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Drawing on Quilts?

Drawing on Quilts can happen in many ways. Historically, blocks on Baltimore Album quilts were embellished with india ink to show details and capture signatures. Using a variety of permanent ink pens, pencils, crayons and paint, quilters can draw directly onto fabric to enhance applique blocks, create a hand drawn design for a block or add drawings to art quilts.

Benefits of Drawing on Quilts

  • Add detail to applique blocks or art quilts
  • Add details not easily added with quilting, embroidery, fabric or trims
  • Drawing on Quilts can replace embroidered details

Tools and Supplies for Drawing on Quilts

  • Permanent ink pens, pencils and markers
  • Iron if heat setting is required
  • Tape, super fine sandpaper or freezer paper ironed on the back of the fabric to stabilize it while Drawing on Quilts.
What I Wish I Knew When I Started - Drawing on Quilts

Combining DRAWING ON QUILTS blocks with crayons and paints is a way for kids to create art for quilts. Using a stabilizing method while drawing will keep the pens used from "skipping" and give a smoother drawing surface.

Drawing on Quilts Resources