Monthly Archives: October 2013

Chapter 24: The Story Of Making a Mixed Media Quilt ~ Urban Rain

I was sitting on my couch watching the rain come down in pouring sheets and a thought came to mind to do a mixed media quilt of rain in an Urban setting. Like all my quilts I come up with an idea and I try to get it down on paper or on my computer so I can go back to it to work on it if it is something I think I can make into a quilt. That does not always happen though! LOL

Initial Drawings

Initial Drawing’s and Design

I then went through my supplies to see if I have something that I think will work!

I found a perfect batik background. While going thru my stash of this and that I found this wonderful blue organza and decided this would make perfect large bubbles of rain. I used different circle diameters like thread rolls, toilet rolls and chapstick caps to make my circles.

organza!

organza!

I also found something that I have wanted to use and try that I got at a quilt show a while ago. Foil! I also had purchased YLI thread the the foil would adhere to. Place your thread down onto your top, place foil on top of that, place a piece of parchment paper on top of that. Iron on top of parchment paper. When cool, pull up and the foil that is stuck to the YLI thread is left behind.

Foil and Special YLI Thread

Foil and Special YLI Thread

Next I used some other batiks that contrasts with the back and heat n bonded them to the background. I wanted it to look like long rain drops when it hits a window. After everything was in place I stitched different directional lines with a pretty variegated poly thread. I then decided to go back and sig zag around the batik fabrics with a grey because I didn’t like the raw edge as much.

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Next I added Fibers around the rain circles.

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Then I wanted to add a little bit of cloud cover. Using any piece of cardboard I just tore it along one side and used that as my template. I use my Shiva Paint Sticks of white and a stencil brush. Loading my brush I drag it across the torn edge and it leaves a really nice edge.

Shiva Paint stick and torn cardboard!

Shiva Paint stick and torn cardboard!

So this is what the piece finally looked like!

Finished first time!

Finished first time!

I DIDN’T LIKE IT!!

So I took a photo and went to my photo shop program and cut it up to see what it would look like!

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I liked this a lot better. So I went and cut it in three vertical pieces.Rotated the middle piece 180 degrees. Then I cut up the horizontal rows.  Not all the same size and rotated a couple of those pieces! Then I zig zagged all the pieces back together. From there I found these great crystal glass beads and decided to add those also. This was fun. I used a large needle and threaded the fibers that I was using thru then added the beads. I used a zig zag stitch to secure the fiber then added the bead and then continued zig zagging the fiber to where I wanted it to end,

Attaching Beads

Attaching Beads

Last but not least I didn’t want to just bind my quilt. I wanted to finish it off a different way. Headed for the store and found this really pretty edging that I thought would work.

Adding Edging

Adding Edging

So this is the final piece! I like it so much better then when I was going to stop!

Finished Quilt

Finished Quilt

 

 

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WIP #27 ~ Starting a New Project Geranium Flowers

As I was laying around trying to recover from the flu, I was playing around in my head designing a couple of new art quilts to make.  This is one that I really liked while going thru photos of flowers that my husband took and finally got a chance to check out the texture tools in my Photo Shop Program.

This is the original photo of Geranium Rozanne flowers.  Aren’t they pretty.  I love the blue with a touch of purple. My favorite colors!

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Now in photo shop in the textile tool there is a tool named stain glass. It divides the flowers into little sections with a mini white border around each section. I can make the white surrounding borders bigger or smaller.

textile ~ stainglass

Full photo of quilt

Close up of a section

Close up of a section

So in my Posterazor program I decided I like a size about  15 x 18. That being said, the pieces are only about 1/4 to 1/2 inch. Yes I know a little crazy!! Now to decide how to put it together.

I came up with three different methods.

1. Use a solid piece of white fabric. Mark all the lines and quilt heavily those white lines with white thread then hand paint in each section with fabric paint.

2. Use iron on interfacing.  Trace one large piece of interfacing with all the little cells and then cut out the small pieces. Place each little piece on top of the interfacing and batting. Carefully iron pieces into place trying not to get any interfacing on the iron! Quilt around all the cells with white thread.

3.  Mark a large piece of white batting.  Cut out individual cell pieces to the exact size (sigh) and then place them on the marked batting in the right spot. Place tulle over everything and sew all around each cell the white thread. The tulle will hold everything in place while quilting.

So what method would you use??

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Story Behind the Quilt: The Canyon Quilt

 Canyon Quilt it is done!!

For those that need to catch up please have a look at how I started putting it together

https://thebutterflyquilter.wordpress.com/2013/09/26/wip-back-to-my-canyon-quilt/

The Canyon Wall all pieced and ironed in place with my batting attached! Raw edge appliqué.

Canyon Wall Done 1

Next I went ahead and zig zagged free motion (feed dogs down) back and forth with a variegated thread of tan to dark grey. I stopped counting after 22 + bobbins!

Top view

Top view

Bottom view

Bottom view

Next step was pinning my backing to the layer that was just quilted. This hides all the back of the zig zag stitches from view. I then started all over again with a solid black and used a smaller zig zag free motion stitch to make the look of rocks or boulders. A couple of dozen more bobbins!

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From here I added some fibers here and there of green, grey and off-white. I also used a lime green thread to put little ferns here and there to give it some perspective. Larger ferns at the bottom of the quilt and tiny ones at the top. I decided to only put a few because there were not that many in the photo that I was working from.

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And the final step — the binding. Went back and forth about the color. Black was just to strong. I found a deep green that picked up the moss color I had within the quilt. I thought about not having a binding but I wanted a finished frame edge look.

Canyon Wall Complete

Canyon Wall Complete

I hope you enjoyed my process of finally finishing this quilt.

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Gallery Showing ~ “Nature Inspired Quilts”

  If you are in the Down East Maine area, head on over to the Calais Library.  They have a wonderful downstairs art gallery for local area artists.  Every month someone new displays their art work.  For the month of October,  I was asked to do a show of my quilts.  I decided to show  eighteen of my nature quilts that were inspired by a photo, a dream about nature, or a theme that was for a specific quilt show that I wanted to enter. Here are the results!

 “Nature Inspired Quilts”  

Art Gallery, Calais Public  Library, Calais Maine

Art Gallery, Calais Public
Library, Calais Maine

First Wall of quilts!

First Wall of quilts!

Second and third wall!

Second and third wall!

Last Wall!

Last Wall!

I hope you can stop on by during the library hours and take a stroll down stairs to the  art gallery.  If not sit back and visit my store on line to check out most of the quilts shown here for a closer look.

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Thanks for stopping by!

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