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!!!


No, I am not bored.

Yesterday, my husband asked a simple question. “Aren’t you bored with that yet?” Oh course not. I suppose I asked the same thing of my mother, watching her sit in her chair with a special light over her and a small table next to her as she would spend hours and hours of time cross stitching. Well, I have thought about my husbands question and it does seem rather tedious to be making hundreds of X’s over and over again, sorting through colors and counting stitches. To a non-stitched, I suppose it seems boring. So, why don’t I get bored with it?

It’s the colors I think. It’s so wonderful seeing the beautiful colors pop off the white canvas, like paint. It’s almost magical to see the pattern come together to create beautiful picture and to make something that will be around for years to come.I will wait and be patient and then look forward to seeing and hearing my family’s reaction when at last I have finished this project. It is coming together beautifully and I am enjoying the stitching. So, the next time he ask’s me that question, and he will, I will simply say, “no, I am not bored.”Image