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Thread: Question: Crayon Quilts

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    I know I've seen threads about this but I can't seem to find them. I want to make a quilt for my daycare provider and want to have each child color a block. Can I use muslim and have the kids color it and if so do I need special crayons and how to I set it? Thanks for the help ahead of time.

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    I don't know what the responses to the previous thread were, but I copied an idea before. I was at my son's school and one of his classmates is blind. She likes to color in coloring books, even though she can not see them. To guide her, the caregiver sat with the coloring pages and using a bottle of fabric paint with the very sharp tip, she lined every part of the design. She was able to feel the fabric paints with her fingers and stay within the lines when coloring. This girl was 12 years old. I went home thinking about that, and I traced a coloring design from a coloring book into white fabric for my son. My son can see, but as a little 5 year old, he can not color within the lines. with the edges of the design raised, he was able to color a design on fabric using fabric markers (from Michael's) and stay within the lines. I used that as the center block for wallhanging for his pre-K teacher.

    With this techniques you have unlimited possibilities, because now you can do almost any design, weather you copy from a coloring book or come up with you original designs.

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    you can use any fabric you like and just regular crayons like the crayola 64 pack.

    i like to iron freezer paper to the back of the fabric it make it easier to work on.

    when you're ready just put a protective piece on your ironing board, then the block, then another protective piece.

    just press - do not iron back and forth.

    this will make the crayon melt and look like paint and you've heat set it at the same time.

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    Just as klue said: you can use any fabric and any crayon. I have done parts of a quilt using crayons and I had purchased the small pack f fabric crayons. I have since learned that the good quality regular crayons work just as well.

    Personally, I prefer muslin for this type of quilt.

    I did a kid quilt for a teacher once, and had the kids draw their pictures and messages on on a predefined size paper. The pictures got scanned into the PC and printed on fabric. Some of the pics were not bright enough, and I colored over them with fabric markers. I used some "school=related kid fabric" as sashing and it turned out fabulously. Gotta find the picture.

    Good luck.

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    Hello, I made 3 quilts Here are the links. I used crayola crayons. The Textile Medium is important, it stops the fading when washed. Protects the colored pictures. My GRTGRDKIDS Love them. They are fun to make. I liked Muslim better than colored Material. Have Fun
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    http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/14392.page


    http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/14644.page


    http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/17348.page

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    give it a try loretta, you could make a small one to start so you can get the feel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loretta
    Your Crayon quilts are lovely! Are there any more people doing them at this time? I am tempted to try!
    Thank you for the kind words. It doesn't make any difference if anyone else is doing them. Give it a try like Kluedesigns says start with a small one. The wonderful thing about the crayon quilt is they are one of a kind. The Dinosaur material at time was just to expensive for me to use. The GGS that has the Dino quilt I made uses it as a comforter on his bed,He is 7 yrs. He loves it. There isn't another one exactly like in and he likes that to. :D
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    I have a grandson due last of October and I would love to learn how to make him a crayon quilt.

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    I tried a crayon quilt once. It took a *lot* of effort to lay the color down as a solid -- lots of coloring work. When heatset, I seem to remember that the colors faded a lot; basically could only get pastels or slightly darker. I thought it was a lot of effort for the result. I didn't use medium or anything; just used regular Crayola crayons. I tried an off-brand first, but found that those colors were much lighter and less effective.

    How do these hold up to multiple washings? I think they would be likely to fade easily. Might be better for a wallhanging than a to-be-much-used baby quilt.

    In terms of transfering the design, I don't remember now how I did it. However, I think if you trace the design onto freezer paper with a regular (not thin) Sharpie black marker, then back the fabric with the freezer paper, you should be able to see the design if you use a light box. Alternatively, you could use a light box to trace the design lightly in pencil on the front of the fabric.

    IMO, you really need to iron freezer paper to the back of the fabric before coloring. Otherwise the fabric will stretch along the bias when you are trying to color in a solid area.

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    Yep, it is important to iron freezer paper to the back of the fabric to give it some stability for the coloring process. It helps to do the outlines over a light table using permanent fabric markers (NOT Sharpie!!!) or a pencil. There are also watercolor pencils available that can be smudged or watered down, but it is important that the fabric be prewashed to do so successfully.

    I need a travel pillow for my upcoming trip and I think I'll make a crayon panel (no lines on my cheek) lol

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