Sunday, September 17, 2017

Batiks Go Retro Blog Hop

Hello from the road...
I've been stitching across America again. 
I was in Cleveland for a week with Quilting Arts TV. 
My 3 segments will air next spring. More to follow.

Now I'm in New York for Quilters Take Manhattan
I'm catching up with great friends and learning new things. 

Then off to Connecticut to sew with Mom, 
and from there to Colorado Springs to stitch with Liz Kettle. 
I'll be teaching at The Thread Lab: Wonderfil Threaducation Center  
Colorado Springs Sept 21-24. 
Come Play with Me!

Welcome to Day 7 of the 
Batiks Gone Retro Blog Hop 
featuring the amazing fabric line by Tamarinis for Island Batik.
 Tammy Silvers is the quilter and fabric designer behind Tamarinis.
The collection includes a variety of whimsical and delightful, mid-century inspired prints. 
You can find Tammy and her entire line at: batiks-go-retro.

I stitched a tote bag for the introduction of Tammy's fabric line at Spring Quilt Market. I used a variety of this incredible fabric line without a pattern since I typically create as I go. 
I begin laying out fabric, cutting and stitching until a shape begins to form. 

In addition to the tote bag, I played with more fabrics to 
create 2 wall pieces with more vintage trailers in mind. 
I love Airstream trailers and had fun using my designs with Tammy's fabric. 

My technique is spontaneous and intuitive. I use MistyFuse ( to add a thin fusible layer to the back of my fabrics and then begin cutting shapes without a pattern. These are then ironed onto a background fabric.
 My favorite step is using free-motion stitching with black thread to add detail.
 My lines are quick and sketchy, random and imprecise. 

What a treat it was for me to experiment and play with this inspiring fabric line!

The entire Batiks Gone Retro Blog Hop schedule is below. 
Be sure to visit them all!:

Sept 11th: Island Batik, Aurifil Thread and
Sept 12th: Susan Emory Swirly Girls Designs
Sept 13th: Toni Smith Quiltoni
Sept 14th: Terri Sontra Purple Moose Designs
Sept 15th: Kris Poor  Poor House Quilt Design
Sept 16th: Tammy Silvers Tamarinis
Sept 17th: Libby Williamson
Sept 18th: Sandra Johnson  Sandra Johnson Designs
Sept 19th: Linda Pearl One Quilting Cirlce
Sept 20th: Kate Colleran  Seams Like a Dream
Sept 21st: Jo Hillstead Fat Quarter Gypsy

Thanks for stopping by!