art quilt

Best Fabric Painting Yet!!

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Finished painting this portrait quilt!  I wanted to share it with all of you, because it is the best I have done to this date!!  I’ve added photos to show the process of the painting.

All of the fabric pieces were cut, glued, and sewn down before I started painting.  Details were painted on each piece.  Every time I do a piece, I learn more and more.  This time around, I learned more about values.

Actually, this trick was mentioned in Quilting Arts TV just this week (I don’t know the episode number).  They said to use the camera on your phone, bring it to black and white to find the values.

So, I printed the actual photo I was painting from in black and white, and used the camera on my phone to take photos (in black and white) of each step to get the values correct!  It helped so much!!!

There was another very important lesson that I learned.  After painting with acrylic paints, make sure you want to quilt in that spot.  When a quilt stitch is ripped out, the hole from the needle and thread will remain in the painted fabric.  I’m still working on closing up the holes by painstakingly using a pin to move the threads around the hole to close up each one.  Then steam from my iron to help keep it there and take out any wrinkles I have caused.

Instead, I have learned that a little quilting on these types of quilts goes a long way.  The “free motion” quilting enhances visual movement while prevents physical movement of the fabric.  What I really want to stand out is my painting on the fabric.  The free motion is there to enhance the painting.

It’s a long hard lesson!!!  You can bet I won’t do that again!!!

Please leave a comment.  I would love to hear your opinion (or suggestions to correct this issue)!

Have a wonderful Day!!

Pam