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« on: April 19, 2008 09:25:45 PM »



This is not a finished project, but it is as finished as it is going to get before it goes on display tomorrow.  I work with an organization that does sunprinting at festivals.  In theory we are trying to explain the problems associated with invasive plant species and the sunprints are supposed to be made with plants that have been removed from an area.  However, we always end up working in parks and places where we cannot bring the invasive stuff in so we have to work with things that won't spread. 

This quilt top is made from the squares that were made (and left behind) at Earth Day last year.  Once it is finished it will be sold to raise funds to support the environmental work that we do.

I wanted to share it with you all as a reminder that Earth Day is this week and that each little thing we do adds up to a whole lot of improvement. 

The top itself is only about 26 x 42 inches.  The squares were painted on muslin.  The black part is quilter's cotton. 
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« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2008 05:04:20 PM »

Very beautiful work. I'm not sure I understand the process, though. Huh Did you take sunprints and then copy them onto muslin and add colors? Was it a special muslin treated with multicolored sunprinting dye? Does the sunprinting have nothing to do with the beautiful squares?
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« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2008 06:33:40 PM »

The sunprinting is done on the fabric with paint.  Then those fabrics are cut up for the squares.  I will post some more pictures of the folks at our booth once I get in some aloe and put my feet up from a whole day of teaching a couple hundred (at least) people how to sunprint. 
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« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2010 04:25:43 PM »

waggonswest, can you explain what sunprinting is? I've never heard of it but I'm intrigued!
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« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2010 06:26:03 PM »

count me in as another of the hundred who wants to be taught about sunprinting.  Wink
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« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2010 06:21:10 AM »

Do you want the full 3 hour workshop for art and science teachers complete with take home t-shirt or the short version?

Actually right now you get the short version.   Dilute sunpaint is applied to the fabric, objects such as leaves are placed on top and it is left to dry in the sun.  When it is dry you remove the objects and see what happens.  We do this in a variety of venues, I'm prepping for our booth at Earth Day St Louis this Sunday.  I tell people, "If you can spill paint you can sunpaint." 

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« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2010 07:10:51 PM »

Where do you buy sunpaint?   

I have some of the paper that makes sunprints, but I need some of the paint now! 
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« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2010 07:16:27 PM »

google pebeo setacolour for an online source. 
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« Reply #8 on: April 26, 2010 01:23:35 PM »

Each square is great on its own, and combined they make a very beautiful quilt! I'd also never heard of sunprinting with paint before--I think I just might have to give it a try!
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« Reply #9 on: May 03, 2010 10:38:07 AM »

Here is a terrible picture of one of the two quilts made from sunpainting fabric for the 2010 Sunpaint (or Sunlight) Project.  This is the pieced top prior to quilting.  The Crossroads Quilters assembled it to be raffled to benefit a local non-profit organization that does clean water research, restoration and education.  The first quilt is beyond belief.  This is the one they call the children's quilt, although I believe they have another name for it now . 



Again, the picture is terrible because I had to crop it out of the background.  I didn't have enough sense to take a picture of the quilt itself.  Duh!  This was on display at a quilt tea.  My apologies to the anonymous ladies who were inelegantly cropped into the picture.  They truly were lovely people, just standing in front of the quilt. 
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