(Please Pin one of these two photos please and thank you!!) =cD
I had a little time in between customer projects for some "play" time. ;c) When I saw THIS QUILT made by Pat at "Color Me Quilty" I just HADDDD to try it. . like RIGHT THEN.
Awhile back my friend Kellie and I drove up to Craft3000 in Parkersburg, WV. They are the only craft store anywhere near me that still carries procion mx dyes and they have a HUGE collection of textile paints. I had never been to the store before and so I purchased a few dyes and a a few colors (red/yellow/blue/green&brown) of Jacquard textile Paints. It's been awhile but I finally pulled them out to give them a try.
Another thing I wanted to try was the giant dahlia pattern. BUT, instead of doing a regular pieced quilt, I just used the design and decided to make it a wholecloth quilt. It's not "giant" (only about 52cm wide) - it's more FUN size. ;c)
I colored it in the way I liked it and saved it.
Then I went back to black and white so I could print it and trace onto my fabric.
If you all are not familiar with the program called "POSTERAZOR" you SHOULD be. It is an invaluable tool for quilting. It's a completely free program that allows you to take a photo and make it any size you want. Then it turns it into a .pdf so you can print it. It's completely user friendly and I would pay big money for the program. . but like I said, it's completely free.
I measured my fabric and it was around 55cm wide so I made the dahlia print out at about 50cm.
I taped the pattern together and laid it under my fabric. Then I used a clover water soluable marker to trace the pattern.
This has been a real eye-opening experience for me. After finding out how EASY it is to paint a quilt, the possibilities are really endless!!! Be sure to check out the link to Pat's blog at the beginning of this post to see how she did hers. She used all "Lumiere" paints, meaning they will work on even dark colored fabrics and they're all metallic.
As I was working on this I looked through my photos I took at this year's International Quilt Festival, and I think NOW I realize how some of the quilts were done. They were PAINTED!!!! I just can't believe it.
My next project I definitely want to try painting on black fabric with the Lumiere metallic paints.I really think with these methods I could make a quilt that I felt confident enough about to enter into a quilt show.
BUT, is painting a quilt cheating? I think I kind of thought it was before trying it myself. But it's SO much work. . maybe even more work then actually appliqueing each piece. But it's less limited to the fabrics you can find or dye. Your color palette is only limited to your imagination.