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The February/March 2012 issue of Quilting Arts inspired today’s experiment: painting on fusible webbing. The article was called birds of a feather. The second I read it late one night last week, the neurons in my brain started firing. My mountain quilt! I’ve long wanted to put a Great Blue Heron in the sky, but wasn’t sure how to go about it. This might be just the thing. But before trying it on the mountain quilt, I needed to experiment.

For detailed instructions, refer to the Quilting Arts issue. You will need: acrylic paints, paintbrushes, containers and water, fusible webbing, a surface to cover your table, and an idea.

I wanted to play around with the Great Blue Heron, so I printed off a picture of one, lay it underneath my fusible webbing, and sketched/painted on top of it.

After letting the paint dry on the fusible webbing, I ironed it to a piece of practice sunset fabric. With great excitement I peeled off the fusible web backing paper, and . . . terrible! It looked terrible.

All blotchy and white and gross. Of course my boyfriend asks, did you read the directions carefully? Well, no. I’ve never used fusible webbing, just sort of knew how it works. And after reading the instructions, I found out you are supposed to let the webbing cool before peeling off. Of course.

So back to the drawing board, this time just a small square to give it a try and see if it would work.

And it did! I eagerly painted another Great Blue Heron, ironed it on another piece of sunset fabric, and sweet goodness, it looked lovely.

I quickly basted some batting onto the fabric, and quilted a few embellishments with my machine. I wanted to accent the beak and legs, and shape of the feathers. Then I thought I might make the sunset more dramatic with some yellow rays of sunshine.

I really love how it turned out! I think I will put a sleeve on the back to hang, and it will be a sweet little wall hanging. Here is a close up.

You might have noticed that I cut out the fusible webbing around the bird, after painting it and before fusing it. Because I wanted the bird to go on my sunset, I didn’t want the webbing around the bird to take away from the sunset. I really like the texture it comes out with, instead of painting on the bird to the fabric which might look flat, the fusible webbing gives it a textured rough look, almost like feathers!

Next, to do this again, but on the real mountain quilt!

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Day two of the Mickey Lawlor Skyscape class was designing our mountain quilt. It was a fun relaxed day, of cutting, placing, arranging, and moving. The class began to bond, as we shared opinions, offered advice, and gave critique. Everyone had a design wall hung around the room, and towards the afternoon, the room was full of color.

The mountains will be pieced. Part of the process is adjusting proportion and playing with value.

I decided my sky was too brilliant, making the mountains disapear in the foregrounds. So I turned it around so the back faced forward to mute it a bit, and that worked out nice.

At the end of the class, we all had a design ready to be pieced and quilted.

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