I was anxious to get started on my piece by rusting fabric. First I collected rusty nuts, nails, bolts and pieces from the old railway line including a couple of nicely rusted spikes. After reading an article in American Quilter magazine, I was ready. Using white cotton fabric and equal parts water to vinegar, I made sure the fabric was well saturated, then squeezed the excess liquid out so the fabric was wet but not dripping. Then I smoothed the fabric out onto a plastic garbage bag, sprinkled it with ¼ cup salt, shredded steel wool, and my rusty items. The next step was to roll up the fabric encasing everything. I
then placed my fabric roll in a plastic bag for 24 hours.
I was really pleased with the rusty results. After a good hose rinse outside, to remove the steel wool bits, then more washing in the sink with soap, the fabric was left to dry. I cut up my newly rust coloured fabric in varied sized rectangles then sewed the pieces in a random order. Not wanting to take away from the simplicity of the rectangles, I kept my free motion to straight lines using a walking foot.
The 9 individual projects for Rock on Canada depicting minerals mined in Canada will be pinned to a large black screen with a fabric tube stitched under and over the spaced out pieces to give a unified effect. Another 9 guild members are working individually doing a similar project with the theme of Nature Coast to Coast. Both projects will be on display at our quilt show as one part of our guild’s celebration of Canada 150.
Quilt Show Chair
Visit our Quilt Show page to learn more about our upcoming quilt show -- and visit our quilt show in September 2017 to see these beautiful theme pieces created by our smARTies Art Quilting Group. And watch our blog for more information about this exciting show.