Painting with Your Rotary Cutter

I am back from Houston and the International Quilt Festival. I am still processing what that trip meant for me–it truly was sensory overload. When my synapses calm down, I might try and write about it.

But for now, I am going to do what I promised the wonderful quilters who visited me while I demo-ed at the Craftsy Open Studios. I’m going to share here what I shared there.

Maria Shell Craftsy PhotoOn last Thursday–could it be just a week ago?–I demo’d in the Paint Studio where you see Pokey Bolton in this photo.

Pokey Bolton I don’t actually paint on my quilts, but I do use my rotary cutter in the same way a painter uses a brush. The demo was called Painting with a Rotary Cutter.  I thought the name was rather clever. I actually tricked some visitors into thinking that I might really dip my cutter into paint.

During the prep work for this demo, I got really excited. Not only can we paint with our rotary cutters, we can also take solid fabrics and make prints! Here I am waving my arms around about how exciting this all is.

Maria Shell At Craftsy Open StudiosHere is a Stripe.

Maria Shell StripeNow a Curve.

Maria Shell CurveAnd a Polka-Dot.

Maria Shell Polka DotMy favorite, the Plaid.

Maria Shell PlaidAnd last but not least, the Charlie Brown Zig Zag.

Maria Shell Charlie Brown Zig ZagI’ll be sharing my methods and ideas for making solids into prints over the next week or so right here at Tales of a Stitcher. I hope you will join me.

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17 thoughts on “Painting with Your Rotary Cutter

  1. You breathe so much energy into everything you touch!

    • Thank you Sandy. This is very nice of you to say. I don’t know why buy cutting and stitching just makes me so excited, and then I want to rush out and tell eveyone. Crazy.

  2. It was fun to see you in Houston! Everytime I passed by the booth you seemed to have a large crowd enjoying the lesson! I have been on sensory overload as well; we spent a full week there, and I still haven’t unpacked!

  3. Like Sandy said… Great energy!

  4. maggie175 on said:

    Thank you so much for your wonderful open studios!! We were in the second session where you recapped both demos, and really enjoyed it!! (I was one of the girls holding up the quilts for you!). Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge!!! It was really inspiring!!

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  6. I had a great time at your class in Houston! When possible, do a tutorial about the way you bind your quilts. It is really nice not to have the bidding showing! Regards fromBrazil!

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  8. Wow. Just found your site, and, boy, I’m I glad I did. I can’t wait to follow your painting with the cutter. This is just amazing, and, I’m in love. I want to learn how you did the curves. The cutting, sewing, and, everything about them. Guess you could say, I have a love affair with curves. So excited.

    • Sandy-

      I love curves too! I’ve been working on the tutorial which I hope to have done early in January. I’m going to do one more type of stripe and then we will move on to curves.

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  11. Ellie Guhl on said:

    I am facinated by your work! Beautiful and fun…..thank you for sharing with all of us.

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