Quilted Country Style Tray
- Wooden tray, 8-3/8"x11"
- FolkArt (Plaid): Acrylic Paints: Thunder Blue; Wicker White; Engine Red; Magenta; Black; Floating Medium; Finishes: White Antiquing Polish; Waterbase Varnish
- Fabrics: background flower: rectangle 8-3/8"x11-1/8"; 1-1/2" squares, two; 1-1/2" circle; hearts, 1-1/2", two; red plaid: 1/2"x8-3/8", two; 2-1/2" square; 1-1/2" squares, two; 1-1/2" heart, two; ochre/yellow print: 2-1/2" squares, four; 2" squares, five; tan/beige print: 2-1/2" squares, four; 2" squares, four; pink/yellow floral print: 2" squares, two (re-cut each square into eight right triangles)
- Mod Podge Matte Finish (Plaid)
- Paintbrushes: Smooth Finish Foam Brushes, 3", two; Royal Aqualon Glaze/Wash, Series 2700, 3/4"
- Painter's tape
- Pressing cloth
- Iron and pressing board
- Self-Healing Cutting Mat and Rotary Cutter (Olfa)
- Omnigrip Neon Ruler (Omnigrid), 2-1/2"x18"
- Extra-fine-grit sandpaper
- Soft cloth
- Freezer paper
- Black pigment ink pad
- Duraclear Varnish (DecoArt)
- Circle cutter
- Liquid Laminate (Beacon Adhesives)
- Aleene's Original Tacky Glue (iLovetoCreate)
- Tools: Sanding block; drill and 1/32" drill bit; screwdriver
- Wax candle
- 1. Wash and dry fabric. Cover work surface with freezer paper and place drop cloth in drying area. Mix three parts decoupage medium with one part water. Use foam brushes to apply mixture to right side of all fabrics and move to drying area. On steam setting, press fabrics between pressing cloth.
- 2. Mask off tray, except for outside walls. For antiqued red, add small amount of Magenta and Black to Engine Red. Use Floating Medium to make color transparent in some areas for a faded, distressed look. Remove tape and let dry. Mask off red areas. For antiqued blue, slightly lighten Thunder Blue with Wicker White and use some Floating Medium to create transparency in some areas for a faded, distressed look.
- 3. Use Mod Podge to adhere the following: 8-3/8"x11-1/8" flower background rectangle to bottom of tray; 1/2"x8-3/8" plaid strips to each side. Assemble "quilted" squares as shown in photo and adhere to tray. Place square in an even grid pattern.
- 4. Use foam brush to apply full-strength Mod Podge to fabric. Repeat as needed and let dry thoroughly. Apply Antiquing Polish. Let dry. Apply varnish.
- 5. Lightly sand surface and wipe dust. Apply two more coats and let dry for 24 hours.
by Eve Leder