Painted Color Block Quilt Top

Let the fun begin! If you have children or work with children as I do, this project is for you! Working with preschool students brings out the kid in me. I love painting and this quilt top screams fun for kids. Did I mention, there is no piecing involved?! Keep reading if you’d like to know how I made my quilt top.

FABRIC USED: 4 yards total fabric (2-yards cotton fabric in white for quilt top, 2-yards cotton fabric in white for quilt backing…my fabric was 45″ wide),  Poly-Fil batting, single-fold bias tape 6-yards total in white fabric.

TOOLS USED: Fabric paint, letter stencils, paintbrush, aluminum foil, sewing machine, newspapers, painters tape, large self-healing cutting mat, 3X18” ruler, washi tape, invisible thread, rotary cutter, safety pins

Time to Prep

I began by prepping my work surface for painting. I preferred to paint on a vertical surface so I taped one of my walls with newspaper using painter’s tape. If you prefer, you can use a table or hardwood floor. It is important to protect any surface you use to ensure the paint doesn’t seep on your surface. After taping the newspapers, I taped my 2-yards of fabric I’m using for my quilt top to the wall.

Let’s Paint!

Once taped, I sectioned off my blocks using washi tape. Each of my squares measured 10″ x 12″. Feel free to play around with the measurements and direction of the tape. I think it could be cool to place the tape diagonally or even make a variety of shapes. Next, I prepared the aluminum foil by crumpling 6 pieces of foil into a ball. I used 6 pieces for each color.

Starting at the top, I dabbed my aluminum foil piece into the green paint. I painted the first block dark and gradually lightened the pattern as I moved toward the right. I used a total of six colors: green, dark green (mixed green and black), yellow, orange, red and brown. Once all the blocks were filled, I allowed the paint to dry before adding the stencils.

Once dry, I removed all of the washi tape and placed the letter stencils on the bottom of my quilt top and secured with small pieces of washi tape. Then I used my paintbrush and black paint to paint inside the stencils. Because these are paper stencils, I recommend carefully removing the stencils from the fabric immediately. I made the mistake of allowing the paint to fully dry with the stencils on, which made it pretty difficult to remove from the fabric and leaving behind some of the paper. 

I allowed the entire quilt top dry for 24 hours before quilting. Once dry, I laid my quilt backing on the bottom, batting in the middle and painted quilt on top. I evenly smoothed the quilt top and secured all layers with safety pins. Using invisible thread, I quilted with a combination of slanted and vertical lines. I removed each safety pin as I sewed along. You can use your preferred quilt design to make a unique quilt top. Finally, I trimmed the excess batting using my acrylic ruler and rotary cutter to even out my quilt. Then finished the edges of the quilt with bias binding. That’s it! 



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