I'll admit I've never done anything like this and had no idea where to start. I perused Laura Murray's website and ordered supplies and then scratched my head. She has some beautiful pieces as examples, but I couldn't just copy one of hers. That would defeat the whole purpose of trying something new, wouldn't it? Without knowing what the end project would be, I decided to just try foiling some fabric. If any of it turned out, I'd figure out something to make with it.
Step 1 of foiling involves applying some type of adhesive to your fabric. I used the glue that she sells on her website and some rubber stamps I bought from JoAnn's. I brushed the glue onto the stamp using a foam brush and then pressed it onto my fabric. It took a number of tries to figure out what the right amount of glue was.
|Fabric stamped with glue|
Step 2 is the actual foiling process. You lay the foil over the glue and then burnish it with a back and forth motion using a hot, dry iron. This step involves a little bit of elbow grease to get the foil to adhere well. After it's cooled, you can peel back the foil and see what's happened. If it didn't stick well enough, no biggie, just put it back down and try again. The foil will only stick where the glue is and you can even try to apply multiply layers or colors.
|Applying blue foil to my fabric|
|Fabric cut out and ready for paper piecing|
|Star Bright - 17" Square|
|Ideas for quilting|
|Back of Star Bright|
|Close up of quilting|
Here are the stats for this small quilt:
- Size: 17" square
- Fabrics: Mostly batiks - from stash
- Batting: Warm &White
- Thread: Aurifil (piecing), Bunch of different ones for quilting
- Pattern: Sweden from Mariner's Compass Stars by Carol Doak
- Quilting: Custom
- Started: May 2011
- Completed: June 2011
- Recipient: Lynn - The Twelve of Us
“It is in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for … part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.”
Ephesians 1:11 (MSG)