“Ingredients” (of the quilty kind) or The Postman Cometh…….

Ideas are always swirling but “making do” doesn’t always result in the desired outcome. 2 examples: I’ve been wondering how it would work to fill a “sandwich” with my fave fmq (free motion quilting) then add some type of colorant to highlight parts of the design. Something that would have a watercolor effect. I tried some regular colored pencils, with some success……………IMG_9460    the main drawback is these  would need a heat set, with a hot iron, and that would take away any/all loft from the batting. The above design has an added sealant but that results in a very stiff surface…not good! On to example #2……..working with all the vintage pieces I love, the finishing/binding just left much to be desired….mostly, too plain, so I did come up with this idea……IMG_9458 (More on this piece may be found in this post) but I had seen some other finishes that gave me more options. Enter the internet search for solutions/”ingredients” and those appeared today…….IMG_9456     You may read more from Bethanne here and there’s a ton of info about the Inktense pencils on the ‘net and, more specifically, here. You’ll have to come back another time to view the results of these additions to my studio…………

Next up………micro-stippling progress…sigh…..pure luv…………IMG_9450 IMG_9452     Hopefully, tomorrow will see the finish of this one and I’ll move on to completing the 3 pillows (see here for the rest of this story).

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About treadlemusic

A quilter who rides motorcycle, living on a small hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota. Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
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18 Responses to “Ingredients” (of the quilty kind) or The Postman Cometh…….

  1. karenfae says:

    can’t find your email address and I need to ask you a question about tension on the Juki – can you send me an email – thanks

  2. Sandy Gurney says:

    Jackie Hayes uses CLEAR aloe vera with the ink tense pencils to set the color…talk to her when you get to south Texas…

  3. Keep us posted on this technique. Especially interested in how stiff the fabric becomes when the gel dries. I’m assuming these aren’t washable and must be dry cleaned.

  4. witchylin says:

    Lots to read and think about from your latest project. I will certainly be putting this on the ‘stored away’ file as it may well be very useful in the future. Right now my quilt list is full to over flowing and yet another baby is on the way. Baby quilts are quick and small so I can slip them in between other larger quilts. One day I might get something done for me! There is a lovely lighthouse fabric waiting in the wings to step on the stage and become something I need for myself. The lighthouse fabric will always make me think of you, Doreen, when I use the quilty item I will make from it. 😉 Watch this space.

  5. kathyreeves says:

    Looking great, can’t believe our coffee date was already a week ago!!! That details book looks pretty intriguing. I finally have a date with my sewing machine this weekend. DH took out the corn stalks on Monday, and we pulled up the potatoes and navy beans yesterday. The tomato sauce is finally done, so in to stewed tomatoes and potatoes this weekend, with sewing in between!

  6. I am very impressed with your watercoloring of your quilting. I hope you continue to itch this idea. It is amazing!❤️

    • treadlemusic says:

      I’m looking forward to trying this. I love watercolors and finally finding something that will work on fabric, w/o stiffness & heat set, is so promising. It’s been a tad cost-prohibitive till I came across this “deal”.

  7. Your creative brain just keeps churning out ideas for ways to enhance a piece and make it a work of art. Well done, as always.

    (And, yes, “the devil is in the details.”)

  8. Vicki in MN says:

    It will be fun to see what you come up with using the Inktense pencils-I know it will be wonderful!

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