Digital Fabric Design: Cheater Art Quilt

Another opportunity to go beyond The Spoonflower Handbook by creating an art quilt with digitally printed fabric. In the first class we will create a small art collage from textured and patterned paper; a hands-on way to add depth and complexity to your design with minimal computer skills needed. The second night we will scan to transform that art into a digital format and enlarge it to fit on a yard of fabric. Finish with some simple “photoshopping” to add details or adjust colors and get tips for creating coordinating prints to accompany your design. Your finished design can be printed to make a quilt or wall hanging, finishing/sewing to be completed on your own time. Materials fee $7, payable to the instructor. See supply list at registration for more details on technology and materials.

This class is 2 sessions: December 7 & 14

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Photo Cheater Quilt: A tutorial in 6 parts

I put together a really fun digital fabric quilt project using a collection of rainbow-hued photographs.  The finished quilt gets lots of “oohs and aaaahs” when I bring it to class as a sample.  Spoonflower has just posted the whole tutorial to their blog and here is a round-up of the links.

How to Create a Photo Cheater Quilt

Cheater Quilt Lesson One: Developing your Theme & Curating Photos

Cheater Quilt Lesson Two: Assembling your Color Collages

Cheater Quilt Lesson Three: Creating your Canvas

Cheater Quilt Lesson Four: Placing the Blocks

Cheater Quilt Lesson Five: Materials & Finishing your Quilt

Share!

Please show us your finished quilts by sharing a photo using hashtag #SpoonChallenge on your favorite social media outlet! We would love to see them.  My friend Amy from PennyCandyHandmade took the idea and ran with it.  See her awesome Hawaii-themed quilt here.

2015-12-02T09:01:43+00:00Spoonflower & Fabric Design, Tutorials|Comments Off on Photo Cheater Quilt: A tutorial in 6 parts

Tutorial: Seamless Arrows Pattern, Part Four

(This is part four of a tutorial for making a seamless arrow pattern.  Find Part One and Part Two and Part Three here.)

Proofing and touching up the pattern is the finishing step to create the seamless arrow design and I am going to do that with the Photoshop pattern tool.  The first thing I do is select the whole design (Edit -> Select All) and create a pattern tile by choosing Edit -> Define Pattern and click OK.

Screen Shot 2015-09-09 at 10.46.34 AMIt will look like nothing has happened.  That’s ok!  The tile that you selected has been saved in the patterns palette, which is kind of hidden.

To proof the design, I create a new blank file that is the size of a yard of fabric. That’s an arbitrary size – I just think it’s nice to look at a large number of repeats.

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Then I choose Edit -> Fill from the menu.  From the pop-up Fill menu, choose Pattern from the contents drop down menu.  Just below that in Options there is another drop down and in it, you should find that pattern you just saved.  (See what I mean about a little hidden.)

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Now you can see what it looks like when the tile is repeating across a whole yard of fabric.  And right away a couple of things jump out at me.

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Oops.  I didn’t think about the edges and I have a blank space where there aren’t any arrows. […]

2016-03-16T10:04:02+00:00Spoonflower & Fabric Design, Tutorials|Comments Off on Tutorial: Seamless Arrows Pattern, Part Four

Upcoming Classes: New Classes this fall

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I am teaching a LOT of new classes this fall and I am really excited about that.  I am going to be one busy lady.

The waterlily is a sample for my Digital Art Quilt class.  It is one of the “Beyond the Book” classes that I am teaching, which are based on projects from The Spoonflower Handbook, but I am taking them a step further and adding some hands-on components.  This is based on a really cute quilt project from the book using an original piece of  collage art.  We are going to expand the collage idea by making paper collages, handpainting some papers and adding digital layers to the design as well.  This one is made only from the pages of an Eddie Bauer catalog and a sharpie drawing of pebble shapes.  I think I am going to print it at about 15 inches square and finish it as an art quilt.

Check out most of the fall classes here on my Upcoming Classes page.  I have a few more to come that are waiting to confirm dates.

My 7th Spoonflower-iversary!

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June 20th is my 7 year Spoonflower-iversary.  That was the day I uploaded and ordered my very first fabric.  I remember getting my invitation to join the site.  At that point, you signed up to be on a waiting list and Spoonflower would invite groups of people to join at a time.  They only had one printer and I think you could only order a yard or two at a time.  I remember reading about Spoonflower in someone’s tweet and Googling to find the site and signing up that minute.  Printing my own fabric?  For real?

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When it came time to design my very first fabric, I had no idea what to draw.  I don’t usually suffer from the “fear of a blank page”, but I was truly stuck.  It was intimidating. I wanted to love it, I wanted it to be mine.  So I decided to do something practical.  I made a fabric that matched my Etsy shop banner, thinking I would make some gift bags to send Etsy orders in.  Smee the fish and bright colored bubbles.  I even did a top-to-bottom seamless repeat of the bubble pattern, which when I look back on it now seems pretty sophisticated for my first design.  I didn’t end up making gift bags from that fabric, because I couldn’t do it.  When I unwrapped the package a few weeks later and I had my first yard of fabric in my hands, it was perfect.  It was like the best Christmas present ever. It was my design and it was real fabric.  I […]

2015-06-19T11:13:37+00:00An Artist's Life, Spoonflower & Fabric Design|Comments Off on My 7th Spoonflower-iversary!