Karen Ponischil


Creating fiber art through quilting allows me to stretch my artistic talents with all the possibilities of fabric while enjoying the calming, meditative effects of stitching. I capture moments in time—a flower at the height of its bloom or the split second when an animal is still.

I have always loved creating with fabric and began sewing when I was young. Now I create quilts using wholecloth painting or raw edge appliqué then thread paint the quilt to bring it to life. My quilts have been juried into local and national quilt shows.

Karen creates her quilts in North Carolina.

115. Wholecloth Painting: Blooming Poppy – All levels –12 Hrs
Friday and Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (2 hour lunch break daily)

Student will learn techniques to create a wholecloth painted poppy and thread painting techniques for a painted poppy.

Student will learn:
– how to transfer poppy image to fabric
– basics of mixing textile paints
– best practices for applying paint to PFD fabric
– thread painting basics and how to add shading and highlights

Kit Fee: $10 (includes vinyl to make tracing, paint, PFD fabric and paint brushes, poppy image, poppy template)

Supply List to create 8.5”x11” Wholecloth Poppy:

Day 1:
-Paint Palette (I use clear plastic egg containers-NOT syrofoam.)
-Wear old clothes! You may get paint on them and acrylic paint won’t wash out.
-Apron to protect clothes
-Ruler, masking tape, scotch tape
-Plastic cup for water
-Flat surface to paint on – Foam Core, plexiglass, or plastic board to paint on.
(I use the back of my cutting mat. FYI: Paint on back of my cutting mat will not come off.)
-Sakura Microperm 05 pen
(These pens come in 01, 03 and 05 tip sizes. I like 05 best. Available at Michael’s, usually in the scrapbooking section)

Day 2:
-SEWING MACHINE in good working order. Machine must have the ability to drop feed dogs.
Bring instruction manual, extension bar or table and all accessories.
Remember to bring your foot pedal, power cord and all machine feet.

Extension Cord with Surge Protector.
-Free motion quilting foot for machine.
-Basic sewing supplies – scissors or snips, extra bobbins, pencils, pens, pins, etc
-Thread for thread painting (I use Aurifil Thread #50 because my machine likes it best! Bring threads your machine likes the best!)
– Pinks, Reds, Whites, Purples, Greens
-Cotton Batting (I like Quilters Dream Cotton)
-Backing fabric (I prefer an all over print)

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