Fusing/Fabric Painting to Create Realistic Art Quilts (Supplies)

Instructor: Lenore Crawford

The supply list has been provided by the instructor. If you have any questions, please contact the instructor at lenoreccrawford@charter.net.

Supply List

Lenore will have some of the tools available for purchase if students aren’t able to find them: small rotary cutters 18 mm and 28 mm, craft knife like Exacto, small scissors, large tweezers, paint brushes, fabric paint sets, permanent glue, first come first serve.

  • Iron for fusing with auto-shut off
  • Medium rotary cutter (I like the 18 mm and 28 mm sizes which are optional)
  • Cutting mat at least 12” X 18”
  • Scissors:  regular (embroidery optional)
  • Black Ultra Fine Sharpie plus regular Fine Sharpie
  • Masking tape – beige 
  • Pencil
  • Craft knife with fine blade
  • Ironing pad to use for fusing:  A Suggestion from Lenore:  Make yourself a small ironing pad by cutting a piece of foam core an appropriate size for your travel bag and cover it with cotton batting attached with a hot glue gun on the back of the foam core.  
  • Waste sack (very messy technique)

Projects should be no more than 30” on the longest side, a good size for a beginner’s design. It is ok to bring a larger project if you are motivated but you may not finish it in class!!

A photo to work from for your project; color poster size print out (see instructions BELOW for poster size printing on your own computer) of your project about 30” on the longest side is good PLUS a small 8″ X 10″ color photo to work from; contact Lenore for more information if needed on your project design or if you need help to decide if your photo is appropriate for this type of project.

One of Lenore’s more complex patterns can also be used if you don’t have your own photo; Lenore will print out a photo for you of your own if you are having a problem printing out your own.  She can help you decide what photos work best too. Please contact her at lenorecrawford@charter.net or call me at 989-708-9390.

Photo hints:

When looking for your photograph try to find pictures without lots of negative space which means not a huge amount of sky or water or anything that takes up a large amount of the design without anything in it.  Look for pictures with focal points like a bird, flower, boat, truck, for example.  The more little things in your design the more pieces that will have to be fused which means the more time to finish the design like windows in buildings.  Foliage and gardens are difficult to create because of the scarcity of fine textural green prints and small floral prints.  You can send me a copy of your photo if you want any help with your photo choice at lenorecrawford@charter.net.  I will also print out your photo for you if you are unable to do it.  If you want me to print it for you I will need a photo with a large amount of memory for enlarging. Let me know if you don’t understand what this means. Remember that you can also use one of my patterns for your project if you can’t find a photo to use


Muslin 2” larger than the printed out poster size of your photo; background fabric can be used if the majority of the background will be showing about 2″ larger than your photo size.

Fabrics selected according to colors, tones, and textures in your photo – this is very important! Select varying textural prints in similar colors and varying values in similar colors to give your design depth. We will share fabrics in class to give everyone a lot more options!
Finishing Your Design if Time Allows You Will Want to Have:

  • Batting for inside of project sandwich
  • Backing fabric to cover back of project (Lenore uses muslin)
  • Border and binding fabrics 
  • Extra light weight fusible web such as Misty Fuse or light weight Wonder Under – five yards at least

Sewing Machine if Time Allows (usually no sewing is accomplished in these classes)

  • Various threads for top-stitching
  • Walking foot for machine
  • Free-motion sewing foot for machine
  • Non-slip sewing gloves for free-motion top-stitching if desired  

Paint brushes:  ½” angular, ¼” angular, 1/8″ angular, 0 small.   Look for very very small angular brushes if you can’t find these exact numbered brushes.  This is a good mix of sizes from very very small to medium. Painting is demonstrated in this class.  Students can begin to paint on their projects if they have finished fusing them so bring brushes if you think you might want to do this.  Lenore will have these brushes in class for purchase if preferred.  She does not share her brushes.
Lenore supplies the following:  $10 required supplies fee paid in class
Two yds fusible web – Misty Fuse (students will need to bring extra), parchment paper, freezer paper, fabric paints, clear plastic, paper plate and cup – Lenore will demonstrate how to use fabric paints in this class

Print Your Photo on Your Computer

  1. Go to www.blockposters.com and print out your photo in whatever size you choose.
  2. Follow the Step-wise instructions as noted. Do not use the Download button below the step buttons.
  3. Click on Step One. Click on the Browse button next to the blank and choose your photo. Then click on Continue.
  4. On Step Two you will decide how large you want the photo. Choose how many pages wide you want your photo to print. This will determine the size of your photo. Click on Continue.
  5. Next on Step Three you click where it says to Download a PDF file containing your photo. Your picture will open up and then you can simply click on the printer at the upper left and print it out. Use Presentation Paper to print on. It makes a great copy and is not as expensive as photo paper and not as light as regular paper.