So, you guys probably remember my Crystal City quilt from last year:
|Crystal City Quilt, 36" x 41"|
Well, I didn't like it. I used pastel fabrics for the QuiltCon fabric challenge, and hated them. But since I'd worked so hard on the quilt I entered it at the Fiber Arts Fiesta. It didn't place, and the only note from the judge was, "should probably be quilting in large pastel pieces." This really annoyed me--should it or shouldn't it? Why is there a qualifier? Does she know what she is talking about as a quilt judge or not?? But finally I decided that if I wanted to show this quilt again it probably did need more quilting (plus those big triangle got kind of wrinkly in the mail). Here were my ideas:
|Quilting ideas for the triangles and crystal shapes.|
I finally decided on the bottom right pattern, based of a zendoodle. I marked the quilt and then used my walking foot and Aurifil #2600 to add the new quilting:
|Crystal facet marks for quilting.|
|Zendoodle marks for quilting.|
The quilt has two layers of batting (one Warm and Natural and one Quilter's Dream wool), so the large triangles had a lot of loft/puffiness that shifted as I quilted. Unfortunately this caused a lot of small pinches and wrinkles in the quilting:
|Quilting wrinkles/pinching detail.|
So I ripped it out and hand basted the triangles (the crystals didn't have issues since there was less added quilting) so all the layer wouldn't shift:
|Dense hand basting stitches to hold the puffiness down a little while quilting.|
I also decreased the pressure on my walking foot (from 3 to 2) so it wouldn't be smushing the fabric quilt so much. And success! It helped SO much!
|After quilting. The basting stitches helped keep things from shifting and causing wrinkles.|
Here is Crystal City with the new quilting:
|Crystal City quilt with new quilting in larger shapes.|
I like the new quilting a lot! But I still hate the pastels. Man, they just bug me--I hate that I used them only for a challenge (that it wasn't accepted into--you can read more about it in the original post) and that they really aren't at all something I would want to show off. Finally about a month ago I had an epiphany: what if I painted OVER the pastels?! Around the same time The Modern Quilt Guild put out a call for quilts for their International Quilt Festival exhibit, and I felt this quilt might be worth entering...after fixing the colors. I ordered a set of shimmery Shiva Paintstiks and picked colors that correspond to ones already in the quilt:
|Shiva Paintstiks picked out for Crystal City rejuvenation.|
I looked at a lot of tutorials online on how to proceed, and finally ended up follow Leah Day's youtube tutorial, more or less.
|I taped off each shape before painting them.|
I spent all day (between tending the kids) to paint it, and despite it saying "no offensive odor" it does indeed smell like oil paints and gave me a headache. Anyway, here is the final result:
|Crystal City quilt, after being painted with Shiva Paintstiks.|
It's like a box of jewels now! In retrospect I wish I had spaced out the colors a little better, but at the time simply covering the corresponding color made the most sense. Also as I painted I wondered if maybe I should have used fewers colors. C'est la vie.
|Crystal City quilting and paint detail.|
Even though I wonder what I could have done with the paints, I think these bold, vibrant colors are much closer to my original idea of what this quilt should look like. I'm not sure I love it yet, but it has certainly grown on me!
|Crystal City angle view.|
So here is the before and after (the grey is Cotton Couture in Charcoal for reference):
|Crystal City quilt before.|
|Crystal City quilt after the makeover!|
So, what do you think of the changes?? And have you ever painted a quilt? How did you get rid of the oil paint smell?