Going back to what I love to make

For the last few weeks I have been working to improve my sewing skills. I have been working hard on a baby blanket that took two months and the finished product I have deemed not worthy of giving as a gift. I just can’t get the binding straight. Well, I was so frustrated by this and upset at myself that for the following days I put away all my sewing magazines and just played on my new iphone and watched TV.  I thought about all the time I had invested and for a few days, my disappointment in myself kept me down. 

Luckily, it didn’t last long. I sold another one of my creatures on Etsy, a returning customer actually that bought her second one! Also, I found my old issues of my favorite magazine that got me inspired to begin with, Stuffed, and started looking threw them again. I decided to stop trying to teach myself to quilt and go back to what I love, weird creatures. Last night I started making the first in a new collection and though I am not positive I will call them this, I have come up with the name The Trouble Keepers. They are weird creatures that each have a pocket and in that pocket you can write down you’re troubles and put them in the pocket and the Trouble Keepers can stash away you’re anger, you’re worries, you’re heartbreak or anything else you can think of. And, if you so choose, you can use a pin and stab the pocket and you’re trouble, ( that’s mostly for the angry troubles) away. Not to worry, they are tough and they can take it!

I have developed the pattern and the body of the first one and is put together, but I am choosing not to post a photo at this time until I can bring out the personality they have hidden deep within themselves. 

I have decided that even though quilting is an amazing art, perhaps it’s just not for me after all. Perhaps creating one of a kind monsters to brighten someone’s day is more my style. I don’t think I truly have the patience for large projects anyway. So, I am going back to what I love, weird things!


Trying something new and out of my comfort zone, but SOOO excited!

ImageShhhhh….I am trying something new and could use tips and suggestions from more experienced artists, quilters and designers. 

Okay, I am so excited to start this project. It’s a special gift for someone special in my life (okay, I think I want one too) and I have it planned in my head. First, I have to deal with copywrite stuff. So, I know that I could not sell something like this, I am using someone elses pictures but what choice do I have! I LOVE THE SHOW the WALKING DEAD and so does my aunt. I have searched and searched for Walking Dead Fabric and really not surprised, I can not find it, so I have to make i myself. Since I am making this for personal use only and have no plans to sell it, I suppose it is okay to do. So, here is my idea. 

First, I cut and tape a piece of fabric to a 8.5 by 11 piece of paper and put it into my printer. I find the picture I like and since all I have is a black and white laser printer, I convert the picture to black and white and size it then print it. I did this several times with different pictures and most turned out GREAT! Some however where to dark. After I had about 11 of them printed, I did my “wash test” and guess what…all the ink washed away. I did some research and found that I need to head set the ink. Okay, so I think I learned to do that and was going to print out only 1 picture and heat set it, then test it through the wash again, however I came up with a different idea. So, here is where I might need some tips and suggestions because this is something I have never tried before but am so excited to try it. 

Today or tomorrow, as soon as I can,I am going to take one of the pictures and again, convert it to black and white using photoshop but I am not going to stop there. I am then going to take the black and white photo and again using photoshop I am going to convert the picture into a pencil sketch. THEN I will print it. 

Next, my plan is to hand embroider each pictures over the ink on the fabric and using mostly black thread on a cream colored fabric but also I want to be able to “shade it” and give it a touch of color here and there, for example a bloody scar I will use red thread, but dried blood is more of a brownish red color, and I don’t want to add a bright color to a mostly monocromatic quilt, I might stick to only a few colors, such as black, grey, and browns. 

I probably will not be able to devote any real time to this project until next week after my mother in law leaves, however I am really excited for this project. I am hoping I understand copywrite laws correctly and this is okay to do if it’s for personal use only…trust me, if they made Walking Dead Fabric, I would jump on it! 

If anyone can give me hints, tips and suggestions on how to make this successful, I would greatly appreciate it as I only have 4 months to make it ( shhhh…it’s a birthday present for a birthday that just HAPPENS to coincide with the return of season 4!!!