Number of Lessons: 3
Price: US$ 30.00
Tutor: Pat Daniels
On Demand: Start anytime
Marker Mania introduces the use of all sorts of fabric and paper markers to produce a little stained glass quilt called ‘Sunrise-Sunset’ or a slightly more ambitious one called 'Duet For Celestial Bodies'. You will work with all sorts of fabric markers to create the flames for either of these quilts. And you can learn about making your own bias tape. As an alternative to the usual fabric choices, you can hark back to your crayon days (or maybe get your kids to help with this step) as you draw with fabric markers to colour your own, unique fabric. No artistic flare is necessary. This is playtime. You will be able to add a little bling to your quilt as you learn about metallic threads of all sorts (bobbin threads included), when and where to use them, and how to avoid breaking them as you sew. There is no piecing. To assemble the quilt, you will work with fusible web, bias tape, and machine quilting. This class is about options. You chose the method that suits you best. We are talking serious fun here. For all levels of expertise in three lessons over three weeks
Pat has a whole bunch of goodies worked into this class – this is not just another stained glass project. And since there is often more than one way to do anything, you can visit a potpourri of options that will provide many skills to bring to other projects.
Learn how easy it is to turn this plain solid fabric...
....with a little scribbling into
and a little quilting into...
For Duet For Celestial Bodies quilt
For Sunrise-Sunset quilt:
For each of the following colors, if making your own flames, you will need solid fabrics in fat eighths or even quarters to make sure you have enough fooling around space or, if you do not want to make your own fabric, use commercial fabric scraps:
If you do not want to make your own fabric, use hand-marbled fabrics. Marbling in this case does not refer to fabrics with a subtle texture like Moda Marbles but instead it refers to fabrics that have lots of long wavy lines.
If you cannot find marbled fabric, try these Web sites and look for the style called ‘feather’ or ‘chevron’ or just look for something with long wavy lines. Do not wash this kind of fabric. It has been through many washings before it is sold so you need not wash. In most cases, you can only wash it in very specific soaps (for my fabrics it is Liquid Ivory Snow – not Ivory soap). The marbler will tell you which ones to use.
Or you may be able to get commercial marbled fabrics that are pictures of hand-marbled fabrics.
Felt-tipped markers and fabric pens - Try to get the kind of fabric markers that do not need heat setting, are permanent, non-bleeding and in two or three widths of fat nibs (up to 1/2"). Look for light-colored very fat marker nibs to act as blenders.
I used the following colours:
These are the specific brands I used. All of these markers need no heat setting, are permanent, and non-bleeding. If you cannot get these brands, please test all of your markers.
To transfer the pattern you will need only one of the following:
You will need only one of the following for attaching the flames and moon piece:
Method 1 Home-made tape with bias tape maker
Method 2 Home tape with bias bars
Method 3 Commercial bias tape
Note: Do not use ribbon threads unless you are prepared to couch them
For Duet For Celestial Bodies only