Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Creating with Carrie's Paint Fabric


Hey there! If you are on the blog hop welcome! I am Tia Curtis, a long arm quilter and quilt designer. I am also a friend of Carrie's. I pretty much dig her. We met at quilt market a couple years ago and what struck me first about her was this her kindness and a special thrum of intense creative energy just below the surface. Well, when she asked me if I wanted to sew for her again for quilt market I said YES! She sent me her awesome PAINT fabric and each print was better than the last. I wanted to do justice to each print and many of them screamed APPLIQUÉ ME!!!! So I did.


First up we have this wonderful Paint brush case. My best friend Sharon Smith had one like it that was old and torn. She found at a yard sale about 20 years ago. She brought it to me and wanted to know if I could use it to draft a pattern for another one. I have made several over the years and the pattern has developed a bit. Now that I have it the way I like it best I have been meaning to do something with the pattern, besides just making paint brush cases for friends and my daughter. When I saw Carrie's fabric I knew Paint was the perfect collection for this design.


I did a bit of hand quilting while my husband was making dinner and used one of my old Camp Follower Bag business tags in the binding. This is a great design. If it doesn't get picked up at quilt market I will release a PDF pattern for purchase.


The next project was a little needle turn appliqué wall hanging. At first I thought I was going to make a BIG 4 block appliqué  (like the beautiful antique ones I saw at the quilt study center in Lincoln, Nebraska) but even I couldn't make that happen in time. I will make one later though. I thoroughly LOVED working on this project. There is something magical about doing hand appliqué in a quiet house. It really helps focus my mind. I think I had menus planned for the next 5 weeks! I designed this quilt to be pretty simple and approachable for a new appliqué quilter...someone just wishing to dip their toes into simple shapes.


Here it is all finished. I custom quilted this one. It is so hard to pick my favorite print! I love the color wheels for fussy cutting, the text is great because it is just awesome and the new colors are fabulous.


Last but not least I made this big Cross and Crown quilt. This was actually all I was going to make but I got swept up in Carrie's wonderful Paint fabric! I couldn't help it! I used the Weave print for the big parts of the tulips (or crown I guess, but I always think they look like tulips) and I added an appliqué  vine in the center cross portion. All but the bias vine is fusible appliqué. WAY faster than needle turn. If this pattern isn't picked up at Quilt market I will write it up as a PDF for here as well. I love the idea of blowing up a classic quilt block into a large bed sized quilt. It is fast and fairly simple, you just need bigger cuts of fabric.


For the quilting on this one I used an edge to edge. I couldn't narrow down what I wanted to do to it with the time I had left, so and edge to edge worked well but still looked naked. My daughter sketched out some leaves and I quilted them on the vines and viola! It was ready.


Here is a better shot of the leaves! Umm. I love them.

OK, so I know you are here to win some fabric right? Well, leave a comment below about which print  form Paint you think you will do the most with. The paint brush print is perfect for fussy cutting too by the way! I will choose a winner Saturday and Carrie will send you an Charm pack! Start saving your fabric allowance folks. This collection of fabric it fabulous!

xo,
Tia Curtis

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47 comments:

  1. I love all of your projects! I really like the color swatch print, I think it would be so cute for a crayon roll for my granddaughters. Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway. I'm thinking I will have to get some yardage of this collection.

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  2. wow! you do lovely work & really spotlighted her fabrics well! I am planning to make a washi dress, maybe with one of the newsprint fabrics? & thinking one of the other prints for contrast linings, etc.

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  3. What gorgeous quilts! As for the fabric, I love it all, including the circles and the swatch print, but I think I'd use the print with the collaged flowers on a teal background the most.

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  4. Great quilts and projects here. do I have to choose just one print? they all look fun.

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  5. I love all your projects - this is such a great line of fabrics, I love them all!
    I'd love to make a bag from the paint swatch fabric!

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  6. I am totally obsessed with this collection. I could see using 39700-8 (the yellow woven print) in everything.

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  7. i love the basketweave print for a quilt backing! your projects are all terrific tia

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  8. I eally loved how you have used the fabircs. they work so well for applique as it showcases them beautifully. I don't think I could pick a single fabric, I can see myself using each and every one. If pushed I guess I would say that I do really love the paintbush fabrics and the colour swatches print. I'm so looking forward to this collection arriving in the shops.

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  9. My favourite print is that basket weave! So colourful! I could see this line in bag making!

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  10. I tend to quilt with solids more than prints, so I would use the more solid fabrics (which are beautiful0. Thanks!

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  11. I think I would use the swatch or the basketweave first! But I'm envisioning a few projects using the entire collection! Carrie's fabrics are amazing. There is something about that swatch print though that is just irresistible!! Love your projects--the paint brush case is amazing!

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  12. I really love the circle/wheel print! Such a fun collection!

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  13. What amazing projects. I love the purple/ lavender stripe with the text fabric. So cool.

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  14. I am really liking the one with the paint brushes - love the colors!!! Thanks for a chance to win.

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  15. Love this line, especially the "spackle" one with the paint chip colors on it.

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  16. Gorgeous fabric line and I love the gorgeous quilts and paint holder. Awesome work!

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  17. I really like them all but the one with the paint brushes is my most favorite!! Your projects are beautiful!!

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  18. Your projects are all wonderful- so unique! I love all the Paint fabrics but my favorite is Periwinkle - loving the weaved look & all the colors.

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  19. Wow, I was completely blown away by the quilt you made with this fabric; so beautiful and such an unexpected and thrillingly beautiful combination! Thanks for the giveaway, and my absolute favorite of these prints is the paint chip fabric! sarah@forrussia.org

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  20. amazing amazing quilts :-) Love this fabric line, my favourite is Sea Glass.

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  21. I think you really nailed it with the Cross and Crown quilt design. The woven stripes lend themselves so well to the large triangles. Can hardly wait for this pattern. Great fabrics and great designs!

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  22. I really like all of them! I can't pick one that I would use over another! Thanks for the chance to win :)

    ksmith8@emich.edu

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  23. Well I am stumped on choosing one favorite--Love them all! And quilting is down right AMAZING!

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  24. Oh your art is WONDERFUL and I simply cannot choose one fabric. I love them all!!!
    ~ Christina in Cleveland

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  25. Beautiful, beautiful - all of them. I really like the color swatch fabric and love how you used it for the paint brush case.

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  26. All three of these are beautiful, and show such a range of use for this line. I love the brussh case! The applique, impressive...and the quilt gorgeous.

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  27. I love your "Paint" quilts and paint brush holder. I would want it all.
    the multi-colored plaid design is awesome and that purple is yummy. I love the text prints as well.
    Hope I am lucky. Tia you are inspirational.

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  28. Tia, if you made up a kit for your crown and cross quilt I would buy it.
    Think about it.

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  29. Tia, I miss your banner at the top with adorable quilting pin-up gal. Where did she go?
    Oh and I love the paint colors print as well.

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    1. I need to figure out how to add it back Karen! I agree I miss her too!

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  30. The plaid is a great jumping off point...and I'm a sucker for text prints!

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  31. I can't decide if I like the paint swatches or the paint brushes better. They're both wonderful!

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  32. Well, I love the paint brushes, but when I saw your paint brush holder I was so inspired, so now I pick the paint swatches! Thanks for the chance.

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  33. I am impressed at the speed in which you finished these! They are beautiful. I love it when you are doing handwork and the needle flies! I think my favorite Paint print is the border print. I love the weaves look of it.

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  34. I'm in love with every print in the collection ... but I think the plaid collage border print is the cat's meow!

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  35. I like the colored newsprint fabrics best, but really love them all.

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  36. Love the whole collection, but plaids and text, how versatile these fabrics are....

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  37. Love that Cross & Crown quilt - esp the vine! All the fabrics are gorgeous but the paintbrushes are my fav

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  38. I love spackle, periwinkle, inky, seaglass and more. I do a lot of art journaling and this fabric line just speaks to me. I

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  39. I agree with you - this collection is fabulous! And so are your creations! I love the wallhanging and your quilt. I love all the prints but if I ad to pick a favorite, it would be the text, because it goes so well with any bright color. I would make some fun pouches and pillows.

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  40. I know I'll be using spackle a lot! Your appliqué is stunning!

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  41. I love the coloured newsprint! Would make a fabulous pillow!

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  42. I really like the applique look flower prints.

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  44. I was wondering what the zipper does on your brush easel. Is it access to the boards inside or is it pockets? I am interested in making a project like this. If you need a tester I could do this. I am a sewist. I will wait for the pattern if you don't need a tester. Love the appliqué on the quilt too. It fabric and design are brilliant!

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  45. O Am looking to make this cross and crown quilt,
    How do i get the pattern.
    Please email me at
    kschuma229@aol.com
    Thanks, Kris

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  46. Hi Tia,

    Did you do a PDF of this Cross & Crown quilt, would be interested

    Thank you Julie

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Thanks for commenting! I read each one. I will either respond via email or here in the comments. xo - Tia