Archive for January, 2012

And the lucky winner is…

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I know everyone wanted to win some of Lynn‘s  beautiful Spoonflower  fabric, but alas there can only be one winner here and that lucky winner is Deb from WoolenSails!  Woo Hoo! Deb looks like you’ll be getting some Bluebirds on a Wire! Tweet


heARTfest blog hop day 7

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Get your heart on for this round of LOVE infused tutorials! Melly’s blog is temporarily out of commission so she is guest blogging over at Lyric’s blog. Check out Melanie Testa‘s, Vintage Inspired Valentine card Jane LaFazio’s Sketchbook page to Valentine Card (& envelope too) Traci Bunkers, Printed Heart Ice Cube Trays: Quick Printed Backgrounds, Part 1Diana Trout‘s, Woven Heart Valentines CardJudy Coates […]


heARTfest blog hop Day 6

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Get your heart on for this round of LOVE infused tutorials! Check out Kelli Nina Perkins, Heart shaped felted soap Jane LaFazio’s Sketchbook page to Valentine Card (& envelope too) Traci Bunkers, Printed Heart Ice Cube Trays: Quick Printed Backgrounds, Part 1Diana Trout‘s, Woven Heart Valentines CardJudy Coates Perez, Sunday, Jan 29, Chocolate Peppermint Cream Heart CakesLyric Kinard‘s,  Lovin’ my Thermofax Screens Melanie Testa, Tuesday, Jan 31 […]


Chocolate Peppermint Cream Heart Cakes

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Chocolate Peppermint Cream Heart Cakes Zucchini Chocolate Cake 2 cups flour 2 cups sugar 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda            1/2 tsp salt 3 cups shredded zucchini 1 cup semisweet chocolate baking chips 1 cup salad oil 4 large eggs In a large bowl, mix flour, […]


Removing Color article Part 2

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The second article in my 2 part series on alternative methods for removing color from fabric is in the February March issue of Quilting Arts magazine. This article focuses on several techniques using DeColourant, a product that removes color but also has the ability to put color back in at the same time. Because it […]


heARTfest Blog Hop Day 4

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Get your heart on for this round of LOVE infused tutorials! Check out Lyric Kinard‘s,  Lovin’ my Thermofax Screens Jane LaFazio’s Sketchbook page to Valentine Card (& envelope too) Traci Bunkers, Printed Heart Ice Cube Trays: Quick Printed Backgrounds, Part 1Diana Trout‘s, Woven Heart Valentines CardJudy Coates Perez, Sunday, Jan 29, Chocolate Peppermint Cream Heart Cakes Kelli Nina Perkins, Monday, Jan 30 Heart shaped felted […]


heArtfest Blog Hop Day 3

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Get your heart on for this round of LOVE infused tutorials! Check out Diana Trout‘s, Woven Heart Valentines Card Jane LaFazio’s Sketchbook page to Valentine Card (& envelope too) Traci Bunkers, Printed Heart Ice Cube Trays: Quick Printed Backgrounds, Part 1Lyric Kinard, Saturday, Jan 28 Lovin’ my Thermofax Screens Judy Coates Perez, Sunday, Jan 29, Chocolate Peppermint Cream Heart Cakes Kelli Nina Perkins, Monday, Jan 30 Heart […]


heARTfest Blog Hop Day 2

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Get your heart on for this round of LOVE infused tutorials! Check out Traci Bunkers, Printed Heart Ice Cube Trays: Quick Printed Backgrounds, Part 1 Jane LaFazio’s Sketchbook page to Valentine Card (& envelope too) Diana Trout, Friday, Jan 27, Woven Heart Valentines Card Lyric Kinard, Saturday, Jan 28 Lovin’ my Thermofax Screens Judy Coates Perez, Sunday, Jan 29, Chocolate Peppermint Cream Heart Cakes Kelli Nina Perkins, Monday, Jan […]


Off the Print Table fabric blog hop

My friend Lynn Krawczyk has been making fabric and you could be the lucky winner of a fat quarter of it! Just leave a comment over the next 5 days and on Tuesday I’ll randomly pick a winner. Here’s what Lynn has to say: “I never feel more connected to my art then when I […]


Making 8 of Cups

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The 8 of Cups came about after going through a rough period emotionally last fall, it was a cathartic piece that I created for an upcoming exhibit called Rituals that will open at International Quilt Festival, Long Beach in July. I began by drawing an anatomical heart from an old medical illustration engraving, extending the […]


heARTfest Blog Hop Day 1

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Get your heart on for this round of LOVE infused tutorials! Check out  Jane LaFazio’s Sketchbook page to Valentine Card (& envelope too) Traci Bunkers, Thursday, Jan 26 Diana Trout, Friday, Jan 27, Woven Heart Valentines Card Lyric Kinard, Saturday, Jan 28 Lovin’ my Thermofax Screens Judy Coates Perez, Sunday, Jan 29, Chocolate Peppermint Cream Heart Cakes Kelli Nina Perkins, Monday, Jan 30 Heart shaped […]


8 of Cups – finished

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After the quilting was finished, I marked out the finished size: 24″ x 60″, sewed a tight straight stitch just inside the marked line, then trimmed it to size. To finish the edge, I chose 3 different cords that picked up the colors in the quilt and used them to make a couched twisted cord binding. […]


In the home stretch…

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The quilting is done! I chose to do my curvy meandering fill stitching that is reminiscent of leaves and flourish-y shapes in the white background areas to contrast all the linear stitching on the cups and flourishes. I stitched with Bottomline thread which is generally used in the bobbin, it’s a lighter weight thread, because I wanted the stitched lines […]


Felted Soaps

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Did you notice the recent Anthropologie catalog had felted soaps for $14 each? You want to make some of your own for gifts? Well here is what you do: You need a bar of soap, I like glycerin soap for these but other kinds of soap work well too, roving and pantyhose. I cut the […]


A Simple Resist Technique with Acrylic Inks

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One fun little technique I found works great with acrylic inks (this would also work with Tsukineko inks) is to draw on fabric with a colored pencil or china marker and paint over it like a simple resist. Kind of like in grammar school when you colored with crayons and painted india ink over the […]


8 of Cups progress

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I have been really loving spending time stitching! There are some other things I really should be doing, but I am feeling so in the groove right now, I don’t want to stop. I decided to continue using monofilament for stitching the feathery flourishes since I do not want to obscure this part of the […]


Painted ipad Bag

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I have been wanting to buy a case for my ‘new’ ipad, but have held off because I read the ipad 2 cases didn’t work with the new ipads because they moved the magnet that puts it in sleep mode when you close the cover and there aren’t that many options in covers for the […]


Have you ever been challenged by monofilament?

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Monofilament is clear thread, similar to a light weight fishing line that is a perfect solution when you need to add stitching but don’t want the thread to be prominent. I personally love MonoPoly by Superior, it’s a strong, matte, polyester thread that comes in clear for light to medium colors of fabric and smoke to […]


Making the 8 of Cups

8 of Cups Judy Coates Perez 24″ x 60″ The 8 of Cups came about after going through a rough period emotionally last fall, it was a cathartic piece that I created for an upcoming exhibit called Rituals that will open at International Quilt Festival, Long Beach in July. I began by drawing an anatomical […]


Happy New Year!

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Indigo and I took in the new year at a tavern in the neighborhood that hosted a wig themed new years party. What fun we had! One thing I’ll really miss about living in Chicago is being able to go out for a night of fun and walk home or just hop in a cab. […]