White prepared for dyeing cotton fabric
Micron Pigma pens
black embroidery floss
I began with a white cotton fabric. Using Micron Pigma Pens, I drew my fairy and the tree branches she sits on.
Then using the pencils, I colored all the parts I wanted, including the background. Then using watered down fabric medium, I covered all the colored portions. This blends the pencil so it has more of a watercolor look. I then heat set the piece with a hot iron to make the piece permanent in case it gets wet.
At this point, I added some embroidery. Sometimes I will even applique other fabrics onto the piece.
Next step is to layer the top with batting and a back making a quilt sandwich. Using mono filament thread I stitched around the fairy and the black/white sections. Choosing a quilting thread to complement the piece, I quilt using small meandering stitches on the background. I like the look I get because the dense quilting makes the drawn figures pop off the quilt making it look quite 3-dimensional.
Now I add any beads or other elements that I want to embellish with.
Next step is to finish the edges. I like to do a couple of layers of satin stitching around the edges.
With a small quilt I like to mount it onto mat board and then frame it. I find it too difficult putting a sleeve onto the back for hanging. I think a small quilt just doesn’t hang quite right with a sleeve.