My new fiber art quilt is up and running. First I drafted out what I wanted my pieced background to be. To get perfect circles I use a compass.
New Art Quilt
I then scanned my sketch onto my computer. Using a program, I reverse the image and then enlarged the image to the size that I want my background to be. I then printed out about 20 pages and taped them all together. Once that was done I used freezer paper and traced the whole piece. I made registration marks and numbered each piece so when I lay one piece on top of another I can match up the registration marks.
Freezer paper with registration marks!
Step one ~ I carefully cut out each piece of freezer paper template and iron it on to the fabric with shinny side down.
Step two ~ Cut the fabric 1/4 inch all around away from the freezer paper. This is your seam allowance.
Step three ~ To sew template #1 onto template #2 I have to fold under one side of the fabric to the back of the freezer paper. I use template #2 to fold under and leave template #1 alone. I clip every 1/2 inch of template #2 seam allowance then I brush on starch ( I have a small paint brush I use. Try not to get the freezer paper wet) and iron my seam allowance over to the paper side. The starch makes the seam crisp.
I use my light box and line up the pieces and pin it like crazy to keep it in place, lining up the registration marks.
Use light box to line up registration marks
I use monofilament thread with a small zig zag to connect the pieces.
My background is finished. Now I am deciding on what flowers to put in my garden!
Background done ! Size is 40″ x 36″
I also wanted to add some butterflies to my quilt. When I came across Gail’s shop I saw some embroidered free standing lace butterflies. I had to have these for my quilt. I just received them in the mail today and they are beautiful. If you love free standing embroidery lace please check out her shop at ~ https://www.etsy.com/shop/quiltsewlace
Lace Butterflies from
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Well I am coming along this week on my Chickadee Tree Quilt. Pin basted and ready to quilt.
You can click on any photo to enlarge to see a close up!
First ~ doing all the tree limbs. I used my darning foot. Feed dogs down and a zig zag stitch. Added smaller branches off the larger ones.
Chickadee Quilt Top Done!
Close up of tree branches
Second ~ add some snow on some of the branches! Free hand motion slightly curved stitches. Fill in light thread art.
Close up of snow on branches!
Third ~ free motion quilting with a variegated poly thread that sparkles! Small snow swirl! Not done yet but getting there.
Some background done!
I haven’t decided how I am going to do the Chickadee eyes yet. I might have to paint them in over the thread. Also thinking of adding a three dimensional nest!
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Part Two of my Chickadee Tree Quilt ~ If you missed the first part here is a link!
I copied all my Chickadee photos onto fabric using my printer. A couple of them didn’t print all the way because I ran out of ink. I used these imperfect ones to try and figure out how I was going to do my threading of the birds.
Medium weight tear away stabilizer worked the best after trying a couple of different methods. Hardly any puckering when done. I was able to iron my birds flat. Note the back ground of the photo does not have any thread at this point.
Just started Thread Painting
After 9 plus hours, all my birds where done.
Front and back view with stabilizer
Birds All Done
Next step was to use a light heat n bond to the back of each photo/fabric sheet and to cut out the birds, not square but a soft curve leaving some of the back ground of the photo. Before connecting the birds to the back ground dyed fabric, I laid them all out.
Heat N Bond to back of photo after thread work
Free form rotary cut around the birds
I found a batik fabric that I liked for the branches then ironed on some light heat n bond to the back of the tree fabric batik. I cut all the branches to connect the branches in the photo of that particular bird. Time consuming but I like the effect.
Once a section of branches where bonded to the back ground dyed piece of fabric, I then bonded the birds on top of the branches. My design plan changed, I just couldn’t cut up the back ground fabric. Just to beautiful!
Chickadee Quilt Top Done!
I love the way this is coming along!
With the ice storm that came thru and other snowy weather the birds are looking hard for food. We have two feeders we keep full all winter long. When I went out to fill them on the first sunny day we had I was surrounded by Chickadee’s in the trees. As I watch them dive bomb for the feeder not caring if I was in the way I decided to grab my camera. My husband grabbed his and we both stood in the cold to take as many pictures as we could of the birds as they were coming and going to the feeders. Do you know how fast Chickadee’s can move? Pretty fast! Most of my pictures were a bust. I got maybe one out of 100. My husband took about 300. How many do you think came out? Not many. I had empty tree limbs and blurred images. Out of all those I found some I could work with! My thought was quilting a Chickadee Tree.
I want to make it really abstract but needed some blue sky fabric. Looking around I found this beautiful blue dyed fabric from Vicki Welsh’s shop. If you love dyed fabric then you must visit her shop. If I had tons of money I would buy a little of everything. Check her shop out at vickiwelsh.etsy.com.
Dyed Fabric by vickiwelsh.etsy.com
The hard part now is piecing the design I see in my head. That means I have to cut up this beautiful fabric. Sometimes I find that hard to do.
Also on my list this week was getting my sew room organized. I am always trying to find ways to get organized. A seller on Etsy had just posted these wonderful organizers. When I saw them I said to myself, “I need that”. I always lose my spare glasses, my hand lotion, one set of scissors, nail file (I am always breaking a nail), pencils, blue markers ……. you know what I mean, and needed a place to store them. I love Laura Burch fabrics and cats so it was like a sign that said, “Buy Me” and I did. I could use a dozen of these all over the house and work area. Aviva just has a talent for making great stuff that we need. Her purses are wonderful. OK I have one of those also! Go check out her shop at sieberdesigns.etsy.com and see all the wonderful colors these organizers come in. I bet you can’t live without one yourself!
Organizer by sieberdesigns.etsy.com
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Sometimes I sit and think “what am I going to work on next?” Then I read a magazine and it jumps out at you. The Dec/Jan issue of Quilting Arts Magazine has a readers challenge called “How Does Your Garden Grow”. My first design was a lot of flowers with butterflies but that changed when something else struck me, “Why not a night garden?” Doing a google search of flowers that bloom in the night, I fell in love with the Nottingham Catchfly. Named because it grew along the walls of Nottingham Castle in England.
I started off with a blue/black batik fabric and wanted to add some kind of clouds or fog over a full moon. Adding tulle then quilting into place worked out really well for the effect I was looking for.
Adding my stems and buds next using a variegated thread of different greens. I laid some of the petals out to see how it will look.
Petals need to be attached.
I wanted the flower petals to look three dimensional. Using ultra hold Heat n’ Bond, I ironed on a square of it onto one side of my pink batik fabric, ironed in place, removed paper backing, then ironed on a second piece of pink fabric. Both sides are now glued together.Using my light box I traced my individual petals for my flowers and cut them out. The petals will only be attached at the center which is my next step. I plan on adding some beading in the center of each of the flowers. I went ahead and bound it just in case the petals lay across some part of the binding.
Decision ~ Should I enter this in the readers challenge or just list it in my Etsy shop at thebutterflyquilter.com
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I had to take stock and look back on what I have finished and accomplished this past year. I keep a photo log on my computer with dates that I have finished quilts and who they went to or if I sold them. So when I am not sure if I accomplished anything I look back on my records. This is what I made this past year!
Art quilts ~ 15 finished (one I am in the middle of but due to the weather didn’t get done, so a New Year Quilt will be done soon)
Some of my Fiber Art Quilts!
Small Wall Quilts ~ 28 finished!
Some of my small wall quilts!
My Inspirational word quilts ~ 48 this year of my 12×12 size and 36 of my mini size ones!
Just some of my Inspirational Word Quilts
Four Throw size quilts and one Queen Size Bed Quilt for us!!!
Throw size quilts
And last but not least a new line I am making and love doing is quilts mounted on Canvas!
Quilts on Canvas!
This year I have made 143 quilts all together. You could say I love quilting but the truth is I love designing and making art. I see something like a photo and think can I make a quilt from that or change it up and try a new technique. My motto is “Just Try!” It might not work but if you don’t try you will not know.
I have had my second one-woman gallery show this year and two of my quilts were excepted into AQS shows this past year.
I started this blog this year! I actually have a Facebook page only for family right now but maybe some day soon will change that.
My year has been full of so many things to be thankful for but the biggest is I get to design and quilt which is my first love, well OK second love. Here is hoping everyone that reads this gets to take time to do something they love this year.