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Painting fabrics for a new quilt

It almost never happens that I know exactly what I'm going to make before I start making it!  But this time, it's different.  When I finished beading the sunprinted fabric piece last week, I knew that my next project was going to be to paint some more fabrics and use them in a quilt.  And that it was going to be silk.  And that it was going to be 100% hand stitched.

So the first step was obviously to tear up some silk fabrics that I had and paint them.  I mostly used the method that I refer to as painting fabrics in a plastic bag.  But I also used kosher salt on some fabrics that were laid out in the sun, and I did some sunprinting with ferns on one of the green pieces.  There are a lot of other fabric painting tutorials available at the link.  Take your pick, mix and match!    

Here's a look at my drying rack full of fabric "samples".  The large piece of fabric underneath the upper layer is just a ratty old towel to help catch the drips.  And you'll notice that my lovely wood floors are also protected by a drop cloth...I'm a total slob when I'm working ;-)

I hope to have the quilt layout ready to show you by next week.

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I have to laugh at the statements "It almost never happens that I know exactly what I am going to make before I start it" and the "I'm a total slob when working"... both fit me so appropriately! I'm glad to know it isn't just me, and I can't wait to see what you come up with. Right now, I am off to check out some of those fabric painting tutorials!
Cyndi L said…
:-) I am a slob, even though I don't mean to be. I think most of it is because I'm really clumsy!
Cherie said…
I liked that statement too! I usually know what I'm going to make, but when I get started it turns into something else. LOL!
Cindy said…
I love that statement also, but Creativity is Messy! And I love it! You do such beautiful work.

Hugs XX