Friday, February 15, 2013

Enlarged Heart, and a "Craft Fail"

Against all conventional medical advice, I decided to enlarge my heart LOL!

I liked my Valentine Cards so much (so did my husband and 2 boys), that I decided to enlarge it to a 12.5 x 12.5 inch size and make the first block of a "gross anatomy" quilt.  It's been way too long since I did a fun geeky quilt, and this heart was just what I needed to realize that!

I also thought I'd share a "craft fail".  Truly, a fail is also a learning experience.  I've dabbled in the past with using bleach to "discharge" the dye in fabric to make shirts, and artwork.  I bought this bleach pen a few months ago, after seeing a craft made with it on a T shirt.  I was going to write out my card with the bleach, but the result was less than desired. 

In the end, I bought the largest gauge thread I could find for my sewing machine, and free motion quilted it.  It was a button or upholstery thread I believe, and it really stretched the limit of my machine, but it worked!!

I just got to add that with 2 kids in school, I hear often about the pros and cons of teaching cursive writing anymore.  I'm not sure I could do this as easily in print :-P.


  1. I don't know, Becky...I think the bleached letters are rather funky. You could quilt around 'em, make 'em puff up with trapunto...embellish them with beads, or paint them after quilting, using thickened fabric paint...Now that you believe you have nothing to lose, dig it out and see what you come up with! :-)

  2. Some good ideas... above... Love the Valentines!

  3. OOOH! I can't wait to see another geeky quilt! These are too cool!

    Interesting idea with the bleach pen.

  4. Those are awesome!!! I always teach cursive!