Make a Bible quilt. The children can color the pictures.
- Bible story pictures from coloring books, Bible story books, or the Internet. (Note: Plans are under way to offer specially designed collections of Bible pictures for making Bible quilts on this web site.)
- Large assortment of crayons (Crayola TM with 64 colors or more recommended) Crayon alternative: Fabric paints may be used but much are more tedious. Do not use cheap acrylic paints as they will not hold up in the laundry.)
- Ultra-fine-point Sharpie permanent marker, Faber-Castell Pitt artistic pen (Indian ink) or other ultra-fine-point fabric marker
- Roll of plastic or wax coated freezer paper
- 2-4 yards of white or bleached muslin or quilting cotton
- Additional fabric and batting to complete the quilt
- Large light box for tracing patterns
- Access to scanner or copy machine
- Computer to enlarge or reduce picture size
- Select pictures and plan to make them all the same size.
- Copy, scan, or trace pictures onto copier paper if you plan to use a light box or alternative light source for tracing the picture onto fabric. (Note, you can’t just tear out a coloring book page as both front and back will show through when you use the light box.)
- Using a copier or computer, enlarge or shrink picture as needed to fit fabric size.
- Cut fabric pieces allowing an additional ¼ to ½ inch on all sides for seams.
- Cut freezer paper the same size as the fabric pieces and iron it to the back of them using the cotton or wool setting on the iron. Do not use steam. The freezer paper will stiffen the fabric while you trace and color.
- Place a drawing under a piece of fabric pressed onto freezer paper with the fabric side on top. Tape the drawing to the fabric to keep it from slipping, and trace the picture onto the fabric. A light box is almost indispensable here, however a lamp and a glass top table may be used, or the drawing and fabric may be taped to a well lit window for tracing.
- Color the pictures on the fabric with Crayola crayons. If your fabric is not 100% cotton, you will need to purchase special fabric coloring crayons and will have fewer colors to choose from. Color as evenly as possible. Crayons may be used lightly as in coloring the sky, or it may be colored in very heavily for deep rich colors. Both will come out okay.
- With the tracing paper still attached to the fabric, place a paper towel over the picture and iron it using the wool setting. Do not use steam. Use another paper towel and repeat as often as necessary until no color transfers to the towel.
- The picture is ready to peel away from the freezer paper and sew into the Bible quilt. (Note: If you wish to add more color you may do so and iron again.)
- Alternative solution to using freezer paper and light box: You may be able to see through the fabric alone well enough to trace without a light box. It is also possible to color on the fabric without the freezer paper if you place the fabric over a piece of sandpaper to hold it steady as you color.
- Quilt assembly: Arrange your pictures in rows on the top of a bed to arrive at a plan for sewing the pieces together. Sew a strip of fabric (sashing) between each picture using the size seams you decided on earlier. Measure and adjust the size of the sashing as needed to get each row to come out to the same length. Sew a strip of sashing between each row, at the top and bottom, and up and down each side. Then cut a wider strip of fabric to make a border to go around the pictures. If you are not a practiced seamstress, look for an experienced quilter to guide you as you assemble and complete your quilt. Contact one of the quilt shops or fabric shops in your area if you don’t know any quilters.