Marcia DeCamp: Surface Design & Dyeing, Post #3 of 3

Marcia DeCamp, Contemporary Quilter

Marcia DeCamp, Contemporary Quilter

While I won’t be going into processes, necessarily, here, I did want to show you some pictures of fabrics that Marcia has created. Also, Marcia takes classes and has for many years. She is always learning. She took one class where they painted and melted Tyvek to get specific shapes. I would say you need to be confident about experimenting. What do you think?

On Fabrics
Marcia says, “I prefer to hand-dye my own fabrics and then I have control over colors.” That doesn’t mean she uses her own fabrics exclusively. She does incorporate commercial fabrics into her designs. She further states, “I buy PFD (prepared for dyeing) fabric which means ready to absorb dyes.” She also uses primary cotton Pimatex PFD fabrics.

On Thread
“I really like Superior threads for sewing and quilting. Even piecing with 50wt. I think seams lie flatter with thinner thread. I like a lot of quilting but don’t like a lot of thick thread on it. You can see the quilting without a ton of thread on top. I want you to predominately see the design of the quilt.”

Pictures of some of Marcia’s surface-designed fabrics

Marcia DeCamp and Surface-Designed Fabrics

Marcia DeCamp and Surface-Designed Fabrics. This fabric design was made using a basket.

 

Marcia DeCamp and Sruface Design

Marcia DeCamp and Surface-Designed Fabrics. This fabric design was made using miscellaneous items.

Marcia DeCamp and Surface Designs

Surface design by Marcia DeCamp. This was made from screening, I believe.

Marcia DeCamp and Surface Design

Surface-designed fabric by Marcia DeCamp using canning jar seals.

 

Marcia DeCamp and Surface Design

Marcia DeCamp and some of her surface-designed fabrics using miscellaneous elements, including a potato masher.

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Thanks for reading! …Betsy


 

It’s Throw-Back Thursday (TBT Quilt #6)

For today’s TBT, I present you with a Daffodil quilt picture. The original picture was taken in 1991. There is no indication when this quilt was made but I am guessing the 1930s.

If you look at this quilt from a distance you will see a secondary design. I think it’s pretty neat.

TBT Quilt #6
 Vintage Daffodil Quilt

Vintage Daffodil Quilt, circa 1930s. Purchased at auction in Crestline, Ohio, July 1991.

Here are the stats for the Daffodil quilt.

Size: N/A

Date: None

Description:
None

Bought from: bought at auction in Crestline, OH in July 1991.

Bought for: $190.00 and sold it for $290.00

I know – almost no information about this quilt. I have a theory. That theory is that mom sold this quilt almost immediately. That being said, she does have a photo of it so I’m not sure how long she may have had it to be able to do that. It’s possible that someone from the same auction purchased the quilt from her at the auction. I’ve seen it happen. A person makes an offer, usually with cash, and out the item goes with someone else. As for the picture, it’s possible she might have taken the picture at the auction. I’ll never know on this one.

If you look at the picture just right, you can see a secondary design. I love it when that happens.

Could this have been a quilt kit? Anyone familiar enough with those to make a guess? I’m thinking this quilt probably dates from the 30s.

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Tips & Tricks With Marcia DeCamp: Post #2 of 3

Marcia DeCamp, Contemporary Quilter

Marcia DeCamp, Contemporary Quilter

Last week I introduced you to Marcia DeCamp, a contemporary quilter. I anticipate a total of three posts about Marcia and her studio. This is the second of the three.

I thought in this post I would share with you some tips that Marcia employs as a quilter and as an exhibitor.

Tip #1:
Use wool batting in your quilts.
Have you ever used wool batting? Marcia LOVES it. She said that when a quilt is folded, it doesn’t crease. Have any of used wool batting in your quilts and what are your opinions?

Tip #2:
Use empty fabric bolts to store and move your fabric stash.
I love this tip. Check out the pictures. I know, you’ve heard of wrapping your yardage around those bolts that you can get from your favorite fabric store. But look how Marcia uses them. She places a bolt under her stash and places it on her shelving. When she needs a fabric, she simply slides out the bolt and all the fabric in that stack easily comes with it and she can simply select what she needs. Genius.

Part of Marcia DeCamp's Fabric Stash

Marcia DeCamp’s use of discarded fabric bolts to hold fabric so the fabric can easily be stored and retrieved. The bolts are the white areas you see under the fabric stacks.

 

Marcia DeCamp and Her Fabric Stash

Marcia DeCamp easily slides out a stack of fabric as it sits on an empty fabric bolt.

Tip #3:
Use a spreadsheet to organize your quilts.
This really is a great way to organize your inventory of quilts. Marcia keeps track of all her quilts this way, including which quilts are where as she participates in shows and exhibits. It helps her to know when she can participate in an exhibit – if the quilt is already out then she won’t be able to send it.

I must say, I also use a spreadsheet. It was the only way I could inventory my mother’s quilts and document information about each one. It is a rather mind-boggling task if you have to do it all at once. But if you start now…

Tip #4:
Storing your quilts.
Marcia rolls her quilts. How, you say? Well, she rolls them around a pool noodle. You know those long plastic noodles that you can use in the pool – floaties of a sort? Well, that’s what she uses to wrap her quilts around. She then ties them with cotton and attaches a tag that identifies the quilt. She then stores them on a shelf.

Marcia DeCamp in her Studio

Marcia DeCamp in her studio showing some of her quilts in storage and how she stores the quilts – around pool noodles. Look closely at the rolled quit in Marcia’s hand and you can see the pool noodle in the center of the rolled quilt.

Marcia DeCamp on Storing Quilts

Rolled, tied and tagged. This quilt is ready for shelving.

Tip #5:
Shipping your quilts.
I think we all have panicked a little bit when we have to send off one of our cherished quilts somewhere. Marcia’s tips aren’t about the postal carriers but about the preparation of the quilts before sending.

Here are Marcia’s tips for shipping quilts.
First of all, the quilt, if possible, is sent in a roll. If not it is folded. Secondly, the quilt is placed in a plastic bag to ensure it keeps dry during shipping. Marcia uses very large plastic bags, of which I didn’t even know you could purchase. She labels the bag and out it goes. Check it out…

Marcia DeCamp's Tips for Shipping Quilts

Bags Marcia uses to ship her quilts to keep them dry.

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Thanks for reading! …Betsy