The Challenge Process.

It's dark and absolutely pouring outside and it's only 7.00 pm.

I can't believe that this time last week I was still in London waiting for the plane.

I've had adventures in Thailand, been home and slotted into "MOTHER MODE" and "HOUSEKEEPING MODE' and tonight we  watched miss Tilly make her TV debut tonight as a mini chef.

When I get home, I wash everything… even the cases. It's a bit of a fetish… a washing fetish.

So that's almost done and the ironing happens tomorrow…

Sleep evades me and the brain is going at 90 miles an hour….                         

So I'm out her in the shed working..

I put the photo I showed you last night onto my big computer and enhanced it a little with a bit more depth in the color, and I added sharpness to give it a crisp edge.

I have an A3 printer, so I did a dummy run on paper and it looked good.


But I don't like the background color… It's too bland.

I think I will just illustrate the faces with thread.

OK, back to the image.

I cut fusible web about 1/4 of an inch bigger than an A3 sheet of paper because when you iron the fusible to the back of the fabric, the entire piece shrinks a little.

I  used the fusible web edge as a guide and cut the piece with a ruler and rotary cutter. Can you believe it, I was wondering why the cutter wasn't working, …..duh, I hadn't unlocked it.


It did indeed shrink when ironed so it came out exactly  right size to put through the printer.

You need to place the fabric paper in the printer and make sure that it is firmly in place….

Voila, it printed out perfectly, just as if it was on paper….



So now what do I do with it.?

Well, I love these colors.


The gold on the blue…. and see how the tiles are set on the blue, that could be the quilting.

I have fabric very close to that color.

Now, with this piece, I printed it onto printed treasures fabric, which had a sticky back. I then ironed it onto the red and just thread illustrated the image… I left the red plain. I still can't work out why the red didn't pucker…


So do I cut out the image of the faces and put them on the blue… and then quilt it.

Will the quilting on the faces make the background pucker?

Or do I quilt the image as is… and then cut it out and put it on to a blue sandwiched piece and then quilt the diamonds like the temple…?      

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Glenda Hepburn says:

    Morning Pam what a wonderful lesson; it was a great way to start the day. Loved the appliqué work on the front of the temple or maybe I could use it in my candle-wicking boarders I do?????? Welcome back to OZ I have had a wonderful time following you on your trip as always. Hope you have a GREAT Fathers day with ALL your family coming & going all day. Cheers Glenda

  2. Pam says:

    Thanks Glenda…. It’s been a great day…. we had a brunch with the family this morning, but I’ve hit the wall and I’ve been sleeping for the rest of the day.

  3. Mindy says:

    The blue tiles glow. Are they glass? They remind me of silk. I love that really yellow gold with the blue.

  4. Pam says:

    Mindy, yes, they are glass….

  5. Paramjeet says:

    The Jewish Man ,doest’t he now look dented … beaten by a potter , interesting effect.Love to see it quilted.

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