Quilt Testers In Action

Quilt Testers In Action


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

More Pencils on Fabric

Well, I haven't been good about posting for AED Month, but I have been doing the artwork! Here's a round-up of what's showed up.

Day 8
Shell on her recycling bin goat. 

Day 9
Silly bird. 
Day 10
Going nuts. 
Day 11
Space mouse. 
Day 12
Owl.  The sheer fabric did not cooperate with the camera here.
This looks better in real life. 
Day 13
Spooky cat. 
Day 14
Day 15
I had a squiggle on the fabric, and someone asked if I was drawing a stick figure.
 So I did. Sort of. 
Day 16
I was thinking about a hawk I had seen that day.
May need to revise this if it triggers Jade's inner 10-year old. 
Day 17
A fine day.
Day 18
Started with paint blobs, found a polar bear.
He was golfing. 
Day 19 (Today)
Made some squiggles with the pencils, sprayed them with water,
 and let them spread. This is what I saw in the result. 

This drawing project has turned out to be lots of fun. It's hard to believe that so much of the month has already passed! Since I prepared my fabric pieces ahead of time, I've managed to keep up with the drawing. I like several of these more than the others, but that may change once they are stitched and quilted. Do you have a favorite?

Friday, November 7, 2014

Playing with Pencils

So November has rolled around again. I imagine a number of you out there are busy scribbling away on your novels for NaNoWriMo. I don't know how you do that, especially with the holidays approaching! Maybe someday I'll be brave and try a novel, but once again this year I have decided that Art Every Day Month sounds much more doable. The use of Derwent Inktense pencils on fabric has interested me for a while, but I have never made the time to actually try them. So for November, I'm playing with pencils.

We have already reached Day 7, so here are seven small 6"x9" pieces that I have worked on. Besides the pencils, I am also using collage and paint on each piece. After November is up, I plan to go back into each of these with hand and machine stitching. So now, here we go!

Day 1
Of course, I had to start with a bunny.
Day 2
That weird little creature in the middle? Don't tell anyone, but it started life as a badly drawn chair. You can see on the flowers where the pencil color spread. You can activate the pencils with aloe gel or water. You have much more control of how the color spreads with the aloe.
Day 3
In a weird coincidence, the random number generator that I used to choose a number to paint chose the same number as the day! 

Day 4

Day 5
My Wonderland bunny looks like Ginny.

Day 6
The lioness is showing how I feel about political phone calls.

Day 7

I've seen some wonderfully subtle quilts drawn with these pencils.  As usual, there is nothing subtle about mine! But, I think I'm starting to getting the feel for using the Inktense pencils on fabric, and that's what I hoped for. To see more AEDM work, check the Day 7  links at the Creative Every Day blog. Have a great weekend everybunny.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Rabbit Approved. Barely.

Before I went away for a little trip, the weather had cooled off enough to be able to stand having a quilt on my lap. That meant I had to stop procrastinating, and I finished the binding on this quilt.
That also meant that it was time to have the quilt rabbit-tested. Buttercup and Jensen got together, and consulted on the criteria.
Jensen took the time to explain to Knight about their rating system.
Meanwhile, Buttercup got serious about the testing process.
She even checked out the back of the quilt.
She and Jensen talked over their findings. The discussions went on for a while, and I started to get nervous.
Finally, Buttercup informed me that they had decided to give the quilt their Paw of Approval. She also told me that too much dog smell on the quilt should have disqualified it, but they took pity on me as I had taken so long to get this done.   

I was grateful, and promised to try harder to meet their standards next time.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

A Bit of Progress

Made some progress on my llama this week, but not as much as I had hoped to. Sometimes the hands just don't want to cooperate with the hand stitching.

Now here is where I was going to show you photos of Jensen, Buttercup, and Knight at Speedy's Pirate Party, but I haven't been able to get the camera back from Knight yet. He was soaking wet and growling about darn rabbits when they came home. Then Jensen said Knight had looked good with eye patches over both eyes. Both rabbits hopped away snickering, and I'm pretty sure that I heard Buttercup mumble something about a long walk on a short plank. Guess there must have been a lot of rum consumed....  

Friday, September 12, 2014

Catching a Universe

This morning I was taking Knight for a walk, when he stopped to check some p-mail. Looking around  while I waited, I saw a universe that I had never noticed before. Luckily, I had my camera with me.
Doesn't it look like a spiraling galaxy? Seven o"clock in the morning, and quantum physics hits me with something as deep as the oneness of every part of the universe. Good thing I had had my coffee!
Anyway, when I got home, I messed around with it in Photoshop. This version might be a crater on Mars. Somehow the redness, and sort of landscapishness (that's a word, right) didn't translate when I loaded this onto the blog. 
This one is closer to the stars that I imagined, but not quite there yet.
OK, maybe it's all in my head. But, it was an interesting exercise in seeing.  If you feel like experimenting, start with this version here. It's a larger file.
And since it's the weekend, Jensen has something to say.
"Eye hope everybun has a nice weekend!"
Of course, Buttercup seconds that, although she disapproves of Jensen's spelling.