Monthly Archives: August 2013

WIP #23 ~ Starting My Canyon Quilt

Lately it has taken me a while to figure out how I will approach an art quilt I am contemplating doing. Well lets just say I am going to do it, but have to figure out how. While hiking a gorge in NY, I had my husband take a photo of a scene I really liked. When I hit the quilt shops on the same trip I ended up buying some Batik fabric strips of solid off-white to brown and some printed fabric. Little did I know that all these colors are in the photo of the gorge.

One of the canyon walls

One of the canyon walls

Batik Fabrics

Batik Fabrics

Then one of the girls from my Quiltsy Team on Etsy, sent me this information about a quilt exhibit that had to do with butterflies! Here is the info if you are interested.   http://www.texasquiltmuseum.org/entries.html

So this got me thinking. What if I did the canyon wall 39 x 65 or 70 inches long. Then add butterflies flying around! See how my mind works?

I went to my local surplus store and came across colored burlap! Idea~~~  “What if I cut all the butterflies from the burlap and painted on the burlap the marking of the butterfly, then sew them onto the canyon wall?”  I have no clue if this is going to work or not but I will try it on a smaller art piece first.

Burlap!

Burlap!

Still working on how I am going to piece the canyon wall. My mind has a couple of ideas and will be trying those this weekend. Keep tuned and I will let you know if it is going to work or not. Half the fun is trying right!

 

 

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Chapter #20 ~ Finishing up “Bella the Fox”

I finally was able to finish up Bella. If you want to see how she got started check here:

https://thebutterflyquilter.wordpress.com/2013/07/31/wip-wednesday-22-bella-the-fox-in-progress/

With my fabrics picked I ended up just doing a free form for the background and then I pieced in the rock and moss. With Steam a Seam I attached sections of Bella  to the pieced top.   I then painted in some areas using Setacolor paints to give her a little bit more dimension.

Before quilting!

Before quilting!

I then decided that I really wanted to do a lot of thread work on her and wanted her to have a little bit more dimension so I put a piece of batting under her and just did all the free motion stitching.

A piece of batting just under the fox

A piece of batting just under the fox

I carefully cut away just around the piece of batting as close as I could without cutting the thread or the front of the quilt. Once that was done I layered the quilt like normal to quilt.  Extra pins were needed around the body of the fox so it would not slip when quilting near it.

I did a really pretty leaf pattern on the greens with variegated thread of greens and filled in with a free motion stipple with another green. The rock I did a free motion zig zag stitch of greens on the moss sections and variegated grays on the other areas.

Close up of background leaves!

Close up of background leaves!

Rock with zig zag free motion stitch!

Rock with zig zag free motion stitch!

Now Bella is complete!!

#268 Bella

If you would like to see some of my other art quilts hop on over to~  www.thebutterflyquilter.com!

 

 

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What Nots ~ Wednesday ~ Trip to Vermont

The last couple of years we haven’t taken a vacation so with our purchase and make-over of a little 20 year-old 18 foot travel trailer we decided to take him for his first trip. Our truck is called Forrest and the trailer we named Gump!  Although he is old he ended up working out pretty good. A couple more things I think we should work on. Well “we” meaning my husband LOL.

We booked our vacation spot in North Hero, Vermont at the Apple Island Resort. It sits on an island on Lake Champlain. Set-up was quick after a 10 hour drive to get there.

Camp Site with Forrest and Gump!

Camp Site with Forrest and Gump!

Day one of our adventure ~ First checked out the island and the connecting island. Then we headed downtown to Burlington, Vermont. A large town and a beautiful college. Lots of people! We hopped on board a large boat called the Spirit of Ethan Allen III to check out Lake Champlain.  It cruised the lake at a slow pace while playing a history tape of Lake Champlain and how it got its name. The tour took about 1 1/2 hours.  It was nice to be out on the water. The weather was perfect!

Spirit of Ethan Allen III

Spirit of Ethan Allen III

Day Two ~ We took our first ferry ride with car over the lake into NY. Our day was spent there. First spot we went to is the Ausable Chasm. If you love rock cliffs and walking on small trails into a gorge with fast flowing water then this is a must!

Ausable Chasm

Ausable Chasm

The same day we went to the High Falls Gorge. A small hike of about an hour with more fast moving water.

High Falls Gorge

High Falls Gorge

Headed back onto our ferry across the boarder into Vermont and headed back to our little trailer!

Day Three ~ We woke to another beautiful day. Although the forecast was for possible rain it didn’t happen till we finished our day!! The first stop was the Shelburne Museum. It is made up of historic buildings and gardens. Each building had some kind of art or collection. While my husband went around the grounds with his camera for flower pictures I went into as many building as I could before the humidity kicked in. They have a really nice antique quilt collection. Each quilt is housed in glass. My favorite was a log cabin with miniature blocks made in the 1800’s. I think I might have to do one!

Log Cabin Quilt Made in the 1800's!

Log Cabin Quilt Made in the 1800’s!

They had a special collection of quilts by Velda Newman. Beautiful very large quilts!!

Each building I went to had something I loved, antique china (I use to collect purple and white and they had some), glass, fine art collection, early american furniture, and the weavers shop and so much more. You buy a pass and it is good for two days there is so much to see. Did a lot of walking!!

A Dahlia Flower in the gardens!

A Dahlia Flower in the gardens!

On the way back, since we were so close, I got to shop three quilt shops. I haven’t really been in a Quilt shop in a while. Lets just say I helped Vermont’s Economy by shopping those three shops!

Day Four ~ It rained. We were both glad because we were tired and worn out! We relaxed and read and kept the kitty company.

Day Five ~ We Drove up thru Stowe Vermont passing Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory. If you love Cinnamon you must try their Cinnamon Bun!! We went up Vermont’s Highest Mountain, Mt. Mansfield. At first we took the Gondola ride up and realized when we got to the top it didn’t go all the way to the top. You had to hike your way up. Well starting up we turned around because we weren’t equipped right! So we headed back down and found a toll road that took you most of the way up. Once up there we grabbed our walking sticks and made our way pretty much to the top, not quite but pretty much. Took about 1 1/2 hours to make our way up and back down over really rocky terrain and if you are scared of heights (me, me) some of the walking trail takes you to the edge.

Almost at the top!

Almost at the top!

Day Six ~ we almost set it up to go gliding but my husband thought it was too expensive so our last day we ventured out only to see a movie and come back and got everything packed and ready to head back home. We knew we were going to have to drive another 10 hours to get back. sable

Don’t you feel when you get back you need a vacation from the vacation!!

All in all it was a fun trip and great to be outdoors.

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