Monthly Archives: April 2014

WIP #9 ~ Quilting the Abstract

I am almost finished quilting my newest abstract! Floating Planets is what I am going to name this one!

Pieced top!

Pieced top!

I wanted to try to do some different thread layering. Starting off with one color, adding another color then maybe one more. This is what I did with the circles.

Started off with the red thread, then added the yellow.

Started off with the red thread, then added the yellow.

Wasn't happy so added the orange thread! Looks better!

Wasn’t happy so added the orange thread! Looks better!

Started with large zig zag in red.

Started with large zig zag in red.

Added smaller zig zag in green and went into the green circle area to continue.

Added smaller zig zag in green and went into the green circle area to continue.

The flying geese section just matched the color of the thread to the color of the fabric.

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One of the orange circles used free form feathers!

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I might have it all done today if I keep my nose to the grindstone!

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Abstract Art Pieced

We have been so busy this last week trying to clear away all the downed trees from this passed winter.  My husband has been chain sawing away and I have been hauling away to make a big pile of  wood. Next we will cut into wood stove size pieces and rent a splitter. From there we just need to pile and stack. It is a good workout! We work a full day then take two off to recuperate.

On the days of rest I have been busy piecing my new abstract quilt top! Here is my design!

Abstract Quilt

Abstract Quilt

Here is the finished pieced top! Going to try to quilt this and get it finished this week. On my list of things to do!

Pieced top!

Pieced top!

Bright and colorful! Made with a combination of batiks and dyed fabrics!

 

 

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Wip Wednesday ~ Next Abstract Art Quilt

A couple of weeks ago I drafted out my next abstract art quilt. I have already scanned it into my computer to enlarge it and to reverse the image. All I need to do now is to copy the reversed image onto freezer paper. The freezer paper will be my templates that I work from.

Abstract Quilt

Abstract Quilt

I went thru all of my fabrics and picked these out for the quilt top! Going to be bright and cheery!

Fabric Choices!

Fabric Choices!

Can’t wait to get started!

Wanted to remind everyone that on April 24th from 12:00pm ~ 5:30pm EDT my shop is having a huge sale of 55% off of everything! I am celebrating my 55th birthday and wanted everyone to celebrate with me!!  www.thebutterflyquilter.com

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Story Behind the Quilt ~ Cat Face Mounted on Canvas

After taking some pictures of my cat I wanted to do another thread art piece with just her face. I sat and took some photos of her face when the sun came out. She is a Tortie and has so many different colors going thru her.

Original Photo

Original Photo

After downloading a new program that my husband wanted to use called Topaz Simplify 4, I changed her using one of the filter effects.

Destiny Line and ink 2

See how soft she looks now. Like a painting! I also wanted to enhance her colors so they would stand out, so I fooled around with saturation and contrast and another setting in the photo program.

Destiny Line and ink 2a

Everything is enhanced! Love it.

I then printed out the photo onto a photo fabric sheet size 8×10. Then I used two layers of medium stabilizer and went at it!

I drop my feed dogs, put on my darning foot, and carefully go back and forth using small stitches to fill in each area with matching thread. This also gives the feel of fur if I do this in small strokes. I start in the middle and work my way out, changing the thread color often.

I left the black areas for last. I added my batting and went back to thread painting and filled in all the black. This gives it a little depth.

Her eyes didn’t come out the way I wanted them too. I tried different thread colors and finally I decided to just paint in on top of the thread the color I wanted her eyes to be.

Paint over thread!

Paint over thread!

Once she was done I steam ironed her flat and squared up the quilt. I then edged the piece with a satin cord of white with a white zig zag stitch so the edges where closed. I then used a heavy duty Heat N Bond and ironed it to the back of the piece. (Make sure that the Heat N Bond is the same size as the quilt or a touch smaller when you cut it out).  I painted the  canvas to mount her on Black. Once the paint dried  I ironed on the quilted piece to the canvas.  Last step was to paint her whiskers on the background canvas! She’s done!

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Having a huge 55th Birthday Sale in my shop on April 24th from 12:00 pm – 5:30 pm SDT!

for 55% off!

 

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WIP ~ Continue the “Cat on Quilt”

Now that my cat is done ~  https://thebutterflyquilter.wordpress.com/2014/03/24/wip-cat-on-quilt-photo/

I have to piece my  background.  I ended up having to piece each of the  quilts like I would a regular quilt. At first I thought I would just heat n’ bond each piece into place but changed my mind and ended up piecing each quilt separately, then joining them together before attaching the cat to the background.

Full size printed out for background

Full size print of background

My fabric choices for the background quilts.

Fabrics

Fabrics

Two section of pieced background done.

Two sections of pieced background done.

another quilt pieced

last two sections pieced

Now that all the background quilts are done,  I had to figure out how to piece them all together.  I ended up laying them where I wanted them to go and took a water soluble  blue marker and marked them each in place. Cut each one out adding a 1/4 inch seam allowance and piecing them together in different steps.  Most were set in seams which are always fun!

Last was adding the cat which was pinned in place with a lot of pins then I  used a clear monofilament thread with a small zig zag stitch to sew in place. When I go to quilt the top I will add more threading around the edges of the cat. 

Original Photo

Original Photo

Finished Top

Finished Top

With left over pieces of the pieced small quilts that I cut off to square up the quilt,  I was able to cut them up into strips and made the outer border with them. You can see pieces of the log cabin blocks and star blocks.

    I plan on quilting her this week.  Each of the quilts will be quilted like I would a quilt top with its own design.

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