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« on: May 18, 2008 05:13:22 PM »

For the 3rd and final package for the Make A Friend Swap, I sent my partner a rag quilt. But because I have been sooooo enamoured with stenciling lately, and I couldn't find and fantasy/mythical beast fabric I actually liked, I decided to use bleach gel pens (I LOVE THESE THINGS!!!!!) and stencil my own on recycled denim. The designs were mostly tattoo designs I found in various and sundry sites and adapted/altered for my own use (and ease of cutting):

Some of my favourite stencils (there are 8 different beasts in the quilt; unicorn, pegasus, gryffon, sea serpent, gargoyle, mermaid, faery and phoenix):






And a pic of the entire quilt:



My swap partner says she totally loves the thing. Now I have a TON of ideas using bleach pens ... gads, never enough time in the day (and the DH won't let me quit the day job, the rotten slave driver)!  I think I've sniffed too much bleach ...  Grin
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« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2008 05:21:04 PM »

That is awesome!!  I love it!! Smiley )
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« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2008 05:26:48 PM »

Beautiful!!!  I had no idea you could do that with bleach
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« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2008 05:30:47 PM »

 Shocked Yowza!! That is one gorgeous quilt!! Your swap partner is one lucky craftster. I'll bet you've definitely made a friend!

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« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2008 05:36:37 PM »

That's awesome! I especially love the phoenix stencil  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2008 05:46:36 PM »

Oh that's really pretty, how fun!
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« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2008 06:05:12 PM »

That is a gorgeous quilt!!

::: adding bleach gel pens to the grocery list :::
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« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2008 07:13:08 PM »

Thank you for all the wonderful compliments!

I noticed a few things while bleaching:

The thinner weight denim would bleed a bit. And the colour wouldn't be as white as with the heavier weight denim. If you look at the overall pic, you'll see some areas where it looks "fuzzy" ... that's the thin denim (from my cast of jeans, of course ... sheesh).

I played around with spraying a half bleach half water solution on the stencils but it bled too much for my liking. The bleach gel doesn't bleed (except the above denim problem) and you can really control the application.

Also, towards the end of the tube, you tend to get air bubbles. Now, I kinda liked the blotchy'ish look, but if you want an even bleach, you have to apply the gel pretty thick.
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« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2008 01:21:22 PM »

That's gorgeous! I love the colors and the images you used (especially the Welsh dragon, hee, that one is my favorite ^^).
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« Reply #9 on: May 19, 2008 03:34:51 PM »

Here's a close up of the dragon/sea serpent:

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« Reply #10 on: May 22, 2008 12:21:56 PM »

Love the bleach pen idea... I'm hooked on making denim quilts, but didn't want to get into spraying bleach on it all!  Gettin a gel pen later today, but do you just wash it after you get the white color you want?  Hand wash?  I'm kinda clueless - I could just picture me doing all that and have it bleed everywhere when I wash it lol.

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« Reply #11 on: May 23, 2008 09:28:59 PM »

Love the bleach pen idea... I'm hooked on making denim quilts, but didn't want to get into spraying bleach on it all!  Gettin a gel pen later today, but do you just wash it after you get the white color you want?  Hand wash?  I'm kinda clueless - I could just picture me doing all that and have it bleed everywhere when I wash it lol.



You have to either rinse or wash the bleach out of the individual blocks when you get the fade you are happiest with. Otherwise the bleach will eat into the fabric and create holes.

Because I was working with individual squares of fabric, I rinsed each block really well in cold water and hand washed them with dish detergent in the kitchen sink. Then I hung each to dry outside. You could also use your clothes dryer, but because I was making a rag quilt, I didn't want to beat on the denim any more than I had to before I sewed everything together. If you'll be using bigger squares, you could wash the denim in your washing machine, no problem. You'll just have lots of fraying to trim off.

Experiment with scraps of your denim to determine how long to keep the bleach on. I found that thicker repurposed denim bleached with crisper edges and the thin denim turned a bit fuzzy and bled. I found leaving the bleach gel on for 30 minutes did the trick for me.

And a tip ... if you're going to hand wash like I did, use a good pair of rubber gloves because the bleach will just eat into your skin. I figured this out after, oh, I don't know, 20 blocks or so.   Tongue
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« Reply #12 on: May 24, 2008 04:43:04 PM »

OMG I love it!
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« Reply #13 on: June 21, 2008 07:16:41 PM »

fantastic use of bleach on a quilt...I really love it!

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« Reply #14 on: June 26, 2008 11:48:14 AM »

Wow ! Thanks for the bleaching tips. I made a T-shirt once with the gel pens and it was fun. Not as lovely as your quilt tho.
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« Reply #15 on: March 28, 2009 09:31:21 PM »

Wow this is really good, I cut and save random squares from old t-shirts and things with the intention to make my own quilt out of them one day but I'm not really familiar with quilting or any sort of advanced sewing techniques, mainly just what I learned from home ec! It would be cool to see a tutorial for a piece like this, but also I saw your bleach stencil and it intrigued me because I never thought of using that before! I'm not sure if you already said it but what did you use as your stencil, Freezer paper? Also i was thinking you may find a happy medium between the gel and the liquid and sort of create a mixture of equal parts and use sponge brushes to control the bleeding. I dunno, just seems like it would work, although it would bleach the brush of course but no biggie. anyway nice work! Tongue
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« Reply #16 on: April 01, 2009 04:31:14 PM »

Gorgeous all together, and the stenciled blocks are great!  The designs are really crisp and simple enough that they're easy to see, but not overly simplistic.  Awesome job!!  *adds cool denim bleach stencil idea to the list of things to do*   Cheesy
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« Reply #17 on: April 10, 2009 09:49:36 PM »

Absolutely gorgeous
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