Introduction: No Sew No Glue -Wall Quilt Art

Do you love patch work?....see an amazing wall quilt you would love to hang on your wall...but just don't have the sewing skills or the time...to do that?
 I've seen and admired so many quilts...but just couldn't picture myself...cutting and sewing all those delicate squares...I was positive ...it'll be in the drawing board for ages! I think the only type of quilted sewing project I would be doing would be crazy quilting...I'm sure you would have heard of that...else let me know...I'll try and do an instructable for you :-)

You must be wondering how I did it...if no sewing and gluing was involved??   Well punch quilting is your answer ( and mine too!) :-D .
My first project would be just the basic...later I'll show you how to get a 3D look in another project :-)

As my first project I thought to try out Van Gogh's 'Starry Night'....aiming high ...I know....but I love the colors! Aren't they beautiful.

So here is my patchwork version of 'Starry Night' hope you like it...and my own art.. :-) ( I'm no Van Gogh or Michele Angelo )


Thanks everyone for voting for me... I'm  ecstatic to be to be in the finalist from 888!  

Step 1: Oh Scrap Fabric...where Are You!!!

yes...you would need loads of scrap fabric. I went for colors...I wasn't particular about the type of fabric...so I had loads of textures...silk, satin, hand-loom, cotton...you name it! ( Thanks mom!...yes...did I mention that she's a seamstress??)
I went for satin for the stars and moon as it gave an extra glow!

You also need
Styrofoam -  minimum 3/4" thick...else you would probably cut through.
craft knife/ butter knife
batting/wadding/ synthetic padding
barbecue stick
Glue ( optional)

Step 2: Make the Painting Possible

At a glance the painting looks impossible...so I did a search for coloring pages and came across this picture here
I printed it out and made adjustments to make borders for the design.
If you can color it to decide what color goes where...that would make it easier.
Please pardon my picture as my son and daughter wanted to contribute to the coloring and It ended up being what it is :-)
Transfer the design to Styrofoam using carbon.

* i transferred using carbone paper... The ones slipped in bill books so the duplicate would be printed under.
As it fades ... I later went over some lines with a felt tip pen .

Step 3: System -1

There are two ways of doing this...I used both according to which was more appropriate.
This is the first system.
Cut the outline with the craft knife  about 1/4" deep
Take a piece of fabric and start tucking in the outline..cut off excess fabric and tuck the whole edging in so that the frayed ends will be firmly in the Styrofoam.
I have shown a sample of the stars, which is much more difficult as there is an inner circle.
I also found it easier to do this for most of the shapes as it was quick and didn't require transferring of the design to fabric...
Which is a great time save.
The swirly sky was especially done this way  as sometimes I would have to tuck in a bit more because of the curves..and keeping the fabric in the exact place would have been a headache!

Step 4: System-2

This system is less waste...but it's a real pain! Still I'll explain it to you ...just in case you run out of fabric!
cut your shape out with a craft knife.
Transfer the required shape to fabric and cut keeping a 1/4" border.
Place on shape so that the 1/4" border is around the outline...start tucking in :-)

Step 5: The Progress and Border

Just so that you know it didn't just come out at once...I'm posting pictures of the progress :-) I also drew in the doors and windows as I think it would be difficult to do such tiny details...as you can see...at first I used an ink pen...the ink smudged the fabric..so later I removed it and re-did it with a carbon pen. See...mistakes can be easily remedied! 

To make a border...Cut wide strips of fabric.
Place on the edge of your picture...tuck it in.
cut a miter at the edges and tuck in...please refer picture.
Turn over and tuck in excess fabric.
Border done!

Now tell me...would anyone doubt it was a patchwork quilt?? :-D
Now that you have made this beautiful patchwork...you don't want to bawl in tears when it break..which Styrofoam will...if it ever get's bent! Accidents happen!
So glue it to a 1/4" wooden plank and hang it!
Let the secret of your quilt be with you and me :-)

Step 6: Project 2- 3D??

For my second project I thought to try a 3D effect. My daughter wanted to try it out with me ......so I thought ...why not ? :-)
I had a hardboard box...so I cut my Styrofoam to fit it..next I drew a picture on it with a felt tip pen...it's better if you draw on paper and then transfer....to avoid mistakes
I drew on the board at once...didn't like it ....so flipped it over and did it the proper way :-)
I drew a picture of a tree and swing....thought to do it more simple as I was doing it with my daughter.
For the trunk I placed a bit of synthetic padding ( some call it batting or wadding) and glued it to the Styrofoam (oops...glue...let me make it optional!) . I thined the layer for the back branch.
Place a long piece of fabric on the trunk and start tucking in....make sure the padding is well inside and out of the way of the tucks.
When you come to the end...go over edge and tuck in...sort of like the border we did in project 1.

Tree Leaves and Flowers

Do a border of green for the trees as picture....go over and tuck under as trunk.
Cut squares for the leaves and flowers...proximately 1" or less...I didn't measure :-)
I used 3 colors for leaves and 2 colors for the flower.
For the flower I kept the lighter shade under and the brighter satin yellow on top...wrap it over the sharp end of a barbecue stick and stab the Styrofoam and twist if needed.
You can do the leaves using 3 layers...but it would be fuller if you do 1 layer at a time.

Foliage/ Tiny trees

Tuck in tiny squares at the edge of your hills for foliage.
Tuck in various greens for your grass and hill like you did for the 'Starry Night'

Swing

Once you have tucked in your swing seat take a piece of jute rope and tuck around the the branch...this has to be directly above the front ends of the swing.
Tuck at the front ends of the swing.
take another rope and tie a bit above the front end. tuck on the other end of the swing....cut off excess

Tiny flowers

Make pilot holes on the grass area with a heated needle. or ...if you like.. you can stab and try making the hole bigger...but this would be pulling the fabric from the tucked in areas.
Cut about 1/2" squares of light green and light pink and dark pink.
Also cut yellow the same.
Stab the flowers as we did for the flowers on the tree.

Now that you are all done...go over the tucked in areas with a blunt end of a knife or barbecue stick neatening the edges :-)


Step 7:

I have not seen this craft on instructables or anywhere else...I learnt it years ago when I was a kid...I had to collect my pocket money for for it as my mom believed that when we spend for it we appreciate it more!...which is very true :-)
At that time I wasn't into it as all I was told by them was...take some fabric and stab it in with padding! Needless to say...I wasn't interested. :-)

The Craft contest on instructable got me thinking on what I haven't done or seen in ages...this came to mind...and I tried it for the first time after 16 years!
My mom was amazed as she has never seen me do it...yes... not even 16 years ago :-) she's after me to do a quilt pattern for her haha.


Thanks for reading. ...and if there is any questions...please let me know...I'll be happy to help :-)

Comments

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Meanebaby (author)2015-04-11

Great tutorial. You are so creative!

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shazni (author)Meanebaby2015-04-22

Thank you so much!

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satoko68 (author)2015-03-22

This is amazing! I've got styrofoam that I saved ages ago, knowing I wanted to make something with it. Didn't know what.....until now! I'm planning some type of tribal or paisely design on multiple foam panels to hang over our bed. Just gotta get fabric scraps together & choose a design. Really excited about this one!

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satoko68 (author)satoko682015-03-22

Ooooh, just remembered I have some antique Turkish silk my uncle got many years ago when he was doing a lot of traveling! I don't want to hack it all up but it would make some beautiful accents in my design! WOOT!

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lcole5 (author)2014-12-17

That is beautiful! Also love the purple flower quilt block (?)

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shazni (author)lcole52014-12-17

Thanks! Yes the flower block is lovely. Zahraimen made it :-)

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zahraimen made it! (author)2014-09-03

I made a simple flower project :)

as my first quilt project, it was interesting

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shazni (author)zahraimen2014-09-03

Wow! that's really neat and lovely! keep them coming :-)

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michaelgc (author)2014-06-08

Beautiful decoration, I had to take a look at this since starry night is one of my favorite paintings.

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shazni (author)michaelgc2014-06-08

Thank you :-)

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mole1 (author)2014-02-04

I knew I was saving the sides of the Styrofoam cooler for something! Had never heard of punch quilting before. Thanks for the ible!!

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shazni (author)mole12014-02-10

your welcome! post a picture of your finished project please :-)

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crazymustacheluver (author)2014-01-14

this is soooooo creative

and congrats on the winning :D

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Thanks! I'm enjoying my prize.

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bob3030 (author)2013-10-18

Wow, this looks very fun and a neat way to make art. As others mentioned this would be great for a classroom setting. Thank you for posting.

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shazni (author)bob30302013-10-19

Thank you for checking out my instructable and showing your appreciation :-)

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mjursic (author)2013-10-01

Shazni, I am about to bring this into my classroom. What kind of fabric did you use? Felt? I love this project.

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shazni (author)mjursic2013-10-02

felt is too thick...it might be okay for project 2....still cotton,silk,raw silk..or any other fabric should be fine.....I used loads of scrap fabric with different textures...I went mainly for the colors...it helps having a mom who is a seamstess!
how old are your students? if they are very young...start off with punching fabric like the leaves on the tree. fill up shapes like a bunny this way....its a great beginners project...tight curves could be a bit challenging....but not impossible!
please post pictures of how it goes...would love to see it

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mygibzone (author)2013-09-03

Very beautiful! When I was young we would make christmas ornaments this way with the foam balls & scrap fabric, but I've never seen such large & elaborate pieces. It's fantastic!

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shazni (author)mygibzone2013-09-05

Thank You so much!

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HollyMann (author)2013-08-02

wow!!! I'm not sure if i commented on this before or not..but I love it!!!

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shazni (author)HollyMann2013-08-03

Thanks!!!!

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being human (author)2013-07-26

congratss shazni..u realy deserve 4 thz unique idea..ur babies must b v happy,,,:)she also participated wth u during thiz,,,

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shazni (author)being human2013-07-26

Thanks! Yes they are very happy :-) in fact each one is booking which part of the prize they want ... Haha

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being human (author)shazni2013-07-27

hahaha wao..

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Very Interesting (author)2013-07-27

Congrats! Well deserved for a great instructable :-)

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picturesofsilver (author)2013-07-26

Oh I am so happy for you Shazni!!!!!!!!!!! How delighted I was to look at the winners & see that your hard work paid off :)
congrats, and when I get mine done I will post a pic in the comments. Thanks for some great instructables :))))))

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shazni (author)picturesofsilver2013-07-27

Thank you soooo much! I'm so happy about it too :-)
BTW..I hope you got 1" or 3/4" Styrofoam...I seem to have missed putting it in the beginning...but now I added it.
I'm so looking forward to seeing your finished piece

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Tarun Upadhyaya (author)2013-07-24

Yaaaayyy !! Congratulations Shazni :), All those sleeplessness was worth it ...right? :). Ahh.. what an amazing set of tools you will get..oh and there is a camera too :)

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shazni (author)Tarun Upadhyaya2013-07-25

Yes... It was worth it ! And the best thing was it's the prize I craved :-D

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Tarun Upadhyaya (author)shazni2013-07-25

I craved that too ;-)

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shazni (author)Tarun Upadhyaya2013-07-26

Haha :-)

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SlickSqueegie (author)2013-07-25

Congrats Shazni!

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shazni (author)SlickSqueegie2013-07-25

Thanks! And congrats to you too :-D it was a competitive contest wasn't it?

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antoniraj (author)2013-07-24

Congratulations... you are a winner

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shazni (author)antoniraj2013-07-25

Thank you! I'm over the moon ;-)

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TheDoctor11 (author)2013-07-22

What thickness of Styrofoam did you use? I feel like I am always cutting through it.

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shazni (author)TheDoctor112013-07-22

I used 3/4" thick... But if you feel you are going through it, perhaps 1" would be better. Also .., you do not need to go all the way through ... 1/2" should do just fine. Good luck.. Let me know how it goes :-)

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shazni (author)shazni2013-07-22

Btw 1/2" deep is for stabbing... If you are just cutting the outline.. Then 1/4" deep cut is sufficient .

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TheDoctor11 (author)shazni2013-07-22

Okay, I was using 1/2" Styrofoam. I am about halfway through making the Waterlilies painting. I'll post a picture when I'm done for you!

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shazni (author)TheDoctor112013-07-22

Great! Looking forward to it!

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786Ayesha (author)2013-07-20

Congratulations!All the best :)

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shazni (author)786Ayesha2013-07-20

Thaaaaank yoooou!

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Muhaiminah Faiz (author)2013-07-19

Congratulations for making to the finals of the craft contest!

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shazni (author)Muhaiminah Faiz2013-07-20

Thanks! I'm so excited !

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scoochmaroo (author)2013-07-19

Jeebus this is brilliant.

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shazni (author)scoochmaroo2013-07-19

Thank you so much!.. It lovely hearing from you after ages.. We have missed you :-) guess autodesk is keeping you guys very busy :-)

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SlickSqueegie (author)2013-07-13

This is ridiculously AMAZING work. Very beautiful! Thank you for posting this!

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shazni (author)SlickSqueegie2013-07-13

Thank you so much! You are welcome... And your work is simply beautiful too! Can't wait to see your next project :-)

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Very Interesting (author)2013-07-11

You're an amazing artist :-)

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