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.
I took out my hand dyed fabric scraps and started cutting and placing them while referring to my photo.
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.
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.
Last step is quilting then binding!
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My quilt background is done with my one flower, my stems and leaves. Now onto the quilting stages.
When I piece a background on an art quilt most of the time I like to do a different quilting design in each area. I collect quilting magazines and if they have a quilting design in it I put them in a notebook so that I can go thru them to see which one I like to use.
The Sun, quilting extends into the border.
Rays of the sun.
I use a shade darker thread on the background so that the quilting stands out.
I like straight and curvy lines to fill in space
Now that the background is all quilted it is time to start adding my 3D flowers. I used a zig zag on the edges of the fold to hold them in place. The rest of the flower tops float and are not attached to the background. Heavily quilted in the centers to keep them in place.
Small zig zag on the folded areas!
Last thing to sew on is my beautiful embroidered butterflies that I purchased from https://www.etsy.com/shop/QuiltSewLace
All that is left is to put the binding on this quilt with sleeve and a label. I label all my quilts with the name of the quilt “Blooming in the Sun”, my name, the month and year it was finished, and last the number of the quilt. This is a great way to keep track of who gets them and where they go.
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My new fiber art quilt is up and running. First I drafted out what I wanted my pieced background to be. To get perfect circles I use a compass.
New Art Quilt
I then scanned my sketch onto my computer. Using a program, I reverse the image and then enlarged the image to the size that I want my background to be. I then printed out about 20 pages and taped them all together. Once that was done I used freezer paper and traced the whole piece. I made registration marks and numbered each piece so when I lay one piece on top of another I can match up the registration marks.
Freezer paper with registration marks!
Step one ~ I carefully cut out each piece of freezer paper template and iron it on to the fabric with shinny side down.
Step two ~ Cut the fabric 1/4 inch all around away from the freezer paper. This is your seam allowance.
Step three ~ To sew template #1 onto template #2 I have to fold under one side of the fabric to the back of the freezer paper. I use template #2 to fold under and leave template #1 alone. I clip every 1/2 inch of template #2 seam allowance then I brush on starch ( I have a small paint brush I use. Try not to get the freezer paper wet) and iron my seam allowance over to the paper side. The starch makes the seam crisp.
I use my light box and line up the pieces and pin it like crazy to keep it in place, lining up the registration marks.
Use light box to line up registration marks
I use monofilament thread with a small zig zag to connect the pieces.
My background is finished. Now I am deciding on what flowers to put in my garden!
Background done ! Size is 40″ x 36″
I also wanted to add some butterflies to my quilt. When I came across Gail’s shop I saw some embroidered free standing lace butterflies. I had to have these for my quilt. I just received them in the mail today and they are beautiful. If you love free standing embroidery lace please check out her shop at ~ https://www.etsy.com/shop/quiltsewlace
Lace Butterflies from
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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.
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
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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OK, so I am still working on my Geraniums, but almost done!!! When this project first started I didn’t realize how long this would take me or what obstacles I might have to over come. When I left off last week I was at the point of marking my quilt to show where the quilting lines were going to be.
Ready to mark
I was able to mark most of the background with a water soluble blue marker. Now the blue flowers were a problem because the marker was not going to show up. So I needed to come up with another solution. I could use the purple marker that quilters use but the lines disappear after a certain number of hours. That wasn’t going to work because I would have the quilt sandwiched by then and would not be able to mark the quilting lines using my light box. I tried using a white pencil but that didn’t show up either!
After thinking about it I came up with this solution. It would take a while but it would work. I take my paper pattern and use my sewing machine with feed dogs down and darning foot for free motion quilting and a large needle to punch holes out of my paper pattern. Following where I wanted to quilt. I lay my quilt down with the paper pattern on top. I take my pounce filled with chalk and pounce over the pattern. When I removed the paper little dots showed up to show where to quilt.
Front of pattern ~ back of pattern
I could pounce with chalk a section at a time. Once that was done I did the first round of quilting with white thread. This left a thread line to show where I was going to quilt heavier. Once that whole top was done this way I started my second round of quilting. A small free motion zig zag stitch. Almost like a satin stitch but more irregular.
Zig Zag Free Motion Stitch
This method took quite a while to do but I love the look of it when finished. I chose my binding which will be next, then I am going to be stitching down some stigma and stamen in the middle of the flowers to finish the piece.
Ready for binding!
I hope to finish it tomorrow to add to my store on Etsy.
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As I was laying around trying to recover from the flu, I was playing around in my head designing a couple of new art quilts to make. This is one that I really liked while going thru photos of flowers that my husband took and finally got a chance to check out the texture tools in my Photo Shop Program.
This is the original photo of Geranium Rozanne flowers. Aren’t they pretty. I love the blue with a touch of purple. My favorite colors!
Now in photo shop in the textile tool there is a tool named stain glass. It divides the flowers into little sections with a mini white border around each section. I can make the white surrounding borders bigger or smaller.
Full photo of quilt
Close up of a section
So in my Posterazor program I decided I like a size about 15 x 18. That being said, the pieces are only about 1/4 to 1/2 inch. Yes I know a little crazy!! Now to decide how to put it together.
I came up with three different methods.
1. Use a solid piece of white fabric. Mark all the lines and quilt heavily those white lines with white thread then hand paint in each section with fabric paint.
2. Use iron on interfacing. Trace one large piece of interfacing with all the little cells and then cut out the small pieces. Place each little piece on top of the interfacing and batting. Carefully iron pieces into place trying not to get any interfacing on the iron! Quilt around all the cells with white thread.
3. Mark a large piece of white batting. Cut out individual cell pieces to the exact size (sigh) and then place them on the marked batting in the right spot. Place tulle over everything and sew all around each cell the white thread. The tulle will hold everything in place while quilting.
So what method would you use??
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If you are in the Down East Maine area, head on over to the Calais Library. They have a wonderful downstairs art gallery for local area artists. Every month someone new displays their art work. For the month of October, I was asked to do a show of my quilts. I decided to show eighteen of my nature quilts that were inspired by a photo, a dream about nature, or a theme that was for a specific quilt show that I wanted to enter. Here are the results!
“Nature Inspired Quilts”
Art Gallery, Calais Public
Library, Calais Maine
First Wall of quilts!
Second and third wall!
I hope you can stop on by during the library hours and take a stroll down stairs to the art gallery. If not sit back and visit my store on line to check out most of the quilts shown here for a closer look.
Thanks for stopping by!