Have you tried something new this month and linked up with Fiona at Celtic Thistle Stitches?
I have been trying out Pebeo Setacolor Opaque fabric paints. I came upon this after googling in search of gold fabric paint for a project which must remain secret for a little while. I found the gold very easy to work with and I was delighted with the results. The line below is 1/4″ wide and I’m sure it would have have taken me much longer to applique and would have been much more cumbersome.
In case you are tempted to try it out, here is a quick ‘how to’.
- Iron a piece of freezer paper onto the back of your fabric.
- Either paint freehand or draw an outline (I used a Frixon pen) and fill carefully with paint. You may need several layers. The gold, above, was one layer but the photo of the white, below, was also taken after one layer, which was disappointing.
- When the paint is dry, remove the freezer paper and iron the BACK of your fabric for 5 minutes.
5. Layer your piece with wadding and backing fabric to make a ‘quilt sandwich’.
6. Quilt as desired, as they say! I sewed around the outline of my shapes and then quilted straight lines in the background.
The ‘Time and Tide’ block, unfortunately, didn’t go so well as the gold and purple one. I found the colours seemed less opaque and painting over them resulted in a more textured effect than I wanted (perhaps something that a softer brush might help). Also, the presser foot kept sticking on the painted areas and I’m not sure if that was because the paint was thicker (more layers) or whether it was the fabric or thread. I wonder if a teflon foot might help as I imagine it’s quite similar to sewing vinyl, which I’ve never tried… I certainly think there are a lot of possibilities for integrating this into quilts, though, and the colours, which are water based, are mixable and can also be be mixed with a special paint to give a pearlised effect so there many exciting possibilities I have yet to attempt :)
Janine @ Rainbow Hare