Thursday, November 10, 2016

New American Made Brand Fabrics

I recently had the pleasure to play with some new fabric by American Made Brand. This line of fabric is a gorgeous quality, solid colored line that is grown and made right in the USA. It can't get better than that!

There are three new fabrics coming out and they are perfect for all that I do. But then again, the solid colors they offer are perfect too, because they are the ones that I screen print my own designs onto. But, if you happen to be a dyer and printer and want something that is ready to design with, then you will like the new offerings.

The three new fabrics are:

  1. AMB PFP cotton is fabric Prepared for Printing.  Fabric is free of finishing and treated in a way to let inks immerse the fibers in color during the printing process.  For the tech-savvy artist wanting to transform their digital creations into fabric works of art!
  2. AMB PFD cotton is fabric Prepared for Dyeing.  No starches, sizing, or finishes applied to the fabric, allowing dyes and paints to saturate the fibers.  Perfect for dyeing, batiking, fabric painting, block printing, and all types of textile art media.  Let this fabric serve as a blank canvas to unleash your inner Picasso!
  3. AMB Natural Muslin
Here is what I did with my piece of PFD cotton. 

I first dyed the PFD cotton with an orange fiber reactive dye. The color came out brilliant and gorgeous. Next I used textile paint to add some stenciled leaves to the surface. 

I decided to split my piece of PFP fabric in two so I could print two designs on it. For the first design shown, I used one of my Thermofax screen designs, another leaf design, and screened an avocado green color over the surface.

For the other piece of PFP fabric, I used one of my compressed sponge shapes. Yes, another leaf design (I must have been in a leafy mood). I sponged on textile paint in a teal color.

And for the final fabric, the natural muslin, I again used a Thermofax screen to create a fabric that has a stripe pattern.

Once the four pieces of fabric were finished I pulled some of my other printed AMB fabrics from my stash and created a small collection.

This collection called to me to make something so I decided to create a small quilt. I made an improv quilt block with a wonky plus design and then repeated the same block in a smaller size for the border.

I am very impressed that AMB has added these new fabrics to their line. I love using the AMB solids with my screen printing and now I can add these new fabrics to my stash so I can have an even larger variety of options when I want to create unique and original fabrics for my projects.

If you would like to see more of these fabrics and other AMB solids that are available, please visit:

American Made Brand fabrics is found on the web here,

American Made Brand fabric is a division of Clothworks,

As always, thanks for stopping by and visiting. Please leave a comment if you have any questions.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

New Stencil Designs

I have just added five new stencil designs to my Etsy shop.

And I also realized that I neglected to share here, on the blog, the new stencils I added in August. So here those are:

I hope you enjoy these designs as much as I did when I created them. You will find these stencils and more in my Etsy shop, click here.

Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Repeat Printing with Thermofax Screens

Hello! I want to invite you over to The Printed Fabric Bee blog for the entire month of October. I am sharing a series of posts on how I repeat print with screen printing, mainly Thermofax screens.

You will learn my process on creating some printed yardage like the piece in the photo above.

Click here to visit The Printed Fabric Bee.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Pets on Quilts 2016

Pets on Quilts 2016

Pets on Quilts is a fun way for quilters to share their photos and also be entered into a contest to win a prize. This event has been going on for several years. 

The Pets on Quilts hostess, Lily Pad Quilting, has done a great job of coordinating this event and has rounded up several sponsors who have prizes to share.

I am excited to tell you that I am offering the following fat quarter bundle to a lucky winner in Pets on Quilts 2016. The fat quarters are all ones that I have hand screen printed. 

Visit Lily Pad Quilting to read all about this event and to enter your photo (click here). Be sure to enter so you have a chance to win.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Handbags and Thermofax Screens

Since I haven't been able to get back to my screen printing project, I have been working on other things. Those things include a couple of handbags and some new Thermofax screen designs.

There are 12 new Thermofax screen designs now in my shop and most of them are ideal for printing repeating patterns. Thanks for stopping by and visiting.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Purrfectly Patterned

Last month I got one of those exciting know....the kind where you find out you are accepted into a juried show/event? This quilt, Purrfectly Patterned, was accepted to exhibit with "Patterns", the 2016 Dinner at Eight Artists exhibition, which will debut at the Houston International Quilt Festival this fall.

The quilt was made to a theme of "patterns" and it is 40" square. To read more about the Dinner at Eight Artists, please click here.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

New Stencils

I designed some new 12" x 24" stencils for StencilGirl a few months ago and today they are now available. I love working with these larger stencils. They work so well with painting on large pieces of fabric. The following samples are painted on cotton duck fabric and can be used for any number of sewing projects.

When I paint on fabric that will be sewn into a pillow cover, tote bag, or whatever, I like to use textile paints as they have a softer hand when dry and that makes for an ideal sewing experience.

The following table runner was hemmed before I painted and then I used artist acrylic paints and finished off with a coat of water-based varnish to make a surface that is easy to wipe clean with a damp cloth if needed.

Pillow covers are always a fun and quick project and I share a tutorial on how to make one with a zipper closure. Click here for the Pillow Cover Tutorial.

You will find all these new stencils and all the ones I have designed in the past on the StencilGirl web site. Click here.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Newsletter Again

I recently decided to send out a newsletter. I had one in the past and it sort of fizzled out. So here I go again. All new newsletter list, all new information. I will be sending the first one out before the end of June, date not yet determined. But I'm working on it...yay!

If you would like to sign up to receive my newsletter, I welcome you to do so. You can follow this link to my website:, or there is a sign up area in the side bar of my blog.

I plan to send one out once a month and there will also be a fun little bonus for all who are currently subscribing. I plan to randomly draw a subscriber email from the list and post it in each newsletter. If the owner of that email contacts me they will be the lucky winner of a scrap pack of fabrics that I hand printed and/or hand dyed.

And just because I love to share photos here on the blog, following is a series of photos of a handbag I made last week. This bag is actually for me as I was desperately in need of a new bag.

Cute little story...As I was working on this bag it dawned on me that all the exterior fabrics are ones that I dyed and/or painted and printed. The only commercial fabric is a batik with dots that I used as the inside lining. I asked hubby what he thought of my new bag and his comment..."I like the dot fabric on the inside." (Insert eye roll here) Yes, that's a hubby for you. They really have no clue. I didn't tell him either.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Hand Stitching

I have always loved the look of hand quilting or hand stitching. The simple running stitch is my favorite and I feel like it has become more popular as I feel like I see it everywhere.

I thought I would take a piece of fabric I had dyed using a stencil and outline the shapes. The piece you see below was not quite finished at the time the photo was taken but I've since finished the hand stitching. It currently is waiting for me to finish it. It will become a pillow cover.

Here is another project I am currently working on and I'm again stitching with the running stitch. I love the silk scarves you see with the Kantha stitches running through the fabrics so I thought I'd try this out with some silk sari fabric I have in my stash.

And below are a couple of scenes from my garden. We have had some unusually hot weather the past couple of days. I must say this has been an extremely weird year for us, weather-wise. We had a very early spring and now we are getting weather that we should normally get later in the summer. My garden perennials are growing like they are on steroids. I have never seen everything look so lush and full of blooms.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Thank You

I would like to thank all of you who celebrated my blog anniversary with me last month. Many of you took advantage of the discount I offered in my Etsy shop and I appreciate that with all my heart. Here's to keeping up with blogging.

I do find blogging to be a bit more challenging these days, especially with fast and easy posting that one can do on Instagram and Facebook with a smartphone. I am writing this post with a new app on my phone and I hope it proves to be a useful tool.

So what have I been doing for the past month? Well I worked on some projects with deadlines. A couple of which I can't share here yet but sometime next month I can.

This art quilt was one I made and it is my donation to SAQA for their annual benefit auction held this fall. 


I've been working in my garden a lot lately and enjoying the fresh fragrances around me.  Gardening and getting priority projects completed have kept me from doing my screen printing but I'm hoping to get back to that soon.

Happy June to you!