What to do with a stain…

I had a white t-shirt that had a small permanent spot on it so I decided to paint it. I got it completely wet and dunked the hem in a watered down gray acrylic paint and let the paint creep up. Well, I couldn’t see the spot any longer but the shirt looked flat. So I got it wet again and wrapped it around my “shibori” pole, squished it down and wrapped a string around it. Using watered down African Violet I poured the paint over the shirt and rotated it and left it out to dry in the beautiful sunshine. Once dry, I rinsed and washed it, heat set/ironed it. Though the front came out mostly tinted with little to no shibori type marks (it was obviously on the inside of all of the wrapped layers), the back (purple photo) turned out pretty neat.  But I may not be finished with it yet – who knows it may show up in a piece of fiber art some day!

Do you have creative ways to deal with permanent stains?
white shirt greyshirt pole wrap painted

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Art Quilt Show

Just for fun and inspiration! Enjoy.

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Orphaned blocks or Heirlooms

Many years ago I was given quilt blocks that were made by my paternal grandmother. I now have a finished quilt made by her as well.

Quilt by grandma, top by an aunt
Quilt by grandma, top by an aunt

My grandm Nevada, who died before I was born, was a quilter. I wish I had asked my dad more about her. But even more than having my questions answered I would have liked to talked to her about quilting.

My grandmother’s quilt blocks were given to me by my cousin, who had inherited them from her mother. She knew I made quilts and figured I would make something using them. The blocks were not made especially well and the fabric was not fine, but instead flour sacks, dress fabric and thin muslin (some of the patches were even pieced). But holding those blocks connected me to my grandmother the only way we could connect: We both had experienced that soothing motion of the needle rocking up and down through the fabric and the joy of making something with our own hands.

I knew I would not make the blocks into a quilt so I decided to ask my dad, a woodworking hobbyist, if he would make a glass top coffee table for me to display his mother’s quilt blocks. He did and now I own this unique and special memory of each of them.

dadtable nevadablock

There were still many blocks left, so I placed the blocks on fabric, typed captions (This was before our home had PC/printer) to go below each block, framed them and gifted them to my family members. The caption had the name of the block, the circa, the maker with date of birth/death, and the names of her children.

nevablock unframed1
nevablock framed1

So if you have blocks with no place to go, whether family made or just orphans, I hope this gives you some ideas so they continue to be admired and treasured.

If you have done something unique with lone blocks please share your ideas.

Quilting Away, Ann

P. S. This blog reminded me to take those stored quilts out and refold them!

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A Little Art Quilt How-To

This is an instructional video on how to make a small art quilt using a Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plate, a homemade stencil, a Chinese paint brush, and acrylic paint. It was really fun to make!

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