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Posted May 3, 2010
Thread Painting by another name
Gather your materials of thread (that's LOTS of different colors and weights), a pretty Batik fabric, some crystals, yo-yos and a few quilting designs. What do these things get you? Why a very pretty art quilt.
I have called this thread painting in my past life. It is a lot of work but it does come out to be a very beautiful quilt. The author talks about choosing the right fabric first. Once you find a Batik you like, hang it up on the design wall and stand back. See those flowers or leaves or maybe even a vase? This is what you will outline.
Next you need to have the right threads. Colors and weights make this type of quilt. Be sure to read over the section on this subject. Having a pair of quilting gloves eases the "painting" process. They help you to "grab" the quilt and do the free motion movements you need. Be sure to start in the middle of the quilt so the stretch that bias pieces create will be distributed even in each direction.
You don't have to have your own quilting designs as the author provides several pages you can use. And be combining them, you have even more. Be sure to take a practice run on similar fabric/bat/back materials so you know how to handle the actual quilt. Better yet, after your practice run, why not start with a pillow so you don't have to fight with all the fabric and you will get a good feel for how to create these art quilts.
The book ends with project directions for creating a bag with this technique and a gallery of various quilts. All in all, if this type of quilting is something you have wanted to try, this book will cover all the basic steps.
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