Fabric Painted Quilted Wall Hanging

Fabric Painted Quilted Wall Hanging

Fabric Painted Quilted Wall Hanging

I’m participating in a monthly “Silhouette Challenge” with some Facebook Friends who LOVE Silhouette — This month’s theme is “Fabric” — so read all the way to the end of this post to see some awesome fabric inspiration!

Speaking of awesome – Today’s project is courtesy of my quilting friend, Alice Ridge!   Alice creates the most fabulous & original quilted masterpieces!   Like me, she is a Military Wife, & I met her when she walked into my shop & told me that she taught quilting classes!  I asked her to bring in some samples — and the rest was history!  She is not only a marvelous quilter — but an outstanding teacher!  Makes it so easy for everyone to understand & she is so encouraging!!   To see more of her creations & check out her teaching schedule, visit her web site at Alice Ridge Quilts.  If you ever have the opportunity to take one of Alice’s quilting classes — do it!!

Last year, Alice decided to join the ranks of Silhouette Cameo owners and attended one of our Silhouette Retreats!    One thing that I love about Alice is that she looks at things from a different perspective!  So, she took the techniques that we used for Glass Etching & adjusted it for Fabric Painting.  And it wasn’t long before she began making some beautiful quilted projects, using her Silhouette Cameo!

So, here are the steps we used!

This design is from the Silhouette Store – “Scroll Dove”.

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So, once you have purchased & downloaded the design — open it in the Silhouette Studio Software — then size it to whatever size works for your project.    Because we are going to be weeding (removing) the vinyl to create a “negative” for the paint – I find it helpful to place a box around my design.

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Then, send to Silhouette & cut – using Vinyl settings.    You can use regular vinyl or stencil vinyl — whatever you have!  I just used the Oracal 651 that I had on hand.    After cutting & removing the vinyl from the image, it should look like this.

vinyl stencil

Next, I took clear transfer tape & placed it over the entire piece of vinyl & carefully “squeegeed” it down.   After removing the backing, I placed the vinyl on the fabric I wanted to stencil.   (Its very helpful to have your fabric pressed and smooth).  Again, carefully smoothing out the vinyl on the fabric — I removed the transfer tape.   (I used a canvas pillow cover for my project — think I’ll add some text around it at a later time!)

Now the fun begins!   I used Shiva Paintstiks to paint this fabric.  They are real oil paint in a solid stick form!  So cool!  They don’t have a cover or cap – but instead, after being left out for a few hours (or days), form a “skin” over the tip.  So you have to remove that before beginning to use your Paintstiks.  You can remove the skin by “pinching” it off with a paper towel, or carefully peel away with a knife.

Working with solid “crayon type” paints is different than working with liquid paints.  Shelly Stokes of Cedar Canyon Textiles has done an awesome job of showing how to use Paintstiks on fabric in this YouTube video —  So click on over to her video for some great information on stenciling with Shiva Painstiks.  She also has some great information on Basic Painstick Instructions!  


Once you’re happy with the coverage of the paint — you can remove the vinyl!  And voila!!  Nice, clean, crisp lines — wiht no bleeding under the vinyl!!  I love it!!

stencil canvas

Alice has done a beautiful job of free motion quilting her wall hanging.  Learning to free motion quilt is more than I can put in this one tutorial — so hop on over to YouTube again for a video on how to begin free motion quilting on your home sewing machine.

So, there you have it!  And Fabric painting can be used on a wide variety of projects — quilts, purses, clothing, home decor & tons more!!  Be sure to share what you have made with your stencil & paints — Hugs, Terri



    1. No-Sew Valentine’s Day Pillows by A Tossed Salad Life
    2. No-Sew Interchangeable Fabric Bunting by unOriginal Mom
    3. Monogrammed Burlap Garden Flag by The Turquoise Home
    4. Crawl, Walk, Bike by It’s Always Craft Time
    5. Freezer Paper Stenciled Tote Bags by Weekend Craft
    6. DIY Bleach Spray Shirt by Practically Functional
    7. Stenciling Sherlock by Please Excuse My Craftermath…
    8. Felt Star Wands by Cutesy Crafts
    9. Yoda Kid’s T-Shirt by Architecture of a Mom
    10. Mark Your Territory- Dog Flags by Black and White Obsession
    11. Nautical Pillows by Lil’ Mrs. Tori
    12. Big Sister Gift & Silhouette Cut File by Creative Ramblings
    13. Nerdy Baby Onesies + Free Cut File by Essentially Eclectic
    14. Easy Easter Bunny Onesie – Silhouette Cameo Craft by Adventures in All Things Food & Family
    15. Fabric Envelopes for LEARNING LETTERS! (& cut file) by From Wine to Whine
    16. “Good Morning, Sunshine!” Memo Board by Tried & True
    17. Hearts-A-Lot Burlap Pillow Cover by My Paper Craze
    18. Baby Quilt by Dragonfly & Lily Pads
    19. Surprise Holiday Banner by Whats Next Ma
    20. “Team Betty” Tote Bag by The Thinking Closet
    21. DIY Sock Minion by Create it. Go!
    22. Pretty Up Some Organza Bags by Getsilvered
    23. Easy Heart Appliqued Onsies by Create & Babble
    24. Bleach Pen Gel & Freezer Paper Stencils Made with the Silhouette Machine by Bringing Creativity 2 Life
    25. Valentines Baby Onesie & Boy’s Shirt + Free Cut Files by The Frill of Life
    26. Valentine’s OWL Always Love You T-shirt by My Favorite Finds
    27. DIY Screen Printed Curtains by Chicken Scratch NY
    28. Fabric Painted Quilted Wall Hanging by Terri Johnson Creates
    29. Glitter Iron-On Top by Simply Kelly Designs
    30. DIY Monogrammed T-shirts with Silhouette Heat Transfer Material by Pitter and Glink
    31. Birthday Challenge by Fadville
    32. Machine Applique with SIlhouette Cameo by The Sensory Emporium
    33. Fabric Applique Valentine’s Day T-Shirt by DailyDwelling
    34. “Cute as Cupid” shirt by crafts, cakes, and cats
    35. Sew Cute Applique by Life After Laundry
    36. Rhino Onesie by It Happens in a Blink
    37. Upcycled Birchbox Cameo Accesory Organizer by Cupcakes&Crowbars
    38. Customizing textiles with Heat Transfer Vinyl (working title) by feto soap
    39. Easy Fabric Art by McCall Manor
    40. Lady Bug Tote Bag with Silhouette Rhinestones by Ginger Snap Crafts
    41. Mommy and Em’s Coordinated Aprons by TitiCrafty
    42. Canvas sketch project and a share by Clever Someday
    43. Foxy Lady Pajamas by Mabey She Made It
    44. Teddy Bear by Work in Progress

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  1. Your design is so cute, love the swirls within the wings!!

  2. Wow, the dove looks great stencilled on to the fabric. Alice’s quilting take the design to a whole new level. Awesome work ladies 🙂

  3. This is great! Where do you get the transfer tape? I’ve tried stencils but have been disappointed so far,however this looks like a possible solution. Is the vinyl a Silhouette product? Can you reuse the stencil?

    • Jan –Thanks — glad you think this could be helpful! Silhouette does sell a vinyl product, as well as many other places! In addition to purchasing products from Silhouette — I purchase a lot of vinyl & my transfer tape from H & H Sign Supply online. They have been very good to work with – http://www.hhsignsupply.com/productcart/pc/Vinyl-c434.htm?gclid=CI7Ky9Ku7LwCFYEDOgodmCgArw

      But, there are other places, as well. The stencil possibly could be used again — although I haven’t tried it. You’d have to pick it up with the transfer tape & place it back on the paper backing! Hope this helps!

  4. I have yet to use vinyl with my Silhouette. You make it look easy! Thanks for sharing this tutorial.

  5. Thanks so much, Shelly. Really excited to connect with you, as well! And loving all the possibilities with the Shiva Paintstiks!


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