Testing *PENS* to Write Messages on Cloth

I enjoy sending handmade cards to the people I love--and not just for Valentine's Day. This year I wanted the message to be part of the design and for that I needed to test pens on fabric. Let me show you how this card was created:

It all began with doodling on paper. After deciding which picture I liked best, I created a stencil of it. Then I took out the pens I have on hand. Only one was advertised specifically for use on fabric which is the *gel roller for fabric by Pentel*. The others tested are: Millenium 0.3 and 0.5 and Pigma 0.5

I didn't want the message to contradict the design so I needed to take into consideration the width of the pen marks. As you can see from the picture above, a scrap of the same fabric I use for the silk screened hearts has been used for the test.

To make it easier, I ironed the fabric to a piece of freezer paper.

For this project, the pen I liked the most was *Millenium 0.5*. It was easy to write with, didn't drag the cloth and it comes in a variety of colors.

I hope you always take the time to send a message of love to family and friends.

Remembering Prague, with *Paper and Cloth*

Techniques: INC (Infused Newspaper Cloth), deconstructed dyeing, HUG STITCH (hand-embroidery with Aurifil LANA thread for texture)
*Remembering Prague*
This is the finished piece. The best way to remember my trip to Prague...infusing the local newspaper into my cloth. Also added *instant* bling with metal foils and the deco-foil adhesive pen.

Happy New year 2018/ paper and fabric quiltlet

Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving such encouraging comments through the past year :) Welcome to my new followers I hope you will find inspiration through my art.

*Inspiration* from the International Quilt Festival 2017-Part Two

 *More Inspiration* from the International Quilt Festival 2017
Heure Bleue IV by Marianne Bender-Chevalley
Pregnant Pause by Joy McPadden
My Inner Yogi by Debbie Schulze
Sampler Reimagined by Sherry Davis Kleinman
(detail) Central Pivot by Kim Eichler-Messmer
At the waterhole by Sheila Finzer
Keeping Up Appearances by Jan Reed
Girona Portal by Laura Fogg

(detail) Contraste de Sabores by Montserrat Forcadell Blasco
(detail) Erté Bazaar II by Susan de Vanny

*Inspiration* from the International Quilt Festival 2017-Part One

  *Inspiration* from the International Quilt Festival 2017

Family Celebration by Becky Grover 
Birds Choir by Bella Kaplan 
MidTown by K. Velis Turan
Urban Voyeur: Union Station by Jill Kerttula
Paint the Town Jelly bean by Shelley Delhay-Turner
(Detail) Field Sketch-Cornflower by Noriko Nozawa
Dance of the Dragonflies by JoAnn Hoffman

The Golden window by Cecilia Koppmann

International Quilt Festival 2017 *My Experience*

I was honored to have been one of 142 instructors from around the world chosen to give a presentation at the International Quilt Festival 2017 in Houston.
Here, I am all set up and waiting for the students to come in. This was the *only* moment I was able to sit down during the entire 2 hours of my presentations.
And here I am in *action*, explaining my technique. It was fun to see old friends and meet new ones.

Every year, on the last Saturday before the Festival ends, IQA throws a party called *Festival after Hours*. It comes with life music to relax, eat, mingle and dance. I always meet with the same group of friends and we dance like nobody is watching!!
A FUN night to remember.
I am back home and it feels good to be playing with paint again. The fabric above has been *infused with a Houston newspaper* I picked up during the festival. I will sew a special present for my dear friend who helped me with my presentation.

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