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    Has anyone used crayons to color a quilt? Thought there a piece on doing this but Im unable to find it
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    I've made several quilts with this process. Several years ago I found a print that had outline story book characters - had two grand daughters color those pictures - they will be made into baby quilts for their first babies - hope it will be a while yet as they are only 15 and 11!

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    If it was a QB tutorial, sometimes you have to look in the tutorial archive section. It might have be in someone's post and unless they respond I don't think you can ind it.
    I believe it was Crayola crayons and then you ironed the back of the block to set the colour but you had to cover your ironing surface with paper to absorb the wax? There is another tutorial on QB using fabric pens or pencils in the tutorial section.

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    I bought a book called "Creative Quilts from your Crayon Box" by Terrie Lynn Kygar. I haven't tried it yet, but there are some amazing patterns in this book.

    You can check it out on amazon and look inside. It is a melt and blend method. I would love to hear from anyone who has tried this method.

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    Thank you for the info Tartan sound like fun!!!!

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    There is a beautiful bird on the tutorial section.
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    I haven't used crayons on a quilt, but did do several t-shirts with my daughter's Girl Scout troop. We took pages from coloring books, traced the design with Sharpie waterproof pens, colored with crayons, ironed the t-shirts on layers of newspaper covered with plain papertowels to melt away the wax, and were done. It was quick and easy.

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    Many years ago, Benertex did a demo on this process at the quilt show in Paducah. They sold the T-shirts with the printed cat on it and gave you the crayons and instructions. Mine is still neatly folded in a drawer because I've been "afraid" of ruining it. Hmmm, maybe I should get it out again!
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    i have done a few ...the sharpie idea is a good thing ...if you are using color book pages ...so you get some depth...i use regular crayons and heat set ....cover with old pillow case so i don't get crayon on the iron ....

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    Dang, can't find a picture of the quilt. Used sharpies to outline pictures from a coloring book.(taped them to a window to see the outlines) Then colored them really heavy.......cheap crayons=color really really heavy as they have less dye in them. Lay a couple paper towels over the coloring and iron with a hot iron until color stops coming up on the paper towels. The girls I showed how to do this won Best in Show for their age level at the NC State Fair a few years back. It's really easy to do, I'm working on the Lorax right now and will be giving the book with it as a gift.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Painiacs View Post
    Has anyone used crayons to color a quilt? Thought there a piece on doing this but Im unable to find it
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    Here is the link to the crazy snowman she said she first colored with white. http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...s-t224009.html

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    I've been doing coloring quilts with a local preschool for 14 years now- we make 2 every year- I prepare the bleached muslin- (pre-washed with detergent, no fabric softener) then press 12" squares to freezer paper- folding over 1/2" and taping to the back *this serves 2 purposes- keeps the fabric secure and gives me a seam allowance* then I take the squares to school- the teachers coordinate this project with their curriculum, so sometimes the pictures have a theme---when the pics are all colored I get a call- then I go in with a large bag of colorful fabrics, my ironing board & iron, and my small brother sewing machine that has speed control. while I heat set the pictures (protecting my ironing board and using brown paper as a press cloth to absorb the wax) the kids dig through the fabrics choosing what they want for sashing strips. when the pictures are all heat set I set the machine up on one of their little tables- so every thing is just their size- and cut their chosen strips- each child sits down & frames their picture (the boys love this part best & sometimes frame blocks for the girls who are afraid of the machine! ) when the pictures are all framed I gather everything up & go home to finish putting together the quilt, quilt it & bind it- then we have a little *family* get together at the school where the quilt is displayed. this has been a highlight of the school year every year since we started it.
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    I used crayons on a snowman quilt. I cut the blocks out of muslin. that I prewashed, no fabric softener. Then I ironed freezer paper to the back of the fabric to make it easier to colour. My granddaughters coloured the pics with Crayola crayons. I set the colour by placing a paper towel on top of the coloured pictures & pressed with a dry iron. Turned out fantastic. I was told to only use Crayola crayons.
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    Quote Originally Posted by patmadrid View Post
    I bought a book called "Creative Quilts from your Crayon Box" by Terrie Lynn Kygar. I haven't tried it yet, but there are some amazing patterns in this book.

    You can check it out on amazon and look inside. It is a melt and blend method. I would love to hear from anyone who has tried this method.
    She is from the area I live in and gives classes in our local quilt stores. While I have not yet taken the class, her results and the students' results are really stunning.
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    When I did mine I colored very heavily with the crayons then put between two sheets of waxed paper for heat setting with a dry iron (no steam!!!). Then did outline stitch embroidery around the flowers.
    Lasted over 30 years worth of regular use before the muslin started splitting in the non colored areas. It had been started for my moms hope chest in the 30s and I completed it in the 60s. Finally had to quit using the quilt in the 90s.

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    I wonder if melting the crayons and using a paintbrush to apply (kinda like batik) would be easier - I gotta try this!
    Thanks for the inspiration!

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    [QUOTE=Comice;6158503]I wonder if melting the crayons and using a paintbrush to apply (kinda like batik) would be easier - I gotta try this!
    Thanks for the inspiration![/QUOTE
    *melting the crayons then 'trying' to paint doesn't work so well- the colors tend to separate from the wax- that's why after coloring we can 'heat set' and remove the wax- the color stays behind....it (might) work if after melting you really...blend, blend, blend ...or maybe add some sort of medium...since the color separates from the wax you may be able to 'paint' with the color- but it would not work like batiking- where wax is applied first, dried- then color added to the *non-waxed* areas. ... it is all worth a try though- one word about 'Crayons' one poster said she was told to always use Crayola crayons...I thought that was 'funny' a number of years ago a company marketed crayons to quilt shops---they were (I think- Prago-something like that) they cost 3 times as much as a box of crayons in the store and we were told---these are the only crayons that really work... I had been using the least expensive dollar store crayons I could find --with great success-- I tried the *new crayons*... they were *OK at best* faded after a couple washes---and when this was brought up we were told---the nice thing about crayons is---you can just re-color when they fade. ...I've tried them all---working with the pre-schoolers they have quite a variety of brands from expensive to very inexpensive---they all work- some colors are more vibrant, some work better if you layer the coloring- I still 14 years later pick up what ever is at the dollar store that has the best assortment of colors- and I try to find the ones with nice vibrant colors- Crayola's work good- but so do many others.
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    Thanks everyone!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by COYOTEMAGIC View Post
    Dang, can't find a picture of the quilt. Used sharpies to outline pictures from a coloring book.(taped them to a window to see the outlines) Then colored them really heavy.......cheap crayons=color really really heavy as they have less dye in them. Lay a couple paper towels over the coloring and iron with a hot iron until color stops coming up on the paper towels. The girls I showed how to do this won Best in Show for their age level at the NC State Fair a few years back. It's really easy to do, I'm working on the Lorax right now and will be giving the book with it as a gift.
    That's basically how I've done it except that to get deeper colors, I do it in layers instead of coloring real dark by pressing hard. I've found that the wax of the crayons clump and form oily color patches on the picture. I place the fabric between layers of brown paper bag (yep, we still have them in our grocery store -- but we have to request them). Also, I find that I do better with Crayola crayons. What about you?

    Congrats, Coyotemagic, to you for teaching the girls and on their success at the state fair.
    Last edited by GailG; 07-04-2013 at 06:54 PM.
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    When I was teaching a yearly project was a heritage quilt. Each student read a folk tale the class from their country of origin, and created a square on muslin for it. I had purchased crayons made specifically to use on fabric..I was able to find them in Joannes- It's been a few years since I have used them, but I am sure they must still make them

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl View Post
    I've been doing coloring quilts with a local preschool for 14 years now- we make 2 every year- I prepare the bleached muslin- (pre-washed with detergent, no fabric softener) then press 12" squares to freezer paper- folding over 1/2" and taping to the back *this serves 2 purposes- keeps the fabric secure and gives me a seam allowance* then I take the squares to school- the teachers coordinate this project with their curriculum, so sometimes the pictures have a theme---when the pics are all colored I get a call- then I go in with a large bag of colorful fabrics, my ironing board & iron, and my small brother sewing machine that has speed control. while I heat set the pictures (protecting my ironing board and using brown paper as a press cloth to absorb the wax) the kids dig through the fabrics choosing what they want for sashing strips. when the pictures are all heat set I set the machine up on one of their little tables- so every thing is just their size- and cut their chosen strips- each child sits down & frames their picture (the boys love this part best & sometimes frame blocks for the girls who are afraid of the machine! ) when the pictures are all framed I gather everything up & go home to finish putting together the quilt, quilt it & bind it- then we have a little *family* get together at the school where the quilt is displayed. this has been a highlight of the school year every year since we started it.
    ckcowl, my sister is a teacher of 3rd graders in Montana and makes quilts with her kids every year. She uses crayons in her quilts and they are really cute when done. One year I had the privilege of helping her get them all sashed and backed in time for a quilt show. Fun!
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