Hi everyone! It’s Kim Lapacek of Persimon Dreams here! I’m really excited to share with you a new technique I played with to “make fabric” that I could use in a quilt for the Project QUILTING Challenge “Through the Eyes of a Child.”
- Liquid Fabric Fuse
- DecoFoil Transfer Sheets
- Scraps of Fabric that read solids (I used hand-dyes)
- Fusible Interfacing – Light Weight -slightly smaller than the scraps of fabric
- Paper plate
- Circle Sponges, (or stamps of any shape – whatever makes you happy)
- DecoFoil Parchment Paper
- Aluminum Foil
Since I am doing this project with my kiddo’s I got all my supplies ready right away. It makes keeping things sane a lot easier when I’m prepared.
On the backs of your fabric scraps, press HeatnBond® Light Weight –Fusible Interfacing. I did this to help soak up a bit of the excess Fabric Fuse Liquid Adhesive. As we were working on the fabric we worked over aluminum foil – I though this would be a good medium for underneath the fabric as it dries. It was easy to peel off without having bits stuck to the fabric.
I had my eight year old daughter Capri work on making the fabric first because of how much she loves art (and my oldest was busy with her homework). Pour the Fabric Fuse onto the paper plate. I had four fabric scraps prepared for each child … one of each color. Using the circle stampers, the kids stamped onto the fabric scraps in any design they desired.
Even my four year old had fun working on this project.
Once the Fabric Fuse™ was stamped on we pressed DecoFoil™ sheets on top of the fabric. The next step was probably the hardest of them all … we let the Fabric Fuse dry before we pulled it off. I left it for an entire day. If you pull the DecoFoil sheets before the Fabric Fuse has dried, it will not stick to the fabric.
Once the Fabric Fuse was completely dry, Pip had a lot of fun helping me pull all the DecoFoil™ Transfer Sheets off. I just love the end result! Each piece was so unique and I love when I can use my children’s creations in my work.
Now – how do I make this into a quilt? Well – I decided to just go for it and let things happen. I found a really fun border print with lots of crazy circles all over it (pretty much perfect a project inspired by children). I cut the strips into 1.0″, 1.25″, 1.5″, 1.75″, and 2.0″ strips. I then started to randomly sew these onto the scraps of fabric the girls “made” for me.
I continued to sew the strips on and when a chunk of fabric was the same size as another chunk I would sew it together. If one was slightly too big I just trimmed it off – this is the fun of free form quilting – anything goes! One thing to note – since the made fabric is covered in DecoFoil™ I made sure to use a sheet of DecoFoil™ Parchment Paper every time I set and pressed a seam. This slowed the process down a bit but it was worth it to protect my iron (and my project for that matter).
When it was all said and done … here’s how I pieced all this craziness together! It ended up no square … as this whole piece is a little crazy I figured I should stick with that theme.
I used the walking foot on my Bernina to sew different stitch patterns across the quilt with Aurifil thread to create some really crazy texture.
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