Embellished Silk Print Quiltlet

Stephanie Novatski © 2005

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Create a beautiful small wall quilt embellished with silk ribbon, beads and hand-painted lace. Learn to tint Venice lace using Tsukineko inks to achieve a vintage look.

1 5" x 7" print preferable of a Victorian scene
1 Piece approx. 9" x 11" lightweight sheer non-fusible non-woven interfacing
4, 7, and 13 mm silk ribbon in various colors to compliment your print
Size 11 seed beads or pearls to compliment your print
Various pieces of Venice lace
NOTE: The border and skirt trim on my print was 3 pieces of lace, (2 identical neckline pieces and 1 larger floral motif) cut up to fit the border of the print. You may also use yardage of any lace you like
1 fat quarter of silk dupioni or any other fabric of your choice for the background
1 fat quarter of any fabric of your choice for the backing
1 18" x 13" piece of batting and 1 smaller piece of batting the same size as your print
Machine sewing thread to match your background fabric
Thread for hand or machine quilting
Fabric glue
Tsukineko inks or pens
NOTE: I used the following colors: Wisteria, Sand, Autumn Leaf, Tuscan Beige, Rose Pink, Celadon
Sewing Machine
Rotary Cutter
Hand Sewing needles including Chenille needles and beading needles
Small Paint brushes
Aluminum baking tray
Spray bottle for water

Painting Lace:

Place lace in baking tray in a single layer. Spray with water so it is damp but not soaking wet.

On a plastic plate using a clean brush, drop 1-2 drops of ink. Spray with water about 2 short sprays and mix together. Paint areas of lace you want this color. Repeat for all the colors. Colors should bloom when painting lace. If they don't, spray with more water. Do not worry about the excess water and ink in the tray.

To achieve the antique look, mix a few drops of sand ink in water but do not dilute it too much. Brush this on the outer edges of the lace pieces and over some of the other colors to give them a muted look. There will be some water in the bottom of the pan with some ink mixed in. Don't drain this water. Let the lace sit in the water until almost dry. This will add a slightly darkened edge to the lace. Finish the drying process by ironing dry between paper towels.

Preparing Print:

Baste non-woven non-fusible interfacing to back of print about 1/4" from printed border.

Embellish print using silk ribbon embroidery, beads, and lace. Place a piece of batting the same size as the print behind the print and turn under the edges. Measure the print and add 10" to the length and width measurements. Cut the background fabric to that size.

Add 8" to the length and width measurements of print. Cut the backing fabric and the batting that size.


Appliqué the print to center of the top fabric. Lay the quilt top right side down on the table. Place the batting on top leaving a 1" border of background fabric showing all around. Place the backing fabric on top of the batting and pin in place.

Machine stitch around the appliquéd picture as close to the edge as possible. Place your lace along the edge of the print overlapping the print and sew with invisible stitches or glue in place.

Carefully press the 1" top fabric over the backing fabric, mitering the corners and trimming the excess. Open out.

From the right side, quilt as preferred from the edge of lace to the edge of the quilt. NOTE: I used a decorative stitch from my sewing machine centered from the edge of the lace to the edge of the quilt.

Refold 1" of top fabric toward the back. Fold under the raw edge of the top fabric and blind stitch in place all around .

Add a sleeve, bone rings, or ribbon loops for hanging.

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