Stupendous Stitching: Adventures in Surface Design »
Type of item: Home Decor
White bleached muslin, acrylic paints, yarns, threads, commercial piping for binding.
What was your inspiration?
One night I wet painted the fabric with acrylic paint and put some rock salt on it. The rock salt left the dark blue spots with the light ghost like tails. The next morning I woke up with the quilt title in my head, During the night my brain decided that the little ghost things were tadpoles. There is also a frog face close to the center. The full title is Especially Pollywogs and Tadpoles, Even Frogs. Then I stenciled and stamped more things on the surface and wrote the title in the lower right. Then I wrote in the upper left"Wow the things we see..." Next I just let things flow as they do for Stupendous Stitching projects. The whole time I was working on it I kept thinking about my Aunt. I decided the quilt must be for her. My projects speak to me as I make them, LOL. Yesterday was my aunt's birthday. She loves it, of course :) She loves green and she loves tadpoles.
What are you most proud of?
Bringing blank white fabric to life.
I love looking in my stash of yarns and things and finding just the right thing for the quilt. The red dots are die cut fabric with fusible web on the back that were left from a Christmas holly wreath project. I inherited a stash of piping from my mother that I have been enjoying using as bindings.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Just take some white fabric and paints (fabric paint or acrylic). Be careful with acrylic paint that you don't have it too thick and make the fabric stiff. Experiment with having the fabric wet or dry. Be very random and let the colors mix and change as they want to.
If you don't like it when it is dry, so what, it is only a piece of fabric, start over. Don't be intimidated by painting on fabric.
Look at it from all 4 directions to see which way should be the top.
After it is dry stencil, stamp, write on it, draw on it, whatever you feel like.