Circular Detour

Even with all the excitement and bustle of everyone preparing for Market, I was able to take a little side trip away from thinking about quilts and making them, just for fun (and just for a bit. There’s a lot of quilting that needs to be done!). I recently found this great piece of fabric at the thrift store, a big panel printed with a circular motif.

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My big circular panel. $4.99 at the thrift store.

It might be fun to turn it into something I could wear. And what is more perfect for a big circular print than a circle skirt? I decided to make it using techniques that most quilters could do, even if they’ve never made a garment before. Using just a few simple supplies, like a decorative zipper, 3/8″ black twill tape and bias binding. Here’s what I did.

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I found the zipper at my local big name sewing store.

First, I figured out what size the waist should be. I measured myself, which gives me the circumference of the circle. (A note about measuring: measuring right around the natural waist will give the circle skirt a more formal 1950s look with an hourglass shape. If you measure a bit lower on the hips, your skirt will wear with a more hippie, bohemian look. I chose the latter, mostly because of the print of the fabric.) I need to find the diameter, which is the measurement across the width of the circle. To calculate the diameter, divide the circumference by pi(3.14). Then, using the center of the print as a guide I determined the placement for the waistline is right around the elephant’s ankles on my print. That sentence only makes sense with a picture.

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The zipper is stitched along the outside edges of the zipper tape, and I’m pinning the twill tape around the waistline.

I was very wary to cut out the circle for the waist because all that bias can stretch out of shape really easily. So I did everything I could before I did any cutting, like putting on the zipper and stabilizing the waist. That worked well, because of the nice decorative zipper that I used. Since the zipper tape is meant to be seen, you can just stitch it right on top of your fabric with less hassle than a standard zipper. Kind of like appliqueing a zipper.

So I stitched the zipper on top, a single row of stitches at the very edge of the zipper tape. Even if you’ve never used it, your machine most likely came with a zipper foot and they’re simple to use, especially on these decorative zippers.

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Both the zipper and twill tape are appliqued on the fabric.

Then I appliqued a circle of black twill tape all around the elephant’s ankles, to stabilize and keep it from stretching out when I cut. After that I had no choice but to cut into the fabric.

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I finally had to use scissors on it.

I also cut the fabric right between the zipper teeth. To keep everything nice and neat, I folded the raw edge under the zipper tape on the inside and stitched that down.

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Folding and stitching raw edges on the underside of the zipper.

For a final finishing touch on the waist, I added bias binding all the way around the waist, right on top of the twill tape. You can see a little bit of the twill tape peeking out from under the bias binding and it’s a nice, strong finish that looks pretty good. I will need to add a hook and eye closure by hand.

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Close-up of the waist in the front. You can see the top of the zipper in the back and I’ll sew a hook and eye on the bias binding.

And there you have it! You’ll have to wait for a shot of me wearing it, because I have to finish the hem first. The weight of the fabric and the corners that will be cut off makes the skirt really, really heavy at the moment, and it’s far too long.

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Almost done! Well, maybe. Not quite. I’ll cut the hem at the edge of the red circle, which will make the circumference only about a mile long. Then I have to stitch that.

I don’t want to cut the hem until I’m ready to finish it, because of the bias thing I mentioned earlier. I don’t have a rolled-hem foot but I was thinking I might run the twill tape all around the hem instead.

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Bird’s eye view of the finished bias binding and zipper.

While quilting and garment making are two very different animals, there are instances when ideas of one can be adapted to the other and vice versa. This technique is something I made up and it does break a few official garment-making rules, but I think that makes it a bit more accessible to quilters who may want to dip a toe or two into the ocean of making clothes. Plus, circle skirt are flattering on just about everyone, I think so anyway, besides it being a good style for a beginner.

So, this may go into a UFO pile since I kind of have to get back to working on quilts, but it’s a fun little detour. Do you ever take a break from quilting? If so, what does your break consist of? Sometimes, I take a break from quilting to check out Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+, YouTube and our website. Enjoy your weekend!

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Preparing for the Holidays Giveaway

Seeing as Halloween is now only nine days away, we’ve been posting a lot of inspiration to help put the final touches on decorations for that holiday, and if you or someone close to you is planning to dress up, you’re probably also putting finishing touches on that costume. However, we know all too well that when we’re planning on sewing and quilting our holiday decor and/or gifts, we need a bit of time to do so prior to the week before that holiday, which is why today we’re switching gears a little. Quilters Newsletter has two brand new eBooks available today from our online store, Quilt and Sew ShopQuick Christmas Decor and Quick Christmas Gifts.

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Both eBooks provide inspiration for projects which won’t take up a lot of time but will beautify a home and bring a smile to the face of a recipient. My personal favorite is the Folk Art Snow Ornaments by Angie Hodapp. I may just have to make some to spruce up my cube here at the office. Go to Quilt and Sew Shop to get your copies of Quick Christmas Decor and Quick Christmas Gifts today.

To celebrate the release of these two new items, we’re also doing a giveaway of a trio of other Christmas books to two lucky winners: Christmas is Coming by Cheryl Almgren Taylor from That Patchwork Place, Simply Modern Christmas by Cindy Lammon from That Patchwork Place and a copy of Quilters Newsletter Presents Best Christmas Quilts 2014 (no longer available on newsstands but still available from Quilt and Sew Shop if you haven’t already gotten your copy and aren’t declared one of the lucky winners this week). ChristmasBooks1 Preparing for the Holidays Giveaway

To enter for your chance to win one of the two identical sets of the trio of Christmas-themed books, leave a comment below by 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time, Sunday, October 26, 2014, telling us about your favorite ornament you or someone you know made for the holiday season. Open to anyone worldwide who has not won anything from Quilters Newsletter in the past 90 days. If you are randomly selected as the winner, the email will come from with “Quilters Newsletter blog giveaway” in the subject line.

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A Mistake? Or a Head Start?

Today, I have a funny story to tell you.

I started my weekend knowing that I had a bunch of quiltmaking to do. I have a quilt to make for our upcoming Best Kids Quilts issue. The issue won’t be on the newsstands for quite a while, I’ll remind you when it is. But my quilt is due on November 11th and I’m going to be gone for 4 days between now and then so I knew it was time to get serious.

The first problem was that I still had a partially done pieced back on my design wall. I had to finish that before I could even start my kids quilt.  So Friday night, I finished making the pieced back. Here’s a photo of the back the last time you saw it.

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The Beginning of the Quilt Back

And …

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The Completed Quilt Back

You can see it changed quite a bit from the first photo. That’s one of the fun things about pieced backs. It’s all so “liquid” as the process goes along.  Nothing is set in stone.  I was quite a bit short of the size I needed so I found a small pieced quilt top in my PIGS (Projects in Grocery Sacks) made of the blue and brown chain blocks. I tried it on the design wall all in one piece but it looked like it didn’t belong since there was not a bit of brown anywhere else.  I took the quilt top apart into rows and tried adding the rows. It worked. And I accomplished 2 things; I finished the pieced back and I got rid of one of my PIGS.

And now I could move on to the project I actually wanted to work on for the weekend, my kids quilt. I’d cut a bunch of strips at work during the week. The cutting table at work is higher than my dining room table and much more comfortable when I am cutting a bunch of pieces. So that step was already done. I went to bed on Friday night knowing I was ready to start sewing.

My blocks are simple, just 25 squares sewn together in 5 rows.

I got up Saturday morning, took the dog for her walk and while I was walking, I came up with my plan for the first step. I’d sew the strips together in sets of two. I did that.

I sewed them together again so now they were 4 strips wide.

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Strip Sets

That’s when I realized I’d failed to think the whole thing through. My blocks are 5 squares wide. You simply cannot make something 5 squares wide out of sets of 2 strips. My only excuse is that I came up with the plan on my walk, before I’d had any coffee. My brain didn’t know I was awake and it was supposed to be functioning.

I went back to my stash of pink fabric and cut more strips. Late afternoon yesterday I completed all of the blocks.

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A Completed Block

I’d cut what I thought was a generous number of strips. Then I had to cut more so look at this stack of leftovers.

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I have a great head start on the pieced back. I suppose that’s another fun part of making pieced backs. I can make a big, big mistake and it’s not all that bothersome. I can just use the mistake on the back. And if there are still strips left, I can make something from Scrap-Basket Surprises, a great book with patterns for quilts made with strips.

I’m going to International Quilt Market in Houston on Thursday. I hope to see some of you there. If you see me, don’t be shy about introducing yourself; I’d love to meet you.

Now, be sure to go to our pages on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube and our website for lots more quilting inspiration. Happy quilting!

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Quilting For Kids. Or With Kids. Or By Kids.

You know how I like to share information and products with everyone, so we all stay as informed as possible. I see a lot of books, gadgets and quilting-related paraphernalia come across my desk and sometimes I get a series of related items in a short period of time. Recently, I’ve been seeing a number of books that are in a sort of unusual, or perhaps emerging, category and I’d like to let people know about them, in case it sounds like something you’d like.

These books are unique in that they are not quite picture books, not quite story books, not quite pattern books, but a cool combination of all three. You could read the story with your kids and then make the quilt together, or give a completed quilt along with the book as a gift to a new mom, or whatever you like.

First up is Edyta Sitar’s Rainbow Nest (Landauer Publishing, 2014). It’s got a cute story, lovely illustrations by Sue Cornelison and a pattern, incorporating both piecing and applique, so you can make the featured quilt. Sitar is famous for her beautiful applique designs and this will not disappoint. It all makes a really sweet package.

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Rainbow Nest by Edyta Sitar

Next we have Sleepy Sheep: An Illustrated Quilt Journey by Suzanne Stevens (Heart’s Piece, LLC, 2014). This is less a story and more of an interactive quilting experience, which I think might be fun for a young beginner quilter to follow along with. As the pattern progresses, one learn quilting skills and builds the quilt, but is also encouraged to think about favorite memories and how to incorporate them onto your quilt. There are questions to encourage more profound ways of looking at quilts and space to fill in the answers, so the quilt that you make is more than a quilt, but a complete journey.

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Sleepy Sheep: An Illustrated Quilt Journey by Suzanne Stevens

Kristy’s Quilt by Brandy Maslowski (Brandy Lynn Design, 2014) doesn’t have a quilt pattern, but is a nice story about a young girl learning to make her first quilt, detailing the entire process. It’s illustrated by Marcia Stacy. Kids learning to quilt and sew might identify with Kristy and her story can encourage them to continue even in the face of inevitable setbacks.

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Kristy’s Quilt by Brandy Maslowski

Quilters are a creative and talented sort, and this is evident in a new batch of coloring books, designed by well-known quilters and fabric designers, from FunStitch Studio. There are three new books in the series - Fantastical Designs Coloring Book by Paula Nadelstern, Boho Designs Coloring Book by Valori Wells, and Playful Designs Coloring Book by Patty Young. Pretty much everyone likes coloring, so these are great. Apparently, it’s not just for kids and studies have shown that coloring can relive stress in adults.

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New coloring books from FunStitch Studios

Now these next items aren’t quite books, but I just love the Patch Pal patterns and kits, from our sister publication Quiltmaker. Since they are pretty much based on squares and triangles, I imagine they’d be really fun to make with a kid. They could choose their favorite animal (there’s a bunch!) and since they’d likely need some supervision and guidance with the sewing it’s a fun way to spend quality time together as you make it. Then there’s this amazing quilt when it’s all done and they can take pride in the fact that they made it (mostly) themselves.

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A few of the Patch Pals quilts – available as kits or patterns

If you can’t decide which quilt kit you like best you can get the Patch Pals pattern ebook, which contains 12 patterns. There are other great kids quilt patterns and ideas over at the Quilt & Sew Shop.

I also found this free ebook with 4 really cool kids quilt patterns from Quilting Daily and Quilting Arts magazine. Click on the link to check it out!

Quilting just keeps getting more interesting, don’t you think? Let’s discuss it further on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, Google+ and our website. Have an exuberant weekend!

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Because We Love Halloween

This morning as I was pulling out of my garage, I heard the leaves crunching under my tires and got that little thrill of the autumn season.

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Mixed Media Art Quilt

All the trees are still busy turning pretty colors and  it’s almost time to start raking those leaves up off the lawn, reminding me that I still need to collect a few to try with the Easy Lesson in Quilters Newsletter October/November 2014, “Mixed Media Art Quilt.”

I’ll be moving within the next couple weeks into a bigger home, though, which means that project might have to wait a while. Either way, the move is giving me a bit of anticipation that now I’ll have space to decorate for the holidays. Since Halloween is just around the corner, I’m picturing hanging on a wall the Halloween quilt that was the first quilt I was ever given  and placing the black tinsel-type wreath with the orange pumpkins hanging from it around the frame of the front window.

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Robbing Peter to Pay Jack

I’m also thinking that I could use a new Halloween table-runner, however, and several of the other walls could use decorating, too. Lucky for me, Quilters Newsletter recently created a page on our website devoted to Autumn and Halloween quilt patterns. My personal favorite, even though it wasn’t in QN,  is Robbing Peter to Pay Jack from our sister publication Quiltmaker. The original quilt is hanging on the front of the reception desk in our lobby, which is also a quilt gallery we’d love to have you come visit.

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Aside from the patterns on our website, there are plenty more to consider. The Halloween H’owl Quilt Kit is a cute and easy project that’s the right size to cover a door or wall in a stairwell landing. has a video project “Boo to You!” that would also work as a door quilt to greet Trick-or-Treaters. 

Since I’m moving soon, I have not yet bought a pumpkin to carve, even though every time I go to the grocery store I see the display and wonder how cute my little black cat would look scoping one of those large ones. Quilting Daily has a free pumpkin carving template for those of you who have gotten your pumpkins and it’s called “Beware of Quilters.

The Interweave Store also has a pattern compilation, 8 Spooky & Sweet Halloween Sewing Projects to provide even more inspiration. I’m not really sure how to choose what to start with. Maybe I should postpone moving so I can do some quilting!

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Ghost banner from 8 Spooky & Sweet Halloween Sewing Projects

Have you already decorated for Halloween, or are you still making decorations? Be sure to let me live vicariously in the comments below, or on any of our social media where we love to share new and exciting quilts, quilting projects, and news from the quilt world, on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+, YouTube and of course our website.

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Chelsea Modern Grey Giveaway


The cover quilt of Quilters Newsletter‘s October/November 2014 issue, Primitive Web, was made by Linda Roy, and after she finished this intricate 81 1/2″ x 81 1/2″ quilt, she made another 65″ x 65″ quilt from the leftover scraps! ON14Cover 200 Chelsea Modern Grey Giveaway Both quilts are very impressive, but they certainly aren’t the only reasons to pick up your copy of the issue today (available online at Quilt and Sew Shop in both print and digital editions). There’s a workshop about designing quilts using Microsoft Word, a Readers’ Quilt Show featuring quilts made by the Raven Mavens quilt critique group playing a version of the children’s game Telephone, the final instructions for the series quilt Reach for the Stars and so much more. There are also our regular reoccurring features like Pam Rocco’s column, “Quilt Matters,” and our Staff Picks section which features the newest and best fabrics, notions, books and other products for quilting.

This particular issue’s staff picks features the Chelsea Modern Grey collection by Deborah Edwards for Northcott. Here’s a picture of the bundle we’re giving away this week: Giveaways 010 550 Chelsea Modern Grey Giveaway

And here’s a picture of a quilt block made with these fabrics. It’s called a Double Cross block, and I particularly liked using it with this line because aside from the large triangles in the center, all of the other pieces were the same size and triangle shape, allowing me to play with the pieces on the design board until I was sure I had all the colors in the positions I wanted. If you do an internet search on this block, you’ll find that using more or less different fabric choices gives the block very different looks. QNON14 StaffPicksBlock1 Chelsea Modern Grey Giveaway

To enter for your chance to win this bundle of fat quarters from the Chelsea Modern Grey collection by Deborah Edwards for Northcott, leave a comment on this post below by 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time, Monday October 20, 2014, telling us what your favorite quilt block is. Open to anyone worldwide who has not won anything from Quilters Newsletter in the past 90 days. If you are randomly selected as the winner, the email will come from with “Quilters Newsletter blog giveaway” in the subject line.

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It’s Almost Time for Market

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2013 winning quilt: Chihuly’s Gondola

You may recognize this as the Best of Show quilt from the 2013 International Quilt Association’s World of Beauty annual judged show at the International Quilt Festival in Houston. It’s Chihuly’s Gondola by Melissa Sobotka of Richardson, Texas.

It’s a stunning quilt and I still remember when I first spotted it in the quilt exhibit during International Quilt Market, a couple of days prior to the awards ceremony. I was in awe.

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Chihuly’s Gondola glass sculpture

This is Dale Chihuly’s gondola glass sculpture on display at the Denver Botanic Gardens. I wish I had better photography skills. In any case, both works of art are amazing, and to see them in person was a real treat.

And now, as the end of October draws near, we’re preparing to head to return to Houston for the 2014 International Quilt Market, the trade-only event preceding Festival. The quilt displays are all in place for Market so we get a sneak peek before the general public sees the quilts. We’ll be sure to share photos with you.

We’ll also be on the lookout for new products and books and fabrics, interesting quiltmaking techniques, trends and much more to share with you to help you improve your quilting experience. So tell us, if you were able to attend Market, where would you head first? To the fabric vendors? To the book publishers? To the quilt displays? To the sewing machine company booths? To the notions suppliers? What piques your interest most? What do you want us to share with you? We’d love to hear your thoughts.

Meanwhile, if you like to decorate for Halloween, there’s still time to make something fun. Check out our free Halloween quilt patterns as well as others available for purchase.



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October – It’s That Time of Year

Breast cancer awareness is a big deal to me. This year, at the office, we’re raising awareness by decorating our nameplates. I’d been planning to do something this weekend so I had an idea “cooking” in my head.

I am an 11-year breast cancer survivor and I am a huge fan of mammograms. My second-ever mammogram showed abnormalities. My doctor said there were multiple spots but they were only the size of the dot made by a lead pencil. So because of my mammogram, it was caught very early. I wanted my nameplate decoration to specifically urge all of my friends and co-workers to get their mammograms done. I was thinking about something with an elephant because of the whole thing about their long memories.

On Thursday, Jane, our office manager, asked me if we had any breast cancer awareness fabric. I found some for her in the sewing studio. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you the manufacturer of the fabric because there was nothing on the selvage but while I was looking, I found ZaZa Zoo by Marisa and Creative Thursday for Andover Fabrics. It was almost perfect for my idea.

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Isn’t this fun fabric?

I say almost perfect because I wanted the elephant to face the other direction. So here is my solution. I cut out the elephant I wanted to use.

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I used this elephant because it was complete with no missing legs or anything.

I applied Steam-a-Seam 2 by the Warm Company to the right side of the fabric and turned it over to work on the wrong side.

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I could still easily see the image on the wrong side of the fabric.

When Gigi wrote last week about using Tsukineko pigment inks, she had a great palette to put her inks in. I’m not an artist so I don’t have such a thing. I used my magnetic parts tray from Harbor Freight. It’s actually one of my favorite sewing gadgets. I have four or five of them to hold pins. There is one by each sewing machine and one on the ironing board. I love that it is magnetic so if I spill my pins, they are super easy to pick up with the magnetic bowl.

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My Parts Tray “Palette”

I mixed together red and yellow Tsukineko inks in hopes of getting a nice orange color but since I just dumped a little puddle of each in my bowl, I didn’t get the orange I was hoping for. It’s more of a peachy pink.

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Painted and Ready for the Next Step

As you can see, the inks bled outside the outline a little bit but I think that’s okay. It only matters on the ear. When I outlined with my Pigma Micron pen, it seemed much less noticeable.

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All Done with the Transformation

Now I was ready to proceed with the fusible applique as usual. I cut out my elephant just outside the black outline and fused it in place. I added my zebra and then used the Pigma pen to write the words. I assembled the quilt sandwich, quilted it and bound it.

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All Finished!

It’s a fun little thing, only 6” x 8¾”. I used double stick tape to hang it above my nameplate.

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And Hanging by My Office Door

Be good to yourself. Schedule your mammogram if you haven’t had one this year.

And after you have that on your schedule, go to our pages on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube and our website for lots more quilting inspiration. Happy quilting!

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Black and White – In Color

Have you done fabric alteration before you sewed the fabric into a quilt? Like where you paint, dye, stamp, print or draw on a fabric to change its appearance, to make a one-of-a-kind fabric piece. We see quilts come through our office all the time that incorporate altered fabric and they always strike me as being so original and cool, but I haven’t really done that type of work myself, unless you count the leaf pounding project I’ve got in my UFO pile.

In a more recent project, I had the opportunity to use Tsukineko pigment inks to paint on a quilt. I’ll tell everyone more about that project in the coming weeks, I can’t share it just yet. In that particular case, I put the ink on at the very end of the project, even after the quilt was bound. It got me thinking, though, about the different ways to use the inks and when I got a chance, I played around with them to make new fabrics by painting on existing prints.

Most quilts that I see that use the Tsukineko inks are gorgeous, detailed, full-color images that are impressively rendered. After trying these inks out, I am even more amazed with this type of work, since the inks take a bit of getting used to. It’s a fine balance between not having too much water or the color will bleed, but if you don’t dilute the inks, the color is very dense and that’s not always the desired effect. I guess I have to practice.

I have a little kit, with foam brushes and 4 colors of ink – black, yellow, blue and red. Technically I should be able to make every color I want with some mixture of those colors, but mixing the inks is another tricky prospect. Luckily, I had my favorite ceramic watercolor palette to give me lots of mixing tubs in case my color mixes needed some revision.

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Here’s the kit I have. It only includes two little tubs which helps me not at all. My watercolor palette filled in nicely, however.

But for now, let’s look at the fabrics I futzed around with. I used black-and-white prints and a couple white-on-white prints and simply added color to the already existing prints. Fun and easy, and once I got started it was hard to stop.

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On this one, I pretty much just colored in the leaves and flowers. The color bled a bit, but it’s not especially noticeable. Sort of.

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Another floral print. The washy look of the print works well with the washy color, I think.

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You can add another layer of interest by adding color to a simple print.

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It’s not difficult to completely change the look of a print by adding color.

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I need to work on my wash blending skills, but I love the way the white print doesn’t take color, so the look of the fabric is really altered.

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For this one, I just wet the fabric and had a great time randomly dropping ink onto the surface and watching it spread. Another white-on-white print, looking cool with color.

These are just a few of the options for using these inks, I’d be interested to know how others prefer to use them. If you have any tips for me on using them to paint actual images, that would be helpful too, since I feel confident coloring in shapes but that’s about it. Now that I’ve got all these somewhat, sort of, more or less maybe coordinating fabrics, I guess I’ll have to make something with them!

Inspiration can be found in the craziest places, like our pages on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube and our website. Let your creativity abound this weekend!

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So Many Books Giveaway Part 4!


The Quilters Newsletter office is located in Golden, Colorado, and we tend to have pretty typical Colorado weather, which means that two of the days following the week after the first snow we had of the season, it got up to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. This week it’s projected to be in the high 50′s, though, which is perfect Autumn weather. The leaves on the trees are still gradually turning and their leaves starting to drop, nearby amusement locations are starting their Halloween-and-harvest-themed celebrations, and it’s still a nice time to realize that those of us who haven’t started on our holiday gift lists yet should probably do so, especially if we’re going to be making hand-crafted or quilted items.

That said, it really doesn’t matter what the weather is doing, because it’s always a great time to quilt, and it’s also always a great time to read. At least a couple of the books in this week’s giveaway are additionally pretty perfect for those gift-giving lists.  This week’s giveaway consists of three books for each of three lucky winners:

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Giveaways 020 550 So Many Books Giveaway Part 4! Prize 2 for winner 2 includes Baskets: New Quilts from an Old Favorite by Linda Baxter Lasco from AQS; Borders, Blocks, Quilts! by Sunny Steinkuhler from Martingale; and Becoming a Confident Quilter by Elizabeth Dackson from Martingale.

Giveaways 025 550 So Many Books Giveaway Part 4! Prize 3 for winner 3 includes Sew Gifts!: 25 Handmade Gift Ideas from Top Designers from Martingale; Pincushion Appeal by Cecile McPeak and Rachel Martin from Martingale; and Stitched for Fun by Fiona Goble from Martingale.

To enter to win one of the three sets of three books, leave a comment on this post below telling us which of the three sets you would prefer to win or if you’d love them all. Since winners are randomly selected, it’s not guaranteed you’ll receive the set you prefer, but we’ll try our best! Comments must be entered by 11:59 PM Mountain Time, Sunday October 12, 2014. Open to anyone worldwide who has not won anything from Quilters Newsletter in the past 90 days. If you are randomly selected as a winner, the email will come from with “Quilters Newsletter blog giveaway” in the subject line.

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