Note card from a quick cut stencil – tutorial

After having fun making fast cut stencils (see my video) I made a quilted card from one of the stenciled flower prints.

Fast stenciled & quilted card
Fast stenciled & quilted card
felt back before gluing to card stock
felt back before gluing to card stock

Using a pinking rotary cutter I cut out the stenciled design to my desired size (I wanted the finished card to fit into an envelope I already had). Next I cut out a piece of felt (this will be the batting) about 1/8″ larger than the stenciled fabric piece. I lightly sprayed the felt front with Sulky KK 2000 Adhesive, then centered and placed the fabric onto the felt. I took this to the quilting machine and free motion quilted where ever the designs sent me.

I used the envelope to determine the size to cut the card stock (fold before cutting) and centered the little “quilt”, then measured and cut the card stock. Next I used artist gel medium, spread on the felt back and placed it onto the card stock. I used hand pressure and rubbed, then left it to dry over night. The next day I had a lovely little gift card. The recipient could just display as is or add a mat and frame.

It was so much fun I know I will be making more!

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Layers and Layers

I have been working on this painted whole cloth for a while now and finding it, with it’s many layers, a challenge. I believe the best paintings have many layers but when I approach a piece of fabric (canvas), I know in the end I’m going to stitch it and that sometimes presents a problem. Many layers of paint make it much more difficult to quilt and especially hand stitch through. A part of me loves this challenge but another part of me wants to avoid it at all costs! As I’m learning more about art and stretching as an artist I’m discovering new ways to create and new materials to use. Layering with finer weave fabrics and even paper can build the layers without hindering the stitch work.

a work in progress
a work in progress

The next quandary… Does combining those materials remove me from the “Art Quilt” category and push me into the “Mixed Media” box? The line seems to be blurring for me but when I enter general art competitions, the submission application always wants me to categorize the work. No matter how much I paint or add materials other than fabric to a piece I want to be called an “Art Quilt” artist. Maybe this is still me shouting “Quilts are ART!” I think, thanks to the fabulous quilt and fiber artists producing and sharing their work, the general public is beginning to see quilts as art (whether utilitarian or for the wall). Let’s keep showing what we’ve got!

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