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.
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!!
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!
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.
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.
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”.