Suzy is excited to share a special holiday treat just for you. Play with some paints and make a collection of dazzling Christmas Bulb Ornaments!
I decided to have some fun with Lumiere paints. I have used them many times. They're metallic and oh, so fun.
I started by drawing an ornament shape on freezer paper. I then cut it out and ironed it down to some black fabric. I used a foam paintbrush to apply the paint. After it was dry I pulled off the Freezer paper.
I then layered the ornaments and started quilting on them. I used a gold polyester thread because it's easier for me to work with than metallic thread. Eventually I decided to use a range of other colors too.
After quilting the designs on each ornament I stitched close to the edge so when I cut them out they wouldn't fray. You can see that I did some simple swirls or stippling below.
I used a blue thread in the bobbin so you can see that I didn't do a real large area. About 1/4 inch away from the edges all the way around.
I then cut the ornaments out about 1/8 of an inch away from the edge of the ornament.
Finally, I sewed some black skinny rick rack to the top of the ornaments to make them easy to hang on the tree.
Now I wanted to make a quilt using this technique as well, so on one piece of black fabric I stenciled three ornaments and quilted them. I then quilted it using my Curly Cogs quilting design.
I knew I wanted a little more sparkle in the quilt, so I added gold rick rack in the binding for a little extra punch! I bought this rick rack on a whim last summer and I was sure excited to finally have something to use it on!
Here's a closer look.