Chapter 1 – Into The Light

    Did you ever buy a piece of fabric that as soon as you saw it you just had to have it? Not for any project that you could think of, but because it was so beautiful you must have it for your collection. That is what happened when I saw this wonderful hand dyed piece of fabric. I looked at the price and had to swallow my tongue. Who would ever pay that price for one piece of fabric? Me! The fabric sat in my stash for a couple of years.

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    Something happened then–one of my cats passed away. I wanted to do a quilt with her in it. At that time I was a very traditionalist quilter. Every line had to be marked that I was quilting and I thought out each pattern. I was going through my fabric and found my dyed piece. I thought I am just going to cut it in big straight lines and add black between. Then I staggered the fabric so it looked like a rainbow. I just started transferring photo’s onto fabric and I wanted my cat “Patches” in the quilt. I also used photo transfer with some butterflies.

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    Then I started quilting. Large flowers started popping up. No marking just going for it. I used variegated thread that I have never used before. I loved it. I didn’t stay in the lines between the strips of fabric I just ignored them. And quilted, quilted, quilted. In the past, I just put in enough quilting that I thought made the quilt look good. My thoughts on that changed that day — now I love lots of quilting! At the end I added ruched  (folded fabric) butterflies that were made by a friend for me. I was putting on the binding to this quilt when I got a call that told me the friend who made the butterflies had passed also. So the quilt is like a memory quilt. A year later “Patch’s” sister passed and for some reason there was one section on the quilt that didn’t have any quilting so I photo transferred her onto fabric and added her to this quilt.

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    This is where my journey began to think out side the box and try something new and different with my quilting.

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15 responses to “Chapter 1 – Into The Light

  1. Very cool Patty, looks good!

  2. Daphne Peel-Congelosi

    Really lovely Patty, fun to read and a always your spirit inspires!
    Congratulations! love, daphne

  3. A lovely piece and a beautiful quilt

  4. Pat

    Love it!! Can’t wait for the next installment!!!! love Pat

  5. Such beautiful work. loved reading the story!

  6. Patricia, what a wonderful story! I’m so sorry about your friend and your beloved kitties. I lalways love seeing your work and wonder if I’ll ever do anything as beautiful.

  7. Wonderful story of how you were inspired to create this art piece.

  8. Holly Yingling

    Love the blog and you’re travels into art quilts. Your first quilt is stunning.

  9. Absolutely beautiful! I love this quilt.

  10. Kathy kinsella

    Beautiful quilt!

  11. Yay for you! Wonderful start with a beautiful quilt! I have listed your blog on mine so I can share your talent!

  12. Char

    What a great story! Good job on the blog Patricia.

  13. The piece is stunning and the story behind it is just beautiful.

  14. Julie Tillema

    How beautiful, Patty! The story behind the quilt was very touching, too.
    Love your Blog and looking forward to being a avid follower:)

  15. Beautiful quilt and kitty!

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