his is interesting……
I am now in the process of completing another quilt comprised of fabric that is hand painted. It is the technique I tried to use to paint the quilt top that I would like to share. Initially, I wanted the top of the quilt to be a whole cloth quilt. In the past, I have always secured the unpainted fabric to a smooth, flat surface and used a large brush to brush the fabric paint onto the fabric. This time the quilt was going to be larger size and I did not have a smooth flat surface large enough to accommodate the piece of fabric I wanted to use. OK, no problem, I decided to hang the fabric and pour the diluted paint onto the surface of the fabric from a container. That is when the education began…
I diluted the fabric paint in a number of different containers trying to get a totally mixed color that would pour evenly over the fabric. What I discovered was no matter the container or how much I mixed the paint there was always a few specks of paint that would not totally and completely dissolve in the diluting water. So, when I poured the diluted paint over the fabric tiny “specks” of undiluted paint would sit on the surface of the fabric and later turn into little spots of darker paint once the fabric was dry. Sometimes the spots spread and streaked on the surface of the fabric because the fabric was hanging and not laying on a flat surface. Not the effect I was looking for. I had never had that experience before, probably because in the process of brushing the paint on fabric, the brush would “brush out” any little specks of undiluted fabric paint.
In the end, I cut the fabric into strips, cutting around the speckled bits and sewed the strips together to complete my quilt top. Who knows, maybe the pieced top will be even more interesting than a whole cloth top.
The moral is, never, never give up. Embrace the learning experience and just figure out a way to make it work. Quilters are really good at that!
And remember to give yourself permission to play every day.
Until next time,