I'm up in the air about what to call this art quilt, but I have a bit of time to decide.  It's coming along.  I have two (maybe 3) colors left to figure out and have ordered a few more pigments to help me decide.  I'm using polished pigments (available via sewfarsewgood.org or from colourarte.com) and Derwent Inktense pencils.  I mix the pigments with textile medium (like Inkfusion or Delta Ceramcoat).  The pencils I will either pencil the color on dry and brush the textile medium over it, or I'll use the brush and grab the color directly from the pencil. I also have Inktense blocks that I grate up and mix with the medium to create my paint.

While I have done some small projects with Prismacolor and Inktense pencils, this is the first project using the polished pigments and the first really "big" painted project.  I like using the polished pigments, but you have to be careful when mixing them with the medium.  I thought I could lighten the colors by just using more medium, but it doesn't work well for large areas at all.

I designed this in Adobe Illustrator and then printed it out onto large sheets of paper which I then taped together into one large piece.  It measures about 44 x 39.  I then created a light box.  Rather than spend the money for a fancy light box, I created it out of a piece of window glass (available at your local hardware store) and some vegetable cans and an LED light. It worked pretty slick for me.  I then traced the design onto my PFD (prepared for dying) muslin. I used a blue water erasable pen. If you trace outside the lines, you can go back with a water filled pen or a q-tip dipped in water to erase the stray lines.

Once I was done tracing, I loaded it on my longarm and quilted the design.  I used two layers of batting. One layer of Quilters Dream puff over a layer of 80/20.  It really gave it a faux trapunto look.  I love how it turned out.  I had started quilting the "sashing" with a medium sized meander, but ripped it out after discovering it was full of bad tension. I requilted it with a McTavishing type of fill and am SO glad I redid that part of the quilting.

So, here are some of pictures of the progress so far.  I plan on trying to enter this into the MQX Midwest show and their deadline is August 1, so I can't procrastinate or let customer quilts interfere too much.

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Comment by Joy Voltenburg on June 24, 2014 at 8:40am

Riana, Generally the color does not bleed to the back. It will if you saturate the front with too much textile medium or if the medium does not have enough substance.  So the key is to find a good balance between the two.

Also, you have to heat set these paints (and pigment pens too).  Some people just heat set them for 10 seconds or so. That is not long enough.  You need to have as high a heat as you possibly can, with a cloth (like a pillow case) between the top of the quilt and the iron, and heat set it for at least 2 minutes.  That can be tricky too as you need to make sure you don't scorch it. There are other ways to heat set it, but that is the easiest way for me to do something this large.

Thanks everyone! 

Comment by Riana Noyes on June 23, 2014 at 9:48pm

This is bound to win a ribbon! Does the coloring bleed through to the back? Can it be washed? (I know it's art , probably for wall...but just wondering...)

Comment by Ruth Sunday on June 21, 2014 at 5:50pm

As simply put as I can be, I would call this quilt "Gorgeous".

Comment by Chef Lisa on June 20, 2014 at 6:58pm

Awesome! Im an art quilter, so I tend to gravitate towards other art quilters. I am interested in learning more about the polished pigments. I like the control you get. I have used acrylic chalks n water for years but don't get that control. I'm still searching for pigment pens that won't bleed later, its tough as there r not many out there that are affordable.

thank you for sharing your art work and products!

Comment by Vickie Smith on June 20, 2014 at 5:57pm

It is very beautiful.  Good luck with the show you are planning to enter it in.

Comment by Kathryn Bates on June 20, 2014 at 4:45pm

This is absolutely awe-inspiringly beautiful.  Many talents - the original drawings are exceptional, and when you add the quilting, the color -- I'm not speechless, but almost!

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