June 9, 2012

painted applique

 Vintage quilt squares were stitched together and quilted.  A light layer of Gesso mixed with textile medium was painted over the top. 
Then Pro Chem textile paints were used to paint the background.  

Using Sue Pelland's Leaves Galore rulers, freezer paper templates were drawn out in various shapes and sizes.  A number of shapes can be created by sliding and moving the ruler.  I used a pencil with the ruler to experiment with the shapes, then cut them out with scissors.  
I traced around the template with a fabric marker to create the flowers and painted with textile paints.

Below you can see the vintage blocks before painted.  
You may remember these blocks, they've been used as backgrounds in previous quilts.  
The integrity of the fabrics is poor so it wasn't going to ever be worth my efforts to put together a quilt. 
Many still remain and I will keep using them in art quilts.
It's been fun giving them a new life.

Stay tuned for an upcoming blog hop to celebrate the release of 
The Sketchbook Challenge Book 
by Sue Bleiweiss

There will be over $1100 worth of prizes given away during the hop.
I'll be giving away one of Sue Pelland's rulers, a chalk line tool for marking and one of her patterns.
Stay tuned for a list of all other stops along the hop and the fantastic prizes.

 Book available at



BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I'm overwhelmed by the beauty of this piece of artwork. So, so gorgeous.

Deb Levy said...

Beautiful painting and stitching Kathy! And I love that your background is re-purposed vintage work.

Connie Rose said...

Wow. I call this a resurrection. Just beautiful.

Quilt Rat said...

Wow! What an amazing transformation! FABULOUS!!!

WoolenSails said...

I love this piece, the painting is beautiful and beautiful quilting.


McIrish Annie said...

What a transformation! I have never thought to repurpose a quilt that way. Taking sue's class in July. Can't wait!

Wanda AKA "Craftymule" said...

Wow! Beautiful! Like night and day!!