (4) 1″ wide pinback

* Marked 6″x6″ stencils from Artistcellar

* Create Words pocket stencils from Artistcellar

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* (5) different colors of textile paint

* (5) sponge brushes

* sewing machine

* hand needle and thread

 

Steps:

1) Place one of the Marked stencils over half of the piece of INKED fabric.

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2) Brush the paint through the stencil.

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3) Do the same for all four pieces, using a different Marked stencil and different color paint for each one.

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4) Allow the paint to dry completely and heat set with an iron. Using white paint, stencil each piece of Marked/INKED fabric with one of the words from the Create Words pocket stencil set.

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5) Place the printed rectangle over a piece of felt and stitch around the edges with your sewing machine. (You could do very fancy stitching, use one of the decorative stitches, hand stitch, bead – whatever moves you! :) )

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6) Hand stitch the pinback to the back of the stitched piece.

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And viola! You have a very cool Fabric Badge to show off! Woo!

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Now here’s the giveaway – I’m going to giveaway a set of pre-cut INKED and wool fabrics with pinbacks.

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Artistcellar is generously adding a set of my Marked stencils and a set of the Create Words pocket stencils as well so the only thing you’ll need to add to do the project is paint and some stitching.

Leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite surface design method is (or if you’re new to surface design, which one you’d like to try) and I’ll choose a winner on April 15 at 7pm EST.

Hope to “see” you in class! :)

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Taping for Quilting Arts TV & a new DVD! :)

I can FINALLY tell you exactly what The Giant Project of 2015 is! :)

I headed out to Cleveland earlier this week to tape three segments for Quilting Arts TV (two for the upcoming series and one for the following season) and my third DVD workshop. It’s always a bit torturous keeping everything quiet during the months of prep before hand but it’s worth it in every way.

I’m glad the taping location is close enough to me that I can drive because here is a glimpse of all my segments (including my DVD)  laid out on the trays the studio provides so we can keep things straight:

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I have a Chevy HHR and all of this fits inside of it with no obstruction of being able to see out the windows. I totally love that car for hauling things around.

Susan Brubaker Knapp is the host for QATV and I so enjoyed getting to spend time with her, she’s a fabulous host!

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I did all of my taping in one day and it’s a total whirlwind of cameras, photos, cameramen counting things down and hoping you don’t do anything dumb that will cause them to have to stop filming. But honestly? While it might sound scary, it’s really not. Everyone there is so calm and cool and collected and they are all so good at what they do that it makes the experience really wonderful.

Here are sneaks of two of my TV segments:

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Vivika Hansen DeNegre was on hand the whole time. See the necklace in this shot? She was wearing it but decided I needed a little something so it got to live with me for a bit.

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I wish I had gotten more photos (I “borrowed” most of these from Susan and Vivika). I had the good fortune of filming on the same day as Mark Lipinski, my fellow Polish fiber junkie.

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He taped two segments and I snapped a photo of the TV in the waiting room that all of us could watch of the set during taping.

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As usual, he did a fantastic job! You’ll love his segments!

As far as the DVD goes, I’m going to keep the topic to myself until it gets closer to release (which will be a couple of months, I think). Although if you take a close look at the photo of all my STUFF at the top of the post, you might be able to figure it out. :)

Now that The Giant Project is done, my studio schedule is fairly open. The space itself is a train wreck and a half and since I haven’t had a long stretch of uncommitted time like this in years, I’m considering taking it apart and finally working toward the face lift I’ve been dreaming of. I mostly want to take some time to just make new art – explore painting, start some quilts I’ve been designing in my head, write some creepy fiction and CLEAN.

I have a couple of big project proposals I want to pursue but other then that, I’m at one of those places where I need to take some time to figure out what I want to do. Goodness knows I won’t be bored, always various projects on the schedule but in terms of the giant projects? I need to do some considering.

Maybe it’s spring? There does seem to be an air of possibility everywhere. :)

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INKED Block hop winners (and why i’ve been quiet)

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Well, talk about radio silence, right? All good things going on, just had to put my head down and get busy in the studio. I’m heading out next week to Ohio to wrap up The Giant Project of 2015 (all will be revealed soon) and trying to pack for this thing makes my studio look like it’s been robbed.

I’ll be back to regular blogging after next week. In the meantime, I’m late announcing the winners from the three giveaways I hosted for the INKED Block Hop. Here they are (I’ll email you directly):

Bonus Giveaway winner – Charolette

Block #8 Giveaway winner – Judith C.

“Striped HST Love” block FQ Giveaway winner – Wendy S.

 

Congrats everyone! Can’t wait to see what everyone is making with the fabric and if you would allow me to share on the blog, I’d be happy to do so! :)

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INKED Block Hop – last day & my block! :)

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Well my lovelies, we have reached the final day of the Block Hop! I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have, it’s truly been a pleasure to introduce all these talented fabulous quilt artists and share the work they did with INKED. But before we bid farewell to the hop, I’d like to share the block that I made. I call it Striped HST Love.

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I’m addicted to the half square triangle and also to stripes and hatching. So this block combines the two and it’s very simple to put together. A great block for a beginner quilter.

Here are the directions for it in a downloadable PDF: Striped HST Love INKED Block by Lynn Krawczyk

Leave a comment on this post here telling me what you love most about being an artist. I’ll choose a winner on Friday Feb 20 at 3pm EST to win a fat quarter pack of the fabrics that I used to make the block. And who knows, maybe an extra or two will sneak into the goody pack. :)

I’ve gotten a couple of requests to create a directory on my website of all the blocks and interviews done for the Hop. I will most definitely be doing that. At the moment Art Brain is a bit consumed by a deadline that is hurtling toward us like a freight train so we need to give that our full attention. My goal is to have all the directions and blocks corralled into one spot by the end of April.

I’ve also been asked if I am going to answer the same interview questions that everyone else did. To be honest, I hadn’t planned to but then I thought that if everyone else gave it a go, I may as well too. Seems like a very fitting way to wrap up the Hop.

Seriously everyone – thank you so much for following along and for the excitement over the fabric line. I can’t express how much it means to me. And as it’s finally winging it’s way out into the world, I do hope you’ll share your creations with me and allow me to post them for everyone to enjoy. Ok, on to the questions. :)

 

Q: What is your style of quilting?

Lynn: I have to say that I consider myself a sort of free form quilter. By that I mean I don’t follow tradition too closely. I’ve always been intrigued with piecing and have been doing quite a bit more of it lately (no plans to stop, love designing quilts) but I’m definitely a free range sewer. Translation: Strict alignment and measurements are not super high on my priority list in my personal work.

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Q: Do you have a signature style?
 
Lynn: Heavily encrusted with paint from printing, tons of stitching, lots of different patterns and a general sense of abandonment. I like creating a riot of color and print to fall into.
 
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Q: How did you start quilting? Did you learn from a friend or family member? Or did the obsession find you on it’s own?  

Lynn: I discovered it on my own in my early twenties. Mostly by accident but I started out in crazy quilting. You can still see a lot of those elements in my work today. Although I am told that my grandmother’s sisters made incredible quilts for their church raffles that people would fight over to win. So perhaps it’s simply in my blood.
 
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Q: Why do you enjoy quilting? What keeps you coming back to this art form again and again? 

Lynn: I think about this a lot. Especially now that I’m branching out to painting on cardboard and canvas. Fabric is and always will be my true love. There is such a comfort in working with it and I think the fact that we are taking a common everyday thing that is integral to life and elevating it art? And many times functional art? Well. I’d say that makes quilters about the coolest group on the planet. We can keep you warm and comfort you with a piece of art. Total awesome sauce.
 
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Q: If you could offer one piece of advice to a beginning quilter, what would it be?
 

Lynn: Do your thing. Do NOT compare yourself to others. There will always be someone better and there will always be someone worse. But there will never be anyone that does things exactly like what you do. Enjoy the ride and your art will thank you for it.

Now go make something!! :)

 

 

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If you would like to pre-order some INKED fabric, you can find listings in my etsy shop here.

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Here is the Block Hop schedule:

March 2 – Susan Brubaker Knapp

March 3 – Teri Lucas

March 4 – Jessica Darling

March 5 – Debbie Grifka

March 6 – Lynn Carson Harris

March 7 – Jen Osborn

March 8 – Lynn Krawczyk’s blog for Susan Atwell + bonus giveaways!

March 9 -Flaun Cline

March 10 – Lynn Krawczyk

March 11 – Cheryl Sleboda

March 12 – Maddie Kertay

March 13 – Lynn Krawczyk

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INKED Block Hop – Maddie Kertay

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 Today we hang out with Maddie Kertay, the founder of the BadAss Quilter’s Society.

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HI, I am Maddie Kertay, possibly better known as the BadAss Quilter. I am a professional rabble-­rouser for the quilt industry and I consider it my calling to further the conversation about what it means to be a quilter. I am super excited to be part of this hop and attacked my block with my usual haphazard style. As a rule, I consider myself a maverick quilter in that I am not fond of playing by the rules – so I don’t! :)

 

Here is the block she made for INKED MASH-UP:

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Directions on how to make the block & the giveaway for the fabrics Maddie used are happening on her blog so make sure to visit her! :)

 

And here is what Maddie has to say about quilting.

 
Q: Do you have a signature style?
 
Maddie: There are a lot of things I am known for and quilting might not even be at the top of the list but one thing that often amazes people is that I don’t use patterns, ever. I am not all that crazy about the 1/4″ seam and don’t think fabric is precious. I will cut into just about anything. Fabric on the shelf is “dead fabric”…it only gains a life when it is being used.
 
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Q: How did you start quilting? Did you learn from a friend or family member? Or did the obsession find you on it’s own?  

Maddie: I have been sewing FOREVER but only quilting for about four years. When you think of that…it’s pretty funny really, but there you have it! It was a passion that found me and I will do it as long as I enjoy it.
 
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Q: Why do you enjoy quilting? What keeps you coming back to this art form again and again? 

Maddie: I love playing with the ideas that flit through my head…the what if’s. If I did not have those I would hang up my rotary cutter for sure. I often start with a word, a title or a feeling I want bring out of my work. Then I just see what happens!
 
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Q: If you could offer one piece of advice to a beginning quilter, what would it be?
 

Maddie: I encourage new quilters to get a couple of skills under their belt and then to let go. Just fall into it and see what happens. Don’t compare, worry or fret. Do what intrigues you from needle turn to art quilting without fear. After all, you aren’t enjoying this, why bother?

 

You can visit Maddie online at these locations:

Webiste & Blog

Spool

Facebook

 

Tomorrow we wrap up the Block Hop Tour with directions for the block I made for INKED MASH-UP so swing on back here!  :)

 

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If you would like to pre-order some INKED fabric, you can find listings in my etsy shop here.

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Here is the Block Hop schedule:

March 2 – Susan Brubaker Knapp

March 3 – Teri Lucas

March 4 – Jessica Darling

March 5 – Debbie Grifka

March 6 – Lynn Carson Harris

March 7 – Jen Osborn

March 8 – Lynn Krawczyk’s blog for Susan Atwell + bonus giveaways!

March 9 -Flaun Cline

March 10 – Lynn Krawczyk

March 11 – Cheryl Sleboda

March 12 – Maddie Kertay

March 13 – Lynn Krawczyk

 

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INKED Block Hop – Cheryl Sleboda

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Today we are hanging out with the awesomely quirky and talented Cheryl Sleboda.

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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 – Muppin.com.   She currently has a year long art quilt technique series called “Technique of the Week” on her YouTube channel.  Cheryl is also an expert on electronics in quilts and also has been recently been 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.

Cheryl made TWO blocks for INKED MASH-UP. Here they are:

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cheryl's skull block

Directions on how to make both of these block & the giveaway for the fabrics Cheryl used are happening on her blog so make sure to visit her! :)

 

And here is what Cheryl has to say about her love of quilting.

 

Q: What is your style of quilting?

Cheryl: I’m a quilter who does a lot of everything.  I made traditional quilts for many years before moving to art quilts.  I like the modern movement too, which is a lot of fun.
 
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Q: Do you have a signature style?
 
Cheryl: I have a very cartoony style that I’m known for, with adorable robots and zombies and other creatures that come up in my comic book day job.  I also am known for intricate fabric manipulations, too!  It took many years of work to find “my style”, but I think I’m finally happy with where it has ended up.
 
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Q: How did you start quilting? Did you learn from a friend or family member? Or did the obsession find you on it’s own?  

Cheryl: I learned to sew young, but I never quilted until I moved away from Chicago to Baltimore.  I was all alone in a strange city and I needed a hobby.  A quick trip to JoAnns had me leaving with one of their block of the month kits.  That quilt is still a UFO!
 
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Q: Why do you enjoy quilting? What keeps you coming back to this art form again and again? 

Cheryl: Working in comics, I think it would be very easy for me to do some kind of illustration, but I love the texture of cloth and what it can bring to the work.  That part really speaks to me.
 
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Q: If you could offer one piece of advice to a beginning quilter, what would it be?
 

Cheryl: Take care with those seams.  Accuracy matters and you will be SO much happier with our project when you do.  Also, measure twice and cut once! Ask me how I know!

 

You can visit Cheryl online at these locations:

Website

Blog

Facebook

Instagram

YouTube

Twitter

 

Tomorrow we visit with Maddie Kertay, the founder of the BadAss Quilter’s Society!

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If you would like to pre-order some INKED fabric, you can find listings in my etsy shop here.

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Here is the Block Hop schedule:

March 2 – Susan Brubaker Knapp

March 3 – Teri Lucas

March 4 – Jessica Darling

March 5 – Debbie Grifka

March 6 – Lynn Carson Harris

March 7 – Jen Osborn

March 8 – Lynn Krawczyk’s blog for Susan Atwell + bonus giveaways!

March 9 -Flaun Cline

March 10 – Lynn Krawczyk

March 11 – Cheryl Sleboda

March 12 – Maddie Kertay

March 13 – Lynn Krawczyk

 

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INKED Block Hop – Block #8

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For information about what the Block Hop is about, please go here.

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Today I’m going to post directions for this block:

mickey's block

 

I didn’t make it, a friend did. But she was unable to participate in the hop so I told her I’d take care of it! :)

Block #8 uses these fabrics from INKED:

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And here are downloadable directions for  INKED Block Hop Block #8 

You can win a set of these fabrics for your very own! Just leave a comment here on this post and let me know what your current art project is right now. I’ll choose a winner for this fat quarter set on Wednesday March 18 at 7pm EST.

Tomorrow we will be hanging out with the awesome Cheryl Sleboda – she has TWO blocks to share! :)

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If you would like to pre-order some INKED fabric, you can find listings in my etsy shop here.

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Here is the Block Hop schedule:

March 2 – Susan Brubaker Knapp

March 3 – Teri Lucas

March 4 – Jessica Darling

March 5 – Debbie Grifka

March 6 – Lynn Carson Harris

March 7 – Jen Osborn

March 8 – Lynn Krawczyk’s blog for Susan Atwell + bonus giveaways!

March 9 -Flaun Cline

March 10 – Lynn Krawczyk

March 11 – Cheryl Sleboda

March 12 – Maddie Kertay

March 13 – Lynn Krawczyk

 

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INKED block hop – Flaun Cline

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For information about what the Block Hop is about, please go here.

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 Today we meet the talented Flaun Cline.

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Flaun is a Pacific Northwest girl living in Tennessee. She is co-owner of SPOOL, designs patterns under the name I Plead Quilty, loves to bring new quilters over to the dark side, and is a nerd of the highest order.

 

Here is the block that she made for INKED MASH-UP:

 

flaun's block

Here are Flaun’s thoughts on quilting.

 

Q: What is your style of quilting?

Flaun: I am a BadAss Quilter with a modern bent.
 
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Q: Do you have a signature style?
 
Flaun: My style is very colorful with clean lines and sparkle; that is I tend to use a wide variety of values in my quilts.
 
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Q: How did you start quilting? Did you learn from a friend or family member? Or did the obsession find you on it’s own?  

Flaun: My mother taught me the basics of piecing when my daughter was very young. I thought “real quilters” had to quilt by hand (not her fault) even after machine piecing, so projects took a very long time (I didn’t have many minutes to sew working full time and running after my kiddo.
 
The quilts I sewed from books and patterns weren’t very inspiring to me. Things fizzled and I let my sewing machine sit mostly dormant for years, save the odd mending session. Then in the fall of 2009, The Modern Quilt Workshop, fell into my lap. My eyes were opened to more possibilities with design. Though I never have made a quilt from their books, Bill and Weeks are the reason I am where I am, now. I took a free motion quilting class at a local quilt shop shortly after discovering the book. A star lit inside me, and I haven’t stopped quilting since!
 
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Q: Why do you enjoy quilting? What keeps you coming back to this art form again and again? 

Flaun: I return to quilting again and again because it is so exciting to me. The rush of the fabric pull, working out construction details, and watching it all come together starts a flood of serotonin, I think, creating a lovely feedback loop. (Wow! I really AM a big nerd.)
 
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Q: If you could offer one piece of advice to a beginning quilter, what would it be?
 

Flaun: Don’t stress about your lack of skill or what “everyone” tells you you ought to do. You will improve. The quilt police aren’t going to come knocking on your door. Do what makes you happy and let your craft grow. You never know where it may take you.

 

You can visit Flaun online at these locations:

Website & Blog

Facebook

Instagram

Tomorrow we will hang out here at my blog again where I will post directions and do the giveaway for one of the blocks on a friend’s behalf – so make sure you come on back! :)

 

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If you would like to pre-order some INKED fabric, you can find listings in my etsy shop here.

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Here is the Block Hop schedule:

March 2 – Susan Brubaker Knapp

March 3 – Teri Lucas

March 4 – Jessica Darling

March 5 – Debbie Grifka

March 6 – Lynn Carson Harris

March 7 – Jen Osborn

March 8 – Lynn Krawczyk’s blog for Susan Atwell + bonus giveaways!

March 9 -Flaun Cline

March 10 – Lynn Krawczyk

March 11 – Cheryl Sleboda

March 12 – Maddie Kertay

March 13 – Lynn Krawczyk

 

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