Friday, September 30, 2011

NOFA meeting September, 2011

The Northern Ontario Fibre Artists met on September 24th.

Our area enjoyed a very beautiful summer this year and most of us enjoyed it to the utmost, spending a lot of time gardening, with family, at the cottage, and traveling and not so much doing fibre arts.

However, a few pieces did manage to get accomplished with thread painting seeming to be a favourite for summer projects.

We spent the afternoon making mono prints from finger paintings  and printing with hand drawn foam stamps.  Hope to see some of these return as finished projects.

Here's are some of the projects that were brought in.
Silvia's Monochromatic Round Robin
Marie's Monochromatic Round Robin

Marnie's Fearless Designs experiment




Have a great day!


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Feathers and Swirls

Quilt #45

Challenge: Quilting feathers.

Techniques: I chose an Helen Squire pattern that was published in the American Quilter. The name of the pattern is Joyce.

Quilt Page 1 - front
Quilt Page 1 - I drew the outline of the pattern onto my quilt sandwich and quilted using Sulky Rayon 30 wt variegated thread on the top and a Signature cotton/polyester in the bobbin. The background was a combination of straight line and stippling.

Quilt Page 2 - front

Quilt Page 2 – On this quilt I decided to use the same thread (Sulky Rayon 40 wt) in top and bobbin and eliminate the straight lines

Quilt Page 1 - back
Quilt #1 - It was almost impossible to stop the bobbin thread from showing on top. Adjusting the tension just transfered the problem to the back.

The variegated thread on the front was not a good choice for this kind of design, where there was  a lot of backtracking.

Quilt Page 2 - back
Quilt #2 –Much happier with the same thread on the top and the bottom and prefer the plain stippling background,without straight lines.

I especially like the looks of the rayon thread on the hand dyed fabric on the back, except where there is a built-up of thread.

Thread choice is important to the look you want to achieve.

Date Made:  March 17, 2007

Maker:  Terry Whyte

Have a great day,


Thursday, September 8, 2011


Quilt # 44

This was Experiment #2 with painted fusible web.

A lot of “What Ifs”.
In a previous journal page, Topsy Turvy, I used fabric paint on a paper-backed fusible.
So, what if I use craft acrylic paint instead of fabric paint.
What if, I paint directly on fusible web that isn't paper backed.
What if, I use tulle instead of organza.
What if, I remove some of the tulle after quilting.
There's always more what ifs.

Challenge: To see how craft acrylic paint would react on a no-back fusible web.

Techniques: The acrylic paint was watered down and lightly painted onto “Jiffy Fuse Fabric Joiner”. 
Dried in sun about one hour.
Cut out circles and arranged on background.
Also cut up bits into confetti and dropped randomly on quilt.
Covered with parchment paper & ironed lightly, if ironed too long the web will be shiny.
Wait for fabric to cool to remove parchment paper or fusible web might lift off.
The 2 darker gold circles have 2 layers of web.

Quilting: Made quilt sandwich and covered front with beige tulle and stitched around circles and stippled the background.
Removed the tulle from circles using seam ripper.

Edges: Zigzagged stitch

Back: Left-over rail fence blocks  


Conclusions:  I learned a lot about handling painted fusible web as an embellishment and have made several small landscape quilts and taught classes about this technique.
The confetti doesn't show well here because of busy background, but I think could be used effectively.
The only draw back is that the quilt cannot be ironed ever (without parchment paper)  and would probably not be washable. A technique for Wall or Art Quilts only.

Date Made – February 24, 2007

Maker – Terry Whyte

Have a great day,


Friday, September 2, 2011

3-D Star

Quilt #43


Challenge: The challenge for this quilt was to see if I could create a 3-d effect using satin stitch.

Techniques: I drew the design on paper, cut out to use as templates. After cutting the shapes, I fuse them to my background.

I satin stitched with off-white thread and narrow (2.0) stitch on “light side” and a wider (2.5) stitch and black thread for the “dark” side

Quilting: Assembled quilt sandwich and quilted with invisible nylon thread on outside of white lines and on the inside of the black lines to see if that would give more a 3-D effect.

I mixed a white and a green thread for the background swirls and black and green for the dark.

Edges: Finished edges with stitch # 27 on my Husqvarna.

3-D Star
Back: Pieced squares left-over from another project. 

Conclusions: I find that the centre area looks somewhat 3-D but not so sure the points do. Perhaps wider dark satin-stitch????

Date Made – February 17, 2007

Maker – Terry Whyte

Have a great day,