Painting on Cotton … Feathers

Feathers Painted on Black Cotton...One Feather Stitched

Feathers Painted on Black Cotton…One Feather Stitched

I haven’t spent much time in the studio this week, but today I’m back at it full force!  I am quilting the painted fabric piece shown in my previous post and am excited about finishing this quilt.

After a few days of looking at the quilt on the design wall,  I saw the colors of the Indian Pow Wow dancers.  The vertical strips in the middle of the quilt will become their painted sticks and needed some feathers.  I painted the feathers with acrylic paint on black cotton fabric, fused them to a backing fabric and stitched.  This is the result.

Feathers Sewn and Cut

Feathers Sewn and Cut

After I sewed the feathers, I cut them into shape.  I have not sewn the centers yet, as I will use that sewing to attach them to the quilt when I have finished quilting the background.  My vision is for them to be hanging towards the bottom of the “sticks”, but that may change…from the studio

About studio18artist

A contemporary artist using canvas and cloth, paint and thread.


  1. sonnie

    Sue, just the feathers are stunning. can’t wait to see the entire finished piece, feathers integrated.

  2. I love this technique for adding dimension to your quilt…I will look forward to seeing the finished results!

  3. These are stunning; love the effect of the painting and stitching on the black background! =D

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