Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Screen Printing with Contact Paper

I did a lot of screen printing with my class when I was teaching up in the Kimberleys. We just used paper templates and it always seemed to work quite well.A few months ago I thought I'd try printing on some fabric and had no luck using paper templates. They always crinkle, let paint through in the wrong spot and the result was smudgy. A few weeks ago I did a google search for alternatives and found a few people using contact paper. It works fantastically!!
I just trace my design onto the paper side of the contact, cut out the design, peel off the backing and stick it onto the screen. It also allows you to cut out tiny pieces, like the centre of a flower, and stick them onto the screen. 

I had a stack of tea towel blanks I'd had for years so printed a few teacher presents.

There are a lot of second hand t-shirts around here that are a bit stained, but still have a lot of wear in them, so I printed a few for Olive and they are good for another summer!
Next I bought a few plain t-shirts from Target. 
 I'm been using Procreate on my iPad pro to sketch simple designs to screen print then I can print them out in various sizes to see what is best on the shirts.

I do have a few ideas that are a little too complex for contact paper so I've ordered some drawing fluid and filler to see how that works.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Sunflower Blocks

The sunflower blocks are finishes! Now to plan the layout. 

Friday, October 26, 2018

Sunflower Blocks

Working on something new and enjoying every minute of it (ok maybe not the unpicking last night when I made a ridiculous mistake while sewing tired). 

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Get 20% off Electric Quilt!

Use code EQ8KATE until October 14th 2018 and save 20% off the entire website!!

It's no secret I'm a big fan of Electric Quilt. I started using EQ6 several years ago and as soon as updates have come out I've upgraded straight away. I play around in EQ8 most days and use it to design all my quilts, including all my quilts in Scrappy and Happy Quilts!
It is so easy to design blocks and then play around with layouts. 

EQ8 has so many amazing tools and I'm always discovering something new. One of my favourite things at the moment is designing foundation pieced blocks. I've also been working on some applique blocks which I hope to show you soon!

 If you've have EQ8 on your wish list I thoroughly recommend it.
Use the code EQ8KATE until this Sunday to get 20% off.
 You can find my PDF patterns here.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Electric Quilt Block of the Month - September

The block of the month for September on the Electric Quilt blog is Metalwork which is found in the Royal Crown section. It's always interesting to see the different designs people come up with using the same block as the base and I got to play around with a block that I had not come across before!

I coloured the block in two different ways and set it on point. 
I love how easy it is to play around with colours and fabrics in Electric Quilt.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Mushrooms and Toadstools

Mushrooms and Toadstools!
This pattern includes foundation paper piecing templates in four sizes - 6"x6", 8"x8", 4"x6", 6"x8".
You can find the pattern in my shop or on Craftsy. 

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

French Navy Morningside Dress Pattern

 I recently tested the Morningside Dress Pattern for Sarah of French Navy Patterns. I do love a shirt dress and this had a few features that aren't on my other patterns. The first is the hidden placket, the pattern has great instructions for it if you have never made one before. I really like the dropped shoulders and fold up sleeves. It also has great pockets which are sewn to the front so they don't flop around everywhere.

I've worn this several times in the last few weeks to school. I used a Cotton and Steel rayon and it has great drape for this dress. It's been perfect in this cold weather with leggings, boots and a shirt underneath and I know it's also going to be perfect as a summer dress. I love it so much that I bought some linen the other day for a shirt version.
I made a straight version of the size that was closest to my measurements and I'm really happy with the fit. I usually do a full bicep adjustment to sleeves, but it was not needed with this type off sleeve. I also usually do a  FBA. I'm happy with the fit of this dress, but in the future I might try and make a size down with an FBA, just to see the difference.
There is a great round up here of all the other tester shirts and dresses so you can see all the different versions of this pattern.