Wednesday, 28 December 2011

And the winner this time is......

Hope you are all having a lovely Holiday and that Santa brought you something nice.
I got a Needle Felting/Embellisher which I have been having great fun with.
No pics as I have been restricting myself to book marks and tree decorations that have been given away to family and friends.

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Poppies for Emilia

Anyhow I am here now to announce that I have re-drawn for the Blog Hop Party giveaway as I was unable to contact the last winner and she hasn't contacted me.
New Winner!!!
Random number thing picked 112.
No 112 is Emilia.
Congrats to her. I am off to e-mail.

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Saturday, 24 December 2011

Post 100, which is actually this one...not the one where I announced the giveaway!

Happy Christmas Eve.

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I am here to announce that the winner of my 100 post giveaway is number 14 gill. Congratulations Gill!
No time to mess about with random generator images today, busy busy....
And because I know how busy things get at this time of year I will give Marie who won my Blog Hop Party giveaway until the 28th to get in touch, after which I will choose a new winner.

If you are wondering what that is on on my tree go take a look here.

I am wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Creative New Year.

See you on the other side:)

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Sunday, 18 December 2011

And the Winner is......

I am running a little late with this so apolpogies, but the winner of the Quilting Gallery Blog Hop Party is.......

Number 62 Maria Kievit, who gets to pick a kit.
UPDATE. As a no reply blogger I cannot contact you Maria, so please email me with your address or I will have to choose a new winner.

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The winner of the Sew Mama Sew giveaway is........

Number 75 Needled Mom who gets a selection of fabric packs.

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Congratulations! I will be emailing you for your addresses.

The winners were chosen using the Random Generator thingy which I have just spent the last hour trying to show you here. I could spend the rest of Sunday trying but in the interest of speed and my sanity you will just have to take my word for it. (What is really annoying is that I have done it before, so any instructions would be greatly appreciated!)

Don't forget that there is still time to enter my third giveaway here which closes on Christmas Eve.

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Wednesday, 14 December 2011

POST 100! Giveaway No. 3.

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Earlier on this year I had the exciting news that my hand painted fabric had been included in a book written by Laurie Wisbrun.

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Laurie had asked me to send her a piece of "Layers" fabric, which I duly did, and as you can see it was featured on page 103!

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There was a little hiccough, as the date for the photography was drawing closer, and my fabric hadn't arrived. So I quickly prepared another piece to send, then the original turned up.

hand painted fabric

Now as I am writing this I realise that you might be thinking that I am about to offer a copy this book. Sadly I only have the one copy and that is MINE!
What I do have, however is the second 1/2 yard of fabric which I am offering as my Giveaway today.

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Because it is Christmas, if you win this I will also custom paint you another 1/2 yard in the colour of your choice.

hand painted fabric
I will leave this giveaway open until the 23rd December, and will let the winner know on the 24th, which will hopefully be a nice Christmas surprise!
So leave a comment and tell me what your colour choice would be (don't worry, if you win, I will double check in case you change your mind).
* If you are a follower there will be something extra in your prize!
Open to all as I will post worldwide.

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There is still time to enter my two other giveaways here and here.

P.S. More about the rest of the book soon!

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Monday, 12 December 2011

Sew Mama Sew Christmas Giveaway No 2.

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Hello to those of you who have come here from the Sew Mama Sew Christmas Giveaway.

If you are reading this because you chose to become a follower after visiting from this giveaway, then thank you so much for joining. It is very much appreciated.

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Today I am offering this selection of hand painted fabric packs which are perfect for any quilting, sewing and crafting projects.
Pack one has a fat 1/8th of summer sky,sunset sky and night sky fabric.
Pack two has a selection of blues, perfect for seas and skies in postcard or mini landscapes.
Pack three has a selection of greens that can be used for applique leaves or hillsides.
Pack 4 has a selection of coordinating pinks, perfect for hearts and flowers or to make a pieced background.
Closes on the 16th December.

All of the above are just suggestions, and if you still don't know what you would do with them there are more ideas over in my flickr gallery.

If you haven't tried Art Quilting before this would be a perfect opportunity to dip your toe in the water.
If you visit my previous post you can enter to win one of my kits.

So leave a comment, worldwide welcome. Tell me if you fancy trying art quilting-or not, and Good Luck!
More to fabric giveaway here to celebrate hitting 100 posts.

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Friday, 9 December 2011

Blog Hop Party Giveaway (No.1)

Hello and Welcome!
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This is the first of the three Giveaways that I am having here. This one is linked to the Blog Hop Party hosted by Quilting Gallery.
If that is what has brought you here thanks for visiting. I hope you will stay a while and check out my tutorials on fabric painting and more.
If you haven't been there, I suggest you follow the link in my side bar to see what else you can win.

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This giveaway is for one of my mini art quilts, each containing hand painted fabric. A selection of which are shown here and more of which can be found over in my Etsy shop.

art quilt kits

There will be a couple more new kits added in the next few days, and I hope you will see something you like.
So please leave a comment, wherever you are in the world. 
The winner can choose the kit they wish to recieve.  Good Luck!
Giveaway closes on the 17th December when I will use the Random Generator to pick a winner.

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Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Giveaway! Giveaway!

I know things have been quiet around here lately, but those of you who read my personal Blue Hare blog will know why that is. Suffice to say that things are starting to get back to normal around here, and to celebrate that fact I am giving you a heads up on the fact that I am going to have not one but three giveaways here in the next few days.

                                             Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways

Firstly is the Quilting Gallery Blog Hop Party starting on the 9th/10th of December.

Then on the 12th I will be linking up with the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway, follow the link for details.


And some time amongst all of that it will be my 100th post over here at Quilt Routes and I will be giving away on that day too!

So if you fancy getting your hands on one of my kits or some hand painted fabric then I hope you will join in.


Friday, 4 November 2011

hand painted fabric friday

A couple of weeks ago I showed you this.
This is how it looks now.

hand painted fabric

The tree was added with one big stencil that I cut out of freezer paper.

hand painted fabric

To be honest it has been looking like this for a while as I have kind of hit a brick wall with it. I can't decide if it needs something else, or whether the tree is enough of a focal point. What do you think?

hand painted fabric

I am the featured seller on the Etsians on facebook forum today. If any fellow Etsians are reading this I would love it if you popped over to say hello!

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Friday, 21 October 2011

fabric friday

  I thought you wouldn't mind me sharing this with you for this fabric friday.
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Thursday, 20 October 2011

Iban Longhouse

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Carrying on from last week's post about pizza base stamps.
This, called "Iban Longhouse" at the moment, has now had an image of said longhouse added to it.
I used a freezer paper stencil and some Stewart Gill paint. These are not the paints that I use for my everyday painting of fabric but they are very good for adding details with stamps and stencils and have a very comprehensive range of textures and colours.

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Thursday, 13 October 2011

Making Stamps for Fabric Printing.

Last week I showed you this.

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It is a piece that I show in my talk and because in the next few months I will be talking to some groups who have members that I know have heard me before in other venues, I thought it would be a good idea to get it finished.
Before I do anything else to it I wanted to share with you how I made the stamps from the styrofoam pizza bases. There always seems to be a lot of them around here.

I got the designs from a book I brought back from Brunei called 'Hornbills and Dragons' by Bernard Sellato. It looks at the designs found in Kalimantan, Sarawak, Brunei and Sabah which are the countries that make up the island of Borneo. 
The designs have very convieniently been displayed in clear black and white graphics.

hand stamped fabric tutorialI scanned the images into the printer, resized them, and printed them out. Using the printout as a guide I used a sharp pointed pencil to engrave an outline of the image onto a piece of pizza base.

hand stamped fabric tutorialI then carved out the stencil using a soldering iron. You have to be quick or you end up with a big hole and you HAVE to work in a well ventilated area because of the fumes given off by the styrofoam.
hand stamped fabric tutorialI glued the designs onto another piece for stability and strength.

hand stamped fabric tutorialThis method allowed me to get some very intricate designs made into a stamp, quickly and easily. If a mistake was made it was no bother to just start again on an inexpensive pizza base.
As with any culture the designs have a lot of history and meaning for the indigenous tribes of Borneo, many of who still live in the traditional long house.

The designs can be seen in all sorts of crafts such as carvings, paintings, textiles and basket weaving,

even tattoos.

Stay tuned to see what I do next with this piece.

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Wednesday, 5 October 2011


hand painted fabric

I have begun to put some new kits together and here is a sneak peek.
Things have been a bit slow, as those of you who read my blue hare blog will know, because a kitchen fire this summer has slowed the creativity a bit.
However, in an effort to get things moving again I have joined the Blogtoberfest, commiting myself to blog every day of October. You can join in at any time if you fancy the challlenge.

On the Quilt Routes front I have decided it is about time I got around to stitching this piece.

hand stamped fabric

I use it to demonstrate stamping when I give my talk, which involves looking at different ways of painting and printing on fabric. I made the stamps for this using pizza bases (details to come later) and when I say bases I don't mean the dough base but the packaging base. I have to clarify this because I was once asked how I stopped the paint from breaking up the dough!
Stay tuned.
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