techniques and elements project

Art Quilts 14 & 15

These two quilts are the last of the project.

14) “445”

“445”
stones, sun printing, thread painting

Sunlight
Muslin
Cotton fabric
Felt batting
Golden Fluid Acrylic – ultramarine blue
Piece of foam sponge
Sea stones
Metallic thread – gold
Polyester thread – copper
Found objects – old keys, metal no.4

To create the sun printed quilt top, I spread the paint out on the muslin with the sponge, making sure the muslin was highly saturated. It was a nice sunny day so I put the fabric outside on the grass and placed the metal number and the keys on top. When it was fully dry I removed the objects and added the felt batting. I thread painted inside the little openings within the object’s shapes then hand stitched the stones onto the quilt. Added the cotton fabric backing.

Tip:  Metallic thread is iffy when machine stitching. I used a metallic needle and the thread still broke intermittently. Stitching slowly helps.

15) “puffy pear”

“puffy pear”
tie dye, transfer (digital), trapunto, trim

Muslin
Cotton fabric
Felt batting
Jaquard Textile Color – golden rod, olive green, sky blue
Rubber bands
Plastic container
Beaded trim
Polyester fiberfil batting
Polyester thread – copper
Transfer Artist’s Paper
Royalty free image – pear
Inkjet printer
Latex gloves

After randomly tying the rubber bands around the tightly squeezed muslin, I put the fabric in a plastic container and squeezed out paint on top of it, purposely leaving some white spaces. I squished it with gloved hands to work the paint in and left it to dry overnight. Somehow the green took over but the tie-dye effect was a success. The pear image was printed on Artist’s Transfer Paper, cut out and then ironed onto the quilt top. The fiberfil batting was put under the pear shape and I stitched an outline around it to create the trapunto effect. I then trimmed of the excess fiberfil and made the quilt sandwich. I free motion stitched around the pear to bring out the puffiness. The trim was added to the bottom.

Tips:  Although many paints nowadays are non-toxic, if your hands are going to be dabbling in a lot of paint, as a precaution it may be best to wear gloves. Regarding, trapunto, it is best done using polyester batting. It creates more dimension than cotton batting.

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