Monthly Archives: September 2013

WIP ~ Back to My Canyon Quilt

Well I am back to my canyon quilt. I finally decided another way I can put it together. For those that have been following along, I think you remember, I gave up on my little 1/2 inch pieced patchwork pieces. The look was not something that I was happy with.

So starting again with my Canyon photo I printed it off in a poster program to enlarge it to the size I wanted.

Original photo

Original photo

From there I went and cut out my batting to the actual size of the finished quilt with a little bit extra around the edges. I then pinned Pellon fusible interfacing in place on top of the batting.

Pellon

Pellon

After I enlarged my photo to the desired size, I printed it out and ended up with 30 sheets. So each sheet is 8×11 and I work on duplicating the photo colors with my fabric patches that I cut out and lay in place.

Part of one photo sheet in fabric

Part of one photo sheet in fabric

Once I have one section done I iron in place the fabric that I had placed just so.  Careful that the iron doesn’t touch the Pellon that is not covered in fabric.  It makes a mess and you will need to clean your iron.

So every section that I do gets ironed down into place. This way I can work on a section of 8 x 11 at a time. One page at a time.

Sections done with paper sections not done

Sections done with paper sections not done

Here is a large overview so you can see how far I have gotten. Now don’t forget this is all raw edge. I am hoping that with some wonderful thread work it will all come together. I even have lots of different fibers that I will be adding.

over view of full piece

over view of full piece

I ran out of ink for the bottom pages and had to reprint them in color to get it right. Only 12 more 8 x 11 pages to go!! Stay tuned!

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Chapter 22 ~ Finished up “Dreaming of Friends”

This past week I am finishing up a couple of things.

First is my submission to Quilting Arts Magazine Contest ~ “Dreaming of Friends”

Here is the before quilting and finishing touches like binding and painting.

Before quilting and threading

Before quilting and threading

Here is my finished quilt that will be submitted. I won’t know until the end of September if it was accepted or not. Either way it was a really fun project to do.

Quilting, Painting and Binding done!

Quilting, Painting and Binding done!

Close - up!

Close – up!

Also finished  up my last custom order for my inspirational word quilts!

Last Inspirational Word Quilt!

Last Inspirational Word Quilt!

I decided also to revamp my Etsy shop and I am having a huge sale,  30% off of selected items.  There is a lot of selected items so please swing on by and have a look!      https://www.etsy.com/shop/thebutterflyquilter?section_id=11076243

Thanks for stopping by and checking out what I have been up too. Stay tuned I am going to try to tackle my canyon quilt again. Different method and new to me! LOL

 

 

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The Story Behind the Quilt: Chapter 22 Friends

After reading my latest Aug/Sept issue of Quilting Arts there was a challenge to the readers in the back. The challenge was to design a block that was 8×10 that had to do with friends.  It gave many examples like BFF or Frenemies and such.

One morning I got up with this idea–why couldn’t I design a quilt around friends when they are in a dream state. I had a cat that just looked at butterflies and didn’t attack them so why not make a quilt around this idea. Going thru my photo’s, I came across one of her (she has passed on now) when she was young and looking up. I had taken this shot when I was taking a photography course so I loved it. I printed it off onto  fabric.

Tigger

I then saw something somewhere, I believe it was a Quilting Arts program,  where you place objects  or cut out freezer paper and iron it onto fabric.  Then, mix some fabric paint ( I use seta color transparent paints) in a small spray bottle. Place your objects on the fabric and just spray.  When you lift the objects off your design is left behind. I wanted the background to be grey and white like a dreamy kind of state! I found these wooden scrap book flowers for 99 cents and they worked great!!

wooden flowers for scrap booking

wooden flowers for scrap booking

After spraying of paint

After spraying of paint

Let that dry for 24 to 48 hours and iron and it will be permanent. Then I decided that I wanted burlap butterflies in the quilt. I bought this book on Amazon for a penny. How could I pass up such a bargain since I love butterflies!

Butterfly book

Butterfly book

I then looked for one with a purple in it and found one. After I used a heat n bond on the back of the butterflies I then  used some of my shiva paint sticks to paint in some of the butterfly.

painted butterfly bodies

painted butterflies

I got my background and placed everything where I wanted it to go keeping in mind I have a size restriction–it has to be 8×10. Once I got my placement the way I liked it, I ironed everything into place. I then decided to stitch my cat and the butterflies with just the batting on the back. Once that was done I then put the back of the quilt on and quilted all the flowers and the background.

Before quilting and threading

Before quilting and threading

After quilting and threading.

After quilting and threading.

I am not finished yet. I have to bind it, paint in her eyes, at least I want to, green and then her whiskers will be last. I still haven’t figured out the title to this quilt. Any suggestions would be welcome. Remember it has to do with friends. I thought of this one “Dreaming of my Friends”.

 

 

 

 

 

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Wip #25 ~ Little Done on My Canyon

Well this week has been busy with two custom orders which I really liked doing. Both had to be a certain width and length!

# 43 words within

 

#45a custom for Maureen

 

I was only able to work on my canyon wall a little bit and it is turning out interesting!! Here are some photo’s on how it is coming out. I have cut out my quilters grid to the size of each page on my layout of my canyon. I am matching up colors with my template pages in this first photo. Picking and cutting one inch squares are taking awhile!

canyon a

 

Once all the pieces are ironed on in place, this 16 by 21 inch piece is ready to sew and follow the grid lines with a 1/4 inch seam, horizontal and vertical.

canyon pieces b

 

Now this is what it looks like after the pieces are all sewn. It has shrunk down to about an 8 x 11 inch piece. I now have 1/2 inch finished squares.

all sewn

one page done!

Thirty more pages to go!

 

 

 

 

 

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WIP #24 ~ The Canyon Continues!

The last week or so I had an idea about how to piece my canyon wall. If you haven’t been following here is where it started ~

https://thebutterflyquilter.wordpress.com/2013/08/28/wip-23-starting-my-canyon-quilt/

I didn’t like anything that I tried. I messed around with cutting fabric and putting it up on my work wall. Still nothing. Then I got my latest issue ( Sept/Oct) of Machine Quilting Unlimited and found an article on “Combining Figurative Work with Traditional Patterns” by Deborah Hyde. Loved how the patchwork made a beautiful quilt with images. On that note I went to my computer to my Photoshop program and found a filter effect called “patchwork.”  If you have Adobe Photoshop CS5 ~  open your photo, go to filter effects, go down the list to Textures and then to Patchwork. This is my photo before and after Patchwork effects.

Original photo

Original photo

After Patchwork Filter

After Patchwork Filter

I then had to do some math to figure out the size I wanted for the finished quilt. In another program, PosterRazor, I imported the image and blew it up to the actual finished size (40″ x 60″). Each little patch equals 1/2 inch finished. Not all the pages fit on my work space!

Printed out pages of actual size of the quilt

Printed out pages of actual size of the quilt

I am heading to do some shopping tomorrow to find some Pellons Quilters Grid. I have never used it before so I’m going to learn something new. I did some research and found a cool youtube video on how to use it.      http://youtu.be/aU4w6IekRgg

In the mean time I started cutting my one inch squares. Yup one inch! Crazy! I needed something to store my one inch squares. We recycle cereal boxes and came up with an idea to cut one in half and tape the flaps together to form a small box. Lined it with some tear away stabilizer and it fit perfect! Why line the box? It was just too dark and the fabric blended in so I needed something to lighten it up. By the way this is my husbands cereal not mine! LOL

Cut Cereal Boxes in half

Cut Cereal Boxes in half

Started cutting out fabric

Started cutting out fabric

This is going to take a while and I will write another blog once I get the Pellons Quilters Grid to see how it goes. I am only going to do one printed page at a time just to see how it goes together. Each  finished  patchwork will be 1/2 inch.   So how many squares do you think will be in the quilt? About 12,000. I am not going to think about that right now!

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Chapter 21 ~ I Love the Mariner Compass Block

I have to say my obsession with the Mariner Compass blocks came when the first paper piecing pattern came out back in 1985 for the Mariner’s Block. I took a class using the Lynn Graves technique. There is more than one way to paper piece, “Did you know that?” I didn’t at first because Lynn was the only one I had heard about. Once I took that class, I designed this quilt using her papers. This was my design and the photo’s are old so sorry about that! Before digital camera’s!

#068 Show Me the Way to Go #068 a Show Me the Way to Go

After doing this quilt I decided that I wanted to learn how to draft my own out, so onto another class. This one ended up being 35 inches round. That’s right nothing small for me!

#072 Mariners CompassAfter this I decided maybe I liked paper piecing better so I was able to draft out an oblong one used in the center of one of my quilts.

#081 a Men's group Project

 

Setting them in a circle or oval shape was trying at times, but I did figure out a way after a while. Then someone pointed me in the direction of another paper piecing mariners where there were no set-in circles by Cindi Edgerton from “A Very Special Collection.”

#082 Mariners Sample Class

 

Well, as time went by, I would return to my love for mariner’s and my love for perfect points on paper. My solution was to draft out my own mariner’s and incorporate those into a quilt with movement. The next two photo’s are what I have done since learning of this wonderful block!

#158 Galaxy

 

My last mariner’s quilt was a queen size bed quilt. I drafted out lots of little ones and some larger ones. I sold this quilt to raise money for the animal shelter in the area I live.

#165 Mariner's Rose-1 #165 aMariner's Rose-2

 

Sometime soon I think I will need to do another one. I just can’t seem to stay away from this wonderful block!

 

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