Friday, July 9, 2010

Oh where, oh where can they be?

Why is it that the safe place disappears just when you need it?

When I first saw 'The Quilt Show'- Episode 202 with Cindy Needham I knew I wanted to try this technique of quilting old linens. To start with I wanted to use linens that I just picked up at the thrift store or a yard sale. I had two tucked away in a safe place and do you think I can find them? Nope! I've been searching for a week now and still haven't found them. Where in the world did I put them?

I'll be keeping my eyes open at yard sales in the next little while so for now this challenge is on hold.

And speaking of things I had to go back for... I finally finished making my own stamp! (From 'The Quilt Show'- Episode 108) This was fun. I'm not sure I would do it again for fabric (you never know though!) but for paper I would! After designing it, doing the carving  and a sample pressing on paper I decided it needed a few revisions.

I tested it with block printing ink ( way thicker than I thought it would be) and rubber stamping ink. I really preferred the stamping ink.

I also stamped it on paper, muslin and then a dark blue batik. The muslin worked great and so did the paper.

 I wasn't pleased with the dark fabric. I am a 'little' particular and I found that my coverage was not the same from one pressing to the next. On the dark fabric this really shows.


I used the Speedball Speedy Carve block. It was easy to carve and I got smooth lines. It was a little more difficult to get small areas 'crisp' because this is a very flexible carving block. I'll try a different type of block next time so I can get more intricate designs.

What a wonderful creative exercise! I can't wait to get more blocks and maybe I'll upgrade to the 'bigger' carving set.

Happy Stitching!


  1. Oh my, you ARE so creative!! That is amazing!! I do like the darker fabric with the gold. Maybe apply a fresh coat for each stamping? It might be that the gold paint needs to be fresh each time as it is different in consistency from other paints..

  2. Ann, I love this stamp.... it is gorgeous! You have so many talents and I love checking out the blog to see what is new!

  3. I love the stamp. I have made stamps with my Cricut and it is so easy with that machine.
    You did a great job!

  4. GORGEOUS! What a wonderful technique. Thanks for sharing!