Saturday 16 February 2019

Spring Mini Quilt with Paste Paper effects

For quite some time I've been wanting to find a way to imitate traditional paste paper effects onto fabric. Well this week I got ahold of some Gelli printing tools and inspiration ran rampant!

First I got out my opaque fabric paints and one of my Gelli plates. I cut a bunch of small pieces of calico fabric (muslin) and got started.

I added some color to the surface of the Gelli plate, rolled it out with a rubber roller, and then used one of the Gelli printing tools to mark a design.

I then placed a piece of fabric over the top and gently patted with my hand so the color transferred to the surface of the fabric. You can also use a clean roller on the back of the fabric. The above picture is the result!

I then continued to play with color, tools, overprinting and got a nice batch of very pretty fabrics!!
I decided to use most of them to make a mini quilt.

First I drew a simple flower design and traced it onto 4 pieces of fusible web. I fused those to the backs of 4 of my fabric pieces and cut out and swapped around the fabrics.
I then fused these onto another piece of fabric.
I took more of my fabric pieces, paired them up, cut them into strips and wove them into new blocks.

Finally I stamped an image that I got from Rubber Dance Art Stamps and made that my central block. I used Opaque Navy fabric paint dabbed on with a foam brush.

So then I set all the blocks together into a mini quilt! Now I just need to sew it all.
Happy Spring! See you next month for some Easter inspired projects.


  1. Quite interesting, thanks for sharing!

  2. What a fun project. Using the gelli plate to print the fabrics is a great technique. Thanks for sharing. Hugz

  3. exciting technique, thanks for sharing it :-)


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