Welcome to week 426 of Free Motion Mavericks. I even got a little bit of free motion quilting done, even though my machine is not cooperating 😒.
FMQ Cars and Trucks
This is my last row of designs by Lori Kennedy. I can't FMQ a baby quilt without some cars and trucks....zoom!
|A mini bus?|
I drew a whole bunch of cars and trucks on paper and then FMQ them.
|A little red car|
There are the FMQ designs that came out the best for photos. There is also a truck in there, of course!
Mixed Media Collage
I played with some mono-printing for the first time. It wasn't as messy as I expected. 😊 This was part of a workshop with Helen Hallows, "Landscape-inspired mixed media layers", through TextileArtist.org.
I spread Rollerball ink on parchment paper over my cutting mat in my studio. I mostly used cutout pages from a book whose hard cover I'll be using in a new handmade journal.
Since I really didn't have a clue, I followed Helen's instructions and some of her design ideas. I was truly playing. I really love her birds!
|Some of the black marks|
I started with some black ink and used a pencil to make the marks. I found these rather wide and dark.
These are images of the collages that I put together in my Traveller's Journal.
I also used yellow and teal ink. Some I added to those printed pages and others to scraps of hand-dyed fabric. There is a little bit of stitching on each page.
|Mountains, birds and sun|
On some pages, I added the excess paint from my roller. That was cool and has lots of potential.
I started out stitching directly on the left hand side of the page below. It's tricky but fine if you don't have anything on the other side of the page. I just made sure to glue the image over the stitching on the other side.
|Learning to stitch onto paper and two-sided pages|
However I got carried away with gluing and then wasn't sure what to do. One of my solutions was to stitch pieces on top of a background paper. Once stitched, I glued the background paper onto the page.
|Ghost prints, marks and stitching|
|The journal I used|
|within the Upcycled traveller's journal|
- It looks like I have to take my sewing machine in. It seems to get caught underneath when I FMQ. It isn't the thread, the tension, the needle or the bobbin, so there's not much else for me to try.
- I may not be able to finish up my FMQ, but I can practice the next designs for the Wild Hexies quilt.
- Making these collages in my journal was a great idea. I didn't feel like I had to have a "finished" piece. It was just for experimenting.
- I also learned a few things about stitching in a journal (see above) and layering.
- I'm relieved that mono-printing with the Rollerball ink wasn't messy and that I could do it in the studio.
- Spreading out the ink on parchment paper worked really well and was very easy to dispose of.
- I'm trying to psyche myself up for some gelli printing next!
Free Motion Mavericks
|Kool Kats Kwilt by Sandra|
|A Quilt for Evie by Anorina (Samelia's Mum)|
|A 5" x 7" mini by Melva Loves Scraps|
|Denise of the Quiltery - a crazy quilt runner for Island Batik|