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 [...]
Last summer, I took part in the Merchant Mall at Bernina University in Orlando. Most of the people at the conference were sewing machine dealers and their employees. With my new Design Magic book in hand, I offered the dealers and shop owners a free DesignMagic stencil along with a free project. I was really […]
In last Monday’s post, I talked about projects you can make with the Primrose Stencils including the big (huge?) Woodland Flowers Quilt. If you missed it, I also said this was NOT the first Design project I would tackle if I were new to paintstiks or Design Magic. (It’s not a difficult quilt, just a […]
We had a few days of sunshine and warmer weather last week, just enough for my spring fever to kick into gear. Since it will be months before I can poke around in the garden, I’ll have to be content to poke around my studio and play with flowers indoors. When it comes to flowers, […]
In the middle of December, I holed up in my studio for a weekend and started playing with the suede I got from Bella Nonna Design Studio. Jayme and Megan have a new line of leather and suede, and Megan came to see me at the Houston Quilt Market to see if our Shiva Paintstiks would work with the leather.
I found that the finished leathers were not terribly interesting — it’s difficult for the paint to adhere to the smooth finish. But the suede — oh my goodness — it’s nothing short of fabulous! You really have to give this a try. It’s beyond fun and the possibilities for the finished suede are endless.
I just got a lovely note from a friend to tell me that Bernina is featuring my Magic Mats in Issue 4 of Through the Needle, a free online publication. I knew the article was coming, but it’s always a thrill to see one of my projects in print. Happy me! Because we have so many new people in our community, I want to share the Magic Mats tutorial that I posted last summer. Enjoy!
Here’s a great little project for our DesignMagic stencils – or one of your own designs! My Magic Mats pattern is the simplest way to make a placemat that I can think of. All you need is two pieces of fabric, some interfacing, one paintstik, one brush, and one pair of DesignMagic stencils. It’s easy!
Hi All! It’s Monday, so it must be time for a little Design Magic. Last week I shared the wonderful birds that TART Lauren Parker created as a part of her lesson on Positive/Negative Stenciling. This week I’d like to share the 4 pieces created by the TART leaders at In Good Company.
The four talented artists at In Good Company say this: “Our business features the work and art of four women: Sue Engel, Sue Anne Iman, Jamie Grant, and Susan Wetzsteon. It is the collaboration of talent and ideas sparked by an interest in quilting and design which we have turned into a business for the past 15 years. Our focus at present is textile art quilts.” If you are looking for a way to explore textile art topics on a regular basis, the TART program may be just what you are looking for.
It’s Monday, so it must be time for a little magic. Last week I shared Kathy Tanner’s elephants. If you missed it, you can read about them here. Today, I’d like to share Lauren Parker’s birds. I have to admit that I’m always thrilled when someone sends in photos of their Design Magic creations – and I’m sure you’ll agree that Lauren’s birds are just delightful.
To start, I need to explain that Lauren is a TART. (That’s a compliment, not a smart remark!) TART is short for Textile ARTist, and TARTs are a group of people exploring various textile art techniques with 4 creative ladies at In Good Company.
Some days I get tons of junk in the e-mail, but some days I get absolute treasures! I recently received photos from two artists with notes and photos of how they are using the Design Magic concept with animals. I have to be honest – I never even considered playing with critters as a design elements – but these ladies could create an entire menagerie! Let’s start with Kathy Tanner’s elephants. I’ll share another post with a great idea for birds later.
The new year will be here in just a few short days, and I can’t think of a better time to introduce our new Bubbles DesignMagic™ Stencils. If these don’t remind you a bit of champagne, I’m not sure what will!
I started this design and then handed it off to Matthew, my graphic designer. I liked it, but it needed something, and I couldn’t quite seem to figure it out. When I got the design back from Matthew, my first reaction was “Wow – Swiss cheese on steroids!” I made up a sample, loved it, and sent it off to the stencil cutters. Now how cool is that!
I always chuckle when I see “bitterly cold” in the weather forecast, but that was about the best description for our weather last weekend. We dodged the snow storm that buried the Twin Cities, but it was colder than cold and the wind was howling. Definitely a good weekend to hibernate in my studio. I had an itch to try something new, so I pulled out the beautiful pieces of yummy colored suede that I acquired at the Houston Quilt Market. (Yes, one of the dangers of attending quilt market is the temptation to do a little shopping with the other vendors…)
Jayme Crowe and Megan Cook over at Bella Nonna Design Studio have introduced a new line of sewing leather. They sell it in 4″ squares and 8.5″ x 11″ pieces. Megan brought a few squares over to our booth at Houston to see if we could stencil designs on the leather with paintstiks. I’m happy to say the answer is most definitely yes! Here’s what I did this weekend.
Celebrations aren’t just for the holidays. There are countless reasons to celebrate over the course of the year. We all have birthdays (whether we want them or not) and most of us have reason to celebrate weddings, anniversaries and other gift-giving events throughout the year.
To make a gift truly special, I like to wrap it up in a hand-made gift bag, preferably something that can be used more than once. And I really like the gift bag to match the occasion. Here’s an example I made from our Bosa Nova Bags pattern and the new Celebrate Stencils. And don’t forget about that new Lime green paintstik – I love that color!