on-line classes especially those offered by craftsy and their classes (especially if you wait for half price classes) and one that I took recently is the Log Cabin Art Quilts taught by Judith Trager. You make free form lob cabin blocks and then screen print motifs on the surface. The strips are free form cut with no ruler until the final squareing up. I had never done screen printing and this seemed like a nice chance to investigate the process. What fun! I just did my first screen printing using kite shapes and I'm going to embellish them and then make some funky kind of strings for them so the piece will be three dimensional. These blocks were made with fabrics straight from my scrap bin but I have fabric selected for a more serious type of work like the one that Judith goes on to demonstrate in the class. These classes are well worth the money, imho.
And then--I came across a blog entry by Terri Stegmiller Terri's blog entry (think that's the spelling) in which she shows making stencils out of hot glue. Oh! the possibilities are endless...
BTW, I have not blogged in weeks because at the end of November I slipped on black ice and broke my right wrist. Of course, I'm a "righty" so my quilting and knitting projects came to an abrupt halt for a bit. Fortunately the physical therapist recommended a return to knitting to strengthen the muscles and I was able to do some piecing using my left hand. You know--we never give up. Anyway, I'm full of enthusiasm for new projects now. And I'm awfully careful where I walk when I suspect there is ice anywhere near where I'm walking.
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