I finally found some time to work in my Photoshop program to work on Bella the Fox. I took the original picture then used the “poster edge” filter that was in my program and then the “accented edges” filter. This will give me an idea on where to place my fabrics on the quilt for her. Here you can see the progression and how it worked in the Photoshop program.
Click on to make bigger!
This took a while since I am still learning the in’s and out’s of Photoshop. OK I will be honest I don’t think I will ever learn everything because the program is so big! LOL From there I went ahead and in the PosteRazor program, enlarged the photo to the size I wanted and printed it out. I forgot to set my printer on draft mode so ended up using a lot of ink!
I then taped my pages together and started going thru my fabric to choose some colors that I might have. Of course I had to buy more fabric. Sometimes you have a vision and you just have to go shopping to help the image come to life!
Some Fabric Choices!
Next I need to take my trusty black ink marker and mark all the spots that I will be changing to a different color fabric.
Outlining sections for color changes!
So this is where I stopped for today!
Now when you see a quilt or art quilt you can appreciate how much time goes into the process before even beginning piecing!
About a week ago I did a Work In Progress blog about this quilt!
To much open space for me.
Filling in the empty open space I added curved pieces of batiks and satin stitched in place with deep purple.
Satin Stitch in place!
I went ahead and quilted the top. Each square I quilted in with a teal thread and followed the square inside with a little bit of a curve! I also stippled all the white space with white thread. Then in my strips I did a gentle back and forth so it would lay flat.
close up of quilting
It still felt kind of empty for lack of a better term. I decided to try something and just go for it. I usually think things through a little but not this time! I took out my fabric paints ( I use setacolor fabric paints) and found two colors that went with the quilt top and mixed a third one. I decided that I wanted to add circles. How was I going to add the circles with paint? Well looking around my home I came up with a empty paper towel roll, a dixie cup, and a wooden dowel. I filled the middle of my paint tray with some paint then dipped the object that I wanted the circle made out of in the middle, trying not to over fill. I just started dabbing here and there on the quilted top with my object rimmed with paint. Some of the circles are not as heavy with paint as others, but I like the look of it!
All in all I liked the effect that I came up with to fill my unwanted space on my quilt!
Once the paint dried for two days I then iron heat set it. The quilt can be washed if it ever needs to and not worry that the paint will run or disappear.
Well I am still working on my last quilt from my last post. It is moving along slower than I like but I decided to quilt it a little bit everyday. But in the mean time I am already thinking about my new art quilt I want to do.
About a week ago a young female fox started hanging out in our yard, at different times of the day. The first time I saw her she was sitting on our lawn and looking at me thru the window of my daylight basement where I sew. The next time I saw her was when she snuck up on a squirrel and caught it. I decided to put some food out the last couple of nights (a hot dog) and she has returned around sunset each night.
Looking around for her next meal!
My husband the photographer set up his camera and we lay waiting at the windows looking for her. She finally came at a better time to get pics of her. We have a lot of bird feeders out and we always have an abundance of squirrels and chipmunks we hand feed. Population of the squirrels is dwindling.
Where I leave her meals!
We saw her again last night (a night I didn’t put food out) catching another squirrel. I can’t watch and I cover my ears. She is just so beautiful that I have to do a quilt of her. This is my favorite photo so this might be the one I do the quilt from!
We named her Bella!
Where do you get your inspiration from!
I have had this fabric for about two months that I really wanted to do something with. It is a beautiful dyed piece of fabric from Vicki Welsh. Here is her shop if you want to check her out:
I saw a painting of just squares set on a plain background. All the squares were different sizes and I thought that is what I will do, only piece them on a slight curve. Well when I finished piecing there was just too much white for me.
To much open space for me.
So I went thru my stash and found a batik that I liked with it. I decided to appliqué lines in different directions through the white. Then I went ahead and satin stitched them all in place with a deep purple that went with the darkest part of the dyed fabric.
Heat set all strips in place!
Satin Stitch in place!
After 12 bobbins I finally have all the satin stitching done! Yahoo. I then squared the quilt up. Remember I pieced it on a slow curve so nothing is square in the quilt. Basting and figuring out my quilt design comes next!
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When I need inspiration I will go thru my sew room to straighten up. I always seem to find something that puts an idea into my head. This week I found some paper piecing from Cindi Edgerton. I love her papers because they are like tissue and you don’t have to use a smaller stitch. I was even able to hand stitch one of her patterns when I was not near a sewing machine. Check out her site: http://www.averyspecialcollection.com
I came across this little pattern I forgot I had. Little 2 inch hearts. Once I decided on the hearts everything seemed to come together. I used Cindy’s papers to do the hearts and then went off on my own. I do that a lot. I found some leftover really small pieces of dyed brown fabric! Perfect. Then I went thru my newly organized batik fabrics that I color coordinated into bins. Fall was what I was looking for.
I worked on it all day yesterday and finished quilting it today. Sometimes I get it in my head I just have to finish a project. Other times….LOL
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Well everyone has to start somewhere right. I just realized that I have been quilting for 22 years. The time seems to fly the older I get. I have kept a record of every quilt I have ever made. My first photo’s were done with those Polaroid point and shoot cameras and the picture would develop before my eyes. But that was the only way I could think to keep a record of my quilts. My first quilt, blue and white, hand done, and made with bed sheets because I couldn’t find any cotton fabric at the time. I was living in England far from any stores that sold fabric.
If you are just starting out please keep a record of your quilts and label them with the date and your name– you never know where it might end up. My second quilt, “A Trip Around the World” hand quilted. One of the military wives fell in love with it and wanted to buy it for her daughter as a wedding gift. Her daughter was just a young teenager, too young to get married. She had a hope chest already and she wanted to fill it as the years go by before her wedding.
Trip around the world in pinks!
At that time I never thought about where I would be with my quilting or how it would change my life or even if I would be as obsessed about quilting as I am now. I didn’t know I would quilt for a magazine, design and get published in a magazine, open my own shop on www.thebutterflyquilter.com to sell my quilts, that I would have a gallery showing or that I would ever enter a quilt in a quilt show, be accepted and win!
Once you find your passion anything is possible. Looking back on some of my first creations LOL I wouldn’t really call some of these quilts but then again I realize that like everything in life each step is a learning experience. You can get better if it is something that you want. So I will share with you some of my ugly quilts (as I call them) when I was just learning and thinking these are wonderful!!!! They were to me at the beginning and they are to those who received them!
What was I thinking!
I need a color class!