Jean, a wonderful quilt artist friend, was at my house one day and I was showing her all the cool stuff I had tried while in Houston at Quilt Market. I loved the Transfer Artist Paper class I took and loaned Jean my supplies so she could play with it too.
Jean used a photo she had from a snorkeling trip and transferred it using Transfer Artist Paper (TAP). When she first loaded it into her printer it was low in ink. She changed the ink cartridge and then put the same piece of TAP into her printer. Can you believe it re-printed in the exact same place and there is no shadow? I couldn't believe it either.
Jean signed her name on a piece of paper and reversed it /flipped it and then printed her name on the TAP and ironed it on the back. She said she didn't want to take the chance the ink would run through the piece. I loved her idea.
TAP by Lesley Riley is such a cool product. I was able to transfer images to fabric, wood, paper, and canvas in my class. You can also transfer images to glass, mica and metal. When I initially gave Jean my class pack she said she was leery and didn't think she would like it. Much to her surprise she really likes it.
"I was impressed with the brilliance of colors that transferred and how soft the fabric ended up being....AND it's washable...that's fantastic!"
I've always enjoyed sharing the things I've learned because you never know when the information will be valuable....so cool :)
Speaking of cool....while visiting with Jean today she let me photograph her latest quilt.
"Sunny Delights" is Jean's own design. She used batiks, silk, ink, swarovski crystals and wool batting.
Jean used Halo thread by Superior Threads and bobbin couched the feathers. I loved the shimmer on Jean's feathers....but I couldn't tell what she had used to make them shimmer.
Jean took a few drops of All-Purpose Ink and mixed it with water. Then she brushed it over her feathers. The shimmer is incredible....when I first saw her quilt I thought the shimmer was neat but I could not tell how she got only the feathers to shimmer. Guess it pays to file all those tips we learn along the way so when you want to do something interesting....you have the knowledge of what will produce that effect.
The flowers are trapunto as are the purple and green leaves.
In this close up you can see she painted the quilted circles with fabric paint and then she also used some of the All Purpose Ink over the top to give it some shine. This photo does not show the shine as well as I would have liked it to.
Another really neat thing about Jean's quilt is how she pieced silk and batik fabrics in the first layer. I love how the fabrics transition. I thought the feathers were trapunto....nope....Jean used Tuscany Wool Batting. The wool batting gave the quilting that lift. Jean said she learned that from reading Patsy Thompson's blog.
I took a photo of those leaves that were done with trapunto so you could see the dimension. I just love Jean's work and her adventurous spirit. Below is her quilt label....you know I couldn't miss taking a picture of that :)
This is another quilt Jean has recently finished. I blogged about it previously when Jean was starting this project. If you missed that post, click here.
Here it is finished....another amazing job Jean!!!
She joined the sections using glass beads.
So, now I'm home and I'm all fired up....the project I'm working on now is a baby quilt . What are you working on? Did you learn anything from this post? I hope so....I enjoy sharing and love reading other bloggers tips and tricks too.