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Friday, October 21, 2011

Joy Canvas

I have been so inspired by all the mixed media pieces lately that I thought that I would give it a try.  I haven’t done anything like this ever and I am pretty pleased with the results.

First take your Canvas, mine was a royal blue one that I had used to make a piece for my sons room a couple years ago that didn’t match his d├ęcor any longer.  I just started layering book pages, patterns, tissue paper and really anything that I had in reach.  I just modge podged them willy nilly.  After that dries then I just stared layering paint and inks here and there and finally I thru on some glitter.
After I had the background just so I went to my Core’dinations paper and cut out some stripes and then used a large scallop punch to round off some of the edges.  I roughly sketched a tree once I had the shape I wanted I glued it on with some more modge podge.  I inked the tree with some shades of green and some white to soften it up.  To get a nice tree topper I used a petaloo flower on the top to finish up my tree.
Now the fun starts.  I added ribbons and buttons to decorate the tree and the presents under the tree.  Just have fun with it and remember there is no wrong way to make art.  I can’t wait to see what you come up with.


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Machine Quilt Binding

I just finished up a quilt for my own bed and I thought that I would put together a quick tutorial for you.  I have always sewn my quilt binding by hand, but after spending so much time on all the detail of my new quilt by the time I got to the binding I was ready to be done with it.  This seriously saved me at least a week of hand sewing.  So with just a few steps I am going to show you a pretty slick way to sew your binding down nicely, the first time.
I used the Heat N Bond Lite 5/8” on my binding.
1.        Sew the binding on your quilt.

2.        Iron on the Heat N Bond lite to the inside of the binding.

3.       Peel the paper off.

4.        Iron the binding over so that it is just slightly covering the stitching from step 1.

5.        Sew in the ditch on the front of the quilt.

6.        Turn your quilt over and admire your work.  You will notice a perfectly sewn binding.  YEAH HOO!!

7.       Now clip all your threads and put your new quilt to work.

I was inspired to make this quilt from an anthropology catalog and with the very high price tag on it I decided to go ahead and make my own.  It was definitely a little more work than I thought it was going to be, but definitely worth it.
I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial and find that it has helped in your binding troubles.