Suzy Webster's Christmas Bulb Ornaments

Suzy Webster's Christmas Bulb Ornaments
Meet Suzy Webster, AQS Author and Quilter Extraordinaire!
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!
Take it away Suzy -

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.

Merry Christmas!