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WIP ~ Trillium Flower

First take a macro photo of a  Trillium, then manipulate it in a photo shop program. OK I didn’t take this photo, my husband did, but he was willing to share.

Print out to the size you want your quilt to be, using any enlarger program that you have. Take a black magic marker and highlight the areas where the colors change. Get out your light box. Place your photo right side up and a piece of batting on top of that and  trace photo onto  your batting with a thin black marker.

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I took out my hand dyed fabric scraps and started cutting and placing them while referring to my photo.

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Don’t forget have your backing down first, then your marked batting, before you start placing your small scraps of fabric on top of the marked batting.

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Once all the pieces are in place, carefully take a piece of black tulle and place on top of your piece. Pin heavily into place.

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Last step is quilting then binding!

Thank you for stopping by! I hope to have this piece in my shop by Monday! Come on by and have a look ~ http://www.thebutterflyquilter.com

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#20 WIP Wednesday: Geometric ???

I have had this fabric for about two months that I really wanted to do something with. It is a beautiful dyed piece of fabric from Vicki Welsh. Here is her shop if you want to check her out:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/vickiwelsh?ref=pr_shop_more

I saw a painting of just squares set on a plain background. All the squares were different sizes and I thought that is what I will do, only piece them on a slight curve. Well when I finished piecing there was just too much white for me.

To much open space for me.

To much open space for me.

close up

close up

So I went thru my stash and found a batik that I liked with it. I decided to appliqué lines in different directions through the white. Then I went ahead and satin stitched them all in place with a deep purple that went with the darkest part of the dyed fabric.

Heat set all strips in place!

Heat set all strips in place!

Satin Stitch in place!

Satin Stitch in place!

After 12 bobbins I finally have all the satin stitching done! Yahoo. I then squared the quilt up. Remember I pieced it on a slow curve so nothing is square in the quilt.  Basting and figuring out my quilt design comes next!

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The Story Behind The Quilt ~ Chapter 11: Whole White Cloth Quilt Dilemma

Back in the  90’s when I had my quilting business a customer came to me and asked me to hand quilt a whole cloth piece of fabric already marked. She came with the top, backing, and the batting. At that time this batting was new to the market and I told her I have never used this batting before and would prefer to use the batting I like because I knew it wouldn’t cause any problems. But she persisted. So after a few months of hand quilting this queen size quilt she came to pick it up. Not one day later she came back very upset and wanted a refund. When she washed the quilt to get the marked lines out of the quilt it seems some stains showed up on the top. Come to find out the the cotton batting had cotton seeds that had not all been taken out of the batting. It left oily looking stains on the quilt. Small dots of off- white coloring showed up on this beautiful white quilt.

Quilt before washing!

Quilt before washing!

I notified the manufacturer at the time. Sent the quilt to them to look at it. They sent it back and went to work on fixing the problem.

Being a business woman I thought this really isn’t not my fault. I tried to talk her out of the batting that she personally bought. I ended up giving her money back for my time and the materials she bought. She still wanted the quilt. I ended up with the quilt.

First solution: I ended up tea dying the quilt. I filled a large tub with lots of tea bags and hot water and submersed the quilt. Left it for a day. Then washed and hung it to dry. I didn’t think it was that bad. I gave it to my parents that year. The photos below is what the quilt  looked like after years of being washed and used.

Tea dyed

Tea dyed

 The spots were getting darker and darker.

Spots getting darker!

Second Solution:  I took the quilt and decided to dye the quilt. (I had been experimenting with dying). After talking to the company that I bought the dye from, they told me how to do it in my washing machine. By the way, my parents love deep purple. Their favorite color. I went ahead and dyed the quilt.

back fabric different

back fabric different

It came out beautiful. The top and back fabric of the quilt where different so the dye took different. You can not see any of the original cotton seed stains at all and it washed beautiful.

All Finished!

All Finished!

One problem happened. When I put the salt in my washer (a lot of salt) to dye it my washing machine  started to act funny. It made it thru a week before it went kaput! I think the salt killed it! LOL. Oh well at least the quilt will last for more generations then the washer. You might have a project that just didn’t work out and might be able to come up with a solution that can save it. I love this purple quilt now!

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The Story Behind The Quilt: Chapter #9 ~ Solar Wind & Solar Flare

Now that I have learned a way to piece a wall hanging with a curve (look at last blog post # 8), I designed this beautiful original quilt called Solar Wind using this method. The finished quilt is seen below.

Solar Wind

Solar Wind

I wanted to do a smaller version recently using different fabrics. I always keep all my patterns so if I want I can go back make some changes or make a different size of the quilt.

Below is the pattern being copied onto freezer paper. All intersections are marked and registration marks are added also. Each piece is then cut out and ironed onto a piece of fabric on the wrong side. I then cut out each piece of fabric with at least 1/4 of an inch or bigger around the outer edges. Then I take a small scissor and clip around the edge going up to about 1/8 of in inch to the freezer paper. I then take a small paint brush and dip it in starch and  get my seam allowance wet. I gently fold back my seam allowance away from the top to the back. Try not to fold the freezer paper. Using a light box I butt the two pieces together and pin a lot! **One piece has the seam allowance folded under the other does not.

Design on freezer paperColor choices

Design on freezer paper
Color choice

Once pinned I then use a small zig zag stitch with monofilament thread to stitch in place. It is like a puzzle.

Sewing the pieces together

Sewing the pieces together

After all of it is pieced I carefully remove the freezer paper and press the top. It is ready to quilt!

Solar Flare before quilting!

Solar Flare before quilting!

Solar Flare is Finished! With some embellishments added!

#254 Solar Flare

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