Friday, 27 May 2011

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Giveaway Winner

First can I say a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone that took the time to comment.
I have been completely blown away by the amount of comments left, and about all the lovely things said. Way, way beyond anything that I expected. You have all made me very happy!
But there can only be one winner.

Counting through the list of comments and adding a few numbers for those who said they are following in Google reader came to 296.
Number 278 is RobynK in Australia who I will be contacting as soon as this is posted. Congratulations Robyn.

I want to say thank you to SewMamaSew for organising this. It has been such fun and I will definately be doing another one (this was my first time!).

An extra Thank You to those who decided to follow me. I look forward to getting to know you all over the coming weeks.

I'll leave you with this pic from my blue hare blog yesterday (link in side bar) as it feels strange to post without a photo.

art quilting

art quilting blog

Monday, 23 May 2011

Giveaway Day

I am participating in the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day today.

This is new territory for me so I hope you like what I have on offer and that you leave a comment on this post to be in with a chance.
What is that saying?  "You have to be in it to win it!".

If you are a first time visitor to the site, I hope that you can take the time to look around to see what I get up to and that you like it enough to make a return visit.

hand painted fabric

My giveaway includes one fat quarter each of Night Sky, Summer Sky and Sunset Sky hand painted fabrics.

hand painted fabric

Also these sample packs of greens and blues, along with a "Pebbles Pack" which contains a variety of stone and pebble fabrics. Included is a pack of painted and dyed scrim to use as embellishment on your creations.

I will also throw in a "Beach Bundle" shown below.

hand painted fabric

And finally, you can chose one of any of my kits.

quilt kits

More details about all of these giveaways can be found at my Etsy or Folksy shop, where you can get to chose which kit you would like!

For those who are already into Art and Landscape Quilting I am sure you could put these supplies to good use. For those of you who are not, then this is a great chance to dip your toe in the water.

You can see how I use these fabrics on this blog, here and over at my flickr gallery.

Thanks for visiting and hope you come back soon.

Now off you go into blogland and try and win some more goodies.

Nearly forgot! I will post these goodies to anywhere in the world.

UPDATE: I thought it was against the rules but everyone else seems to be doing it, so if you become a follower as well, you get an extra chance to win. The winner will be contacted by email..... you know the rest.

hand painted fabric

Monday, 16 May 2011

The Painted Quilt Experiment

handmade quilt

Now the making of this quilt was a bit of an experiment from the start. I had won the 4 inch color wheel blocks in a give away, and to be quite be honest was at a bit of a loss to know what to do with them as I rarely use commercial print, but I decided to to put them with a hand painted chocolate brown because all the colours reminded me of the brightly coloured wrappers you get on some chocolates.
Now I could have been more precise in my painting and get a more even coverage but I actually thought that it would be more interesting not to. After all, you might as well just buy a solid as do that.

Anyway, as you can see it wasn't one of my better plans, although I have to say that it doesn't actually look as bad as it does in the photograph!

machine quilting

However, this is not the experiment I talk of in the title, because although I have and do make quilts with painted fabrics, as you can see here and here for example, I always have had a bit of a niggle in the back of my mind about how well a quilt, that is in proper use, would last, if the fabrics are painted.
I used to think that it would be a no no, but after recently reassigning the family lap quilt to the dog's bed, (because it was looking so tatty after only a couple of years use and the fabrics were from a very, and I mean very, well known fabric designer) I thought that my painted fabrics can do no worse and the only way to find out is to make a quilt and put it through it's paces.

So, I know this will take a bit of time but I will be doing a before and after analysis, and will let you know what the results are.

hand dyed fabric

This quilt even has hand dyed pieces in the binding so we will see how they stand up to repeated washing also.
Hope you can stick around to see the results.

art quilting blog

Friday, 13 May 2011

Blogger's Quilt Festival Rocks!

handmade quilt, modern quilt, art quilt

I first blogged about this quilt on my other blog here.
It was one of the first quilts that I made with painted (not dyed) fabrics.

art quilt

Random rotary cut. Machine pieced and machine quilted. I call it Circles Rock!

Thanks to Amy for the Bloggers' Quilt Festival.

art quilting blog

fabric friday

hand painted fabric

art quilting blog

Friday, 6 May 2011

fabric friday

Today, I want to do things a little differently.
I want you to follow this link and see the wonderful piece done by my blog friend Kit Lang.
It does contain a bit of my hand painted scrim, so this still counts as a fabric friday post, but I want you to visit because it is so beautiful.

Wood Witch Kit Lang, Fiber Art

Thursday, 5 May 2011

New Tutorials

Sometimes I am asked about the methods used to create my kits, so I have put together some simple tutorials which can be found on the header bar of this blog.
I would love it if you took a look and told me what you think.

quilt kit

art quilt kit

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Thank Very Berry Much

Just a quick post to say a big thank you to Ali Burdon of Very Berry Handmade who featured my shop on the Folksy blog recently. Read all about it here.

It is always nice to be recognised by another creative person and I feel very grateful for the mention. I can't do a post without some eye candy here is some stuff that is for sale in my Folksy shop right now.

hand painted fabric

surface design

fabric painting blog