Monthly Archives: March 2014

Story Behind the Quilt WIP ~ Best Friends

 I use to sell inspirational word quilts but stopped making them. Here is some photo’s of cards I carry made from those quilts I designed.

Inspirational word cards

Inspirational word cards

A customer of mine asked if I would be willing to make a set of special ones  for two eight year old girl friends. The words would be “Best Friends”. She sent me a special fabric that she purchase for the center of the quilts. The fabric is by designer Mary Engelbreit.

Fabric by Mary Engelbreit

Fabric by Mary Engelbreit

 I picked the little girls by the fence to use as the center of my word quilts. I went ahead and painted on the words “Best Friends” in a matching blue. I also decided to paint the girls clothing, hair and fence to draw you eye to the center of the quilt. I had some Riley Blake charm squares I just purchased from https://www.etsy.com/shop/Jambearies  that I used to do the small border around the girls.  I am going to appliqué different size hearts on the quilt using different colors from the charm pack.

Painted parts of the center

Painted parts of the center

 I have a wonderful variegated thread that I am going to use to quilt the background to add even more color.

I hope the little girls like it when they receive them. It is hard not to see someone’s reactions when they get a gift that I made.

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A quick update on the girls quilts! All done!

Best Friends!

Best Friends!

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My camera broke while taking these so they show a little blue! But they are on a white background fabric!

 

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WIP ~ Cat on Quilt Photo

Remember this was my next project I wanted to tackle ~ Take a photo I took awhile ago and make it into a quilt!

Cat on Quilt

Cat on Quilt

Change the photo in Photoshop to a line drawing. Printed out the line drawing to the actual size that the quilt will end up being once pieced.

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Just finished my cat. This was done in a  different way then I would normally do my thread painting. I wanted to try a new way.  I found this product called Transfer-Eze  (http://rulerkorrall.com) at a quilt show a long time ago and found them in my stash the other day. They are washable transfer sheets that you can run through your computer.  I placed those sheets on top of white fabric with a medium weight stabilizer behind. I then  started thread painting with my darkest thread, filling in all the areas that were going to be dark. From there I went to lighter shades till I got to white. I bought a group set of threads called Pepper and Salt from Connecting Threads ( http://www.connectingthreads.com)  that worked wonderful for the shading. Thread art cart

I cut all the excess fabric around the cat and then soaked it in hot water for ten minutes to eliminate the transfer washable sheet layer.  Once the transfer sheets washed away I could see the white background in places that I missed, so back to more thread painting.

From a distance she looks so real. She is 14″ wide x 25″ long. I am not going to tell you how many bobbins I used for her because I lost count! After she was done I realized she shrunk a lot more than I thought so I had to print out my new quilt background design smaller.

close up of face

close up of face

Brought some fabric that is all grey and white with a little bit of tans thrown in. I need to piece the background before sewing her into place!

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The Story Behind The Quilt ~ World Wide Quilting Day March 15th!

World Wide Quilting Day is March 15th and my Quiltsy Team on Etsy decided to come up with two challenges I wanted to take part in this week.
Challenge #1 ~ make a  quilt using green, purple and yellow fabrics!  Challenge #2 ~  Go back to your first quilt and see what you could come up with using your first block or quilt design.  I made a choice to combine both challenges.

My first quilt was a snow ball design. I was living in a rural part of England when I learned to quilt.  A friend taught me one on one and let me use her sewing machine.  I failed sewing in high school. I still can’t sew clothing. I don’t even know how to put a zipper in. One day I will challenge myself! My friends get a kick out of this!

Back to my first quilt. Cotton fabric was hard to come by. I ended up using sheets by Sheridon. I know–how can I remember the name of the sheets  after all these years? To be honest I loved those sheets. I made a bedspread out of the same sheets and bought an extra set for my bed.  I even bought a matching wallpaper boarder. Back in the early 90’s I had to have everything match. The design we found in a book ended up having the wrong directions but we (my teacher and I) made it work. This first one was hand quilted.

First Quilt!

First Quilt!

This is the bed quilt I did later!

Queen size quilt

Queen size quilt

So this is the block I came up with. An elongated snow ball block with purple, yellow and green. Plus a few more colors. Some dyed fabrics mixed in with some batiks!

Top unquilted

Pieced top

They kind of look like striped eggs! LOL At least now I can machine quilt which I love to do. I personally think it belongs on the ugly bus (where it gets on to an unknown destination never to be seen again), but someone might like it!

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Check out the Quiltsy Team Blog on Etsy to see what other quilters came up with for this challenge. http://teamquiltsy.blogspot.com

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WIP #6A ~ Dyed Fabric Quilt Part Two

Remember this was my original sketch for my dyed fabrics from http://www.vickiwelsh.etsy.com

sun dyed draft

I enlarged each circle of squares and that became my template to make my pieces out of.  I used plates and bowls to mark my circle.  With my light box I marked my fabric pieces and then adhered some Pellon to the back of each piece.  Going from light to dark, I then cut out each individual piece and ironed them in place going from light to dark.

Middle Section of Design

Middle Section of Design

I started the center with the green gradient dyed piece of fabric, then onto yellow and orange.

Three rings and center done!

Three rings and center done!

I realized that for the outer rays  I needed another color.  Deciding was a little difficult but I decided on a red grouping.  I then contacted Vicki and asked her to dye me some red fabric with three gradations, instead of  five, going from middle dark to dark red! Can’t wait to see them!! Vicki is so wonderful to work with!

While waiting for my fabric to arrive I started the satin stitch process. I need to go around the outer and inner squares with a  coordinating color thread.

Satin Stitching Each Square!

Satin Stitching Each Square!

I hope to have the top all done by the beginning of next week so I can start quilting. While I am stitching the squares down I am also deciding how to quilt this piece!

If you would like to see my other art quilts, hop on over to Thebutterflyquilter.com!

To see what some other wonderful quilters are working on this week hop on over to http://teamquiltsy.blogspot.com

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The Story Behind the Quilt ~ Photo of a Cat on Quilts

 Organizing my photo’s on my computer I  came across  a photo that I took while taking a photography class a long time ago. It was a class where I learned to develop my own film.  I can’t remember the assignment but I fell in love with this photo.  I was just learning machine quilting, I was still hand quilting (which I do every now and then) and I had my projects spread all over my guest bed.  Some are finished, some are not.  My young cat at the time came in and decided to lounge on top of all my quilts in the sun light. If you have a cat you know they love to snuggle in quilts and bask in the sunlight.

Cat on Quilts

Cat on Quilts

I think this would make a great wall quilt! Maybe like a 3-D effect with one edge of a  finished quilt  on top of the others. The original photo is in black and white.  I could change it and add color using my photo shop program. I have photo’s of the quilts she is sitting on and I could make my wall quilt the same. The cat is gray and white.

So the question is ~ Do I do the quilts in color or  do I keep with the original  photo and make the quilt black and white?

If you would like to see my art quilts hop on over to ~ http://www.thebutterflyquilter.com

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