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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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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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Story Behind the Quilt ~ Cat Face Mounted on Canvas

After taking some pictures of my cat I wanted to do another thread art piece with just her face. I sat and took some photos of her face when the sun came out. She is a Tortie and has so many different colors going thru her.

Original Photo

Original Photo

After downloading a new program that my husband wanted to use called Topaz Simplify 4, I changed her using one of the filter effects.

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See how soft she looks now. Like a painting! I also wanted to enhance her colors so they would stand out, so I fooled around with saturation and contrast and another setting in the photo program.

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Everything is enhanced! Love it.

I then printed out the photo onto a photo fabric sheet size 8×10. Then I used two layers of medium stabilizer and went at it!

I drop my feed dogs, put on my darning foot, and carefully go back and forth using small stitches to fill in each area with matching thread. This also gives the feel of fur if I do this in small strokes. I start in the middle and work my way out, changing the thread color often.

I left the black areas for last. I added my batting and went back to thread painting and filled in all the black. This gives it a little depth.

Her eyes didn’t come out the way I wanted them too. I tried different thread colors and finally I decided to just paint in on top of the thread the color I wanted her eyes to be.

Paint over thread!

Paint over thread!

Once she was done I steam ironed her flat and squared up the quilt. I then edged the piece with a satin cord of white with a white zig zag stitch so the edges where closed. I then used a heavy duty Heat N Bond and ironed it to the back of the piece. (Make sure that the Heat N Bond is the same size as the quilt or a touch smaller when you cut it out).  I painted the  canvas to mount her on Black. Once the paint dried  I ironed on the quilted piece to the canvas.  Last step was to paint her whiskers on the background canvas! She’s done!

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WIP ~ Cat on Quilt Photo

Remember this was my next project I wanted to tackle ~ Take a photo I took awhile ago and make it into a quilt!

Cat on Quilt

Cat on Quilt

Change the photo in Photoshop to a line drawing. Printed out the line drawing to the actual size that the quilt will end up being once pieced.

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Just finished my cat. This was done in a  different way then I would normally do my thread painting. I wanted to try a new way.  I found this product called Transfer-Eze  (http://rulerkorrall.com) at a quilt show a long time ago and found them in my stash the other day. They are washable transfer sheets that you can run through your computer.  I placed those sheets on top of white fabric with a medium weight stabilizer behind. I then  started thread painting with my darkest thread, filling in all the areas that were going to be dark. From there I went to lighter shades till I got to white. I bought a group set of threads called Pepper and Salt from Connecting Threads ( http://www.connectingthreads.com)  that worked wonderful for the shading. Thread art cart

I cut all the excess fabric around the cat and then soaked it in hot water for ten minutes to eliminate the transfer washable sheet layer.  Once the transfer sheets washed away I could see the white background in places that I missed, so back to more thread painting.

From a distance she looks so real. She is 14″ wide x 25″ long. I am not going to tell you how many bobbins I used for her because I lost count! After she was done I realized she shrunk a lot more than I thought so I had to print out my new quilt background design smaller.

close up of face

close up of face

Brought some fabric that is all grey and white with a little bit of tans thrown in. I need to piece the background before sewing her into place!

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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 #20 ~ Finishing up “Bella the Fox”

I finally was able to finish up Bella. If you want to see how she got started check here:

https://thebutterflyquilter.wordpress.com/2013/07/31/wip-wednesday-22-bella-the-fox-in-progress/

With my fabrics picked I ended up just doing a free form for the background and then I pieced in the rock and moss. With Steam a Seam I attached sections of Bella  to the pieced top.   I then painted in some areas using Setacolor paints to give her a little bit more dimension.

Before quilting!

Before quilting!

I then decided that I really wanted to do a lot of thread work on her and wanted her to have a little bit more dimension so I put a piece of batting under her and just did all the free motion stitching.

A piece of batting just under the fox

A piece of batting just under the fox

I carefully cut away just around the piece of batting as close as I could without cutting the thread or the front of the quilt. Once that was done I layered the quilt like normal to quilt.  Extra pins were needed around the body of the fox so it would not slip when quilting near it.

I did a really pretty leaf pattern on the greens with variegated thread of greens and filled in with a free motion stipple with another green. The rock I did a free motion zig zag stitch of greens on the moss sections and variegated grays on the other areas.

Close up of background leaves!

Close up of background leaves!

Rock with zig zag free motion stitch!

Rock with zig zag free motion stitch!

Now Bella is complete!!

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