This months color over at the rainbow scrap challenge is green. My challenge to myself is to make at least one off the edge quilting mini quilt each month with my scraps. I thought I would try not only a green square but a green background as well. I wasn't happy with the darker background but here it is with what I learned.
In case you haven't seen my off the edge quilting on my last posts - first I cut a 6" square of a decorator fabric scrap that has fusible web on the back and iron it onto a plain fabric background. Usually I put it right in the middle but tried a corner this time. Then with a pencil I draw images on the background continuing the motifs from the 6" square where they left off when cut. Since I had a nice big empty space with the square on the corner, I traced a hummingbird on it. I then free motion quilt over the pencil drawings with a dark thread. Then the background is filled in with a simple meander.
And here it is after I took a paintbrush with aloe gel instead of water to wet the penciled areas. Aloe gel is thicker and easier to control than water. Hair gel also works.
The trouble is that the paint soaked in to much and ended up looking drab. Now I don't know if it was the fact it is darker fabric or the type of fabric but always before when I use a white or off white fabric no problem with soaking in. It could very well be the color green just muddied everything up.
So I added some bling with thick copper metallic thread. A bit of gold thread around the hummingbird helps.
The drabness still bothered me so never one to give up, I went at it with colored sharpies.
Not sure if the paint was built up enough to not soak in or the sharpie doesn't absorb but this seems to look ok after drying so called it done. Added a bead for a hummingbird eyeball and a dark green binding.
I learned not to use a dark or even medium color for a background.
These are so fun to do - a way to hone your free motion quilting skills and play with your art supplies.
What could be better than that!
Check out all the green scrap blocks at so scrappy.