INTENSE INKTENSE HIBISCUS FLOWERS
PAINT AND FREE MOTION QUILT YOUR HIBISCUS FLOWERS!
The inspiration for this work came to me a little while ago. I was asked to do a demonstration and as usual, I decided to take a walk in my garden. It was summertime and the hibiscus was in full bloom. With the very concentrated colour that Inktense paint blocks/pencils give, it was the ideal inspiration!
TO CREATE YOUR OWN, YOU WILL NEED THE FOLLOWING:
- A piece of 100% cotton fabric in a very pale colour, 60cm X 50cm, mine is white.
- Loomtex batting 65cm X 55cm
- Backing 65cm X 55cm
- Enough fabric for a narrow binding in your choice of colour.
- Freezer paper 50cm X 50cm
- Black Isacord machine embroidery thread.
- White Isacord machine embroidery thread.
- All-purpose thread for sewing on the binding
- A reference picture of hibiscus flowers of your own (in colour)
- Inktense paint blocks or pencils
- Fabric medium
- A firm paint brush
- A container with water
- Kitchen towel.
- Sewing machine of which the feed dogs can drop
- A marking tool (not chalk and nothing permanent)
- A light box
- Spray glue or quilting safety pins.
- Use a light box and trace your reference picture onto the white fabric using a water soluble pen.
- Iron freezer paper onto the wrong side of the above.
- Use fabric medium and Inktense paint blocks or pencils to paint.
- Set aside to dry
- Peel off the freezer paper.
- When dry, run iron over it. Inktense is permanent when dry but just double check.
NOW FOR THE SEWING PART!
- Set up your machine for free motion quilting and black embroidery thread.
- Layer the quilt top, batting and backing and secure with spray glue or quilting safety pins.
- Stitch along the outline of the flowers. (This can also be done before you start painting)
- Add detail for example the veins on the petals.
- Change thread to white embroidery thread and quilt the background in your favourite quilting style.
- Square off and sew binding on.
- Sew hanging sleeve and label on and enjoy your painted Hibiscus flowers!
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