paint your apron ~ and class announcement

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hello ~ welcome to the blog today!

i am super excited about the new project i’m sharing today! and i’m going to be teaching it soon, as well! 

i’m calling the class “paint your apron”  ~ kinda like paint your wagon, only there is no singing involved… {bet y’all are relieved about that huh!! 🙂  

 the basic supplies:  
paintbrushes.  frixion pen. silks acrylic glaze paints. {these paints will be available for purchase or you can use some at the class, too}, a white canvas-style purchased apron. 
free motion supplies are show further below. 
as you can see, i’ve just lightly sketched out a flower motif onto the top of my apron.  and i don’t have to stay with this, but it helps to get it centered, and gives a great place to start!  no worries… feel free to go beyond the lines! 

i’ll have lots more ideas to present at the class , as well as brush types, color usage, shading and then onto tips for free motion this simple project.

and then just start painting.

let the paint dry.  heat set it with the iron. {more tips to share about that at class, too}   now it’s time for a little free motion quilting action!  yes!!!

but first things first.  get the apron stabilized first.

i love 505 spray, and i spray a scant spritz of it on the back of the stabilizer; this temporarily adheres the stabilizer to the back of the apron, also giving the apron quilting stability, so it won’t pucker as it’s being quilted. 

just sayin’ ~

my go-to needle is the 90/14 topstitch needle.  and magnifico thread.

keep it simple with color.  i just want to add a bit of thread texture, and enhance the painting.  and i’m going to do that with a bright, bright pink, and a neon pink thread choice.

here’s the first pass of the free motion from the back side, where you can see the stitching on the stabilizer side, below:

i finished with black thread for some pop and it was really fun to add a simple word as well as a fun bit of sketching-type quilting which frames the entire motif.

and the back looks like this when i’m done.  keeping it loose and simple!

we’ll have some fun sketching and painting time together!

trim away excess stabilizer.  heat set the paint once again.  

and that is how it’s done.  simple.  fun.  light-hearted. 

if you are in the helena area {montana} or want to travel there… i’ll be teaching at prickly pear quilts 
down on gulch.
i’m teaching this october 4th from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm! 
class price: $30 
(and i will also be there on friday, september 12th, to teach my beyond free motion class, 10-5pm, $50.
visit the prickly pear quilts website so see their newsletter of events and more fun classes!



Comments 8

  1. Wow…a beautiful apron !!! Love your design and colors !
    I was hopeful your machine quilting class would be maybe October…I would love to come but would be coming from the Seattle area so this one won't work….I will keep watching !
    Have a great class !

  2. Leslie that's beautiful! I would hate to use that beautiful apron and get any dirt or food or whatever on it because it's too pretty.

  3. Way to go Leslie! I want to sign up, but I have so much going on right now with Spanish class and new LightRoom…shoot! I hope to get on your next class!
    So glad you are teaching your lovely gifts of talent!!

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