Now though I will usually make up some test samples while I'm thinking of projects using a variety of different fabrics . I use Dream Cotton 'Select' wadding in the sandwich and then machine and hand stitch often in ripple patterns. In the examples I'm showing here I applied acrylics (Liquitex firm body) straight from tube with a palette knife but not to the whole piece so that a strip of the original fabric can be seen. It's a bit distracting to look at ( as you can see in the 'studio' shot below) so I've cropped the image in Photoshop and shown the 'before' stage separately.
Fabric 1: A heavy cotton canvas (pattern called 'Tipsy'!) I liked the pattern already printed on it but it was difficult to hand stitch and also to paint and the texture of the canvas showed through when painted.
Fabric 2 After