Quilt Testers In Action

Quilt Testers In Action


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A Clothesline of Deliciousness

This past weekend, I was lucky enough to participate in a screen printing class given by Linda B. Dunn. I've admired her work, and followed her blog, for several years now, so I was very excited about taking the class.  My anticipation was rewarded with a terrific class. Linda is a very generous teacher, sharing both tools and information, in a quiet but very positive way.  I came away from the class feeling that  screen printing will definitely have a part to play in my future quilting.

Some people in the class produced  gorgeous yardage, that I was thinking about running off with (probably wouldn't have gotten too far). I worked on small pieces, which you can see here on my clothesline.

Some of the images might look a little familiar to you, if you are a regular reader.

This piece is an old, sheer curtain, with one of Linda's tree screens printed on it. Its very interesting, but I don't know what I will do with it.

This is the same tree, with some words, and a bird, also from Linda's screens. I used newspaper masks to keep the birds showing, as I added the trees last.

Linda also made some screens for us on her Thermofax machine using our designs. This was from a drawing I made from an old photo of the Youngest Daughter. I first used it in the August Color Palette Challenge Quilt that I showed you here. The background for this was a drop cloth for an earlier dying session. Guess I'll have to look for a picture of the Older One to use for a future screen.

Finally, I used the rabbit that I drew after my recent lesson in Zentangling to make another screen. I printed a bunch of these guys, in both red and brown, on a variety of backgrounds.This one happens to be on a snow-dyed fabric from last winter, but there are some on bright purple and brown, too.

Isn't he cool? I have a blogoversary coming up at the end of December. I was thinking that I could make something from one of these rabbits for a celebration giveaway. How does that sound? Maybe a notebook, or a bag of some kind.... How about a tote for when you go to the grocery store to buy greens for your favorite Disapprover? That would probably need to be a BIG bag!


The Fab Furs said...

Screen printing would certainly add another dimension to your quilting. The buns approve of the bun screen print and wonder if you could replicate it on something the size of a laundry cart--they think that would be of sufficient size to take to the farmer's market.

Jade said...

Love the bun print! Perhaps a combo pack giveaway--a tote bag that contains a matching covered notebook? Throw in a couple of pens or pencils (and maybe some dried papaya) and there you go!

SixBunnies said...

Yes, I love the bun print also! It just makes me smile! Great work!

Michelle May said...

Oh wow! Karen I love your Zentangle Bun! Fabulous!

Lisa said...

So much fun! I love the Zentangle bun, although I don't remember seeing it before. I loved that drawing of Younger Daughter the first time you used it in that beautiful quilt. Linda's screens are lovely too. Looks like fun.

A giveaway? Again? AHHHHH!!!

Gina said...

These are great and Happy upcoming blogoversary!

bunnits said...

Gosh, I missed this post. Glad I found it. Love the Zentangle bun!
.3+++++(that was Miss Twinkie walking on the keyboard just now)

Seems that screen printing would be fun to do. I used to enjoy block printing. Ah, so many wonderful things to do and so little time!