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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Block Printed Background

What a difference!

I showed this piece a few days ago when it was just a lot of scraps fused to a piece of batting.
At that point, it looked like a lot of scraps fused to a piece of batting.
Then, I block printed using my hand carved printing blocks and metallic fabric paints.

Now it looks much more unified to my eye.

Details below and above.
I am still undecided about how I will stitch these pieces into place. They are not very well attached - the fusible is not holding them very well - some have come detached as I moved the piece around the room from the ironing table to the print table to the design wall. Sigh.
I may have to resort to pins to hold things once I start sewing.

I will do a practice piece to work out the process for stitching.


Linda Hazelden said...

Now the piece looks like you! I love it and can't wait to see how you stitch it.

Jeannie said...

Cynthia, the block printing is wonderful. It really added some character to your beautiful fabrics. I am looking forward to seeing how the stitching changes it.

tiedyejudy said...

Beautiful! The stamps have really pulled the piece together! As for the fusing, I wonder if it would have worked better to fuse to a piece of muslin... or were you trying to skip that step? At any rate, I can't wait to see the piece once you have added stitching...

Hilary Metcalf said...

Cynthia - as far as I understand it, a couple of quilt artists who use this technique (Liz Beg, Melody Johnson) seem to fuse the webbing to the back of the fabric first, then cut it out and arrange on the batting, that way the fusible goes to the edge every piece and the whole lot sticks. By putting the Misty fuse down and arranging the fabric on it, anywhere there is overlap the top piece isn't going to stick. It would be more fiddly to do it that way, but might ensure a better end result?

Cynthia St Charles said...

Thanks for all the encouragement! Yes, I did consider doing it that way, but I really did not wish to put fusible on the back of a lot of fabrics. There are some artists who do it the way I did this with all the loose overlapping edges. I believe I saw an article about it in a SAQA Journal a while back.