Good early morning from cloudy and rainy Calgary,
Hope this finds everyone fine and enjoying the Summer months. It’s been busy here in Calgary … still recovering after the flooding, lots of work to be done. A few groups have been organized around town and surrounding areas to make and gather quilts to help those affected by the floods. If you are interested in helping, you could get in touch with My Sewing Room and / or Traditional Pastimes, which are two of the stores in town who are organizing the efforts. Other place to go is The Sugar Pine in Canmore.
But life continues, and this day finds us with the new issue of Quilting Arts Magazine hitting the newsstands.
I have an article on Painting on Fabric with Inktense Pencils. And I was very happy to see my artwork gracing the cover of the magazine once again. This is a technique I love. It involves machine quilting – which is one of my passions – and painting. Where can you go wrong with those? The idea is to start with a sketch, transfer it to fabric, quilt it using dark thread as if you were drawing on a blank piece of paper, and then color it using Inktense pencils, which are like watercolor, but with ink instead. The lovely advantage of that is that once the color dries, it’s permanent. So you can add layers of color without lifting the color underneath.
Vivika Hansen Denegre has written about the article in Quilting Daily; go to the Quilting Arts blog to read about it. You can see added images of other projects there too. Go to www.quiltingdaily.com and to the right of the magazIne you will see a “Learn More”, click on it and then on the left-hand side you see Online Extras, where you can see some more of my work.
If you’d like to purchase the magazine, and see what else is inside its covers, here’s the URL:
http://www.interweavestore.com/quilting-arts-august-september-2013 . Remember that you can also purchase a download.
I hope you enjoy the article and give the technique a try. If you have any questions or need any clarification, I’m here to help. So drop me a comment or two and let me know what you think (and if you do, include your email so I can write you back). In the meantime, keep quilting!