Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Painted Papers

Years ago we used to go to a Paper Event at Portland State University in Portland, Or. I bought some papers that had a resist printed on them. The site on the package is no longer available, so I doubt that I can get any more.
They are painted by sweeping an ink pad over them. It needs to be a juicy one--at least with my old papers.

I found them again recently and decided to color them.

I did try other things-watercolors, ink pens, colored pencils, watercolor pencils, and pastels, but the thing that works are the ink pads.

They came in lots of different patterns.

I'll use them for cards or in books.It's been a good project for this crazy fall we'd had.

Thanks for all the suggestions on the Journal quilts. It has given me ideas. I might use the batik ones I did several years ago for to make a bigger quilt by joining them. I'll need to make one more, as I traded with a lady in Medicine Hat, Canada. To see them check the site and go to the Journals section. My page is Sandy Jandik.

A book is another appealing idea for some of my favorites.

Selling is something I used to do-did craft shows, boutiques, sales at home, and galleries. It takes a lot of time and energy. I'd rather just create now and trade with people who want them.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Journal Quilt

Another Journal Quilt for I find it hard to believe that the year is almost up, and I've made a Journal quilt for each week. Now--what do you do with 52 Journal quilts? My quilt group will each get to pick one as their Christmas present, but that still leaves 40 of them/39 of them. I gave one to my doctor this week for putting up with me. Any ideas?

This is another fused one using a print fabric with fish motifs. The leaves are freehand cut and machined in place. It is machine quilted and edged with a zigzag over yarn. When I do that type of edge, I go around two times at least so it looks full enough and covers the raw edge. A permanent fabric pen works to cover any batting still showing.

Friday, November 25, 2011


Another small quilt based on a felted piece. A thick and thin yarn was felted to a background piece of felt then hand stitched. I had some wire shapes I'd made to try a jig for bending wire that wanted to go on the piece. After applying the felt to a batik cotton and bordering it in a solid, I machine quilted it adding some machine embroidery to extend the shapes of the yarn areas.

Here's a detail.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

I was just playing around the other day and decided to try a wonky 4 patch in batiks. It is always fun to arrange colors and this is what I came up with. It's about 45" by 50". I'm not sure when or if I'll quilt. I just like to strip piece.

Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Journal Quilt

Years ago I made a stencil from a file folder in a class with Beth Jennedy. After cutting it and adding net to hold all the sections together, the piece is coated on both sides with acrylic paint to seal it. I save the cutouts and have the negative image as a stencil too.

This is a hand painted background cotton with Lumiere stenciled on it. Then I used Herringbone Stitch to cover the lines. Another hand pained fabric forms the binding.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Painted fabric

A couple of friends were over to have a play with Sharpie Permanent Markers. I think it is a blast that these "Permanent" marker bleed when you add alcohol to the painted surface and create nice patterns.  I started with a painted background that's on a synthetic fabric.

I drew squiggly lines with the markers and then added the alcohol. I like it much better now.

I meant to take pictures, but we were so caught up in experimenting that I forgot.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


Yesterday was the real day for Fiberaction, so here is the quilt I posted. This time in the correct way. Blogger likes to play. The word was Structure which to me means rigid and organized.

The fabrics are painted cotton scraps that I bought at a quilt show. They seemed to want to play together. The brown was just strips which gave me the idea. The machine quilting was to echo the structure of the shapes. I think this should be part of a series, but I didn't get back to it yet. Fall is being a challenge.

Be sure to check out the others using the button at the right.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Bead Journal Quilt

Here's the November Crazy Quilt for  After piecing a background, I added lace and the flower trim by hand then beaded it.

This also works as the weekly journal quilt for  I love getting more than one use for a project.

Friday, November 11, 2011


This is my latest piece featuring a felted insert. I hand stitched the large sequins in place by using the foundation for a Spider Web then surrounded them with Chain Stitch. To echo the Sequins, I used Back Stitch and more Chain Stitch.  It was then applied to a hand dyed cotton and machine quilted.  The edge is yarn zigzagged by machine.  The piece is about 16" by 20". Blogger insisted that it be sideways, but I like it, so I left it.

 Here is a detail. The color is actually a bit more intense.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


I like to take larger beads and create a ruffle around them, so I was working on some brown ones thinking I would make a complicated necklace from them. Then reality set in. I don't like brown; I don't wear brown. Did I really want to spend so much time on a necklace? NO It wouldn't look good close to my face anyway.

The result became a bracelet, because I just needed to stitch the finished circles to ribbon that had stabilizer behind it. It's backed with ribbon to have a finished lining. The edging is picot stitch. A button and loop became the closure.

Next I'll work on a color I like!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Journal Quilt

Here's this week's Journal quilt for It was done on a very light hand painted cotton. I rarely do light and hadn't really used the piece. The appliques are all from the box of scraps with fusible on the back. It's machine quilted with yarn zigzagged to the edge.

Friday, November 4, 2011


Blue Zen started out as a drawn zentangle that I enlarged and transferred to a hand painted cotton. When I enlarge something, I transfer it to fabric by hand stitching with a contrasting thread through the tissue copy. It is more labor intensive, but you don't have to worry about a pencil or pen not coming out of the fabric. Do watch out for the color of thread you use. Once I used a dark green on a light fabric and when pulling out the basting after the stitching was done, it left dye behind. That's the time you get creative to cover the mistake/design challenge up.

Here is a detail. It is hand stitched with Perle Cotton, silk and embroidery floss using Chain and Back Stitches. The sequins are held on with a bead.The quilting is by machine.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Journal Quilt

Two more pieces of fabric from McIrishAnnie went into this Journal Quilt. It was a fun package full of treasures that she sent me.  Mother of Pearl buttons decorate the center panel. The edging is zigzagged yarn.