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Have you ever used paints or pens on fabric and then quilted it?
It can be a lot of fun!
The other day I was checking out some blogs and found a great blog called Doodling in my Mind with a tutorial on using Sharpies on fabric. Last winter I did some pillows with my grandchildren which you can see here.
Darla’s work was so beautiful (you’ll see it below) that I couldn’t wait to dig out all of my Sharpies and supplies to try this. I used an old sheet for the fabric.
Now this past week has been busy…..so I quickly read her tutorial and…didn’t go back before I started to play. I had the rubbing alcohol but couldn’t find my eye droppers (found yesterday) but I was in a hurry to make a sample piece so I used a straw. I put freezer paper on the back of my work. That was fine but I didn’t remove it before I used the rubbing alcohol.
Well, I put way too much alcohol on the fabric and with the freezer paper it just kept spreading and spreading….so I pulled of the freezer paper and hurriedly put about 3 very absorbent paper towels behind it. This really pulled a lot of color out of it. 3 mistakes…Darla if you’re reading this I’m sure you’re shaking your head!
Even with all the mistakes I still wanted to do something with it and free motion quilting on my 15-91 Vintage Singer seemed like a perfect place to practice some stitching. The leaves are a little different with the bleeding but I really like the flowers.
On the blue flower I used variegated thread first but didn’t care for it so I went around again with dark brown. Then I decided to do it with the other flowers after I did them first with coordinating colors. I wouldn’t let myself go back and look at Darla’s until I was done.
This is Darla’s work! Isn’t it beautiful! I love the way she added all the detail with the black sharpie! Be sure to stop by her blog Doodling in my Mind where you’ll find lots of other great creations! She also designs fabrics and I just realized she is the sister of Linda at Buzzing and Bumbling so I have actually seen her fabrics before! Small internet!
I heat set my design several times and used permanent Sharpies. When I made the pillows with my grandchildren I think I only heat set them once and the last time I was at their house I saw that one of them had bleed after washing but it still looked nice.
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