Saturday, April 6, 2019

Tea Bag Art and a New Art Quilt Project

This morning I thought I would show you some of the projects on which I have been working. These tea bags feature stitching, stamping, water coloring, buttons, beads, etc. What I will do with them, I'm not quite sure. Right now I am just making one whenever an idea strikes.

Here's the first step for my new art quilt based on a photo (used with permission :-) posted on the Mereknits blog. Perhaps you would like to follow the process. First I slip an 8x10" photo into a page protector. Next, I use an ultra fine Sharpie to outline elements in the photo. The close up below shows that I also indicate where the colors change.

I bring the page protector to Staples and ask for a large print: in this case I requested one that is 20" wide. (The machine will automatically determine the length.)  Depending on the clerk, you might get a skeptical response that it won't work. Smile and gently insist that it does indeed work. Here's the proof . . . a 20x24" print out. 

Below you can see the photo, the page protector, and the large print out.

The next step will be to make a freezer paper pattern of this print. I have already begun painting some fabric to use in this piece. More about that in my next post.

Yesterday morning I had to get up at the crack of dawn, well, actually 6:30 but that's a tad early for me. (Retirement means never getting up before 7:30 unless you have a darn good reason.) I was heading to the other side of the city to go to a First Friday mass. My young cousin Miss T. and her sister attend a parochial school. Miss T. was doing one of the readings, and I might add that she did a very fine job. :-) Anyway, as I was crawling along in Boston traffic, I had time to read signs and billboards. Maybe it was the traffic, maybe it was the early hour, but I got to wondering. "SELF STORAGE " H'mmm . . . Why on earth would I want to store myself??? Where indeed would I choose to store myself???  Then in Watertown center there was a huge sign for "Eyebrow Threading." What's up with that???

 At today's Herring Run Quilt Guild meeting this morning I spotted this message that a child had scrawled on a dry erase board up on the stage.

I love people who are passionate about what they enjoy doing; spelling doesn't have to be one of them. :-)

Emma and I have just returned from a long walk in the warm, glorious sunshine. Time to go plant the pansies that I purchased yesterday, and later, I hope to finish the sashing and borders on a grandmother's hexagon quilt before my head hits the pillow tonight. I may have written that a few times already on this blog, but this time I really, really, really mean it. :-)


Judy said...

tell me more please about your tea bag art!!!!

Judy said...

Please tell me more about your tea bag art. How did you do it?

Janice Smith said...

Hi Judy,
In my next post I will share some lnks to tutorials that I found very hlpful showing how to prepare the tea bags.

Mereknits said...

This is so fascinating. I am with you every step of the way. I can't wait to see how this will turn out. Good luck!

Janice Smith said...

Thank you, Meredith! I can’t wait to get started on it. :-)