Saturday, February 7, 2009

Lepidoptera painting done

I have just finished the painting on “Lepidoptera.” It is pretty wild! Here are some shots of sections of the painted fabric. I do not think that I want to bind this in a traditional way. I think I am going to do a pillowcase turn, where I layer the top (the painted fabric), then batting, then the backing fabric, then sew the fabric layers together, and turn it right side out.

Then I'll start the quilting, first going along the blue lines to secure the areas to be more heavily quilted inside each band or section of color. I am going to use Aurifil thread, mostly varigated, on this piece. I love Aurifil thread for needleturn appliqué, but I’ve never used it for machine quilting.

I am very excited to begin!


  1. This is just stunning! Can't wait to see all the detail that stitching will add!

  2. Beautiful colors! Looking forward to your next step.
    Which paint did you use?

  3. What a wonderful piece of art! I can't wait to see the finished work!


  4. Lya,
    I used Jacquard Textile Color, diluted a bit so it would not leave too much paint on the fabric. I prefer Stewart-Gill paints, because they barely change the hand of the fabric, but I didn't have all the colors I needed for this project on hand. (I don't have a local source for the Stewart-Gill paints, but my local crafts store carries the Jacquard.)

  5. wow I look forward to seeing this stitched.

  6. You amaze me Susan! I hope to be as talented as you one day. :)


  7. This is gorgeous. Just my colors


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