Saturday, 13 September 2014

Hooray - another UFO finished off!

This is another wallhanging I started off in July following a DMTV demo (www.lindakemshall.com) where Linda made a stencil to use with a whole selection of different techniques.  In this version I've used my leaf stencils (cut out of cereal box cardboard) with Markal paintstiks on the top row followed by discharge paste, sponged fabric paint, painted fusible web and on the bottom row a simple fabric marker pen. 
I've used free motion stitching for the background in deep red thread and a couple of Jacquard Lumiere fabric paints (crimson and metallic bronze) to give definition to the motifs.  I chose a narrow striped fabric in co-ordinating colours to give a fun zingy touch for the binding.
This is the simple marker pen used to outline the leaf shapes then fabric paint applied for detail.

The discharge paste removed the colour from the black fabric providing necessary contrast to ensure the motifs stand out from the background.

Sponged fabric paint gave interesting visual texture.

I used a blend of red and brown Markal for these motifs.

Painted fusible web gives a different look altogether.

I made a deep hanging sleeve on the reverse (to help the quilt to hang nice and flat when the hanging rod in inserted) and added a decorative machine stitch on the side edges for extra interest.

For anyone who isn't too familiar with the quilting process my simple quilted cushion cover kits are a great way to 'have a go' to see how it all works. 
The picture panels come in many different colourways and designs and make up into approx. 18"x18" cushion covers.

It's just a case of making up the quilt sandwich with the picture panel on the top, the wadding in the middle and the backing fabric on the bottom, pinning and tacking the layers to keep them in place and then stitching around the motifs.  In the pack there's fabric for an envelope back to complete the cushion cover.  
They look great stitched by machine or by hand and are available at Number One Tearoom in Bank Street, Bridgnorth or by post.   
Please email to discuss designs.
Instructions included.
£10 each (+ p&p).
maureen@quiltingplace.com

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