Complimentary Encounter

Complimentary Encounter, Judy Coates Perez 12″ x 12″

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.

19 Responses to “Complimentary Encounter”

  1. Cindy says:

    Wow, I love this! The contrast of colours is beautiful. Thank you for showing the process. I will have to give it a try.

  2. Quilt Rat says:

    I am always so thrilled to see the process. This is quite lovely, the “extra” detail quilted in the background really acts to give it such dimension. Terrific piece!!!!

  3. cindy shake says:

    Simply beautiful! Great idea on the birds and butterfly to preserve their brightness.

  4. Joan says:

    Lovely, thank you for sharing!

  5. Bee says:

    I got to see this lovely quilt in person in Dallas! Thank you for sharing the process!

  6. luanne says:

    Another beauty! Love the birds & wonderful colors & texture.

  7. Deborah says:

    Love this! Thanks for sharing your techniques.

  8. Jane LaFazio says:

    beautiful and thanks for the fascinating step by step. you are truly an illustrator extraordinare!

  9. be still my heart! how beautiful…

    see you at MIU!

  10. Lisa says:

    Love when you show pictures of how you paint your quilts. I love process and the results are fabulous!

  11. jojo says:

    Just fabulous!


  12. janice says:

    Judy, this is just lovely, and I too must thank your for sharing your creations and letting us in on your techniques. It is most appreciated.

  13. Lisa ONeill says:

    I love this piece – I have a bird challenge due in May – wish I could clone your work.

  14. Sunspot says:

    This is really beautiful.
    Thanks for sharing.


  15. I saw it in person and loved it.

  16. Karen says:

    beautiful Judy! Were you using textile paints or inks?

  17. Thanks everyone!

    Karen this quilt was painted with textile paints.

  18. Lori says:

    Love the birds! I wish I could do birds! I’ve been painting my quilts too! please stop by my place and take a peek!
    Your colors so clean an bright! I have your CD which I just loved
    thax so much for shareing each step

  19. Another beauty! I love how you quilted in more stems and flower buds to echo the ones you painted. (Can’t wait for next May when you come to NC!)

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