Monday, September 12, 2016

Sewing Supplies Needed for QuiltWorks Trip to Africa

The wonderful people at QuiltWorks in SanFrancisco are preparing for a trip to Africa to support  sewing and quilting classes to empower women who need to earn an income using non-electric powered sewing machines and they need our help:

"We have two new opportunities to clear out your sewing area and make some more room.

QuiltWorks is going to Ghana, Africa with five Bay Area friends October 6 – October 18.  We are joining 20 women from the East Coast.

We will be visiting BASICS International and bringing them sewing supplies for their sewing program.  They bring 50 young women in from the villages and provide housing while they educate them and prepare them skills to earn a living.  Many are taught sewing and it will be a career opportunity for them.

Since they have no electricity, they have special sewing machines that are operated by hand.  These machines cost approximately $250.   My goal is to raise enough funds to provide 10 such machines for 10 girls and of course, 10 futures!!!  If you are able, could you please send a tax-deductible donation to QuiltWorks , 2189 Bayshore Blvd., SF, CA   94134 and we will bring the funds to Africa in your name.   Several of you or your sewing group could pool sources and provide collectively for a machine.  

They also need basic sewing supplies.  I spoke with the founder and she has indicated they need: New scissors, measuring tapes,  pins, chalk, buttons, sequins and accessories like webbing to make tote bags."

Monday, July 25, 2016

Sizzix Flip-Flop Fabi Die Mini Album

 I had fun putting this together one afternoon over this past week-end.  Ever since I saw this die about a year ago I had it in my head to use it to make a mini-album with even though it was designed to be used as an applique die for quilters.  I checked the measurements first before I bought it to make sure it would be able to accomodate 2x3 wallet size photos, and it did (but the photos need to be placed in portrait mode).  This gave me a good excuse to try out my new Rotatrim paper cutter that I bought during Amazon's anniversary sale last month, and I can tell you, it is very precise and does a great job with different thicknesses of chipboard!  This item had been on my wish list for 5 years!  The price has come down a long way since I first discovered it being used by mini-album makers, and with the discount, I knew it was now or never, so I went for it, and it sure did make cutting papers for albums a pleasure again!

So on to the details of my project.  Here is a list of all the supplies I used for reference:

Graphic 45 "Voyage Beneath the Sea" 8x8 paper pad
Graphix medium weight chipboard for the covers
Sillouette brand light weight chipboard for the inside pages
Accu-Cut brand thick/heavy weight acrylic sheets (to protect the covers)
Snug Hug seam binding and Dylusions ink spray for the crinkle ribbon
Tim Holtz findings for the charm ("breathe" coin, pearl, and chain with clasp/jump ring)
Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink to ink up the edges of the covers and inside pages
Small flat back pearls for fish bubbles
Tim Holtz gears on album cover
Stampin Up pop-dots to mount the top of the flip flop to the album cover
Scotch Craft Stick glue to adhere pages to the chipboard.

I plan on using the Polaroid Instant Photo Printer that prints out 2x3 photos from my phone after we make a few visits to the beach this summer to add them to the album :-)

Have a crafty Monday!


Monday, July 11, 2016

"From Watercolor to Quilt" iQuilt Class Review

I started getting emails from the American Quilter Society for "iQuilt" classes and I kept ignoring them, then a few days ago I got one that said any class half off, so I finally clicked through and on the landing page they were promoting a class from one of my favorite art quilt artists, Katie Pasquini Masopust (loved her Ghost Layers and Color Washes book!).  For about $15.00 I got to spend about an hour and a half with Katie, where she walks you through each step of the art quilt process (I believe you can use the technique in this class to make everything from landscape quilts to photo quilts and of course her ghost layers art quilt technique).  In this particular class she uses her own water color painting and transfers each piece of the painting into turned edge applique pieces so you end up with the same composition in fabric for a wall quilt.  I have to say it was extremely well done, Katie is a very good teacher, and you even get to ask her questions which she will reply to via email (I sent in 3!).  The one drawback I found to this particular class was that there was so little time left devoted to how she quilts the quilt which I thought was much more important than the amount of time spent on the applique process - the quilting, especially in this case, really, really makes the quilt!  In terms of supplies, I didn't realize but of course it seems obvious now, for every color value in your painting, you need the corresponding color value in fabric and thread which could make this a very expensive process if you don't already own a ton of solid fabrics and a wide variety of thread colors, and what I mean by that is, 7 values of red, 7 values of yellow etc. etc.!  This is a super quick post, I just wanted to share what I learned and found this to be a very easy to follow class.  Since I've really been into watercoloring lately, and I've been quilting since what seems like forever, it looked like a fun way to do both!  I'm not a big fan of abstract art which all of her examples were, but I definitely think the basic techniques from the class could be used to do a photo quilt, starting out with something very basic like a bowl of fruit for example, or a watercolor flower!!! Just scan in your photo, open it up in Photoshop, use the posterize feature and turn your photo into line art, print out, enlarge at the copy center, and voila, you can use the same technique from the class. Sorry I don't have any pretty photos to share, but here is the link to the class where you can see Katie's quilts from the class!