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Journal Beginnings

A couple of weeks ago I posted on facebook that I wanted to play with some lutradur.

At that moment I had no idea what I would do with the lutradur, I just wanted to play.  A blank piece of paper is inviting and I have a variety of pens with which to fill the vast expanse of an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper (or in this case lutradur).  The opportunities to fill blank pages have been fewer since going back to work and needing to spend time at my machine.

The longing for lutradur was satisfied the other day at the Northern Star Quilt Show when I visited the booth of Jane Davila.  Then I went back later thinking about Shiva Paintsticks and picked up Permapaque markers.  The paint sticks may yet come home with me and join the Fabrico markers, Sharpie pens, Staedtler Triplus markers, and colored pencils I have.  Each one makes a different kind of line and they play nicely together.  The Sharpie pens and colored pencils are kept in/near my teaching supplies so that when I teach “And Now What?! Designs in Machine Quilting” they’re ready for students to play with.  The Staedtler markers are usually in easy ready of the chair in my living room with a sketchbook of some sort for zentangling or practicing some kind of quilting stitch.

As you can see I spent some time with the lutradur and the Permapaque markers.  The first line from the introduction of Melanie Testa’s book fills the center.  The next step will be batting and backing this.  I just recently purchased some Quilters Dream Green that I’m going to see how it looks with this and have some fun stitching.  Lutradur is flexible like that.

Happy Quilting!


2 thoughts on “Journal Beginnings”

  1. What fun! I downloaded Melanie’s book onto my Kindle Fire, but haven’t had a chance to look through it yet!

  2. Now who would have ever thought that a roofing material would become part of a journal? Very interesting!

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