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Thread: Fabric painting

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    Junior Member okie3's Avatar
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    Ok, I've got a question for everyone. How many of you do some fabric painting on some of your quilt blocks or even the majority of your quilt?
    I was or still am an painter at heart, so sometimes my quilts get painted on.
    We moved to a new house about a year ago and the other day I came across some blocks of different birds that I had painted but have yet to set into a quilt (another quilt project that needs to be done) I had forgotten them.
    I might finish getting things unpacked one of these days :mrgreen:

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    Please post pics, I would love to see your birds..My aunt has done this for years and she uses them in her quilts!


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    Ok here are a few. They are kind of wrinkled and some don't show up well on my dark couch, but here goes.
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    A few more + some flower blocks
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    The first picture the Blue Bird is supposed to be the center block. I was making the quilt up in my head as I was painting the blocks. I also found some orange blocks with flowers and butterflies. I apparently had intended to use them along with the birds and flowers. I wish I had wrote it down because now I don't remember just how they were supposed to go. I'll come up with something sooner or later.

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    Lovely! I love your birds. Do you do them freehand or do you paint with a template or iron on or something?

    A friend of mine used to paint wood projects like a child's play table and sleds and stuff she sold. She did everything freehand.

    I am not a painter but my kids are. Both my sons can draw beautifully and my daughter likes to work in oils but she doesn't have a lot of time now with three kids.

    I think painting would be fun but another one of those some day when I have time projects.

    Will look forward to seeing more!!

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    You're quite the artist. These will make a beautiful quilt. Can't wait to see how you set them. Oh, and I've also found that writing things down is a good idea. LOL :wink:

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    Good luck with the unpacking. Those painted blocks are a great "find". It's always nice to discover something that has gone forgotten. It's like having another project to work on... which is probably why I still have boxes to unpack almost 5 years later....

    BTW - the painted blocks are beautiful.

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    Your birds are gorgeous! They are going to make an incredible quilt.

    I've played around with Tsukineko inks. Their All Purpose inks and Fabrico Pens are non-toxic, completely permanent and totally washable. It doesn't change the feel of the fabric. I haven't worked it into a quilt yet, but it is a fun medium.



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    Those are very beautiful! I have painted on fabric for quilts in the past although yours are so much nicer than mine were! LOL. I sometimes trace a design in the fabric and enlarge it, then reproduce it for a center square. The last one I did as an applique. I haven't painted in awhile.

    I think a nice multi-colored floral fabric would look really pretty with your blocks.

    Please be sure to post again when you finish it! :)

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    I used iron on patterns that were for dish towels. I do sometimes do my own drawing but not to great at some things. I can however pick up a paint brush and freehand a rose on glass, fabric, wood, or any other medium that can be painted on. Don't ask me why I just can. I only had 1 semester of art in high school. Only art lessons I've ever had. I'm one of those people that can look at something and with a little practice just paint it. I have a sister-in-law that can draw anything and never had an art lesson in her life.

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    I don't paint, but admire those who do. Multi talented.

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    Very nice !
    I used to do alot of fabric painting with my company;
    then changed over to sewing.
    Love them both.

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    AtHomesewing,
    I've never heard of the Tsukineko inks where can you get them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by okie3
    AtHomesewing,
    I've never heard of the Tsukineko inks where can you get them?
    I got mine locally, however here is a link so you can see what it is:

    http://jukeboxquilts.com/store/allPurposeInks.html





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