Time and Tide…


Time and tide waits for no man…

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’.

  1. Iron a piece of freezer paper onto the back of your fabric.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 :)


I am linking this post with Fiona at Celtic Thistle Stitches for New to Me in 2017

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

13 thoughts on “Time and Tide…

  1. Flashinscissors

    Wow! Great idea, Janine! I have used acrylic paint on fabric, and also have some fabric paints (as yet unused), but I hadn’t thought of painting instead of appliqué. I’ll be on the lookout for a project to try this out!
    Your block looks very pretty, nice quilting too. I like the gold line on the other fabric too, great effect!
    Barbara x


  2. Carol

    I did a lot of fabric painting YEARS ago. The paints they have today are so much better and prettier. I like the textured effect you got, even though you were not going for that look. Very interesting to paint a motif then stitch around it. Nice interpretation too. I absolutely love worded fabric. It makes a great background on this piece too.
    xx, Carol


  3. soma @ whimsandfancies.com

    I love your idea of sewing around the outline of the shapes. I have been searching for a gold paint for a while. I will definitely give Pabeo a try. Thank you for the tutorial and the information. I was wondering if you could use fabric medium to make the paint a bit more fluid. I showed this piece to my husband. His reaction – “She is AMAZING!! She is just AMAZING!!” :) Needless to say, I love it too! :)



  4. Julie

    That’s really clever, I’ve seen lots of comments on my main FB page but not really seen anything that I like or have thought that I would want to do, but this is really lovely.

    Hope you’re keeping well.


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