Monday, September 30, 2013

Quilted State Silhouette

We recently decided to redo the paint and decor in our master bedroom (and when I say "we" I really mean "me", for it was not at all my husband's idea.).  I loved the art that was above our bed (which you can see here) but I have three young children who can often cause mass destruction, and are above bed decor was one of their most favorite targets.  I realized it was time for it to go and since then have been trying to figure out what I should put in it's place.  I've always loved the idea of doing state silhouettes.  We are a military family and have lived in many wonderful places and I thought it would be the perfect way to remember each of the states we at one point called home. 

For this craft I used:

A burlap canvas
(mine measures 12X12 inches and was 
purchased at Wal-Mart for under $5)

freezer paper

fabric of choice

single-sided fusible batting

button, or other embellishment

acrylic paint

I was SO excited when I found these burlap canvases.  They were exactly what I was looking for and look how awesomely thick they are!

I am fastly discovering all the amazing uses for freezer paper.  This time I used it to cut out my image for the state of Utah.  After printing off the image I was using onto freezer paper, I simply ironed it onto the front of the fabric.

Next, I just cut around the image.  

I realized later that it probably would have been a lot easier to iron on the whole sheet of freezer paper, instead of cutting the shape out before hand.  At least it will be easier next time around!

I love how easily the freezer paper just peeled off... oh freezer paper, I am falling fast in love with your crafting capabilities.

To accomplish the quilting, I fused the single-sided fusible batting to the back of the sihouette (making sure that the fusible side faced the fabric.).

I decided to just quilt along the chevrons.

 After I finished, I attached the silhouette onto the burlap by stitching a simple running stitch along the edges.  I placed the button roundabouts where the city we lived in was.

I decided that I really wanted to include the name of each state with each silhouette so I used another freezer paper stencil to paint the name on the side of the silhouette (find out how here).

 I am so excited with how these turned out and can't wait to do the other three! 

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  1. You did a great job with this...I love the attention to detail! This would be great to link-up to Create It Thursday #22…it's live now! Hope to see you there!

  2. This is awesome plus what a great tutorial! Thank you for linking up to ITS PARTY TIME. I shared your post via G+. xoxo, Three Mango Seeds