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    I've been an art quilter wanna-be for about 10 years and on this board for several, and today is the first day I have located this thread. Right now, I'm still in a cast and not walking since June, and I am snowed under with my bamboo clothing dyeing for craft shows and stores, and feel exhausted, but this is such a good thing for me. I need some 'play' right now! I'm doing a lot of experimenting with shibori, and am just amazed with what happens, but its sometimes more difficult with bamboo, but it is playing for me, but it is also work. These challenges will give me permission to play, like having an assignment to do; I can put it on my checklist and make myself make time to do it. So good for me! I've read several of the last pages of this thread, and I feel like I finally belong somewhere!

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    Hello

    I've been an art quilter wanna-be for about 10 years and on this board for several, and today is the first day I have located this thread. Right now, I'm still in a cast and not walking since June, and I am snowed under with my bamboo clothing dyeing for craft shows and stores, and feel exhausted, but this is such a good thing for me. I need some 'play' right now! I'm doing a lot of experimenting with shibori, and am just amazed with what happens, but its sometimes more difficult with bamboo, but it is playing for me, but it is also work. These challenges will give me permission to play, like having an assignment to do; I can put it on my checklist and make myself make time to do it. So good for me! I've read several of the last pages of this thread, and I feel like I finally belong somewhere!

    I'd like to see some of the work some of the rest of you have done. I guess I'll start looking at the beginning here. Anyway, hello!
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    Playing around

    I learned to play with traditional blocks by the masterful designer Kaffe Fassett. A BOM partner wants red, blue, green,
    yellow, purple...crayon colors. Here are 2 tries.
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    Dotty in NYC

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    Welcome goldendog! So glad you have found us!,
    dottie, those look great! What swap are you doing?
    i'm getting packed for the trip and am missing one cat! He took one look at the carrier and headed in all four directions at once. And on the run! Hope he gets back before we have to leave. What a toot!!
    The only bad days are the ones you don't get.

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    I do the monthly BOM led by MadeinMaine & it is the best!! Lots of side swaps, fabulous friends.
    Dotty in NYC

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    Quote Originally Posted by dotcomdtcm View Post
    I do the monthly BOM led by MadeinMaine & it is the best!! Lots of side swaps, fabulous friends.
    is that swap on this board??
    Jeannie in GA

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    yes, listed under swaps
    Just send a pm to MadeinMaine to join & pick a theme!
    You swap only one block a month
    I have collected houses, trees, maple leaves, Christmas stars, snowballs
    Currently collecting red & white
    My partner wanted 5 colors, what a lot of fun
    Cheers, Dotty
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    Monthly Quilting Bee Block Swap, check it out! Just saw some great blocks for someone collecting chickens!!
    Dotty in NYC

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    Hi
    I'm a newbie to this group. I have an idea for the Aug challenge - Print on fabric with Gellie plate. It may be messy but who cares.
    Roberta
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    I am working on my first part of my project, trying to make homemade batik fabric for a background. Not as easy as I thought, but it is anoriginal pattern (if you call it that!)! LOL

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    I have been playing with scissors. I'll show you soon!
    Dotty in NYC

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    Quote Originally Posted by dotcomdtcm View Post
    I have been playing with scissors. I'll show you soon!
    Just as long as you're not running with them, Dotty!!
    The Earth without art is just "Eh".

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    Playing

    The first one was easy to quilt.
    I don't know what to do with the second one. Surface is a bit sticky. I used Misty Fuse & 505 spray. Tiny pieces. The selvage says Garden of Enchantment!
    Lots of fun to do but...
    tomorrow I'm making something more restful, like potholders!
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    Quote Originally Posted by robertap View Post
    Hi
    I'm a newbie to this group. I have an idea for the Aug challenge - Print on fabric with Gellie plate.
    Staunton, VA
    Hi Roberta, and welcome to our collective weirdness. I am really looking forward to seeing what kind of mess you got into this month.

    Our Theme for Aug was already up on the board and it is just simply to PLAY. Some new technique to play around with or doing something just for the sheer fun of it all. You can see more specifics on the last day of July post.

    Love all ideas for themes and hope to see more of you and what you do this month.
    Suzie
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    We finally got some lovely winter sunshine and decent warmth and I have been out worshipping both. But today I get back into the studio to play with this current little project a bit more. I can't wait until the days are really nice and I can get outside and make messes on the patio again!

    Meantime my heat n bond and a huge pile of tiny scraps await............... photos to follow
    Suzie
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    Now I am picking off Misty Fuse with my tweezers. The instructions said it would not show! Maybe I should Mod Podge the whole thing!!
    Dotty in NYC

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider View Post
    Make sure it's SS w/bleach and not the plain stuff...and have a great time playing! Can't wait to see pictures!!
    Gulp....stunning and great info. I am also amazed by all you share with me. Thanks so much. I'llneed to start a Ghostrider file just for your ideas. Hugs
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    I actually read and looked at every page on this thread. Learned so much and thought everyone's art creations to be inspiring....Love that newbies tried and succeeded and those experienced shares so much.
    Thanks for letting me take a peek.
    "Keep Smiling, Keep shining..knowing you can always count on me....for sure.
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    Play, play, play.... Does anyone here have any experience stamping on fabric with ink, paint or thickened dyes?
    Wendy

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    You can easily print & stencil fabric. Take a look at Martha Stewart's site. She has done many projects. Google a bit. My favorite prints are printing with leaves.
    Dotty in NYC

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    Red face Aww!

    Quote Originally Posted by debbieumphress View Post
    I actually read and looked at every page on this thread. Learned so much and thought everyone's art creations to be inspiring....Love that newbies tried and succeeded and those experienced shares so much. Thanks for letting me take a peek.
    Anytime you want to come out and play we are ready to hear about it and see your experiments!

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    Down here I have been playing with paint. DD has a BD is this month and we are visiting the US in Sept so I am doing a 'watch TV sofa quilt' for her and bringing it back up. (Bet you didn't realize that this is a whole quilt category by itself

    I needed some fabric to simulate a Dalmation mix doggie, to go with weird colors. Due to my lack of fabrics here, no polka dots for some reason this winter, I've been splatting paint to make my own. Also needed some kitties in soft greys and again tried some paint wash techniques.

    The great thing is that it doesn't matter what kind of fabric I get out of it...it will be used somewhere eventually. Since there are NO fabric paints down here I had to look up how to use regular acrylics and stabilize them for normal fabric use. Turns out you can just...well, use them.

    The hand on these is fine after washing as I wasn't trying for really loud vibrant colors. Of course the colours are much lighter and so what is in these blocks is the 'after' of several washings.

    Anyone else who has done any of this type of acrylic with fabric without a special fabric medium? I'd love to hear about your results. Anything I can do without all the 'special' products is appreciated. I am a pioneer in the wilderness here with only the very basics available..................
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    Quote Originally Posted by azwendyg View Post
    Play, play, play.... Does anyone here have any experience stamping on fabric with ink, paint or thickened dyes?
    I've used wood and lino blocks to print on fabric, along with rubber stamps, bobbins, nuts (the metal kind, though walnuts might look kinda cool...hhmmmmm ), onions, and other miscellaneous "stuff". Are you having trouble?

    This is a great place for ideas, btw.
    http://suebleiweiss.com/freeprojects/stamping.pdf
    Sue's website is a gold mine of information.
    http://www.suebleiweiss.com/home.html
    The Earth without art is just "Eh".

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    Looks so cute Suzie. I have used the base of a celery bunch, a sliced orange and lemon. I liked the results. Not sure where that sample is but I will try to locate it. Leah Day has some videos about painting on a quilt. She is painting after all her quilting and so on is done. Brave girl! http://freemotionquilting.blogspot.c...ing-quilt.html

    Linda

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    Try printing with an ear of corn. squeeze out your colors on a styrofoam tray or alum pan. put push pin holders in the cobs and roll thru paint. Will keep the kids busy on a summer day & makes nice prints after you practice a bit. Hang your
    prints on the line to dry. Cut into collage shapes, greeting cards, gift tags, you know... I did some on muslin.
    Dotty in NYC

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    I'll have to play around with this topic when I get home sunday and see what I can come up with, I am already thinking there are things I'd like to try.
    Hope I find some corn to use on the way home. I pictured a background with that right away...and off it goes. Just wish I was at home and access to my sewing room.
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