Thursday, October 21, 2010

Dryer Sheet Tutorial and Goodies from Friends

Today for our Wild Threads Machine Quilters meeting I did a short demo on using dryer sheets for making leaves for use on art quilts.

Last fall I dyed dryer sheets by low emersion in kool aid dye and later for more mottling I added some lumiere metalics to the sheets. From these sheets I fused one to fusable and cut out a leaf shape for application on a batik fabric.

Here are directions for working with the dryer sheets.

1. Save used fiber dryer sheets.
2. Wash sheets in warm soapy water, dry, and on low heat iron flat.
3. Fuse sheet onto a thin light weight fusable such as steam a seam light 2.
4. Mark a shape with a fabric marker or stamp a shape onto sheet. Cut out.
5. Apply shape to fabric and heat set using a pressing cloth.

I saw this technique used on a beautiful quilt made by Betty Busby featured in the AQS magazine for November 2010. Betty's quilt is on

the last page. After looking up Betty's work on the net, she wrote about the method used to make the leaves.

Here is a picture of goodies that were shared at the Wild Threads meeting today. There are centers that are used for floral arrangements, and multi colored braided fishing line. I'm feeling a creative art day will be happening soon.

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