Sunday, March 24, 2013

Almost finished....Jamaican Me Crazy

Well Jamaican Me Crazy is coming to an end, all I need to do is sew a few more seed beads into the center and the hanging sleeve onto the back....yay! I'm going to enter this little nightmare into the Sun Prairie Heritage Quilt Show, April 7-9.  It's not my best or usual type of quilt, but I've had a lot of fun doing different techniques. (You can't see it but this quilt has over 1070 hot fix crystals! It's painted with Jacquard Lumiere paints and quilted with both my DSM and later my longarm.)  Make sure you head on over to the Sun Prairie Heritage Quilt Show site and view the winning quilts from last year (my Journey to the Stars is there!) :)

thanks for looking and have a great week!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

WIP Jamaican Me Crazy - Painting completed!

Happy First day of Spring everyone!  Not feeling to springy here yet only 16 * degrees today, but I did see 2 crazy ass Robins this morning, so I'm sure spring weather isn't too far off.  I've finished painting Jamaican me Crazy! yay! Hopefully, with a little imagination you can envision sea creatures... These were sooo much fun to paint! I wanna do more!

I used Ricky Tims Razzle dazzle going around the painted areas, but it seemed to sink into the quilt rather than stand out on the quilt top.  So, I'm contemplating sewing beads around the 8 circles....ughh, that sounds like a lot of work! idk, I'll think on it..
Thanks for looking, have a great day!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Quilt painting!!!

I had always planned on painting Jamaican Me Crazy.  I saw Rochelle Stibb's painted quilt "Syzygy" at the 2011 Wi Quilt Expo and was quickly introduced, by the good vendors, to Jacquard Lumiere paints. Awesome paint!  After much procrastination, I summoned the courage to put paint on the quilt....and I love it! (It calls out the hippee artist in me)  However, I had no idea how time consuming this would be, this may take awhile..but here's a sneak peak at what I've accomplished so far...

and my crazy center...I really don't exactly know what I'm doing with this. It's texture magic which is kinda cool stuff, but I'm not real sure on how to secure it through all the quilt layers, right now it has beads, but I may rethink this and do something different...idk...whatever....


Tuesday, March 5, 2013

WIP - Jamaican Me Crazy

Ok...I'm done trying to soak this thing into's been soaking in cold water with color catchers and synthrapol for 4 days.  I've used 1 1/2 boxes of color catchers, 1 bottle of Shout, and 2 tide stain remover pens....It's over and I didn't win.  There are still traces of aqua blue in the creamy whites and the light tans.  In the center I used a braided cord and parts of that is also blue, I spent considerable time working on this area to remove the color but to no now I need to get creative with embellishments to cover problem areas.

I put my nightmare on blocking foam, and found in addition to the color issues, the borders are WAVY! ugh

Jamaican ME CRAZY!

Monday, March 4, 2013

S/p Quilt Con

For some people the world is black and white....for me it's filled with shades of gray.  

Quilt Con Show/Modern Quilting...  I think the quilting world has gotten a real boost from the modern quilting movement.  New quilters have been born and veteran quilters have been inspired.  Not only that however, it has taken quilting into a different arena...perhaps one that not all people are comfortable with or knowledgeable about and that is Art.  In my opinion, quilts are ART! any quilt.

I recently posted a comment on FB regarding a "Give A Fuck" quilt displayed at Quilt Con (this was a collaborative effort quilt and you can read more about the making of this quilt from the designer herself at * I stated this would be a quilt I would make for my son, as it's his favorite word. The flurry of comments and follow up blog postings is amazing but not unexpected.  For centuries Art has been surrounded by controversy as well as the potential for censorship.  The attraction of Art has always been mirrored by it's power to cause controversy.  From Picasso's Modernism to the Dada movement to surrealism to Warhol's abstract expressionalism all have given rise to debates in art forms.  Some Art incites censorship, (such as the Sensation art exhibit) and I feel Quilters, just like Artists, need to be careful, we need to respect others work and support freedom of expression.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Modern Quilting

As Quilt Con is finishing up I have seen and read quite a bit about the show and modern quilting.  There are several sites where people showcase their modern quilts; I enjoy seeing the clean, crisp lines, the bright colors contrasting against subdued backgrounds, very contemporary... anyway, all this has prompted me to try a modern quilt myself.  I found this great thread, it's a varigated black and white with interval changes ranging between 1 to 3 inches.  I thought it would be cool to make a black and white quilt and LA quilt it with this thread, hopefully the thread will disappear and reappear as it passes over the dark and light areas. I downloaded a free pattern from the Fat Quarter Shop, Full Swing Quilt Pattern by Rachel Griffith.  With the larger pieces it only took 10 hours to sew together. I want to use a pantograph pattern, (I've had my LA since Aug 2012 and have yet to try a panto!) but I may change my mind after seeing some of the great modern quilting out there.  I'll post pictures later...right now my nightmare is Jamaican me Crazy!  This quilt is has given me several problems and is truly makin' me crazy! First, I started quilting this on my home sewing machine (before I had a LA) and I tried to finish it up on the longarm.....quilting on each of these machines is very different, I had to continue to quilt from the center outward and ended up with PUCKERS! and picking out....and more puckers! and picking, well, you get the idea. I got through the quilting and onto blocking.  Which leads to the second problem, bleeding.  Although I prewashed, the beautiful batik aqua has decided to escape onto my glittery creamy/white areas! aghhhhh!!!  For the past 3 days, I have tub soaked in cold water, synthrapol, shout, and color catchers, keeping my fingers crossed.  Now if after all this there are still blue areas, I don't know exactly what I will do....maybe creative embellishment... time will tell.