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Making of the trees ~ Sunlight through the Trees Quilt

If you want to see how the background was done check out my last blog post ~

https://thebutterflyquilter.wordpress.com/2014/09/30/the-story-behind-the-quilt-sunlight-through-the-trees/

Time to make the trees for my quilt.

Just walking around in my yard I was able to take a lot of photos of different tree barks.

Different tree trunks

Different tree trunks

I decided on the white birch.

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I knew my trees where not going to be an exact replica of the photo trees but I just wanted to get some ideas about how I was going to make my bark on the trees.

Pulling out my scrap box I separated out all my light batiks. I also pulled out some white burlap. Burlap adds another texture element.

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I cut a thick strip of muslin for my foundation. I then cut out a strip of Mistyfuse and placed that on top. Placing different batik strips on top of the muslin and the Mistyfuse I heat set them in place using parchment paper over the top of the fabric just in case some Mistyfuse is not covered with fabric so it won’t stick to the iron.

Strip of muslin and a strip of Misty Fuse.

Strip of muslin and a strip of Misty Fuse.

My long tree trunk is all pieced and ready to add some texture. Carefully I bring it to my sewing machine.

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Using a variegated thread of tan to brown with my darning foot, feed dogs down, I use a zig zag stitch to give the trunk more dimension. I just go back and forth and not care about the stitch length to add to the visual effect I am looking for.

Free motion quilt with zig zag.

Free motion quilt with zig zag.

My last step at the sewing machine is to add some embroidery thread and pieces of small strips of twisted fabric to add even more texture to the tree trunk.

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Once I like the way it looks, I measure out my tree length and width to fit on my background piece. I mark the back of the trunk (or muslin side) with a pen and carefully cut along the line doing a little wobble–what tree trunk is perfectly straight?

Before I attach it to the background I want to add some shading to one side of the bark to give it a shadow effect. Taking out my shiva paints, I paint with a bronze first then a black lightly from the middle to the edge of my tree trunk. You can still see the fabric and the thread!

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I then take my background piece and add another strip of Mistyfuse and iron my trunk in place on top of the batting. When all the trees are done I will pin the top/batting onto a backing and quilt the background and outline the trees a little more.

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So far this is what it looks like. You can see a round piece of fabric that will be quilted as the sun with rays shooting out. Seven more trees to go!!

Follow along as I finish up in my next blog post!

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Story Behind The Quilt ~ “Sunset on the Lake” in winter

After my husband took this sunset photo of our frozen lake in winter,  I knew I had to do a quilt of it. I found this wonderful piece of dyed fabric at a quilt show that would be perfect for this project.

Photo by ~ abeautifulsky.com

Photo by ~ abeautifulsky.com

Printing an enlargement of the photo from my printer I could use this as my template and as my guide on where to place the rock formations in the ice as well as the tree lines. Pulling out my dyed pinks and red fabrics I adhered some light weight fusible web to the back.  I then used  my light box to trace the sunset clouds and ironed them in place onto my dyed background fabric. I did the same for my tree line using black batik fabric.

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The boulders and large rocks came next. I took a small piece of batting, and using my light box, I placed the batting on top of the photo and outlined the rocks actually marking my batting piece with black marker. I then cut small pieces of different grays and black batik fabrics and laid them in place.

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I always wash my fabrics when I get them and there is always these clumps or strings attached to the raw edges of the fabric. I have been cutting and saving these and wanted to use some white threads in my rock section.  I laid a few of these in different areas.

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I then placed a piece of tulle over the rocks to hold everything in place. I then quilted heavily over the outer rock edges and some lighter quilting in the rocks. Later I would be quilting the rocks with more definition once pinned in place on top of the quilt. Put this aside for now.

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Top half of quilt ~

Pinning my top into my three layers, backing, batting and top, I quilted the pink clouds in different colors of pink. I used strips of cheese cloth to add light clouds to make them look like they are floating. I pinned those in place with a few pins and carefully free motion quilted them down with white thread. Then I filled in the blue sky with a variegated thread. The trees were quilted in a variegated thread from white to black.

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Bottom half of quilt –

Once the top half was done, I carefully laid white, grey with a sparkle, and red tulle on the bottom half.  Some areas had one layer, sometimes two layers to make the ice look thicker. I also added some more of my white strings under the tulle to make it look like cracks in the ice. Pinning it all in place, I then free motion quilted the ice.

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The last thing I did was add my rocks. Carefully cutting the excess batting from my rock section, I sewed them into place on the quilt. Then I outlined the rocks with black thread to give them some definition.

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Once finished, I squared the quilt up and bound it and put a sleeve on it. I put a label with my name, date, and number of my quilt. It was a fun process and I loved the way it came out!

Sunset on the Lake

Sunset on the Lake

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WIP Wednesday ~ Going with the Flow Galaxy Quilt

Lately I have just been going with the flow with my quilting designs.  This one piece of dyed fabric I bought at the MQX show in February just made me think of Outer Space.  I loved the movement and the colors.  It was dyed first then marbleized with a sparkle added to it.  I just had to have it!

I decided not to cut this piece up in anyway so I would be doing raw edge appliqué. Drafting out the stars and planets on paper first, then using my light box I was able to draw out my spikes and circles for the planets and stars. Using fusible web I adhered the pieces to the background.

First star in place!

First star in place!

I also wanted to try something new that I haven’t tried ~  Angelina Fibers!

DIfferent color Angelina Fibers!

Different color Angelina Fibers!

After following the directions I placed them under the edge of the large planet at the bottom of my art piece. I then fused the edge of the planet carefully with the fibers in place.  I will gently move them out of the way to quilt the background then quilt them down in place!

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See how they sparkle!

I went ahead and did some other stars and planets and one comet. My husband thought I should have a comet. I had some purple burlap and used that and have some green burlap that I will use as the tail of the comet when I put the final fibers on the quilt. Not added yet!

Almost all the planets and stars in place!

Almost all the planets and stars in place!

Going with the flow ~ I started by using white thread and following along the white on the fabric.  Kind of like inter cosmic dust.  This planet I had pieces of fabric on batting then tulle and sewn into place. Each planet and star is different!

White thread!

White thread!

Next I used a light turquoise blue thread to follow  the marbling of the fabric design.  I have one section done!

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When I stand back and look at the quilt I realize I am going to be adding some large beads as star bursts here and there and some fibers.

Going with the flow means when you feel you want to do something and you are not sure how it will come out, just go with it. You will be so surprised on how freeing it is. Things just happen in a good way.

I hope to have this Galaxy Art Quilt done next week and available in my shop ~ https://www.etsy.com/shop/thebutterflyquilter

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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!

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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!

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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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