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Saturday, January 7, 2012

New Challenge - 100 Small Quilts

One of my new year's resolutions is to make a series of small art quilts that can be displayed together in a group. I decided to go with the 12 x 12" size, since that is a very popular size for charity auctions, etc. I also feel the squares look nice displayed together.

I am not sure I will be able to do so, but I hope to make one each week, and I will not stop until I have at least 100 of them!

So let's get started.
I am going to document the process and I hope to be able to post on my blog about my 100 Foot Squares each week on Saturday and Sunday.
My first one starts out as a random pieced scrap quilt. These pieces are left over from a larger piece "Hot Flash" that I completed in November 2011.

I wanted to do something different, so I decided to overpaint my small quilt.
I pulled out some metallic paints I wanted to try.
These Tulip paints are what is now sold in Michaels and JoAnns and even Hobby Lobby.
I used to be able to buy Pebeo Setacolor and Jacquard Lumiere locally, but that has changed and I thought I had best try out these products before paying for shipping from Dharma Trading in California!
I brushed these paints over the quilt as lightly as possible.
I found the silver much more dense than the gold (which seemed to disappear).
And by the way these paints really stink.
I had to leave the studio until the next day when they were dry.

Despite the nasty smell - I love the look.
What next?


Anne-Marie said...

You can count me as one of your followers! It is going to be so interesting to see the 100 small quilts and read about your process. I will learn a lot and will also find inspiration no doubt!

Thank you for beeing so generous!


Marybeth said...

OK, I'm making your goal of 100 pieces my challenge. In addition to that, mine will include using only what materials I have on hand. Oh, I will use mine to learn & perfect machine quilting - how's all that. Thanks for the inspiration!! Love the overpainting!!

Leslie McNeil of MarveLes Art Studios said...

Too bad about the smell, but the look is worth it, at least from the pics Cynthia! And a great goal - wow - 100 even at 12x12. Good luck!