Block #6: Friday, February 9, Valentine Roses

Nobody knows this little Rose —
It might a pilgrim be
Did I not take it from the ways
And lift it up to thee.
Only a Bee will miss it —
Only a Butterfly,
Hastening from far journey —
On its breast to lie —
Only a Bird will wonder —
Only a Breeze will sigh —
Ah Little Rose — how easy
For such as thee to die!
 by Emily Dickinson
Emily Dickinson is my favorite poet.
After reading her poem about a rose, I decided to try to thread sketch some roses.
I recently subscribed to Debra Wirsu‘s website.
She is a textile artist from Australia who creates amazing works of art.
Debra is very generous in sharing ideas and tips.
I decided to try out some of her suggestions.
Using a gray quilter’s pencil, I lightly sketched the outline of roses and leaves.
Debra does not pencil sketch, but I needed at least an outline.
This was just for practice, so I deliberately tried different movements.
You will see that each rose is different because of this experimenting.
I used Pentel fabric crayons and Tulip fabric markers to fill in the empty spaces.
At first, I was just planning to set this aside as a practice sample.
But then, I decided to include it in my 52 Fridays Quilt Journal.
The journal is to reflect my year, and this thread sketching learning journey should be included…mistakes and all. I won’t list all the flaws. Mistakes are part of the learning process.

 Valentine Roses

Background: White on white polka-dot fabric
Technique: Thread sketching, free motion quilting, crayons and markers
Batting: 100% Cotton
Embellishment: Red beads
Post Script
I had a near miss today, as I was thread sketching these roses.
The machine needle broke. The needle point flew out and hit my cheek right under my glasses.
I am so glad I was wearing glasses!
Maybe I need to get some safety glasses.

Tuesday

I am still waiting for the Bali Bowl pattern to arrive, so in the meantime, I practiced some more thread sketching.
Yesterday, I started out with this blue bird.

I used Tulip fabric markers and  Pentel fabric crayons.

This bird is sort of a repeat of my mascot, Joy. I made it as a gift for one of my sisters.
Then, I decided to try the free Valentine mug rug pattern by Cindy, at Gray Barn Desgins.
I had some scraps that worked perfectly for this cute pattern.
All blocks are pieced and ready to quilt.
This was a fun and easy pattern. Thanks!


I also fooled around a bit with improvising a block from scraps. Those floral pieces are pretty tiny, but I like the way they came out. I do not like the big pink in the center, so I will probably be cutting and piecing some more.

Tomorrow is a busy day, so I probably won’t get any sewing time.
The pattern should arrive tomorrow.

Color or Black and White


I used Pentel Fabric crayons to color the first bird.
When I used the iron to set the color, the blue pen marking reappeared.
I used a pencil to lightly sketch the second bird.
Maybe if I had a definite project in mind, I could decide whether to use crayons or not.
I do not know how permanent these crayons are, even though the directions state that setting with heat will make color permanent.
If any of you who have worked with fabric crayons could share your experience, it would be greatly appreciated.
Also, does anyone have any recommendations as to what type of pens can be used for sketching without leaving a marking?