I made an inspirational quilt this week. I love adding uplifting words to my art that remind me of the good things in life.
I started with a piece of white cotton fabric with a tight weave so that it is easy to paint.
I painted loose flowers in light purple, let them dry and then heat set the paint. I did the same for the dark purple flowers and the turquoise flowers
I painted inside the dark purple and turquoise flowers with Stewart Gill Metamica paints in Moonlight and Heather Mist and the centers with a silver Lumiere textile paint.
I stenciled the open area with the Amiens Plan Cathedral stencil with Stewart Gill Metamica paint in Moonlight.
I let that paint dry and then heat set. Heat setting between layers keeps the colors from mixing together when I want them to stay separate.
I colored in the open areas with Derwent Inktense pencils and activated it with textile medium. I left the light purple flowers white. I let that dry and then heat set again.
Next I squared up the dry fabric painting and cut a backing and batting.
I bagged out the quilt to finish the edges. I basted the batting to the wrong side of the backing fabric. Then I placed the right sides of both fabrics together and stitched a narrow seam all the way around except for an opening on the bottom of the quilt.
I trimmed the batting close to the seam lines and cut off the corners at a diagonal.
I turned the quilt the right side out and pressed it. I removed all the basting threads. I pressed in the fabric edges on the opening too. I slip stitched the edges closed.
Next I used free motion stitching to sew with a dark purple thread around my painted flowers and I thread doodled in the open areas.
I sewed around the light purple flowers with a turquoise thread and I thread doodled swirls in the petals.
I wrote words on a piece of tracing paper and cut them out. I used these to figure out the word arrangement.
When I was happy with the arrangement I used a fabric pen to write words on the stenciled side of the quilt.
I used free motion stitching to write over the words in a thick variegated purple thread.
I free motion stitched, with a blue thread that matched the Metamica paint, around the words.
I steam pressed the whole quilt to smooth out the wrinkles.
I hope that you go and make your own inspirational piece of art.
This quilt still needs a name. If you have a suggestion you could leave me a note in the comments.
After I decide how I want to hang this quilt and finish that portion this beauty will be for sale.
Have a creative weekend,