Cracked Paper Quilts 3: Revealing the Stitched Base and Adding the Cracks

After the papers are "pieced" (Cracked Paper Quilts 1) and the sandwich is made (Cracked Paper Quilts 2), it is time to reveal the stitched quilt and demonstrate how the cracks are constructed in a Cracked Paper Quilt.

This, however, is only the base quilt. Its surface now begs to have a whole cornucopia of techniques thrown at it, which includes painting with acrylic paints, drawing with pencils, pens and painstiks, stamping (with my own handmade stamps), screen printing, paper applique, crochet, collage, applying molding paste, mediums and dimensional paint, adding inclusions (made from papier mache and paper clay) and whatever I think of next.

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9 thoughts on “Cracked Paper Quilts 3: Revealing the Stitched Base and Adding the Cracks

  1. I love the ladder making process of the video! I never knew how to make them in the past? I do have a question, I have a very basic sewing machine and it seems that you are making this quilt with a more advanced system? Can you make the ladders with a basic sewing machine?

  2. Absolutely! It does help to have feed dogs that go down, for easy free motion stitching, but that can be solved by using a darning plate. On the other hand, there are those who say they do free motion stitching with the feed dogs doing their regular thing. It’s all about “becoming one” with your particular machine and just being willing to experiment.

  3. Carol, Is this going to be the last video? If so, could you let me know which issues of Quilting Arts this method was featured in or give me info about your new book? I’m intrigued to see what you do next. Thanks!!

  4. All I can say is wow!  Now I have to go back and look up the articles in the magazines so I can see your finished quilts.  I can’t wait to try this.   I don’t know if I’ll have time for the Christmas gift idea but I’m sure going to give it a shot.  Thanks so much for sharing this.  It puts a whole new spin on things for me.

  5. Carol, you answered my question about being able to do this technique on a basic sewing machine in a previous comment. Now I need to figure out if I have a darning plate or if my machine does free motion with the feed dogs up.

    I am interested in finding out how often you need to clean and oil the machine when using this technique. I’m a newbie at sewing, but I love paper and stamping. Learning to work with fabric, too, hoping to find a way to combine all three.

    Your comment about using this technique with your stamps also has me intrigued. Do you stamp right on the quilt sandwich or apply the images with Golden or the spray adhesive?



  6. This is absolutely fantastic,  never seen anything like it,   I personally love mixed media and this has got to be one of the best I have seen,   I am a quilter, but do get bored easily,   I shall look for your book and keep my beady eye on you,  thank you sooooo  much

    barb   in the UK

  7. Hi,   closed off my comment before asking,     I dont have a darning foot, or stablizer foot so to speak on my machine, so for fabric I have to use the hoop,  how can I handle the paper work, very tricky I think,,,,,I have an Elna 3700  about 13 yrs old, but never given me a minute’s trouble.      I did try and find a darning foot, a while back, shall have to persevere.

    thanks for this wonderful video clip



  8. This has been sew very enlightening.  I tried making fabric paper and was less than impressed but this seems to be so much better.  Thank you for sharing this.  A picture is worth a thousand words and your pictures have been very illuminating!

  9. Well, it’s now March 2013,, and I ended with watching step 3…dated in 2009,,NOW what…where’s the finishing production?? Is it posted somewhere else or did she quilt making the steps???

    Very disappointed as this was a technique I would really like to learn…

    Linda J

    VA USA