Sue Dennis suggested our next challenge should be Adventure. She challenged us to try something new and maybe put ourselves out of our comfort zone for a while.
I have had the book Cut, Shape and Stitch by Maggie Grey, Samantha Packer and Paula Watkins for a while and thought that now was a good a time as any to try out some of the techniques.
The book is all about creatively using the cutting machines that are available at the moment.
I have had the Accuquilt Go Cutter machine since 2012 and I must admit that it is seldom used. When I have used it I have been very happy.
I had plenty of mono printed fabric and paper left over from my experiments last year and the Go Cutter machine cut through it beautifully.
I also had quite a few hole punches; I had bought them thinking it would be a good way to cut tiny fabric circles but I soon discovered that they don't work very well with fabric.
I found that they work really well with paper and interfacing and all sorts of painted synthetic products that are available to art quilters.
When interfacing is painted it becomes much more like a fabric and can be a different texture to use in art quilts.
To make the clean-up easier when painting I use disposable bowls and wooden sticks for stirring.
|Painted interfacing shapes|
The book also suggested that craft metal could be cut with the cutting machines. I had some metal that I had used a few years ago and I was surprised how easily it cut and I could have much more precise shapes than if I had cut them by hand.
I have no idea what I will do with these shapes but it is certainly something that I should do a bit more with. I suppose that felt would also cut really well!
Bye for now,