Step 4: Paint your frame (if desired) and start sewing!

If your frame is damaged/ugly, consider giving it a pop of color with some paint. If you want to paint your frame, you can do so now that you’ve decided on your composition.

In this example, I transformed the standard 70’s fake wood veneer of this frame to bright yellow with just two coats of acrylic paint. Make sure to sand it lightly (wear a mask or work outside to avoid breathing in particulates) so the paint won’t scratch off later and then apply the first coat of paint with a brush. Set aside.

Begin sewing elements on to your base fabric. I just set pieces to the side of my work space in the general positioning I’ve selected as I work.

*TIP* Have a camera phone? Snap a quick pic of your arranged composition and use it as a guide as you work so that you can remember where things go as you take them off.

Start by sewing together the layered bits first. Once your ‘vignettes’ are sewn together, work from your base fabric up to sew on the other elements. You will probably have some overlap, so pin on what you can of the bottom layer (shown in the first photo of this step) and go from there. Try to avoid pinning the paper pieces if you can.

*TIP* Switch up thread colors and stitches. I use a SINGER machine and in this example, I’ve used the straight stitch, the zig-zag and the scalloped edge. Go tone-on-tone with your thread color for a subtle effect, or use contrasting colors for more pop.

In this piece, I used mainly vintage elements, so I went with a retro-inspired composition and color scheme as well. Continue until all your flat elements are sewn on. Leave off buttons or other 3-D items for now.
way cool,you are talented,for sure
Super cute !! My neice is going to love this !!! <br><br>(hope you got the copyright problem taken care of)
Listen, your tutorial has been copied and place on another blog: http://inthe-garden.blogspot.com/2011/05/how-to-make-upcycled-art-quilt.html <br>This person has done the same thing to my tutorial as well (you can find me for real at www.sewhappygeek.co.uk) <br>She has stolen every tutorial that's up on her blog.<br>I have lodged a formal complaint with blogger, as it's clearly copyright infringement and therefore both illegal in international law and against Blogger's policies. I am trying to contact everyone who's tutorial has been stolen, to urge you to complain to Blogger as well to get the site withdrawn.<br>You can google 'copyright infringement complaint Blogger' for the form, or go here:<br>http://inthe-garden.blogspot.com/2011/05/how-to-make-upcycled-art-quilt.html<br>I'm really sorry to tell you this, and I really do know how awful it feels.<br>Sincerely,<br>Jenna @ SewHappyGeek
Hi there! <br><br>Thanks for bringing my attention to this. I did create the instructable in the spirit of getting other people artmaking, and do like it being shared, but it's obvious that this person is doing the copying with the intention of generating ad revenue. <br><br>If it were just me, I wouldn't mind so much, but it is crappy that they've done this to lots of people. And this particular instructable has been included in an eBook/ePublication by Instructables that they offer for download in iTunes; hence, they may care to do something about the infringement. So I have sent a message to one of the admin here with the blog link and asked to be notified if they take action. If so, I'll let you know. <br><br>Thanks again for contacting me. It's always good to hear from fellow members of this community. Take care!<br><br>Marianne
I just wanted to let you know that unless this is you, your hard work has been ripped off, word for word: http://inthe-garden.blogspot.com/2011/05/how-to-make-upcycled-art-quilt.html<br><br>
Yep, that isn't me. :) I sent a note to an admin at Instructables since this particular 'ible is included in an eBook that they published, so they may care to do something about the copyright infringement. Thank you for bringing my attention to it. Have a good one!
simple and yet so beautifull and creative. looks great :)<br>
Way way cool! Can you tell me a little bit more about the linol cuts please?
Hello there! Why yes, I can! Check out this other instructable I wrote on that for some help- http://www.instructables.com/id/How-ANYONE-can-make-a-linocut/ :D Have fun!
I LOVE WHAT YOU HAVE DONE....looks rad...so creative...im gonna try it out...i have lots of bits and pieces...this project is perfect for me.
Thank you! I see scrap piles as endless possibilities now. :) Hope you have tons of fun with this, please post your finished piece!
I just finished an Africa-themed one and I love it! Thanks so much for sharing~
That's super awesome. I love hearing that people have actually completed their own projects after reading my 'ibles! Somehow it just feels really wonderful. :) Thanks for dropping me a comment to let me know. Take care!
Love it!
Thank you! It really is a lot of fun and a great way to use odds and ends. :)
nice write-up, and the results look great!<br>
Thanks! I used to think quilting was a serious thing that required books and classes, but now I have fun with it. :)

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Bio: Hi, I'm Marianne Bland, an artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2010, I completed a self-imposed challenge to create at least ... More »
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