Monday, November 26, 2012

I'm in Quilting Arts for real!

I just got home from work and was excited to see the new Quilting Arts magazine in the mail with my article inside.  I've been waiting since I wrote the article in August to actually see it.  They did a nice job.  They showed a little bit of the fabric that I used CD's as a resist with clamps.  Here is the whole piece which lets you see how I folded it a little bit better.

Below is another fabric where I used wooden boards with a circular shape as the resist.

There's endless ways to fold and an infinite amount of shapes to used as resists to create Itajime fabric.  Hope you will all give it a try and let me know how it goes.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Using itajime fabric in quilts

I love creating new fabric.  In fact, I have overflowing piles of hand-dyes, discharged, low-immersion, soy wax batik, ice-dyed fabrics, you name it.  I hate to cut into some of them. I feel that some are complete just the way they are, but it is hard to find venues who will display these for sale just as they are.  So the challenge becomes how to make them into more 'finished' quilts suitable for hanging.  Here is the first quilt I made using some of my shibori fabrics.

Entangled 1 - 32 1/2" x 29 1/2"
 The background of this quilt is made up of a variety of shibori and low immersion hand-dyes that have been sewn together, then cut into sections and shuffled around, sewn together again, cut and reshuffled once more.  The trees are cut from one piece of fabric using an exacto knife in some places. 

I recently finished the quilt below using both arashi and itajime fabrics and procion dyes

Torrential Dreams, Finally Morning and Fried Eggs 32" x 24"