Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Peace, Love and Joy - Reveal Day 1

This piece of fabric has been handdyed and inked for what seems like several years.  It's just sitting in my box of altered fabric waiting for an opportunity to knock.  I brought the altered fabric to a local art quilt group for show-n-tell. Joan Raciti really liked it, and has inquired a couple times what I have done with it.  Now have an answer!  It is quite a nice feeling to have someone share with me that they appreciate that which is 100% my creation.

In steps below, I added a * for steps of the creative process that were done prior to 12x12x12 challenge. And I'm kinda excited so I used !!! to show that it was the first time I ever did a certain technique or step.   Such a fun adventure, can't wait to share the rest with you!

  • Hand dyed fabric *!!! (from my first ever dyeing at a guild retreat)
  • Words masked with scrapbooking stickers*!!! (my total idea, now I see others have done the same - we're all creative),then inked in green with Tsukineko All Purpose Inks
  • Blue scribbles added with Fabrico Markers
  • White circles stamped with the lid from ink*!!! (the white ink is a must try)

  • Hidden "in search of" - I want my quilts to have impact from a distance, draw people in, good design and hidden surprises... when I looked at the photos I found the "in search of", I had forgotten I hid those words in the dark blue line on the left - see where the middle row of hand stitches ends?

  • Ultrasuede Flower Cogs (Flogs) I decided to outline cut them this time!!!  The overall design is very light and fluffy, the solid Flogs in that flat Ultrasuede would dominate, so why not... And I thought I fused them in place

  • Hand stitching using 3 different variegated colors of floss
  • Lucky for me the fused Flogs didn't fuse well, so I added the hand stitching in the Flogs, now they really play well with the other light and fluffy elements
  • Free Motion Machine quilted - yep, til it screamed out "no mas!"
  • Free Motion Zigzagged the edge

  * - These steps were done prior to 12x12x12 challenge
!!! - First time I ever did this type of thing

I can't wait to show you my Day 2 project! Feel free to ask me questions, about any of these steps and techniques.

In fact, feel free to ask any questions from A to Z!


  1. Gorgeous! I love the stitching on the flogs, and I'm totally trying the scrapbooking letter idea.

  2. Love your challenge, Amy! Keep up the great work, you are an inspiration to all!

  3. Misty - isn't serendipity awesome, I'm sure glad those flogs were not fused down well or I wouldn't have tried stitching thru Ultrasuede. I think "Ultra-suede" would be a good superhero name. Mysti-erious could be your superhero name!

    Terri, your superhero name is "TNT" you know you are dy-no-might! You are quite the inspirational productive quilter yourself!

  4. Love that vertical blue line on the left and the words hidden in it. I also love the word "flogs." Great combo of both machine and hand stitching too!