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Making a rusted fabric art quilt

A while ago, I shared the directions for making rusted fabric with you. At the time, I wasn't sure what I was going to use the fabric for, but eventually the idea came to me to stamp paint some metallic swirls and circles on it to fill it out, and to turn it into a small quilt. Here's how this piece came to be, step by step.

Create some rusted fabric or choose whatever fabric you want for the background.

Choose some stamps (preferably ones you've made) and a metallic acrylic paint or two to stamp with. I chose Metallic Rust Lumiere, by Jaquard.

Using foil adhesive, apply foil shapes to your surface. I used the foam brush to make three rectangles with the adhesive. After it dried, I applied foil and rubbed it into place.

Stitch the surface fabric to a piece of cotton batting. The threads I used are metallic, but they don't show up well in this photo. After anchoring the top and batting together, I embellished with some beads. Then, keeping right sides together, stitch the quilt to a backing on three sides, and then turn it right side out. Turn under the raw edges to the inside, and stitch around the entire edge, just an eigth to a quarter of an inch inside the edge.

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