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
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”
I then took some of these strips and just cut some chunks out and mixed a pile on my cutting board.
I then measured between my trees the open space.
I cut out a piece of “Mistyfuse” the size of the space!
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.
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!
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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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.
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.
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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I had made a decision not to do anymore word quilts but I seem to keep getting requests for them. After thinking about it I designated the month of July to do a new design of them. Only this month will I be making them! I have been mounting a lot of my smaller quilts on canvas and thought why not put four words on a quilt, mount it on to canvas so that you would be able to rotate them. Which ever way you hang the canvas that is the word for the day, week or month. Using my Shiva Paint Sticks I stenciled on four words that I felt would work well together. Gratitude, Serenity, Joy and Love. I am working on a wellness set also.
Stencils and shiva paint sticks
One thing I had to think about was a design that was not directional. When you rotate the canvas it would not matter. These are the first three.
On my wall is a large size inspirational word quilt I am working on. Instead of Shiva Paint sticks I am using Pebeo Setacolor Fabric Paints. I just put enough paint on the stencil brush and then dabbed at the stencil with it. It gives the words a more painted look that I like a lot. It took me a while to get 21 words done. A few mistakes along the way but thats OK. I then decided to just put together different size blocks and strips to form a 14 1/2 inch unfinished block. I need 9 blocks to make the quilt. I have 5 done!
Here are a few of the blocks done. I think it looks like a modern design.
My hope is to have this one and a couple of other quilts mounted on canvas done this month. Don’t forget celebrating Christmas in July on Etsy.
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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.
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
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
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.
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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When I need inspiration I will go thru my sew room to straighten up. I always seem to find something that puts an idea into my head. This week I found some paper piecing from Cindi Edgerton. I love her papers because they are like tissue and you don’t have to use a smaller stitch. I was even able to hand stitch one of her patterns when I was not near a sewing machine. Check out her site: http://www.averyspecialcollection.com
I came across this little pattern I forgot I had. Little 2 inch hearts. Once I decided on the hearts everything seemed to come together. I used Cindy’s papers to do the hearts and then went off on my own. I do that a lot. I found some leftover really small pieces of dyed brown fabric! Perfect. Then I went thru my newly organized batik fabrics that I color coordinated into bins. Fall was what I was looking for.
I worked on it all day yesterday and finished quilting it today. Sometimes I get it in my head I just have to finish a project. Other times….LOL
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Continued from my WIP project this week.
Well if you are a quilter you know that sometimes things just don’t go the way you planned! The problems began with my original design paper pieced blocks. I had done a couple of my blocks correct and laid them out on my design board. Then I walked away from them for a while.
13 blocks pieced
I had precut all my fabric pieces and had just enough. Not a very good idea. As a quilter I would recommend always buy and extra 1/4 to 1/2 yard of fabric just in case. Did I follow this rule this time, No!
To make things go a little faster while I was talking to my friend on the phone, I was pinning my first two pieces of fabric to my paper pattern to sew. My gold/yellow pieces were almost square. There was a difference of about 1/2 inch. So I didn’t think about which direction to place them when I was pinning. If you ever paper pieced you just realized what I did. After sewing all 36 blocks, half of the the gold was off by 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch.
My solution instead of taking apart all those blocks that I had sewn wrong was to just cut my blocks down to 8 x8 instead of 8 1/2 x 8 1/2. No problem. It worked out better because I decided I didn’t want to have to worry about having points anywhere that met.
Second problem: I had all my blocks ready to sew and thought I laid them in the direction I wanted to piece the rows. After sewing two rows when I went to put them together realized I had rotated all the blocks so it actually came out different then the above lay out!
Block sewn different
I decided to just finish the quilt the way it was coming together. I actually like it a lot better. The orange doesn’t over power the quilt as much. But it would look OK the other layout also! Initially I wasn’t going to put a boarder on the quilt, but felt it needed it at the end. Sometimes things just work out!
I have never really been an orange person. It is one of the colors that I have tried to master in my quilting. So I decided to challenge myself to make a fall quilt. When I went to my local fabric store there was a ton of orange in every shade you can imagine. So I skipped right passed them and went to find a print that I really liked with orange in it. By the way I love leaves. All leaves. I came across a beautiful leaf fabric and from there went to grab some coordinating oranges, golds, and greens.
Fall fabric selection.
I then sat down with a sheet of plain paper and drew out a few simple lines. Scanned into my computer and decided to run off a couple and using paper piecing method, sewed a few together.
A surprise pattern came out once a few of the blocks were sewn and laid out on my design board. I think I like it!
13 blocks pieced
So I went ahead and precut all my pieces, and with the left overs, made some mini word quilts!
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