Painted Quilt *Finished*

It's Autumn in my part of the world so I decided to challenge myself to create a painted quilt to cover my legs while I am sitting reading a book (my other favorite activity- I am currently reading The Heavens May Fall by Allen Eskens-).

The finished quilt measures 45 inches by 36 inches. Let me share with you my quilt-making process.

I knew I wanted a painted quilt so I started experimenting with different type of paints and soon I discovered a *new* way of printing which I called *surprise printing*.
The name says it all: it is a serendipity process where you get different color design with each print. Perfect technique for making a pieced quilt top.

Well, if you have been reading my blog you must know by now that I usually make art quilts to be hanged on the wall which are heavily stitched by hand and machine with different kind of threads. For a utility quilt, I learned that you must take a different approach: less dense stitching!! And did I also mention a pieced quilt top???

After all the blocks were printed, washed and trimmed I started to play with them on my design wall. I was stuck so I decided to dye the backing fabric.

I used the ice dyeing method. The dye colors I chose: midnight blue and bronze from  HERE
Observing this fabric where the two colors meld in some areas and they stay separate in another creating an harmonious design with lines I knew what to do next!
I painted a stripe fabric with the same technique and with the same colors used on the blocks. Oh, I like that.

Cut also narrow strips to add movement and balance.

Once the pieced top was finished, I stitched in the ditch around each seam.

I am offering this as a workshop. Check details under the workshops category in my blog.

And here I am using my quilt and reading a new book. Exciting news about this book in my next post!


  1. It's a wonderful quilt!!! And definitely looks like it was made for you! HA Great design and colors!

    1. Thank you Robbie. I had fun; enjoyed every step :)

  2. Love the quilt and the colors!

  3. I like your quilt and enjoyed hearing about your process, but I'd really like to know about "Surprise Printing" Do tell!

    1. Hi Norma,
      It is always nice to hear from you, thank you for your kind words. This was my first attempt with this technique in a project like this. Once I will perfected it,I will share it :)

  4. just the right size and i like the colors you used to print your blocks and your arrangement and that you are under it to read ! I enjoyed peeking in to your studio in most recent Quilting Arts!!

    1. Thank you Sonja for your kind words. This is a fun technique that I will explore further. Now you know where I do all my *messy* work at home :)


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