Saturday, January 14, 2012

Second mixed media quiltlet

I made another quiltlet similar to the one I showed in the tutorial on Monday. When I started this one, I didn't have a scanner or a way to download my camera. When I finally got the photos off the camera, they were stored on a computer that had a virus. So all I can do is walk you through the process of what I did, and how this quiltlet differs from the one I made for a friend at Christmas and featured in Monday's tutorial here.

The most obvious difference is the fabric "sandwich." This one is in the form of a heart. All the other steps for the heart "sandwich" are the same, as I detail in the next photo. Also, instead of using joint compound as my embellishment, I covered this one in tulle, after I sewed around the quiltlet front and batting in a free form style.

To detail the heart, I cut through three fabrics to expose the ones underneath. I then painted a script rubber stamp using red fluid acrylic paint I applied with a paint brush (as opposed to a makeup sponge like I used in Monday's tutorial). I then sewed the heart onto the hand dyed fabric background using a very close zig-zag stitch.

For some reason, I felt the quiltlet was too plain, so I overdyed some previously tea stained lace. For the back of this quiltlet, I also dyed the same background fabric I used on the front.

Can you tell this is the same fabric as the blue quiltlets (shown here and the last photo of this post) I made for Christmas presents? I bought several yards of this fabric on a bolt and will be using it in as many ways as possible over the next few months when I need fabric. It is a neutral beige and overdyes quite well. I am not as pleased with the red and pink together as I'd hoped I'd be, but right now I'm fighting with my limited fabric supply. In fact, I know my friend Halle sent me the light blue fabric and I believe the other colors, too (except the background, of course).

This quiltlet is about 6.5 inches wide by about 12 inches long. That does not include the loops, which I like to make long enough that they have about a 2 inch opening when sewn to the quiltlet.

Sorry for limited photos. However, if you saw my tutorial on Monday, you should be able to follow the process and/or make this one.

6 thoughtful remarks:

Healing Woman said...

The fabric "sandwich" is one I will use for a future project. I do love the appeal of the layered effect with see through mystery.

Thanks so much for showing this one and last Mondays technique.


Now putting my dislike of the colour pink to one side - I like the rest of this one, cool stitching :) looking forward to seeing what you do with the rest of the material. I've managed to secure some scraps of material from a WOYWW friend of ours (I went for the bold faced asking method) and I have some fabric pens on the way.............

~*~Patty S said...

I Love everything about this creation E!
I am a big fan of hearts and what you've done with this one is really special...tulle is also a fav of really added a certain something to this piece along with your sewing outline stitches!
Your photos are nice and sharp too.
thanks as always for sharing

Dianne said...

fabulous quiltlet! love the stitching in this one...

Halle said...

Lovely quiltlet. The lace on the bottom gives it an extra kick of femininity.

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