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The Story Behind The Quilt ~ Great Waas Island

I love nature. Any place we happen to move to or visit, we try to get out and see the sites. Here in Maine there are a lot of hiking trails to check out. Some we have to drive a distance to and others once you get there you have to hike a ways to get to the ocean.  Rocky Point at Great Waas Island is one of those places that you have to do both. Once you get to the trail head you have to hike anywhere between 45 minutes to an hour to make it to the coast. Once there you are mainly hiking on large pink granite boulders. It is a beautiful area. Of course you have to take your trusty camera with you or have a husband who is also a photographer! This was the photo I like the best from there.

Rocky Point at Great Wass Island

Rocky Point at Great Wass Island

Taking this photo I used my photoshop program and split the picture into three parts so that I could print off each page as an 8 x 10 image.

I will be making three separate quilts, one of each of these pages.

Fabric choices to go with the photo’s.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESI have three 8 x 10 canvases that I will be mounting these on when done.

After piecing the sky fabric and the water fabric I wanted to add clouds to the sky. Taking a piece of paper and just tearing it across this edge and then using it as a guide is how I added some clouds to my sky. I use Shiva Paint sticks!

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Using my  light box, I work with one photo at a time and trace and cut out each section of fabric and then bond them into place on my background fabric.

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It looks rough right now but once I do the thread work on it, it will blend better and look more like rocks, ocean, and sky.

I cut my batting for the back 8 x 10 and center it–fabric will be hanging outside the batting. The reason for this is that my quilts will be wrapped around canvas and it is too bulky with the batting.

I then quilted the sky and thought I would like to add some white clouds.

After washing fabric the edges have these strands attached,  I have been cutting them off and saving  them.

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I take some of the white I have and place it on top of the sky area and quilt it down with a small zig zag stitch.

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Next is lots and lots of thread work. Making the trees was fun with a variegated thread that I have of olive green to dark green. I love thread!

On the rocks, I only used two colors of thread to blend all the background together. I use a small zig zag stitch with my darning foot and feeddogs down. Black thread was used last to outline some boulders to give a sense of realism to the rocks.

Once each quilt is done I decided to cut around the edges and add a black border. So I cut my piece to wrap around the top part of the canvas about half way and then added the black fabric. Had to do some measuring to make sure.

Front of quilt

Front of quilt

Back of quilt

Back of quilt

Each piece when hung together looks like the full picture.

Great Wass Island mounted on canvas

Great Wass Island mounted on canvas

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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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WIP 2A ~ The Chickadee Tree

Part Two of my Chickadee Tree Quilt ~ If you missed the first part here is a link!

https://thebutterflyquilter.wordpress.com/2014/01/15/2014-wip-2-the-chickadee-tree

I  copied all my Chickadee photos onto fabric using my printer.  A couple of them didn’t print all the way because I ran out of ink.  I used these imperfect ones to try and figure out how I was going to do my threading of the birds.

 Medium weight tear away stabilizer worked the best after trying a couple of different methods. Hardly any puckering when done. I was able to iron my birds flat. Note the back ground of the photo does not have any thread at this point.

Just started Thread Painting

Just started Thread Painting

After 9 plus hours, all my birds where done.

Front and back view with stabilizer

Front and back view with stabilizer

Birds All Done

Birds All Done

Next step was to use a light heat n bond to the back of each photo/fabric sheet and to cut out the birds, not square but a soft curve leaving some of the back ground of the photo.  Before connecting the birds to the back ground dyed fabric,  I laid them all out.

Heat N Bond to back of photo after thread work

Heat N Bond to back of photo after thread work

Free form rotary cut around the birds

Free form rotary cut around the birds

I found a batik fabric that I liked for the branches then ironed on some light heat n bond to the back of the tree fabric batik.  I cut all the branches to connect the branches in the photo of that particular bird.  Time consuming but I like the effect.

Once a section of branches where bonded to the back ground dyed piece of fabric, I then bonded the birds on top of the branches.  My design plan changed, I just couldn’t cut up the back ground fabric. Just to beautiful!

Chickadee Quilt Top Done!

Chickadee Quilt Top Done!

I love the way this is coming along!

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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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