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Friday, May 18, 2012

Fun Friday: Hand-Marbled Fine Art Fabrics & Tutorial

Dean and Linda Moran are passionate about Hand-Marbled Fine Art.  They have spent years researching and perfecting their technique to create spectacular marbled fabrics that can be used on just about anything, but truly makes stunning Art Quilts, Clothing, Contemporary Quilts and more.  The possibilities are endless!


Today, I'm honored to be able to share a tutorial that Linda Moran has provided to help share how you can incorporate free-motion quilting with beautiful marbled fabrics, resulting in visually stimulating sewn results.  And, there is a giveaway where you could win some of their beautiful hand-marbled fabric too!


Plus, for those participating in the 2012 Free Motion Quilting Challenge, this is a "bonus tutorial for the FMQ challenge. To clarify, if you complete this tutorial using hand-marbled fabrics from Linda's store, you can use this optional tutorial for one of the 12 FMQ tutorials required to enter to win a Grand Prize in this challenge.  Everyone is invited to participate in this challenge and you can join anytime. For more information on this challenge click here.  For those doing the optional FMQ Sampler Quilt, this FMQ tutorial does not apply for that sampler, as this tutorial is only appropriate for FMQ on hand-marbled fabrics.

Tutorial for Free-Motion Quilting on Hand-Marbled Fabric, by Linda Moran:


Quilting Marbled Fabric

Part 1
Ever since we started marbling in 1993, people have asked us “What do you do with the fabric?” 

We’ve made lots of quilts, both traditional and art-quilts so that folks can see how marbled fabric can fit into a quilt or wearable garment. That got us started, but there was always the feeling that we could be doing more with the fabric itself. A friend took a fat quarter to “play with,” and the following week she came back with a gorgeous piece of completely quilted marbled fabric….just by following the line of the pattern.

Well, that was truly the beginning of taking marbled fabric and really working with it in a quilt. My first attempt was to work with a freeform pattern, just following the lines of the pattern. This uses the stone pattern, as well as a beginning chevron pattern, both of which are easy to follow.






This piece, “Gaia 1: Interdependence,” used a free motion foot, as well as a regular basic stitching foot. Because the strips are relatively narrow, and the batting was thin, I chose not to use a walking foot. Your mileage may vary if you are comfortable with a walking foot, by all means use one. I find I almost exclusively use my regular foot and my free motion foot Here is an example of quilting a line using a regular foot. I like having theeven stitches, which I don’t always get with my free motion quilting (and no stitch regulator….).











You can have a great piece of marbled fabric, but sometimes it just needs something. I’m finding that more and more…it is an addiction









Getting Started



You need a piece of marbled fabric. We’re starting with a freeform pattern made by creating the stones by dropping paint on the carrageenan bath. Then using a stylus, we swirl the paint around the whole piece. This gives us the effect you see here. This also involves the first very basic marbling pattern, the very organic-looking stone. From this pattern, using a variety of different combs and rakes, you can get very complex patterns. But let’s start with this pretty basic pattern.








When you have a marbled pattern, look at it closely for lines that lead to other sections of the pattern. This is a different type of free motion quilting. You aren’t deciding the whole quilting schema, like in most regular quilting; you are just analyzing and deciding where you want to go with your thread. A pattern like this one has gentle curves to it, unlike more complex marbling patterns. This is a good one to start with.

Using this next picture, see how you can travel from one end of the pattern to another. Once you’ve studied a pattern, you can decide if you will do individual sections or travel across some pattern lines to do a new section.
With this first marbled pattern, you have several possibilities. You can outline the little stones. You can follow most of the curved lines. You can do a combination.



Some marbled patterns are pretty intense, and you end up doing a lot of quilting in very small areas. These take more control, but the results are fabulous.



You have some decisions to make at this point: backing, batting, thread choices. I chose a green cotton for the backing so it would play off the green in the marbling. I used a left-over piece of Fairfield cotton low-loft batting, and Superior Thread’s Bottom Line in the bobbin. I chose a white thread, because for the purposes of this tutorial I wanted you to see the design aspect on the back. You get some very interesting quilting effects on your backs.





When I put my pieces together, especially if they are small, I spray baste top and bottom to the batting. For larger pieces I also use safety pins.


All of these are various threads from Superior. I am a bit of a thread snob, as I only use Superior Thread and needles (their titanium needles are pretty amazing). Ever since I did the School of Threadology in St. George, Utah, I have been hooked on their threads…and I NEVER have thread break. The threads above are Rainbows, Brytes, and Art Colors.







I thought this bottom thread, Bryte, would work the best, so that’s what I started with. I thought the dark green would emphasize, but not be obvious.



I checked my tension, according to Dr. Bob’s thread guide for Superior Threads. Then I picked a place to start the free motion, did about an inch,  and checked my tension again.










You can see how I just followed the basic line of this first swirl. I usually pull my threads to the back and tie them off or bury them, depending on how the piece is going to be used. With the next photo, you can see how I chose another swirl and followed that particular curve.






You can move around the fabric and pick different areas to quilt, but if you are going to quilt the whole piece, continue quilting out from the area where you started.










I also decided to change colors of thread, as I wanted something lighter to accent the pattern. Don’t hesitate to do this if you feel it will add to your design.






In this next example, I have changed thread color again, and this time I am outlining the smaller circles. The circles are part of the “stone” pattern, which is the first layer of paint in developing a marbling pattern. The circles take more control in your free motion, but you get great results in texture. You will want to plan your “traveling” stitch as you move from small circle to small circle.





Every now and then take a look at your back. Check for tension, secure your knots, and just admire the developing design. I used white in my bobbin because I wanted you to see the actual stitching on the back. You may choose something else, but the backs of marbled quilting can look spectacular.









Hopefully you will enjoy this technique. Email us with questions, and we are always interested in seeing your finished projects. To get you started, you can order fat quarters in this  swirl pattern at a discount from us. Just email deanm@marbledfab.com quarter for this tutorial, and give us an idea of the three or four colors you would like. Cost is $6.00 per fat quarter, plus $2.00 shipping and handling, up to three fat quarters.



Keep in mind that this marbled quilting works best if you have some definite contrast with your color choices. Copyright 2012 by Linda Moran and Marble-T Design, LLC. You may
NOT reproduce this handout in any format without express permission from the author or Marble-T Design, LLC.  {SewCalGal is also a copyright protect site, where you need to obtain permission to copy any insights, including photos}.

Completing This Tutorial as part of the 2012 FMQ Challenge?

While everyone is welcome to use this tutorial, 2012 FMQ participants can use this "bonus" tutorial on any fabric to claim completion of one of 12 of the FMQ tutorials required to enter to win a Grand Prize in this challenge.  And, IF you complete this tutorial using a hand-marbled fabric, from Linda Moran's store, you can also enter to win a fat quarter from Linda's collection. Simply be sure when you add your link to enter to be sure that your entry show appropriate details.  To clarify, if you are a blogger, your entry needs to show evidence you completed this tutorial and are posting to enter this particular challenge, and if you want to claim an entry to win a fat quarter of Linda Moran's hand-marbled fabrics, you need to show evidence that you completed your tutorial uing hand-marbled fabrics from Linda's store. And if you are not a blogger, you need to select your best photo, that shows you've met the criteria for this challenge, uploaded it to our flicker group and add a link to your photo to the linky below.  And, add a comment under that link to share appropriate insights on your entry to clarify if you are entering to show you completed this tutorial on any fabric, or if you completed it on Linda's hand-marbled fabrics and want to also enter to win a fat quarter of Linda's hand-marbled fabrics.




For bloggers:


Please post your entry on your blog. To clarify, you can include as many photos of this tutorial exercise in your post, but you can only add one link to the linky tool below. You may also want to include insights in your post about your past FMQ experience and thoughts about this tutorial. Totally, optional, but you may also want to let everyone know that you have taken the Pledge and you did this exercise to enter the the challenge this month, where randomly selected winners will win a prize. You may inspire others to want to join this challenge too!

For non-Bloggers:


1) You will need to have a Flickr account (www.flickr.com). 
2) Upload your photos for this month's challenge to Flickr, batch organize, send your photos to groups, select "2012 FMQ Challenge". While Flickr, limits the amount of text you can share in your description, feel free to share your perspective on this exercise and/or your past FMQ experience, if you wish.
3) After your photos have successfully been loaded to the "2012 FMQ Challenge" group, click on your best photo in that group, ideally one that shows the stencil and how you quilted using that stencil. Copy the URL link to your particular photo entry. Add that link to the linky tool above, to officially enter this show.



This tutorial was originally released as a Fun Friday Giveaway, with a giveaway for handmarbled fabrics, by Linda Moran.  While that giveaway is closed, Linda will be giving away one fat quarter of hand marbled fabrics to anyone that completes this tutorial in 2012, using her hand marbled fabrics.    To enter, follow the instructions above and be sure your blog post/Flickr entry reflects that you did this exercise on Linda's handmarbled fabrics.  To clarify, anyone can complete this tutorial and it can count as one of 12 that you need to complete to enter to win a Grand Prize, but if you do pursue this tutorial using Linda's Hand Marbled Fabrics, you'll also have an opportunity to win a fat quarter of her beautiful fabrics.

Update (Jan 27th):  The winner randomly selected from the participants that pursued this tutorial and entered by way of the 2012 FMQ Challenge, is:   June @ QuiltQuest


Did I mention a Giveaway?  **giveaway is now closed**

Dean and Linda Moran have generously offered three (3) Hand-Marbled Fat Quarters to followers of SewCalGal.  To clarify, three winners will be randomly selected and each will receive one Hand-Marbled Fat Quarter.  To enter to win, followers can simply leave a comment on this post.
But first, be sure when you enter a giveaway or contest you have a way to be contacted. If you are not sure, check out my post "WANTED: Quilters that never win at giveaways".

Want extra entries to help increase your chances of winning?  Leave a comment for each of the following options you wish to claim:
1) For those on Facebook, go "like" Marble-T Design on Facebook and leave a comment on their page, letting them know SewCalGal sent you.
2)  Subscribe to their newsletter, where you'll also automatically be entered to win free marbled fabric each month.
3) Visit their ETSY store and leave a comment here, letting me know what your favorite item in their store is.




Marble-T Design, LLC
Hand-Marbled Fine Art Fabrics

137 comments:

Linda said...

I love the marbled fabric! Thank you for the tutorial!

Barb said...

What a fun concept, I have never seen this before....maybe I should give it a try when I get home?

Nina Lise@Mrs Moen said...

Oooh i would love to try my hand at one of those! Thanks for the tutorial - and the chance to win one!

Malini said...

Love the tutorial and the fabrics. My favorite item from their Etsy shop is:
Marbled Windows Art Quilt Wall Hanging

It has all different blocks showcasing their Marbled art.

Annette said...

Very interesting tutorial. It sure adds to the texture of the quilt with out interfering withthe design ,only adds to it. And what a great give away to get us going on a new idea. thanks again.
in stitches

Lisa Cox said...

OMG! The fabrics are gorgeous! And I've never tried free motion quilting. I may have to play around with some material and do it someday.

Purl Buttons said...

I enjoyed the marbling class took long ago. Thanks to your tutorial I know how to use my precious 3 little squares of fabric.

Lisa Cox said...

I left a comment on Marble T Design's Facebook page.

Lisa Cox said...

I subscribed to their newsletter.

Purl Buttons said...

I "liked" Marbl-T on Facebook

Lisa Cox said...

I visited the Etsy shop. So many wonderful items!
But I think my favorite is the
Hand Marbled Wall Hanging "Rough Waters"

Purl Buttons said...

I really DO know how to spell Marble-T. I just go excited. I subscribed to their newsletter.

Purl Buttons said...

My favorite from the Marbel-T etsy store is Hand Marbled White Satin Wall Hanging "Rock Garden" which I think should be in an art museum. So, if you are looking for a gift to give me, I would be pleased to receive "On The Rocks"

Diane N said...

That marbled fabric is very cool!

Vicki said...

love the marble fabric and the tute. would love to learn how to make the fabric, too. And I never win give a away. keeping my fingers crossed.
Vicki

Linda E in AZ said...

Oh, some gorgeous marbled fabric would be just wonderful! Thanks for showing your work.

Agnes B Bullock said...

GREAT TUTORIAL! Love the marbled fabrics- prefer to batiks!

following on facebook and left a comment, subscribed to the newsletter and am following the etsy shop too! Loved the hand marbled cotton fat quarter in pastels- the pink one!

DachsiesWithMoxieMama@gmail.com

Jean said...

The fabric is beautiful and I love the free-motion quilting ideas.

Phyllis said...

I like Marble-T on facebook.

Phyllis said...

I am subscribed to Marble-T newsletter.

Phyllis said...

Favorite item is Marbled Windows Art Quilt.

Ramona said...

Thanks for this post. Awesome information. Really accents marble textures. I have a large piece of fabric painted by my daughter that I'm trying to decide how to accent. This was a great help.

Ramona said...

Visited Etsy. I was going to say my favorite was the gift bowl. Great gift...gorgeous bowl, fun fabrics to play with, plus notecards.

But then I say "On the Rocks" That wins for me.

What Comes Next? said...

quilting on marbled fabric looks amazing! Would love to give it a try.

Sally King said...

I love marbled fabric. I have some in dusty rose with feathers. This would be a great way to finish it.
Sally@BabyStepsQuilting.com

Sally King said...

Left a comment on Marble.
Sally@BabyStepsQuilting.com

Jacquelin said...

Estupendo tutorial y más ahora que estamos practicando tanto.
Buen fin de semana.

Cornwoman said...

What a fun tutorial! Thanks for the opportunity to win a fq of marbled fabric!

Cornwoman said...

I went to the Etsy site and my favorite one is the red and blue one on the header for the marbles. My next favorite one is the "On The Rocks". The colors and marbling on those two just knocked me out!

Jacquelin said...

He pasado por facebook y he dejado un comentario.

De su tienda en Etsy me han gustado las cestas con telas y postales.

Un saludo

suemac said...

I love the hand marbled fat quarter in pastel. That pink is speaking to me.

Diane said...

Thanks for the tutorial. Thanks for the giveaway.

Diane said...

Went to the Etsy shop. Love the last fabric - the explosion one. Thanks for the giveaway.

Colleen said...

Very nice tutorial. Lovely fabric.

luntville@aznex.net

Suzanne said...

What a terrific idea - thanks for the tutorial...now to get some marbled fabric and get to the machine...

Mary Jerz said...

Beautiful fabric! Thanks for the giveaway.

Heather Vitella said...

What a fun idea. I have never seen marbled fabric "up Close" like this! Thanks for sharing.

Heather

teachpany said...

I haven't played with marbled fabrics, but I have used a fabric design to support the stitching design I've chosen. It's fun! Great tutorial. Thanks.

teachpany said...

I like them on Facebook. Thanks.

teachpany said...

Their Etsy store has some great FQs. The set in that beautiful blue rope basket is great, but I just want the basket!! Thanks.

stichnRN said...

1) For those on Facebook, go "like" Marble-T Design on Facebook and leave a comment on their page, letting them know SewCalGal sent you.

CHECK!!

stichnRN said...

2) Subscribe to their newsletter, where you'll also automatically be entered to win free marbled fabric each month.

CHECK!!!

stichnRN said...

3) Visit their ETSY store and leave a comment here, letting me know what your favorite item in their store is.

love that purple woven table runner. great idea!!! those marbles are fantastic. would ove to have someone come to our guild to teach this.

CHECK!!!!!!!!

Laura said...

I love marbled fabric! So I headed on over to facebook and liked their page. Thank you for introducing Marble-T!

Laura said...

My favorite item in Marble-T's Etsy store is the white satin wall-hanging 'Rock Garden'. It is fabulous! I really love the stone pattern and I love gardens, so the two together are gorgeous! I gotta say though, I think the fabric basket would make a great treat for any quilter/fiber artist!

Laura said...

And I just signed up with Marble-T's newsletter! Woohoo!!!

RustyAvenger said...

Just beautiful....the fabric and the FMQ.

Marcia W. said...

This is really a modern way of doing a whole cloth quilt. Thanks for the tutorial. I am a follower.

Marcia W. said...

This is really a modern way of doing a whole cloth quilt. Thanks for the tutorial. I am a follower.

Jayardi said...

• • • Love the marbles and the quilting on them. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

Jayardi said...

• • • Ooh, that On the Rocks is absolutely gorgeous. Would love to have a piece like that.

Jayardi said...

• • • I thought I might be able to qualify on their wall page, but that didn't work. Guess one of these days I'll have to join facebook. :(

Jayardi said...

• • • I just signed up for the newsletter. Think they'll send me a FQ for my birthday? ;)

Marcia W. said...

I subscribed some time ago to Dean and Linda Moran's newsletter. Just recently after a hiatus, they e-mailed a new one. Their site is interesting and discusses in general their process for marbled fabric (like this article).

Ashlea Tenner said...

I would love to try this technique on marbled fabric. Thanks for the giveaway!

Ashlea Tenner said...

I love the colors in: Hand Marbled Wall Hanging "Rough Waters"

Rhonda P. said...

Great tutorial!

Talin's Corner said...

Thanks for the tutorial. The marble fabric is beautiful.

Mike Pearson said...

I love the multicoloured explosion in their etsy store!

Mike Pearson said...

marble, marble bo barble, bonana fana bo marble, fe fi mo marble... MARBLE!

Mike Pearson said...

I liked Marble T on facebook :)

Mike Pearson said...

I subscribed to the Marble T Designs newsletter... COOL!

Connie said...

What a great tutorial, thanks for sharing!

Connie said...

I like Marble-T Design on FB! Thanks!

Connie said...

I subscribed t o their newsletter.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Gorgeous fabric!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I liked them on FB.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I like the gift baskets

Janet said...

Thanks for this interesting tutorial. Lovely fabric!

Carol J said...

These fabrics are gorgeous and would make a wonderful accent fabric for any quilt! thank you for the tutorial, and for the giveaway opportunity as well :-)

Kim D. said...

Great tut and the fabric is gorgeous. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

Sewgirl said...

The marbled fabrics are beautiful. I can think of lots of ways to use them..!!

Quilting Babcia said...

Just visited their website and the fabrics are gorgeous! Thanks for the tutorial and opportunity to win.

SewLindaAnn said...

Cool! Fabric looks fun and I love the free motion quilting idea.

SewLindaAnn said...

Left a comment on their Facebook page. Their banner fabric is amazing.

SewLindaAnn said...

Getting the Newsletter.

SewLindaAnn said...

Neat Etsy shop. I loved one of the multi-toned fat qtrs. The Satin wall hanging wasn't bad either:)

Jill said...

Wow, I would love to try that! Beautiful!

Rachelle said...

That is gorgeous fabric, and I love your quilting of it.

Beth said...

So lovely. Thanks for a wonderful tutorial.

Beth said...

So lovely. Thanks for a wonderful tutorial.

Beth said...

So lovely. Thanks for a wonderful tutorial.

Hannele said...

It seems that the shop doesn't ship to Finland so it's impossible for me to use this tutorial to replace the one I missed earlier. Would it instead be possible to use a fabric that I have marbled myself?

Laura said...

Marbling is one technique I have on my to-do list! Would love to win a FQ of this gorgeous fabric.

hueisei said...

Beautiful fabrics. I love to win...
Thanks for the tute! ;)

Karen M said...

Thank you for sharing this tutorial on marbled fabric. Very interesting. And thanks for the chance to win a piece of fabric.

Kathy ~~~ said...

Very Very cool! Thanks for the chance to win a fq.

Dorothy Matheson said...

Thanks for the great tutorial. I would love some fabric to try out the technique.

Josie McRazie said...

Beautiful tutorial!!

Josie McRazie said...

I think if I were going to get something from their shop I would go with a gift basket! I love precuts that way I get a little bit of everything! It is like eating at a buffet! LOL

ELNM said...

I've seen hand-marbled paper but not fabric - beautiful! Thanks to all for the chance to win!

ELNM said...

I subscribed to their newsletter - thanks for the chance to win!

KAM said...

I love their fabrics! Especially liked "On the Rocks"...and the hand marbled white satin...luscious.

Kristin

KatheG said...

Love the fabric - thanks for the tutorial.

KatheG said...

I went to FB and 'Liked' them. Thanks for the intro.

KatheG said...

I am also subscribing to their newsletter.

KatheG said...

Guess 'Rock Garden' would be on the top of my list (followed by
Purple Batik Quilted Table Runner ). Thanks.

Lyn said...

The marble fabrics are beautiful and have such artistic interest! I love how you did the quilting with the flow of the fabric.

Jodi said...

I have never seen marbling done on fabric. I remember doing it on paper in primary school. The fabric is just beautiful.

Marjorie said...

I love marbled fabric-what a wonderful giveaway. And the tutorial for quilting opens whole new horizons for me. I signed up for newsletter, liked on FB, and couldn't find a way to comment on Etsy, but following them on Twitter now and favorited on Etsy. I'm going to love seeing their products.

2ne said...

Beautiful fabric :-)
Have a great and creative week.

California Fiber artist and composer said...

Using the marbles for quilting is a great idea. This company produces wonderful fabrics

The Quilted Dog said...

Thanks for the marbled fabric quilting tutorial -- now I know what to do with a beautiful piece of fabric I have.

My favorite is the quilt "Rough Water"; it is just beautiful!

LeAnne said...

I love marbled fabrics. I'm so in love with it, I hate to use it.

LeAnne said...

I just liked Marble-T Design on FB.

LeAnne said...

I subscribed to their newsletter too.

LeAnne said...

If I had the money, I'd get the Rough Waters wallhanging in a heartbeat. Those blues and grays and so soothing.

Karen M said...

what a great idea to get into free motion quilting

Quilting Babcia said...

Thanks again for this tutorial. I was the lucky eBay bidder on two pieces of of Dean and Linda's gorgeous fabric this morning - will be trying this technique out soon. A big thank you to you SewCalGal for continuing to keep us excited about this FMQ challenge - we're all learning so much this year and loving the process and the new friends we've made through this group.

Elvis Lives said...

I love the red and black piece, because I love red

KatieQ said...

I visited their Etsy shop. I really love the Purple Batik Quilted Table Runner.

KatieQ said...

I subscribed to their newsletter.

KatieQ said...

Thank you for sharing the tutorial. I have n ever used marbleized fabric. I love the way it looks with the FMQ.

cpup40 said...

I have never used mableized fabric. Thank you for sharing the tutorial and having this giveaway.

cpup40 said...

I liked them on facebook.

cpup40 said...

I signed up for their newsletter.

cpup40 said...

Favorite item is Marbled Windows Art Quilt.

AmiSimms said...

TEST :)

Katrine said...

Beautiful fabric :)

Karrie S said...

1. I followed Marble T Designs on facebook

Karrie S said...

2. i subscribed to their newsletter

Karrie S said...

3. I looked at their store and like all their fabric fat quarters :) Thanks for the chance to win

quilt 'n piece said...

Thank you for putting up this tutorial on marbled fabric. What a really great idea. I would love to win some marbled fat quarters to experience this new technique. Many thanks SoCalGal!

Bettina Groh said...

Very interesting tutorial! And the fabrics are awesome! Please enter me in the giveaway!

Lyndsey said...

The tutorial on the FMQ on the marbled fabrics was very inspiring. I am a beginner at FMQ but having great fun learning.The effects on the fabric was amazing and would love to win some marbled fabric

June D said...

Thank you for sharing the tutorial - what fun it will be 'someday' to try this out. I used to have my students make marbled paper - was amazing how beautiful their projects would be! Please put my name in the hat for the drawing. Thanks!

Elaine said...

This is so helpful and exciting. I believe I have bought from them before (long ago) but have been shy about using the pieces I got because then I will not 'have' them any longer! Silly but true.

Linda E in AZ said...

I had planned to participate in this bonus project since the technique is quite interesting, but I was dismayed to find out that I have to buy the instructor's fabric in order to get the proper credit for it. Since I already have some perfectly good pieces of marbled fabric in my large stash, I do not plan to go out and buy some more. Sorry that this approach is being taken for the bonus projects....

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I already like Marble T on FB

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I subscribed to the newsletter.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I like the rough waters wall hanging

Bonnie58 said...

I love the technique. Can't wait to try a piece of marbled fabric.

Karen said...

Wow, if you haven't looked at their etsy shop, do so! I have never seen fabric like this, it's amazing. And made for FMQ!

June D said...

I just found this extra technique for SewCalGal. Sounds like fun - thank you for sharing it.

Lynn said...

Beautiful marbled fabrics - would love to win. Thanks for the tutorial too.

savvyquilter said...

Very organic on the marbled fabric. Thanks for sharing!

savvyquilter said...

Beautiful on the marbled fabric - thanks for sharing.