For the past few weeks, I’ve been talking about some projects that you can do with Design Magic stencils. Today I want to show you a super-simple quilt that would look great from any Design Magic design. The quilt is called “On Safari” and you’ll find the instructions in the project section of the Design Magic book. (Click here to learn more about Design Magic.)
Whether you love to make your own designs and stencils or use our pre-cut mylar stencils, this little quilt is a great project. I made it up in earthy colors for the book. The colors reminded me of the Safari trip I took in Kenya in 2006. But you can make it from bold bright colors for a totally different look.
About the Safari Design
Matthew Mills, my very talented graphic designer, created the Safari design for me, and I have to say it is one of my favorite designs. The design is printed in the back of the book so you can make freezer paper stencils from it, or you can purchase our pre-cut mylar Safari stencils. The mylar stencils have several advantages — they are already cut (of course!), you can see through the mylar, and all the alignment guides are etched into the stencils to make your life easier as you paint the images on fabric. Here is a picture of the Safari stencils.
And here a closer look at the Safari design on a piece of the Gradations fabric from Benartex. I used the new Sorbet Iridescent Minis to paint this sample. The fabric changes color from one side to the other, giving a different look at each end.
I used this set of stencils to make the On Safari quilt project that is included in the Design Magic book. I don’t recall if we named the stencils or the quilt first, but it’s a great combination. Here is the super-simple quilt I promised…
The 4 large panels of the quilt are painted on fat quarters that are then trimmed to size for insertion in the quilt top. I just quilted in the grid lines. I was surprised how many people at quilt market thought it was appliqued or pieced.
If you don’t have need for a lap quilt, you can also make a small quilt from a single block. Here is a little quilt I made for an event using some of the same fabrics.
Skip the Quilt, Make a Bag!
When I finished work on my Design Magic book last spring, I had some wonderful samples. And rather than carrying the samples around, I decided to make something special for myself using the cover fabric from the book. I’ve already worn out the Primrose tote that started my Design Magic adventure, so I decided to make the new Margo bag from my good friend Joan Hawley at Lazy Girl Designs.
Margo is a delightful bag with a zipper at the top — and leave it to Joan to figure out such an easy method for adding a zipper! Margo is a little bigger than I would normally make for a purse (I like them SMALL so I don’t carry too much junk…) but she is going to be perfect once my iPad arrives.
I used the Safari design and a Grape (matte color) paintstik to paint a beautiful piece of hand-dyed fabric. As soon as I finished, I knew it was perfect for the the cover of the book, and I have to say that it made a fabulous bag as well. I had a hard time cutting into this piece of fabric to make something I’m sure to wear out, but hey – what good is beautiful fabric if it just sits in the closet? If I wear it out, I’ll just have to make a new one!
At any rate, you can go on your own Safari Design Magic adventure. Make a Margo bag, make a quilt, you decide! Whatever you choose, it will be lots of fun.