From Bad to ?

It’s always humbling when you think you know how to fix something and then it turns out that you don’t.  A month or so ago I wrote about a problem with a quilt I call Beaded Curtain.

beaded-curtain3It’s my interpretation of a Jacquie Gering design. I didn’t have enough of the blue solid colored background fabric and had to order more online after I failed to find a match at local quilt shops.

I thought it would be OK, but the new fabric was a titch lighter than the original stuff, as you can see in the photo above. I used the new fabric to make the corners of the “beads.”  Then, I assumed I could disguise the slight shade difference with quilting and variegated thread, and began quilting with a serpentine stitch and my walking foot.

Despite close lines of quilting that took almost a week to do (this kind of quilting is really boring to do so I tend not to work at it for long stretches) the color difference was still evident.  Unless I quilted every quarter inch I didn’t think more quilting would help.

After stewing about this for a few weeks and concluding the color difference really bothered me, I decided there was no hope for this quilt except painting the fabric to match.

No, she didn’t, you say.  Yes, I mixed my Jacquard fabric paints to create the closest match I could to the original fabric, thinned the result with water, and went to work.

The result?

Beadedcurtain_paint_detailBeadedcurtain_paint2Beadedcurtain_mostlyboundHow successful my rescue attempt was varies according to the angle of light on the quilt.  Light is reflected differently off the painted and unpainted fabric, so in certain lights (outside of a dark closet) the color correction doesn’t show while under other conditions it does. And I’ve discovered that my camera varies wildly as to how it photographs that blue.

I think the problem is a bit less noticeable, but still there.  Where I display this quilt is going to be tricky.  If light casts shadows on it, viewers will cast aspersions.


Filed under Completed Projects, In Process

6 responses to “From Bad to ?

  1. Judy

    I used paint in some spots on a bird applique. The quilt designer was way off in how she had the tummy of a bluebird, so I used paint and marker to match the colors of fabric I used. Worked well…

  2. Judy

    It’s all about creativity and felxibility, isn’t it?

  3. I love the design but I get your disappointment. My computer doesn’t show the difference as much as you might see it in person. Also I would not be looking for it, whereas you always will since you know it’s there. I DO think painting it was very clever. Perhaps painting over ALL of it (ACK!!) would make the change in surface disappear.

    Thanks for sharing it.


    • Here’s a thing: I’m making a medallion quilt for myself. It has dozens of different fabrics in it, but I made one misstep in color — i used a cream for 8 small patches, but there is no other cream in it. To ME, they look out of place. So having seen your post, I decided to use a yellow crayon to color those cream patches to pale yellow, so they will disappear for me better.

      Thanks for the inspiration to just go ahead and try it. I think I will be much happier, and those 8 small patches will not stand out for me as they have.

      • Once you get used to the idea that you can change the colors on your fabric with markers, paints,and whatever else will adhere to the fabric without damaging it, you can tweek your quilts to your heart’s content. I’ve used fabric paint, fabric markers, paintstiks, gel roller pens, and I think even crayons. I do try to set the color with an iron so the color is set. This is trickier if you plan to wash your quilt, but I’ve had success washing items I’ve colored. In fact, I washed the Beaded Curtain quilt and the paint came through fine.

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