In this three part series by Terry McFeely, the inventor of Terial Magic fabric stabilizer, you'll learn how she simplified the techniques of innovative quilt designer, Donna Greenwald. Using Terial Magic, you can do thread painting, too.
After a class with Donna Greenwald, Terry became obsessed with thread painting. In this blog series she'll share the tips she learned and how Terial Magic can simplify thread painting techniques. In the previous post, Terry chose Donna Greenwald's lovely poppy quilt to thread paint and make while taking her class last month.
Today, in part 2, Terry shows us a fun woven background how-to, and two different ways for transferring and cutting intricate appliqué leaf pieces.
Step 1: Treating fabric with Terial and adding beads
I treated all my quilt fabric with Terial Magic to keep the edges from fraying and to make the cutting and handling of all the small pieces easier. In part 1 I showed all the steps of thread painting poppy #1 for this quilt. I used small glass tube beads to outline the center pod sections; then sequins and seed beads to create a sparkle for the outer center area of the poppies.
Step 2: Cutting out the leaves
I applied Donna’s method of cutting out the leaves by tracing the leaf onto Soft Fuse, then pressing it to the back side of the leaf fabric and cutting. I decided to speed up the process.
Instead of cutting by hand, which took a very long time, I scanned the other leaf patterns into my computer. That way I could create the cuts, using cutter software. Then used the 12” x 24” mat to adhere my leaf fabric to achieve some very nice cuts!
Once all the leaves stems and remaining buds are cut it is time to move onto the background fabric. This could be a solid but Donna showed our class a very cool woven background! Cut 2 identical sized background pieces from 2 different fabrics that compliment your quilt colors. I chose 2 batiks, beige and yellow for a bright background.
Step 3: Fusing the layers together
I then placed the Fuse Wonder Under, a fusible stabilizer paper, to the backside of each fabric background layer.
Using an ironing pad, I placed one section under the other and fused the layers together. After ironing, I separated the paper backing from each background fabric, save paper backing to use later.
I squiggle cut one of the background fabrics with rotary cutter horizontally (side to side). You may wish to tape one side down to help keep it stable when cutting. Once cut, stack each section from bottom to top. Then squiggle cut the other background fabric vertically (top to bottom). Stack each section from right to left.
Now before weaving the fabrics, I taped down the paper backing I peeled from the Fuse Wonder Under to keep the fusible backing from sticking to my table when I finished ironing the layers together. Be sure your table is protected with iron pad if not heat resistant.
Step 4: Weaving the fabric
I started with the first section from the horizontal stack by laying it on top of paper covered table.
What you'll do is place the top left section of the vertical stack under it matching corners, then take the second section from the vertical stack and place it on top, matching cut lines as close as possible, continue with 3rd section from vertical stack under, (you may wish to tape down edges as you go with painter’s tape) continue the over/under sequence until last section is placed.
Now fold back every other vertical section and place the second section from the horizontal stack next to the first, keeping the cut lines as close as possible to each other. Continue folding back every other vertical section as you place the remaining horizontal sections until background is completely woven.
Step 5: Ironing the background
Before ironing, make sure all sections are close and even. Now press keeping the weave as tight as possible, as you press the entire background to secure the woven fabrics together.
Once the background is complete we are ready to arrange poppies and leaves!
Click here to see Part 3 where I use a sew-free border and thread paint all the flowers, stems, leaves and border on with colorful threads in different weights to enhance the texture and depth of Donna’s incredible art quilt pattern.