How to Make a Crayon Quilt Block
Layer color tones on muslin to create lively squares on a child's quilt.
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Materials and Tools:
permanent black ink pad
water-soluble fabric marker
permanent waterproof pen with ultra-fine tip
texturing material (plastic canvas, coarse sandpaper, etc.)
hair dryer or heat gun
iron and ironing board
1. Cut a 10 1/2-inch square of freezer paper. Iron it to muslin and cut the muslin to match.
2. Using a water-soluble marker and a clear plastic ruler, draw a line 1¼ inch from the bottom raw edge of the square. Stamp a message on this line. Immediately heat-set the letters with a hair dryer or a heat gun.
3. Using the water-soluble marker and a light box, trace the design on the muslin square.
4. Make a cushion with several layers of smooth fabric. Place the muslin block on the cushion and use a crayon to color with a first layer of color. Add a layer of a slightly different tone of the same color.
5. Remove the block from the cushion and place it on a hard surface. "Pen-stitch" on the outline with a permanent waterproof marker with an ultra-fine tip. Pen-stitch around the stamped letters as well.
6. Remove the freezer paper. Place the block over one of the texturing items. Hold the block firmly in place. Using a third, darker tone of the same color, rub the crayon over the area. A pattern will emerge. Use several textures on each block.
7. Remove the water-soluble marker by blotting with a damp cloth or paper towel. Let the block dry completely.
8. Place a piece of paper on an ironing board. With the block turned right side down on the paper, place a second piece of paper on top of the block. Set the iron to "cotton" and press to remove excess wax and set the color.
Turn scrap fabric into an oil painting-style quilt with these steps.