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I love creating art. I love the Creator! And through that love, I find a little slice of heaven on earth and I give Him all the glory! It's a great adventure and I'm excited to see what's around the bend! Come join me, won't you?
Showing posts with label Lumiere paints. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lumiere paints. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Winter Flowers ~

Hey friends,

I have more to show you... been having fun piecing and quilting my new 'custom fabrics' I've made using Terri's Flower 20 stencil 
If you look closely you'll see this is the 'white on white' type of printed fabric onto which I applied the stencil, and then the s.e.i. dyes were sprayed onto it. Once dry and cured with an iron, I added fusible web, and cut them out individually.
And here they are... embellished with stitching. After I finished, it was time to ask the 'what if' question... and in doing that, I turned to the FW acrylic inks in pearlescent white.  I've had a few questions on the blog about the inks.  I bought mine online, at Dick Blick. {they were on sale 40% off} and are not available locally where I live.  After I inked them, I knew I wanted to use Jacquard Lumiere fabric paints, to highlight the leaves, also bought at Dick Blick, online. Of course, there are other sources I am sure, like Amazon, etc.  Remember too, both of these products leave a nice hand to the fabric, and are great to quilt on, too.  Keep in mind I ALWAYS use a 90/14 topstitch style needle, too, and lower my top tension at least one full notch.  King Tut 40 weight ELS cotton on top; Masterpiece 40 weight ELS cotton is on the bobbin. 
Sometimes I may put paint on the fabric first. This time though, I put it on after I quilted in the white thread.  It gives me a better visual, and it's helps me answer questions in my mind that say, "does this need something more" and "what would that be?"  The quilting is almost interactive at this point, giving the space definition, as it fills up the fabric.  I like to do just the opposite sometimes, too ~ just for the challenge of it.  I chose to highlight mostly, adding paint to the puffy part of the fabric.  I'm not too concerned should any paint make it's way onto the thread, either. 
Just using the paint in the lids; aqua and green lumiere
After quilting everything, I felt the leaves were just too dull; they looked hollow, flat, and ghost-like.  So they got a little shot of color, {just like we all need, from time to time}. I could have made some leaves from fabric and fused them, or even switched thread colors... but there are times where I just need to think about it as I go along; rather than toss it aside because I can't make a decision... {there's that UFO pile and it's big enough already!} And I do like that the white thread on the leaves keeps the entire quilted piece cohesive, too.
Ahhh ~ that's much better to my eye and sense of design. And then it was time to add the beads.  I chose silver, to go with the pearly paint, which really gives the flowers a 'frosty-like' appearance... and that's why I named this piece "Winter Flowers"  {... perhaps Mrs. Frosty's bridal bouquet?}
A happy finish!  Like earrings on a lady are beads to a quilt! And pretty threads in the borders ~ {they're the high heels}
I did a little sashaying back n forth, free motion style, for texture.  {i call this design the 'screen door'I am using Superior Threads 100% polyester tri-lobal thread, in aqua.  Did you know that tri-lobal thread has three sides?  It's specially made that way, as triangles reflect more light. {there's the trinity again!}  Yes!  Love that.  The fabric background is "Grunge" by Basic Grey for Moda.  {so glad I bought this is four or five colorways}.  Such great fabric for stenciling ...painting ...quilting ...you name it.
A side note, about how I thought about this process... especially about 'covering up' the pretty stenciled flowers.  I did think about this, and honestly was hesitant to cover them up at first... they are so pretty! But, no fear, right?!  It's a grand adventure! Besides, I put the pretty flowers on the border, so it all works for me.
The photo above taken from the ironing board station, and the one below, in the living room, on the coffee table, which gives a better visual of the texture on the piece.
 and now the cute, puffy flowers from the outside border:
 and I don't want to forget to mention the silver Razzle Dazzle Thread I used to accent the inner border, as well as the binding seam in the outer border.
 love the texture!
"Winter Flowers" will be listed in my Etsy shop ... soon!
 Pretty variegated thread was added in the center and just the inside perimeter, before beading, too.  Just for a little more color and dimension.
 This was alot of fun {as usual} for me ~ 
and it's a runner that will transition from winter into spring!

And... a gentle reminder:  
You HAVE entered the Blog Hop drawings, haven't you?  Beginning with Terri's kickoff
and my own,  right here.
Soli Deo Gloria!
XO
Leslie 

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Rebecca Baer ~ Give~a~Way

Hi everyone!  

Been playin' hard, starting Friday evening, first thing home from work!  This is the first of my give-a-ways for JANUARY ... 2013~ Yay!

There's many pics here... and many prizes!  I'm giving this Table Runner away:
 It is simply pieced, and simply quilted... It's a bit more poofy~fluffy, as it's not heavily quilted, but I hope you will think it's sweet and charming as I do.  Size:  9.5" wide by 23" long.  {It's way cuter in 'real' life}  It's also a definite turn toward a spring color palette, too!  I had a fun time thinking of the words I wanted to quilt into it, and I think they are all great ones to take into this Grand New Year...
I was so blessed to begin these blocks by using this elegant stencil design, courtesy of Rebecca Baer, who sent the stencil to me, along with a couple others.  And one to GIVE AWAY to one lucky reader!  This is the Paisley Swirl...  one thing about Rebecca's designs, they are incredibly CLASSIC!  I love her style.


 My first application for color was to use S.E.i. Tumble Dye's; a spray bottle type of dye. I only have a few colors, but that is definitely part of the fun, to make your own!
 I love this intricate design...
and then ... a second layer through the stencil, of Lumiere fabric paint.  {I love layers!}
 Time to get fun and messy!  {Pardon the not-so-pretty hands!}
 Ooohh  ~ this is pretty!  I was excited when I lifted up the stencil to see this total design with the fabric come to light:
 and this one... more subtle, but also serenely elegant:
 and yes... this one, too... with a touch of gold.
 Scrumptdillyiscious! The top layer is with the stencil called "Strokework" {go see her site - you're gonna find lots to love!}
I  made small crosses from the fabrics, too.  These can either hang on a wall, or be used as a bookmark. {great for a variety of occasions} ~ I've giving away THREE of them:
"love... never... ends" is quilted into this cross
 




Here's a shot of the hand-painted fabric I already had made a couple summers ago... just happened to be a terrific complement to the stenciled fabric blocks.  I didn't plan it that way, but was tickled to see it worked out great:
 and here's the pretty stencils I've been experimenting with.  I love this houndstooth design, and can't wait to use it on some paper and canvases, too!
 And this lovely too: {terrific quilting design inspiration here}...
And here's the one we're giving away:
 Five prizes.  Table Runner. Three crosses, and the stencil.

Here's the scoop on entering the give-a-way:  

Leave a comment.  For a second entry, become a follower of the blog, or share this post any way you'd like on social media, and let me know how you did it.  For a third entry, you can let us know what is your favorite design by visiting Rebecca's online store.

Winners announced next Friday! Thanks so much for hanging in with me in the new year... so blessed to be a small part of your world, and happy to look forward to 2013 with you all.

Soli  Deo Gloria~
XO
Leslie 
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