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Friday, May 14, 2010

Art Quilting 101 Tutorial - Supply List

 Edwardian Lady Art Quilt

Since I'll be starting to post my Art Quilting 101 tutorial next week, I thought I would take a few moments to give you a supply list and a few suggestions for embellishments.

SUPPLY LIST

Muslin (about 3 inches larger than you want your finished art quilt to be)
Sewing thread
Beading thread
Embroidery threads in your choice of colors
A variety of different fabrics (small pieces)
Lace (optional)
Tulle or netting (any soft pastel color but white)
Vintage ephemara (either on fabric or paper)
A variety of beads
Sewing Machine
Hot Glue Gun
Cotton Low Loft Quilt Batting

EMBELLISHMENT SUGGESTIONS

Sequins
Trims
Lace Appliques
Glitter (you'll need Aleene's Clear Tacky Glue & a small paint brush)
Small craft birds or butterlflies
Fancy yarns
Buttons
Ribbons
Charms
Small fabric or silk flowers & leaves
Yo-Yo circles or hearts
Jewelry pieces
Feathers

These are just suggestions.  Try to use what you have in your stash.

I find that it's best to choose a theme and then work the color scheme from there.  This is your project and there are no limits to what you can do with it or put on it.  It is similar to Crazy Quilting but with even more freedom!  Remember, this is MIXED MEDIA.  You can put what you want on it!!!

SUGGESTIONS FOR A HANGER

Tree branches
Knitting Needles
Dowel Rod
Yard Stick

Let your imagination come up with something.  You may want to wait on this until you get your project going.  It's up to you.  For nature themes, the tree branches work well.  For sewing themes, old knitting needles are great!

If I think of other things, I'll add to the list.  This is a fun project and I'd love everyone to have a really great time with it and to come away with a lovely art quilt and a sweet sense of freedom.  There's no time frame or anything like that.  It's just for fun.

This is a very basic way of doing art quilting.  There are other ways which I'll share down the road but for now, I thought this would help stitcher's get started.  As with Crazy Quilting, it can feel intimidating at first.  Where do you start?  What do you do?  What do I put on it?  We're going to break it down into manageable layers.

So gather your supplies and we'll get started next week!

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