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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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The Story Behind the Quilt ~ Sunlight through the Trees

When I want to get inspiration for my next art quilt I just look through some photo’s, check out Pintrest or FB.  Setting up my boards on Pintrest I made one called “All Trees”. I love trees and lately it seems a lot of my quilts have been about trees.  Finding one photo shot of the sun coming through behind some trees gave me an idea for this next art quilt. I drew out a rough sketch of what I would like to see.

Sketch of tree quilt

Sketch of tree quilt

I had to figure out the  size I wanted my finished piece to be.  I cut a piece of batting and marked with a permanent black marker the outline of the trees.  I wanted the background or my forest floor to be deep greens and blues mixed in.

At a recent quilt show I found a package of Hoffman Bali Pops called Parrot!

Hoffman Bali Pops "Parrot"

Hoffman Bali Pops “Parrot”

I then took some of these strips and just cut some chunks out and mixed a pile on my cutting board.

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I then measured between my trees the open space.PT 3

I cut out a piece of “Mistyfuse” the size of the space!

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Once I laid the “Mistyfuse” in place I just started to add different pieces of the cut up fabric making sure you could not see the batting.  I then put parchment paper over the pieces and ironed them in place. Parchment paper is used in case you missed a spot, the fusible web will not stick to the iron.

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Once the background was all finished, I put it up on my design wall. I wanted to make sure that the pieces were sticking to my batting.

Background pieces done!

Background pieces done!

Now I am trying to decide whether to quilt the background at this point or just wait till I add the trees and then quilt it all in one step. My trees will be done on a background piece of muslin first. I will be sewing little strips in place one at a time. Fibers and burlap will be added to the trees also.

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WIP ~ An Idea That Is Taking Shape!

Going through my husbands photo’s it is easy for me to picture quilts of landscapes and nature. When he downloaded this photo on his website http://abeautifulsky.artistwebsites.com  I fell in love with this macro photo of a Viburnum.

Vibrant Viburnum

I love the texture of the leaf itself and wanted to get a large piece of fabric with the image on the fabric. I went to http://www.spoonflower.com and downloaded the image onto Organic Cotton Sateen because I love the shine on one side of this fabric.  I received it in the mail two days ago and it has been up on my design wall. The colors came out so much more saturated and true to the picture then when I had a photo done on Kona Cotton. This will be my choice of fabric when I choose to have a photo printed onto fabric.  The size of the fabric is 36 x 54.

A large piece but bright and beautiful.

I have an idea of what I want to do. To see how it might look  I went to my photo shop program and eliminated sections of the leaf,  this would be my cutting lines and 1/4 inch seam allowance.  I then have to decided if I want to quilt it in sections and connect the sections by hand dyed gauze or other fibers to make it look like little veins or piece it with white sashing  to make it look like it is floating from a distance.  The second thought  would be easier to do. I am always up for a challenge though!

Here is a photo of my idea.

Vibrant Viburnum

 One last thing to figure out is what direction someone would hang this. I think it could hang in any direction.

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2013 The Story Behind the Quilts

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!

Some of my Fiber Art Quilts!

Small Wall Quilts ~ 28 finished!

Some of my small wall quilts!

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

Just some of my Inspirational Word Quilts

Four Throw size quilts and one Queen Size Bed Quilt for us!!!

Throw size quilts

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!

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.

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Holidays and New Year

Happy Holidays! I know you do not want to be thinking about the New Year but it has been on my mind lately. Resolutions are always hard so why not take a different approach and make a resolution you might like. Since I love quilting and fiber art this is going to be my resolution ~ I am going to try some new things to push myself, expand and learn some new techniques. By doing this you can decide whether you like it or not. You don’t have to stick to it if you don’t.

First thing on my list is to enter more contests. Wether it be in major quilt shows or magazine contests.  I still have a hard time putting my work out there. I just got excepted into the AQS show in Phoenix, AZ for February 5th ~ 8th 2014. I am still a little in shock when I get excepted to any major show. I have only tried for two shows this year but next year I think I might go for it! So my “Soaring Butterflies” will be on its way at the end of the month.

Soaring Butterflies

Soaring Butterflies

Second ~ I also have a subscription to Quilting Arts Magazine and their January Reader Challenge is “How Does Your Garden Grow.” I have drawn up a sketch of what I want to do. It will be called “My Butterfly Garden.” I did enter a reader challenge and it was rejected last time. Since I loved what I had come up with it didn’t bother me. Art and Quilting is so subjective when you think about it. Aren’t we drawn to certain colors, fabrics etc… So this is my first sketch. I might change it as a go along. I do plan on trying something new, well maybe! LOL

Concept for Magazine

Concept for Magazine

The finished quilt is only 8″ x 10″.  My butterflies and flowers will be pretty small.

Thank you for visiting my blog and I am wishing Happy Holidays to you and yours.

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Chapter 25 ~ Finishing up Playful Cat!

With my WIP post you saw my thoughts on what to do about this quilt.

I decided to add more leaves to it. After finishing the quilting on it but not the binding, I got out my trusty fabric paints and ended up mixing different colors to paint veins onto each leaf.

Before quilting

Before quilting

After Quilting!

After Quilting!

Big difference! Also did some heavy thread work on the cats face!

I then set my quilt up on my design wall and still thought something was off. I think the quilt was just too long so I ended up cutting off 5 inches from the top of it. I know, I know, all the quilting was done but it just didn’t feel right!

Full length of quilt!

Full length of quilt!

After cutting 5 inches from the top!

5 inches off the top!

The binding I choose was one of the leafs that had a rust/brown coloring. Here is the finished quilt!

Finished Quilt Hanging

Finished Quilt Hanging

I think she came out pretty cute!

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WIP #28 ~ Cat and Leaves

Well winter is on its way here in Maine. All the leaves have fallen and they are all a brown tan color. While taking my cat for a walk in  our back yard she started jumping and playing with a pile of leaves.  Why not do a quilt with a cat surrounded by leaves peaking thru? Looking thru my photo’s of our cat I found one that I thought would work great.

Original Photo

Original Photo

The photo was enhanced with my Photoshop program. I then copied the photo onto a special treated fabric that I could print  on with my printer. I went outside and gathered some leaves and placed them around the photo to see how I like it!

Real leaves with photo

Real leaves with photo

I liked the way it looked so I went ahead and went thru my fabric stash to find a lot of different ones of brown and tan. I had this one piece of batik fabric that went from light green to dark green for the background. I also decided to add trees to the background.

leaves are now in place

leaves are now in place

I am still trying to decide whether to add some more leaves or not.  Sometimes I have to leave a project for a day and walk away to come back to it to see what else needs to be added before I start to quilt it. I think I might end up adding  more leaves, making them smaller and trailing into the distance.

Trees added!

Trees added!

Once this is quilted it will look totally different. I plan on adding some paint also to give more dimension to the trees and the leaves. More leaves or not? That is the question!

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