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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Mini-excursion into ink

 This was not the adventure I hoped for (my ink has not yet arrived) but it is a beginning worth posting I think.  I finally finished the Black, White and Red All Over quilt that I was making for my sister.   It is queen size and I didn't do the quilting on it.  Here it is spread out on the floor.  As you can see, it is a little of this and a little of that.
Now that the quilt is finished, and bound, it needed a label (this is the place I talk about the ink).  While my ink order has not arrived I did get my fabric pens.  So, using a piece of white cotton fabric ironed to freezer paper, I started drawing with my black and red fabric pens.  Here is the result.

It is a black, white and red zentangle which I think goes with the wonky front of the quilt.  I really wanted to give it a coat of ..what is the name of that stuff...clear stuff you paint to make the ink/paint/pencil bond to the fabric.  I hope you know what I mean.  But I couldn't find it.  So instead I ironed it really well using parchment paper.  I hope that keeps it from washing out.


  1. I like it a lot and your label is another smaller work of art. You are the best, Judith!

  2. WOW!!!! That is one Fantastic label....love the quilt.

    Your pens should withstand washing just as they are but maybe you could "paint" a layer of textile medium over top.....that would seal it for sure.

  3. Hope your sister appreciates all the work that went into the quilt--it's beautiful! How long did you work on it? And your zentangle label is a work of art, like Beth says. Great work.

  4. I love the Zen label and the quilt -- very creative!

  5. Judith. I love your quilt and that label is so special!


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