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« on: September 25, 2007 10:17:13 AM »

I just love Halloween, but I don't know how to applique, so I stencilled the witch onto muslin, and pieced the border.



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« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2007 10:57:43 AM »

I love it. I just started quilting and I love looking at all the wonderful quilts on here this one is being added to one of my favorites. great job.
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« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2007 10:58:47 AM »

I love this.  I think the stencil really adds to the charm.
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« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2007 11:23:09 AM »

That is really awesome!
I love the stencil!
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« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2007 11:40:47 AM »

Incredible!!!

Can you explain how you did the stencil?
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« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2007 12:06:51 PM »

rainylakechick - I bought the stencil itself a long time ago.  Stencilling is really easy, if you have the right tools - and a real potential mess if you don't. The hardest part is cleaning the brushes!!!

Start with a decent stencil brush (they are those round, stiff brushes with flat bristles), stencil paint (I like the stencil crayons or stencil pots, which aren't always easy to find), masking tape, and freezer paper if you are going to stencil on fabric. 

You iron the shiny side of the freezer paper to your fabric to keep the fabric from shifting. Then secure the stencil to the fabric with masking tape - also mask any area you don't want to stencil - eg, if you are going to omit part of the stencil or use different colors in different parts.  The paint pots/crayons may come with instructions - but I'll try to explain (forgive me if this doesn't make any sense, ok!!)

If  you are using the paint pots, rub the brush into the pot (after removing the film of dead paint from the top) until you have worked the paint into the brush.  Using a circular motion, gently rub the your brush over the edge of the stencil, keeping the brush vertical.  Depending on the look you are going for,  you may only "paint" over the edge of the stencil to create an outline, or you may want more coverage.  Experiment on scraps to try it out for yourself.  After you are done, clean up (the hard part) and let the fabric dry for awhile (a couple of days is best) then heat set with an iron.  You should probably use a press sheet to do this part.  I have stenciled quilts and kids t-shirts - heat setting is essential if you are going to wash it - and the waiting really helps, too.

If you are using the paint crayons, then rub the crayon on an available portion of the stencil to make a circle of paint (how big the circle depends on how big your stencil is and if you are doing repeats.  Just remember stenciling uses very little paint.  Then rub the brush into the paint circle to load the paint onto the brush, and stencil as mentioned above.

Got it?  I'm probably as clear as mud, but it is actually a very easy thing to do.  Getting the brushes clean is what gets me, but thats another mini-tutorial!!!
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« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2007 12:21:47 PM »

Eowynt - Thanks for the info.  I've seen other stencils on the site, but haven't tried it myself.  It looks so cool, but sounds like a lot of work.  Smiley
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jen53207
« Reply #7 on: September 25, 2007 04:34:21 PM »

I really like this. Did you make it as a wall hanging?   Smiley

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« Reply #8 on: September 26, 2007 06:51:11 AM »

jen53207-  It is wall hanging size, but I mostly use it a table topper. My coffee table is square, so I make a lot of square quilts to go with it.  I love decorating for the seasons.
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« Reply #9 on: October 02, 2007 06:29:21 AM »

It's so pretty. I love it.
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