I made this little quilt for an exhibit that friends were putting together for the Dallas Quilt Show earlier this month. Some how in the midst of everything I forgot to post about it.
I started this little whole cloth quilt by drawing my design on paper and placing it under white cotton fabric and tracing it lightly with pencil onto the fabric. I traced the outline of the birds and butterfly onto freezer paper with a sharpie then cut them out and ironed them to the fabric to create a resist.
With a wide flat brush, I painted a wash of blue paint partially mixed with white paint over the fabric so that I would get streaks of light and dark blue. This would be very difficult to do if I was trying to paint around the birds and butterfly.
Because there is blue in the color green I knew that I could paint the stems of the plants over the blue background with out a problem.
Painting the orange on the birds would have been a problem because blue under the orange would have created a dull muddy orange instead of the bright clear orange on the birds breasts.