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Story Behind the Quilt ~ Making of Viburnum Leaf Quilt

Making of my  leaf quilt ~ to catch up here is the last post https://thebutterflyquilter.wordpress.com/2014/07/10/wip-an-idea-that-is-taking-shape/

Usually I am really excited about starting a new art quilt project but with my leaf quilt I had it sitting there for a couple of weeks.  I realized I didn’t like the backing that I chose for it so I went shopping for more fabric. Not a hardship at all!  I found this perfect Halloween orange for the backing and bought the last 2 1/2 yards which will work out just perfect! I then cut my leaf up into 4 sections.

Backing Fabric

Backing Fabric

I  went through my stash of threads and pulled out some oranges, yellows, variegated and some reds! Each section of the leaf is going to have a different thread color and the free motion quilting design. I know, it sounds a little crazy!

Some of the threads!

Some of the threads!

I started with the middle two sections of the leaf and finished those up. The most time consuming part for me was the quilt facing technique. I saved this blog from “terryaskartquilts” which was great to follow.

 http://www.terryaskeartquilts.com/Studio/tips-tutorials-and-more/

I love how it looks. When two sections were done, I layer them side by side. See how the quilting design from one piece carries over to the other piece.

Two middle sections done!

Two middle sections done!

How am I going to connect these pieces together?

  I found some bright yellow embroidery floss and I have some bright yellow burlap that I am pulling apart and getting long strains from it.  I will add them together and sew them with a zig zag stitch along each of the veins in the leaf.   These strands will be holding the pieced sections together!  It will look like it is floating!

Burlap strands and yellow embroidery floss.

Burlap strands and yellow embroidery floss.

Drawing of what I want it to look like when done!

Drawing of what I want it to look like when done!

I have three sections done.  One I still need to bind.  Of course I added a small butterfly with the same colors as the leaf.

Three sections almost done!

Three sections almost done!

Here is a close up!  You can see some of my free motion quilting and color thread choices!

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Only one more section to go then I will be doing all my embroidery thread and burlap strands!

Check back in to see the finished quilt and thanks for stopping by!

 

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WIP 3B ~ Quilting and Finishing up on 3D flowers

My quilt background is done with my one flower,  my stems and leaves.  Now onto the quilting stages.

Piecing done!

Piecing done!

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.

The Sun, quilting extends into the border.

Rays of the sun.

Rays of the sun.

I use a shade darker then the background so that the quilting stands out.

I use a shade darker thread on the background so that the quilting stands out.

flower 1d

I like straight and curvy lines to fill in space

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!

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

flowers 1j

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.

If you want to see some other beautiful quilts in the works hop on over to http://teamquiltsy.blogspot.com

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