Thursday, March 14, 2013

Blog Book Tour and a Giveaway

I am very excited to be hosting my first ever blog book tour.   When Margaret Bucklew contacted me asking to participate, I willingly agreed.   It sounded like fun.  Ms. Bucklew is going to be  a guest blogger today on my blog, so please give her a warm welcome.

Have you tried threadpainting?

It’s really lots of fun and a little bit of “which way do I go”. Threadpainting is also referred to as free motion quilting because you are the one directing the motion of the fabric. By dropping the feed dogs the machine no longer pulls the fabric toward the needle, you do!

The first time I tried it, I must admit, I was intimidated. I had completed a portrait quilt and knew it needed highlights in the eyes and some threadpainting in the hair area, but I was really put off by the thought of “messing it up”. All that work into the quilt top and the idea of going wild with thread and not being able to “unsew” it had me a bit concerned.

Once I realized the size of the quilt was rather small and I had enough fabric to make another one if I had to, it was a go. Experimenting on something else just didn’t work, so it was on to the real quilt. Because I use a method I call “appliquilt” to quilt and appliqué at the same time, it really was at the end of the process with quite a bit of work involved that threadpainting was necessary.

Over the years and with lots of experimenting my preferred method is to really “stomp” on that foot pedal! The faster you go the easier it is to control! Can you believe it? It’s true. If you go too slow you tend to move the fabric too fast and end up with not the best result. So, hold on to the quilt with both hands and move it quickly and keep the speed up.

You can threadpaint with a straight stitch or even a zig zag stitch. If you look closely at the photos you can see that on the kitten I’ve just followed the direction of the hair growth and used a wide zig zag stitch and directed the quilt top where it needed hair. Turn the top in any direction to get the desired look and texture you need.

The kitten pattern is a bonus in our print and eBook, so if you are interested in giving portrait/pictorial quilts a try, a pattern and more tips are awaiting.

For a few more tips, please visit the next blog in the book blog tour.

We cover this and more in our “Step by Step Portrait Art Quilts: Learn to Create Realistic Portrait and Pictorial Quilts”. The book is both in print or eBook. This is a short link to take you to Amazon for more information about the book. This is the short link to the ebook on Kobo.

Thanks so much Margaret for dropping by...and friends, her book is good!  I picked up a ton of good tips and tricks to accomplish portrait quilts.  And because Margaret is a total sweetie, she is offering her e-book as a giveaway on my blog!   Just leave a comment telling me something fun about quilting.

Here are the other blog hosts that you can tour and check out more fun tips and information:


Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

That looks like an interesting book. I haven't seen that one. Not sure I can tell you something fun about quilting but I did do a small quilt for my granddaughter who will be two in a few days. It was a 'Little Genius' panel with squares of objects / animals on it. She loves to dance to music and will only do it on this quilt. She had used a computer mat before (not sure which one)so this quilt is now her dance mat. I chuckle when I think of she doing that. I'm sure this isn't the fun stuff you were after but . . .

Jaime said...

Totally awesome. I saw an amazing art quilt called route 66. Very inspiring. Totally reminds me of the pictures you have up. Every year my daughter's school auctions off a quilt which was designed by the kids; this year all the blocks are being embroidered. but these would be great to do too!

Snoodles said...

That is just amazing! I enjoyed this post, and would love to read the book and learn....besides, I have an awesome kitty model here that I could try to work up a portrait of! Hmmmm...what I'm doing that's fun is getting back to sewing after being sick! Just want to hug my machine!

Rolanda said...

I really admire anyone that can thread paint. The time I tried it, it was horrible. I had to toss it and didn't start over. Maybe I need better instructions?

M Buc said...

Thanks so much for your support in the book blog tour. Personally, I think the secret to threadpainting is the speed. You have to really get the machine purring and it goes so much better. I hope you will give it a try. Margaret

Myra said...

I didn't find thread painting too much fun. Guess I need to read that book. Maybe I went too slow. Love the look of thread painting.

Jennifer Scantlebury Vienneau said...

To me the fun is in the designing. But, it is also in the process. Although it is really fun when it’s done and you start all over again!

MrsV said...

I think it's fun how many different methods and techniques there are. Right now the only thing stopping me from working on my next project is rubber cement (not usually a tool you associate with quilting). I love how diverse everything is.

Dolores said...

I never made a baby quilt before I had my own grandchild two years ago. I guess I considered it sort of 'bad luck' but now I am finding excuses to make those cute little baby quilts. Two for the first grandchild and with another little one on the way, I suppose I can make two for him/her. My children's friends are having babies and yes I am making them a quilt for their little ones.
Thank you for the chance to win one of these wonderful books.