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I have had a lot of practice mixing colors (textile paints) …

Paint

…and I have some fresh goodies from the garden for testing out some of those recipes …

Garden

…in the new cookbooks I just received.

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Now that the present has been opened, I can share the baby quilt I made.

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This is the fabric on the backside.

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The pattern is Steam Punk. You might think Steam Punk should be in dusty, dark colors, but I selected tropical, happy colors in a fabric line with a sea life theme. The organic fabric from Monaluna is from the “Under the Sea” Collection.

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The quilt block pattern is by Australian designer Jen Kingwell and you can see many examples of how the block has been made on this special Flickr group.

If you think you might want to make this block, there is a tutorial on Fret Not Yourself. Wish I had read it BEFORE I made my blocks.

Anyway these are all things that are making me happy these days. : )

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I wanted to challenge myself to make something on a larger scale than I usually work.  I selected one of my Florida nature photos, drew a grid over it and then outlined the main elements on a 3 foot by 4 foot piece of muslin also with a drawn grid.

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I had to figure out what sections of the design needed to be applied first and what was best to add latter.  I started with the water and then started working around the fabric section by section.

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I had a large selection of fabrics for my color palette, and I used several types of fusing material.  If only I had used only the lightest fuse for the entire project perhaps the quilt would have been softer to the touch and maybe I could have quilted it with the long arm instead of my home machine. Both before and after the project was quilted I added some shadows and highlights with acrylic paints thinned with water or fabric extender.

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My secret spice was the use of several watercolors by my oldest son which I printed on fabric with my new Epson (Stylus Pro 3880) and inserted into the design in several places becoming the hidden gems. I was elated with how well the new printer worked on fabric.

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And after what felt like forever, this is the resulting wall hanging.

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Of course when you are done with a big project, you see both the things that turned out better than you expected as well as where you might have done things differently.

What do you think?

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“Nightwatch” is the newest completed quilt.  It was with me to sew the binding at the MakerFaireOrlando. However, I was so excited about the MakerFaire and busy doing demos and talking to everyone that I only sewed about 4 inches the entire weekend. MakerFaire was a wonderful experience and it has taken me about a week to recover.  Finally now I have finished the quilt binding.  I love and am still challenged by how to incorporate photos into quilts.  In this example the image is a virtual world portrait/landscape photograph.

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Two of my favorite things are combined into this newest mini quilt, virtual world photography and quilting.  Several virtual world photos were altered and blended in Photoshop, printed on fabric by Spoonflower, and then the layers were thread painted.  I named it “Dreamscape.”

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“And now she’s in me, always with me, tiny dancer in my hand.”

~Elton John, Bernie Taupin

At last, the first of the Avatar quilts, Tiny Dancer, is complete.  Here’s a look with a few close up shots as well.

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The processes include making my own thermofax screens (from my own real world and virtual world photos plus from avatar templates used with permission from Chip Midnight), using Procion MX dyes to print the screened images on cotton fabric, cutting and reassembling, painting and thread painting on commercial fabrics to create the main avatar image, and finally quilting with a thin cotton batting and white thread.

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