Monthly Archives: November 2013

WIP# 27A ~ Continuing Geranium Flowers

Holiday season is here and I have been busy making  gifts and other things. I was happy when my fabric arrived that I wanted to make my Geranium flower quilt out of, but before I go into what I have been doing you might want to catch up here ~

https://thebutterflyquilter.wordpress.com/2013/10/23/wip-27-starting-a-new-project-geranium-flowers/

I decided how I was going to piece this little quilt. I thought might save time. Not the case so far!

I received my new light box and love it. I was using a piece of plexiglass and a light that sat up off my table and was hard to work with. When my pattern was too big I would use my sliding glass door!  Not now though.

The first thing I did was turn my paper pattern over to the wrong side on my new light box and then got my light heat n bond  and traced all my design pieces.

Tracing pattern pieces

Tracing pattern pieces

I traced each petal and the center of the flowers. Marked each with a number and carefully cut them out.

My gradation fabric from Sew Batiks is what I decided to use for this quilt.  The green will be the background and the blue will be the flower petals.

Fabric

Fabric

Before I adhered the petals to the fabric, I  cut out the center of each heat n bond paper.  I tried to make 1/4 to 1/2 inch in from outer edge. This way when the fabric is adhered to the background piece it won’t be as stiff!  Using my light box and my paper pattern turned right side up now, I can place the pieces exactly where they need to be!

Cut out center of Heat n Bond piece.

Cut out center of Heat n Bond piece.

Once the pieces are all set in place and ironed I turn the piece to the back side and careful cut out the extra layer of background fabric under each petal. When this is all done only one layer of fabric will be against the batting except the seam allowance.

Cutting out background from the back side of quilt top

Cutting out background from the back side of quilt top

Now that the top is all set I will be using my light box and I will be marking my whole quilt with little lines. Those lines are my quilting lines. I figure it will take me a day to mark all of the lines.

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Wish me luck!

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Chapter 25 ~ Finishing up Playful Cat!

With my WIP post you saw my thoughts on what to do about this quilt.

I decided to add more leaves to it. After finishing the quilting on it but not the binding, I got out my trusty fabric paints and ended up mixing different colors to paint veins onto each leaf.

Before quilting

Before quilting

After Quilting!

After Quilting!

Big difference! Also did some heavy thread work on the cats face!

I then set my quilt up on my design wall and still thought something was off. I think the quilt was just too long so I ended up cutting off 5 inches from the top of it. I know, I know, all the quilting was done but it just didn’t feel right!

Full length of quilt!

Full length of quilt!

After cutting 5 inches from the top!

5 inches off the top!

The binding I choose was one of the leafs that had a rust/brown coloring. Here is the finished quilt!

Finished Quilt Hanging

Finished Quilt Hanging

I think she came out pretty cute!

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WIP #28 ~ Cat and Leaves

Well winter is on its way here in Maine. All the leaves have fallen and they are all a brown tan color. While taking my cat for a walk in  our back yard she started jumping and playing with a pile of leaves.  Why not do a quilt with a cat surrounded by leaves peaking thru? Looking thru my photo’s of our cat I found one that I thought would work great.

Original Photo

Original Photo

The photo was enhanced with my Photoshop program. I then copied the photo onto a special treated fabric that I could print  on with my printer. I went outside and gathered some leaves and placed them around the photo to see how I like it!

Real leaves with photo

Real leaves with photo

I liked the way it looked so I went ahead and went thru my fabric stash to find a lot of different ones of brown and tan. I had this one piece of batik fabric that went from light green to dark green for the background. I also decided to add trees to the background.

leaves are now in place

leaves are now in place

I am still trying to decide whether to add some more leaves or not.  Sometimes I have to leave a project for a day and walk away to come back to it to see what else needs to be added before I start to quilt it. I think I might end up adding  more leaves, making them smaller and trailing into the distance.

Trees added!

Trees added!

Once this is quilted it will look totally different. I plan on adding some paint also to give more dimension to the trees and the leaves. More leaves or not? That is the question!

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