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:

 

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

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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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 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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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 – Susan Atwell & a bonus giveaway! :)

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

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 Today’s post includes a bonus giveaway and an introduction to the wildly awesome Susan Atwell of Fat Quarter Quilt Farm.

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Susan Atwell is the Chief Fabric Fondler and Head Chicken Wrangler at the Fat Quarter Quilt Farm in NW Indiana. She has been making quilts, longarm quilting for hire, and teaching classes on her 7 acre farm since 2004. A Textile enthusiast since childhood, she graduated with a BFA in Textile Arts from Ball State University . She also enjoys Wet Felting, Spinning her own yarn, Surface Design techniques of all kinds, and Dyeing anything she can get her hands on. She currently shares her farm with a crew of 1 husband, 2 cats, 4 dogs and 12 chickens.

Here is a photo Susan took of INKED MASH-UP on her farm (she braved the snow and cold):

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Before we get to know Susan a little better, let me show you what the Bonus Giveaway is. Ready?

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A little bit of stitching, reading and paint flinging fun. :) Leave a comment on this post here, any old comment will do, and I’ll choose a winner for it next Saturday March 14 at noon EST.

Now back to Susan!

Susan truly is one of the most awesome and fun quilters I know – such a energetic person and talented long arm quilter! She is the one who added quilting magic to INKED MASH-UP. When I asked if she would be interested in quilting the piece, she enthusiastically said YES! It was so much fun to get notes and photos from her as she worked – she really loves what she does! :) Here are a few details of her handy work:

 

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She has a very watchful task master known as Blue Kitteh. (He even has his own instagram account under the username BLUEKITTEH.) He has given his seal of approval on the fabric line, which is quite important in the quilt world.

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And here is what Susan has to say about how quilting exists in her world.

 

Q: What is your style of quilting?

Susan: QUILT ANARCHY!! is my kind of quilting. My very faves are the Weird, the Wonky , the ones that make you say WTH? and the Unusual… bordering on what some might consider to be Ugly. I LOVE a quilt with a lot of individuality and SOUL!
 
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Q: Do you have a signature style?
 
Susan: I do not have a *Signature Style* when making quilts. I do enjoy putting orphaned vintage blocks together as well as creating quilts from hand dyed ,printed and fugitive media fabrics. Its all good !
 
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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?  

Susan: QUILTING came naturally to me as both Grandmothers were sewers. I know its in my DNA and I have a very vivid memory of an early childhood WOW moment when visiting a fabric store.It was just a matter of time!
 
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Q: Why do you enjoy quilting? What keeps you coming back to this art form again and again? 

Susan: I enjoy quilting because it keeps morphing and changing but remaining a constant for individual expression.I love studying the Vintage quilts as well as seeing the new Modern Quilt examples from QuiltCon ,most recently. There is always great inspiring stuff to see regardless of time frame.
 
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Q: If you could offer one piece of advice to a beginning quilter, what would it be?
 

Susan: Don’t get hung up on perfection or creating an exact duplicate of a quilt that has already been made by hundreds . Find your own creative voice!. Embrace it , don’t give up, enjoy the creative process and encourage others to do the same!

 

You can visit Susan online at these locations:

Blog

Facebook

Instagram

 

Tomorrow we meet the fabulous Flaun Cline! :)

 

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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 – jen osborn

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

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Today we visit with mixed meida artist and modern sewist, Jen Osborn.

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Jen Osborn is a third generation maker who lives in the heart of rural Michigan. She seeks out simple things in life like drawing, cooking, sewing and LOTS of making. Jen has an enormous imagination and loves nothing more than giving you a peek inside your daily creative life. She creates artwork that’s as wonderful to touch as it is to look at, and has a knack for re-purposing the old with a uniquely modern twist.

In 2003 she developed an innovative mixed media technique using fire to manipulate transparency images, and has been featured in books like Artist Trading Cards, Transparent Art and Somerset Workshop among others. She has spent time among the magazine pages as both a published artist and a columnist while teaching her techniques online and across the U.S.

Her book, Mixed Media and Stitched: Fabric Inspiration for the Mixed Media Artist, was published in 2013. She is currently branching out into licensing her art and drawings for use as illustrations, stationary, home dec items and embroidery patterns.

 

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 Jen used are happening on her blog so make sure to visit her! :)

 

And here is what Jen has to say about how quilting exists in her world.

 

Q: What is your style of quilting?

Jen:  I tend to think of myself as a reluctant modern quilter, and even more so a simple modern sewist with mad patchwork skills; my mom and her sister are more traditional quilters, and compared to the magic they work with cutting precision, I have a hard time seeing my imperfect stitches in the same light :) I adore straight-line quilting, and the more modern style of mixing traditional patterns with solids and modern prints.
 
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Q: Do you have a signature style?
 
Jen: My style is very zakka inspired, and I’m known for mixing textured fabrics like linen and wool with a patchwork of modern prints. I like to lean towards the more wonky patterns like log cabins or stars to highlight my current print crushes. I search out really unique prints using Etsy or Spoonflower, and use them to tell little stories within the patchwork pattern.
 
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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?  

Jen: I have been sewing since I was a little girl, but I resisted quilting until I was in my mid 30′s. I have a really hard time following patterns, and cutting all my fabrics to precision, so making clothes and quilting were not high on my list of loves when it came to crafting. I actually got really into sewing thru making mixed media pieces, and after writing a column of Quilting the Odd & Unusual, I somehow fell headfirst into quilting more traditional things like aprons, pillow-covers, and potholders. I’ve taught myself thru trial and LOTS OF error; I’m attending my first real quilting class as we speak which I NEVER saw coming!
 
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Q: Why do you enjoy quilting? What keeps you coming back to this art form again and again? 

Jen: Sewing in general is really therapeutic for me, but I also paint, cook, and knit for the same reason, so sewing is something I have to put aside time for. I really like the way you can combine anything you can fit under the needle, I have an old 1950′s Singer Slant-Arm that is mean for sewing leather and denim, and it could tell some stories of things I’ve tried to sew! I think, in the end, what I love best about sewing is how it allows me to share a part of my deeper self with others. Whether I’m sewing art, quilts, bags or simply mending clothes, I’m putting my love and time into something for others, and that is never a bad thing in my book.
 
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Q: If you could offer one piece of advice to a beginning quilter, what would it be?
 

Jen: The advice I ALWAYS give anyone starting something new is don’t worry about doing it “right”. Focus on the actual making, and the rest with sort itself out with lots of time and practice. There is no magic bean to swallow when it comes to doing anything well; there is only the time you spend actually doing it to get better that ultimately counts. I’d also say don’t spend so much time reading or looking online at what other people are doing that you don’t do any making yourself; that’s a recipe for unhappiness & who needs that!

 

You can visit Jen online at these locations:

Website & Blog

Facebook

Instagram

Pinterest

Flickr

Vimeo

 

Tomorrow we meet the wild and fun Susan Atwell & there will be a bonus non-fabric giveaway here on my blog! :)

 

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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

INKED Block Hop – Lynn Carson Harris

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

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On this fifth day of the hop, we meet Lynn Carson Harris:

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Lynn Harris has been sewing and quilting since the age of nine. She learned to sew from her mother and made many of her own clothes in middle and high school. She completed her first quilt when she was twelve years old. She lives in Michigan with her husband and three children. Lynn takes inspiration from her amazing and unique children , her husband, and the world around her. She was always encouraged by her maternal grandmother who told her that anything she made was the “most beautiful thing” she had ever seen. Lynn enjoys many kinds of needlework and has had quilts published in several books and magazines and is the author of the soon to be released book, Every Last Piece: 12 Beautiful Design Inspirations Using Scraps, Strings and Applique.

 

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 Lynn used are happening on her blog so make sure to visit her! :)

 

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

 

Q: What is your style of quilting?

Lynn:  I don’t have a label for my style of quiting. I make what I want to make and it varies quite a bit. I like the process of making a
quilt so am usually not in a hurry to finish a project. I do like to make usable bed size quilts.
 
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Q: Do you have a signature style?
 
Lynn: I have a hard time cutting into large pieces of fabric and I love to use scraps. I love the look of a quilt made with many, many different fabrics. Sometimes I have to cut into some larger fabric pieces in my stash to feed the scrap bins. Somehow, the fabric is easier for me to use when it is already in small pieces. I guess that makes scrap quilting a signature style for me.
 
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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 have been sewing since I was nine years old and finished my first quilt when I was in the seventh grade. There was a resurgence of interest in quilting then with the coming of the American Bicentennial celebration. I didn’t get obsessed by quilting until about ten years later after I was grown and married.
 
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Q: Why do you enjoy quilting? What keeps you coming back to this art form again and again? 

Lynn: I love the process of choosing the fabrics, cutting the shapes, pairing up which fabrics look good with each other, the sewing and pressing. It is all very soothing to me. It is also fun that after enjoying the entire making process that I end up with a usable quilt.
 
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Q: If you could offer one piece of advice to a beginning quilter, what would it be?
 

Lynn: Don’t be afraid to try new things. There are many different ways to cut pieces of fabric and sew them back together. Find out which way works
best for you and makes you happy. Don’t worry about what other people are doing. Find your passion and keep at it.

 

You can visit Lynn online at these locations:

Website & Blog

Facebook

Instagram

Flickr

 

Tomorrow we meet Jen Obsorn of The Messy Nest! :)

 

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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

 

 

INKED Block Hop – Debbie Grifka

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

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Today we are meeting Debbie Grifka of Esch House Quilts.

 

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I have been sewing since I was young and made lots of my own clothes through high school, work and pregnancies. Somehow, I didn’t find much time to sew after my daughters were born! When I did manage a little time to sew I made dresses for the girls, Halloween costumes and home dec projects.

I had been interested in quilting for years, but had never committed myself to what seemed like an overwhelming and large project. Even so, I bought several books and some tools. One day in 2002, I began to work on a wall hanging. I’m not really sure what combination of factors lead me to start that day, but I have been obsessed ever since. I love designing and making quilts!

It has been such an interesting journey to discover what kinds of quilt are my style. I like so many different “styles” of quilts that it took some time for me to figure it out. For me, it is all about the graphic impact of the quilt, including the colors. I like to make modern quilts with traditional materials. I love what you can do with fabric, a needle and some thread (a sewing machine helps too!).

 

And this is the fun block she made for INKED MASH-UP:

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

 

And here is what Debbie shares with us about her quilting life.

 

Q: What is your style of quilting?

Debbie: I definitely think of myself as a modern quilter, but I appreciate lots of quilting styles.
 
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Q: Do you have a signature style?
 
Debbie: Minimal quilts using an alternate grid and negative space really describe my style.  I use a lot of solid fabrics too.
 
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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?  

Debbie: The obsession definitely found me!  I’d been sewing all my life and attracted to quilting, but didn’t start quilting until about 13 years ago.
 
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Q: Why do you enjoy quilting? What keeps you coming back to this art form again and again? 

Debbie: The endless variety and creativity – and the feel of the fabric!
 
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Q: If you could offer one piece of advice to a beginning quilter, what would it be?
 
Debbie: Just do it!  Jump in and get started.  You’ll probably make mistakes (I sure did – and do!), but every quilt is an opportunity to improve or try something new.  (Second piece of advice – let go of perfection and enjoy making!)

 

You can visit Debbie online at these locations:

Website & Blog

Facebook

Instagram

Flickr

Twitter

Pinterest

 

Tomorrow we will visit with extremely talented Lynn Carson Harris and see the block she made for INKED MASH-UP. :)

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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 – Jessica Darling

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

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Today’s stop on the INKED Block Hop features the super fun Jessica Darling!

 

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Before she knew how to drive, Jessica Darling knew how to operate a longarm machine. Before age 30, she started a quilt shop catering to the hip, modern quilting crowd. She developed a cadence of her own- and because she’s Italian, it’s very loud. She wears many hats; sometimes a fedora or snap-back comes into play. She closed the quilt shop to focus on interacting more intimately with the fresh modern quilting community. These days, she’s embarking on the teaching and lecture circuit, inspiring others to march to their own beat. She also designs sewing patterns under Homegrown- her personal imprint of the Villa Rosa Designs brand. She blogs- mostly about hip hop and her personal experiences, with the occasional quilt project.

 

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

 

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

 

Here’s the low down on Jessica:

 

Q: What is your style of quilting?

Jessica: You know, I think about this question a lot and have for the extent of my career. I think my friend Tula Pink said it best when she called it “Modernitional”. I think of myself as deeply rooted in tradition with an eye to the future. Iʼm mostly known for my emphasis on color and how its placement can change your viewpoint.
 
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Q: Do you have a signature style?
 
Jessica: I think my signature style is colorful and elegantly disheveled. I like structured scrappy quilts—so maybe a common color story, or a central running theme within the quilt.
 
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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?  

Jessica: Oh geez. So this is kind of a funny story. When I was 15 years old, my best friendʼs mom owned a longarm quilting shop in our hometown. I really, really wanted to work there, because she had hired our other friend and I thought it was way cooler than flipping burgers. I showed up every day for an entire summer and begged for a job. Everyday, her mom said no. By the time school started in the fall, I had worn her down and she hired me. Iʼve now been working for her and with her for the past 14 years. Lifeʼs crazy sometimes.
 
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Q: Why do you enjoy quilting? What keeps you coming back to this art form again and again? 

Jessica: Part of my obsession with quilting comes from a deep love for folk art and feeling connected to the American pioneer lifestyle. Iʼm no Laura Ingalls Wilder, but I think engaging in this pastime keeps me close to my roots. I come from a long line of makerseach person in my family has a special skill or talent- and quilting has been the one thing that has kept me consistently stimulated and wanting to learn more. It sounds cheesy, but I believe itʼs my calling.
 
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Q: If you could offer one piece of advice to a beginning quilter, what would it be?
 
 Jessica: Stay with it and donʼt be intimidated that other quilters are further along in their studies. Itʼs a marathon, not a sprint, and if you can stick with it long enough, youʼll have your “aha!” moment and it will be glorious. : )

 

You can visit Jessica online at these locations:

Website & Blog

Facebook

Instagram

 

Tomorrow we will meet the very talented Debbie Grifka. See you then!  :)

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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 – Teri Lucas

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

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Today’s stop on the INKED Block Hop has us visiting the wonderful Teri Lucas.

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Teri Lucas is an award-winning quilter who quilts on a home sewing machine. Exploring the play of fabric, thread and batting to create beautiful quilts is her passion. One of her very favorite things to do is teach free motion machine quilting on a home sewing machine. 

She is also an Associate Editor – Online/Special Project with Generation Q Magazine. She teaches machine quilting teacher at Hartsdale Fabrics in Hartsdale, NY.

 

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

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

 

Here is some insight into Teri’s quilting world:

 

Q: What is your style of quilting?

Teri: Whatever strikes my fancy. I just like quilting.
 
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Q: Do you have a signature style?
 
Teri: I’ve been told I do but honestly? I just do my thing and enjoy the process.
 
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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?  

Teri: My sweetie made me do it. :)
 
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Q: Why do you enjoy quilting? What keeps you coming back to this art form again and again? 

Teri: Hmmm…there’s color. Beautiful, bright, cherry color. Then there’s the thread and fabric and batting. Did I mention thread? And color? I must remember  to mention color. I love color and texture and how they play and intermingle together and play and harmonize and don’t always play so well. And figuring out how to get them to play together. I love color, but I think I mentioned that before. I love the hum of the machine when I’m stitching and get that beautiful rhythm going when my hands and feet and machine are just working well.
 
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Q: If you could offer one piece of advice to a beginning quilter, what would it be?
 

Teri: Give yourself permission to make mistakes, to play, to use your seam ripper and be confident in that.

 

You can visit Teri online at these locations:

Blog

Facebook

Instagram

 

Tomorrow we will visit with the incredible Jessica Darling and see the block she made for INKED MASH-UP. Catch ya then! :)

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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 begins **NOW**! :)

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I can’t even begin to express how excited I am that this day has finally arrived!! (This is a long post but please read all the way through. Lots to know about and I don’t want you to miss any of it!! :) )

When I finally got to spill the beans about my fabric line, Inked, last October at Fall Quilt Market, it was a dream come true. But now that the fabric is nearly out in the world? Unbelievable. As a designer, the thought of people choosing my patterns and colors to use in their work is such an incredible honor.

I thought long and hard about how I wanted to celebrate. I’ve hosted many blog hops and I wanted this one to be super special. Not only because it’s my first fabric line but also because I think the quilting community is a gaggle of some seriously creative and fun people. Both on the designer and the maker side.

I wanted the party celebrating the release of INKED to reflect that – a way to shine a spotlight on all the people that help make the quilt industry tick while at the same time offering a huge thank you to all of you who will be welcoming INKED into your studio and work.

So here’s what we are doing: Over the span of the next 12 days, I’m going to introduce you to 10 quilters. These are some incredibly nifty people. Some I’ve known for a while and some I met not long ago at Quilt Market. I’ll show you their beautiful shining faces, let you get to know them through a few interview questions (I swear I can’t stop interviewing people, it’s like a compulsion) and then point you toward their blog where you can get instructions on how to make the quilt block they contributed for a sampler quilt we’re calling INKED MASH-UP.

All of the blocks are pieced and range from traditional patterns to original ones to the truly free spirited (read the list of participants further down the post and take a guess who the skull block belongs to.) They finish at 12″ square so you can mix and match your favorite blocks to create your own custom quilt. The finished quilt measures about 45″ wide  x 60″ high.

 

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photo of INKED MASH-UP by Susan Atwell of Fat Quarter Quilt Farm

 

Each stop on the hop will give you directions on how to make the block that the designer made for the quilt plus a giveaway for a five piece fat quarter set featuring the fabrics they used. (Only comments left on their blog post will go into the drawing for their giveaways.) THAT’S A WHOLE LOT OF FABRIC FLYING AROUND!! 

Mid way through the hop, I’ll bring you back here to introduce you to the wonderful crazy awesome Susan Atwell, who longarm quilted INKED MASH-UP. I’ll tell you her story and there will be a surprise giveaway of more products from your’s truly.

I won’t lie, it’s a long hop. But it’s totally worthwhile in every way and it’s my way of saying thank you to all of you for sharing your creative world with me.

Here is the 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

 

** Because it has been requested repeatedly, I have etsy listings in my shop for pre-orders of INKED. Please understand that I do NOT have an exact date of when the fabric will arrive to me. All I know is that the line is scheduled to begin shipping in March. This could mean tomorrow, next week, the end of the month – your guess is as good as mine. You are welcome to purchase a pre-order listing but bear in mind that it will most likely be a few weeks until you receive the fabric.**

 

So without further ado, let’s start the INKED Block Hop!!! :)

First up is the fabulous Susan Brubaker Knapp.

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Susan is a fiber artist, quilt pattern designer, and teacher. Starting with Series 1400 (summer 2014) she is the host of “Quilting Arts TV,” which airs on more than 400 Public Television stations in the U.S. Quilting started as a hobby, but turned into a passion and a business. Susan teaches nationally and internationally, and have produced numerous patterns, two books, and four workshops on DVD. 

 

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

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

 

 

Let’s get to know Susan a little bit better, shall we?

 

Q: What is your style of quilting?

Susan: I started out as a traditional quilter, and still make traditional pieced and hand needle-turn appliqué quilts. And I still (occasionally) hand quilt. But most of what I do now falls into the art quilt/fiber art category. 
 
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Q: Do you have a signature style?
 
Susan: My two primary techniques for creating the surface of my quilts are fusible appliqué and wholecloth painting. Then I usually heavily thread sketch before I free-motion machine quilt. 
 
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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?  

Susan: I made my first quilt with my mother when I was 10. (I still have it!) She was a home economics teacher before I was born, and started quilting in the mid-70s, when quilting had a resurgence just before the American Bicentennial. But I didn’t quilt again until a co-worker at the Lexington Herald-Leader newspaper forced me to go to a quilt class with her. I was working as a graphic designer/page designer, and she enticed me with a gorgeous coffee table book of very graphic Amish quilts. I think I got really hooked when I learned to hand quilt. 
 
I moved more into art quilts about 2006 when I  discovered my inner artist. I have no formal training in art past some classes I took in high school. When I made my first major art quilt (“Teach Me to Hear Mermaids Singing”), it was like something that had been a tiny hot coal inside me suddenly burst into a bonfire. I had no idea I was capable of making art like this. 
 
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Q: Why do you enjoy quilting? What keeps you coming back to this art form again and again? 

Susan: First, I love making things with my hands. Hand quilting, embroidery, cross stitch and knitting are all very meditative. And they keep me from nibbling my cuticles. I also love making things that are utilitarian; it brings me joy to see my children sleeping under quilts I’ve made for them. My art quilts are about something deeper. They are my way of helping others to see the beauty – the overlooked miracles – that I see in the world around me every day. 
 
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Q: If you could offer one piece of advice to a beginning quilter, what would it be?
 

Susan: Have fun, try new techniques, and follow your bliss.  

 

You can visit Susan online at these locations:

Website
Blog
Facebook
Instagram
Pinterest

Twitter

 
Tomorrow we’ll learn what makes Teri Lucas tick and see the block she made for the hop – see you then! :)
 
 
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no deadline art – a wee bit of painting

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I’ve been goofing around in between deadline work with painting on a little canvas. It’s been fun to just mess around with shape and color without an agenda. This canvas is really small, only 10″x10″, but I’ve got a lot of BIG canvases lurking about the studio. I’m eager to attack them. Paint flinging! Woo!

 

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no. 8 of 52 screen printed squares

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I guess I’m still in a layering mood. I love writing in artwork. But I have this quirk that I prefer to not be able to read it. I just like the motion of it and the mystery of what it’s trying to say but can’t. One of the things I love most about Thermofax Screen Printing is that it makes detailed screens so easy to produce.

Tossing together a screen with random writing was easy to accomplish:

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I printed it first in white paint, didn’t wash out the screen and then in denim blue paint to give it a truly blurred obstructed look:

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I just made this new design of little pie charts and I’ve got a thing for this retro blue color so I decided this week was all about blue:

 

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Here are the details on this square:

Square base: 100% cotton fabric pieced from a leftover quilt top

Ink: Simply Screen white paint, Dick Blick denim blue textile screen printing ink, Martha Stewart sea glass paint mixed with Golden Screen Printing medium

Printing tool: sponge brushes

Screen type: Thermofax screen

My love affair with layered printing is strong. I love being able to build a variety of marks into a single piece. But I’m feeling the need to make sure I explore the simple designs too. Next week’s square will return to that.

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surface design tip – save the paint!

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This surface design is pretty short and sweet but it’s saved me from wasting paint. It’s a super simple solution. If you’ve got paint in a cup while you’re working, just put a paper cup over top of it in between working with it. This will significantly slow it down from drying out.

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It won’t save your paint indefinitely, only a well sealed jar can do that but this will help things from getting dodgy while you work.

 

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no. 7 of 52 screen printed squares

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I’m doing a ton of printing for some secret projects right now. Won’t be too long until I can let the cat out of the bag but something I do is what I call Waste Printing.

When I’m done printing whatever I’m working on and there is still paint left on the screen or other tool, I’ll print it off a few times on spare fabric or my print table fabric if I can tolerate having wet areas while I work. Aside from the fact that I don’t like to waste paint, it creates random fabrics I can use in my collages.

The result is really interesting. The prints are never perfect and the patterning is chaotic, random. I love the lack of of inhibition of that kind of printing. For No. 7 I wanted to recreate that look and feeling. And since I’m kind of into monochromatic patterning right now, I went for a black and white color scheme.

Here are the details on this square:

Square base: 100% cotton fabric

Ink: Speedball white textile screen printing ink

Printing tool: paintbrush

Screen type: Thermofax screen

 

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Using a paintbrush to print with let me get that sketchy printed look.

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Because of how busy my schedule in the studio is right now, I’m relying heavily on Thermofax screens for this project. After I’ve got The Giant Project wrapped up, I’m going to veer off into other screen printing types but for now? For now it’s me and my hand dandy Thermofax screen. :)

 

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Instagram Digest & winners of the book/stencil giveaways! :)

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Before we get to our Instagram geekiness, let’s announce the winners of the Fabric Printing at Home giveaways! :) The two winners are: Jan Buffington and Marcia Coling.

Congrats guys! You both get a copy of the book and a set of my stencils. Thanks to everyone who played along with the giveaway and if you weren’t selected, you can snag a copy of Julie’s fabulous book on Amazon. Happy paint flinging! :)

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Today is Instagram Digest day! Means that I share some favorite photos that I’ve posted to my Instagram account over the past couple of weeks. I’ve been participating in Julie Fei-Fan Balzer’s 28 Patterns in February challenge so I’m going to post a few of my favorite designs from that today. I’m in love with the daily practice of it and I’ve been having a blast with it.

 My username on Instagram 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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by hand – illustrated quote

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And don’t you forget it. :)

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the everday creative – does artist = introvert?

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* Please meet my writing desk friends. I have a weakness for cast iron chachkis. I’m pretty sure my peace sign fingers are giving my Day of the Dead writer bunny ears…

Hi. I’m Lynn. I’m an artist. And I’m also an introvert.

Which is something that a lot of people seem surprised by. After all, I tape TV segments and DVD workshops and teach classes. None of these things reek of being an introvert. But the honest truth of it is that while I can do all these things and enjoy them immensely, I also need tons of alone time.

There was a time when I would not have ever thought I could do all that I do. So what changed? I finally wanted to do something badly enough that I decided I needed to just find a way to deal with my instinct to spend all day in a blanket fort.

I see more and more artists raising their hands when this subject comes up. It makes me wonder if there is a correlation. For me, being an artist lets me be outgoing – I use my artwork to be boisterous and loud. I get to stand beside it quietly and let it do the work for me. I wonder if that’s how so many introverts turn to art.

Whatever the reason, it’s a form of expression that I don’t really have the nerve to make any other way. Might sound a little strange but I’m happy to let Art Brain be the loudmouth when my shyness kicks in.

What about you? Are you introverted or extroverted? Do you think your art helps you be more outgoing if you are part of the introvert camp?

 

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 – a twist on printmaking

Printmaker is one of the titles that I proudly call myself. But unlike the traditional printmaker, it’s not the end product for me. It’s part of my overall process and plays a big roll but it’s not the completed piece. So I always love finding people that do the same – use printmaking in non-traditional ways.

I’m in love with this artist, her approach is so thoughtful and beautiful. Enjoy the view into how she works. :)

 

 

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Contemporary Printmaking: Tamsin Pender from Workshops n’ Docs on Vimeo.

 

no. 6 of 52 screen printed squares

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I still design 90% of my screen images by hand. Meaning that I don’t do a lot of computer work. I’ll bring my hand drawings into photoshop to tweak them so I can burn them into screens but rarely do I do a design completely on the computer. I want to become more comfortable with that though so I used this week’s square to do that.

It’s not an earth shattering design but it’s a little difficult for me to warm with the perfection of computer designed work. I compensated by doing some scruffy printing to make it look worn.

Here are the details on this square:

Square base: 100% cotton fabric

Ink: Simply Screen Paint and Dick Blick Textile paint

Printing tool: Sponge Brushes

Screen type: Thermofax screens

I printed it in one of my favorite color combinations – blue and orange. I love every shade of the combination, went a bit bolder with it on this one.

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deconstructed color – INKED style

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My fabric line, INKED, begins shipping next month and projects are churning to make it’s release into the wild a big huge party. So I thought I’d take this Deconstructed Color post to take a closer look at all the colors that go into some of the fabrics from the line.

I made this Triple Star Block a few weeks ago from INKED:

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I have a weakness for pieced star blocks and the brown/orange/teal combo. Makes me all giddy.

And here is it’s breakdown:

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It’s so amazing to see all the color that lurk right under our eyes! :)

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Fabric Printing at Home Blog Tour & 2 giveaways! :)

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The fabulous Julie B. Booth is celebrating the release of her new book, Fabric Printing at Home, and I’m excited to help her shout from the mountain tops about how wonderful it is! :)

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Before I get rolling with my post and the things I want to share, let me mention a couple of things. There are many of us on the blog tour and you get a chance to win a copy of the book at each stop. I’m also doing an additional giveaway and I’ll talk about that in a minute. But make sure that you stop by everyone and give them some love and enter for a chance to get your hands on her book. Here’s the list:

February 2: Lisa Chin
February 3: Lynn Krawczyk
February 4: Jane Davila
February 5: Carol R. Eaton
February 6: Judy Gula
February 7: Susan Purney Mark
February 8: Teri Lucas
February 10: Deborah Boschert
February 11: Lynda Heines
February 12: Cheryl Sleboba
February 13: Terri Stegmiller
February 14: Jackie Lams
 
Also make sure that you stop by Julie’s blog every day until the end of the tour because she is doing daily giveaways of tools to help you stock your printing toolbox – isn’t that incredible????
 

I did a review of the book on this post but I honestly can’t say enough good things about it. It’s such a fresh easy approach to printing fabric and Julie is so generous with her knowledge it’s incredible. (And she knows a lot. She’s a paint flinger if ever there was one.)

I contributed one of the pieces of artwork in the back of the book and I had a blast making it. Here is the little piece I made:

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I printed the background with corn and radicchio. Seriously. It was the most fun thing to go into the produce area of my grocery store and realize that I could use nearly everything there to print fabric with. It was something that I had completely forgotten about until Julie reminded me.

 

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 In addition to all the wonderful ways you can use kitchen tools in your printing, Julie also helps you learn to use items like stencils. So to that end, I will also send the winner from my blog stop a set of my stencils that I designed for Artistcellar, Marked.

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So here’s the deal. Leave a comment on my post here for a copy of Julie’s book and a set of my stencils – any old comment will do but if you want to share something positive and fun going on in your life, that would be great so we can focus on the happy things in life :) – and I will choose a winner on February 15 at noon EST. Sound like a deal? Get commenting and make sure you visit Julie and all the others on the tour!!

 

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no. 5 of 52 screen printed squares

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I have a habit when I print fabric that I want to make it super complex and full of layers and it should take days to finish and I need to have five hundred steps to make it and…well. You get the point. With a very stressful week last week, I found myself getting tense when I set about making No. 5 for this project. I gave myself a mental slap and decided that in the spirit of needing a wee bit of simplicity at that exact moment, I would use this week’s square as an exercise in that – embracing simplicity.

Julie Fei-Fan Balzer has issued a daily project for February – 28 patterns. I thought “How fun! If I keep them simple and easy I could play along!” This is the pattern I drew for Feb 1:

 

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So for this square I did a variation on that pattern. All the time pushing back against the urge to make it super complex and learning to love designs with lots of negative space.

Here are the details on this square:

Square base: 100% linen fabric

Ink: Simply Screen Paint and Martha Stewart craft paint mixed with Golden Screen Printing medium

Printing tool: Sponge Brushes

Screen type: Thermofax screens

I even embraced simplifying the printing and only used one screen.

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Nice and easy. And I love it. :)

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