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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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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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First Team Quilt Finished!

To catch up on the team quilt and how it came together just go to ~

https://thebutterflyquilter.wordpress.com/2014/05/28/wip-wednesday-team-shop-quilt-2-sashing-and-borders/

I loved getting quilt blocks from all over the world in the mail.  I have to say I did not expect all the different mailing packages on how the blocks would arrive.

mailing envelopes

mailing envelopes

I was finally able to finish piecing the last few rows this morning! The pieced top is 70″ x 84″.

It will be in the mail and on its way to be quilted by ~ https://www.etsy.com/shop/lynndalou

Then our binder and labeler ~ https://www.etsy.com/shop/BackPocketDesign

Pieced Top

Pieced Top

The backing I chose for this one is a light green flower print and the binding has a lot of different colors in it!

Backing and binding

Backing and binding

  I am still receiving blocks daily and a second quilt is already in the works!! Can’t wait to see this one finished.

These are all the shops that have participated so far in the Quiltsy Team  quilt. Please check them out!

 twistedsticks.etsy.com
ShirleyCQuilts.etsy.com
MulberryPatchQuilts.etsy.com
backporchquilts.etsy.com
paintedquilts.etsy.com
djwquilts.etsy.com
SewCuteQuilting.etsy.com
OldeFancyworkQuilts.etsy.com
StitchintheMountains.etsy.com
MooseCarolQuilts.etsy.com
MoranArtandQuilts.etsy.com
SallyManke.etsy.com
MoonDanceTextiles.etsy.com
CynthiaBDesigns.etsy.com
TwiggyandOpa.etsy.com
annsquiltnstuff.etsy.com
Quick2ListenFiberArt.etsy.com
Serenstitches.etsy.com
SEWFUNQUILTS.etsy.com
CentralFabrications.etsy.com
Sieberdesigns.etsy.com
QuiltSewPieceful.etsy.com
susiquilts.etsy.com
TriangleQuilting.etsy.com
quiltsofcolor.etsy.com
birdsongquilts.etsy.com
SewEverAfter.etsy.com
lynndalou.etsy.com
withhugsnstitches.etsy.com
Sewsouthernquilts.etsy.com
RainGardenQuilts.etsy.com
QuiltsForAllReasons.etsy.com
Jambearies.etsy.com
QuiltAndFabricItems.etsy.com
QuiltsClothsCovers.etsy.com
CinfulArt.etsy.com
uniquelynancy.etsy.com
MaryMackMadeMine.etsy.com
NeedleLove2.etsy.com
DocksideDesigns.etsy.com
DesertSkyQuilts.etsy.com
PeppersAttic.etsy.com
JuneBugQuilts.etsy.com
BedQuilts.etsy.com
StitchesnQuilts.etsy.com
DebiDesigns.etsy.com
HollysHutch.etsy.com
DelauneQuiltDesigns.etsy.com
RainStudio.etsy.com
LittleCottonShop.etsy.com
VillageQuilts.etsy.com
FabriArts.etsy.com
marytequilts.etsy.com
KathyKinsella.etsy.com
BackPocketDesign.etsy.com
KimKolbQuilts.etsy.com
Jackiesewingstudio.etsy.com
MurphysHouse.etsy.com
RunnStitch.etsy.com
NeedleNannie.etsy.com
RedNeedleQuilts.etsy.com
anotherghostquilts.etsy.com
gallagherquilting.etsy.com
SilverDoily.etsy.com

And of course me!!! Thebutterflyquilter.etsy.com!

Remember once the top is all finished it will be available for purchase at https://www.etsy.com/shop/QuiltsyTeam

 

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WIP ~ Continue the “Cat on Quilt”

Now that my cat is done ~  https://thebutterflyquilter.wordpress.com/2014/03/24/wip-cat-on-quilt-photo/

I have to piece my  background.  I ended up having to piece each of the  quilts like I would a regular quilt. At first I thought I would just heat n’ bond each piece into place but changed my mind and ended up piecing each quilt separately, then joining them together before attaching the cat to the background.

Full size printed out for background

Full size print of background

My fabric choices for the background quilts.

Fabrics

Fabrics

Two section of pieced background done.

Two sections of pieced background done.

another quilt pieced

last two sections pieced

Now that all the background quilts are done,  I had to figure out how to piece them all together.  I ended up laying them where I wanted them to go and took a water soluble  blue marker and marked them each in place. Cut each one out adding a 1/4 inch seam allowance and piecing them together in different steps.  Most were set in seams which are always fun!

Last was adding the cat which was pinned in place with a lot of pins then I  used a clear monofilament thread with a small zig zag stitch to sew in place. When I go to quilt the top I will add more threading around the edges of the cat. 

Original Photo

Original Photo

Finished Top

Finished Top

With left over pieces of the pieced small quilts that I cut off to square up the quilt,  I was able to cut them up into strips and made the outer border with them. You can see pieces of the log cabin blocks and star blocks.

    I plan on quilting her this week.  Each of the quilts will be quilted like I would a quilt top with its own design.

If you would like to see what some other quilters are working on hop on over to ~ http://teamquiltsy.blogspot.com

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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!

If you would like to see my other art quilts hop on over to ~ thebutterflyquilter.com

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WIP #6A ~ Dyed Fabric Quilt Part Two

Remember this was my original sketch for my dyed fabrics from http://www.vickiwelsh.etsy.com

sun dyed draft

I enlarged each circle of squares and that became my template to make my pieces out of.  I used plates and bowls to mark my circle.  With my light box I marked my fabric pieces and then adhered some Pellon to the back of each piece.  Going from light to dark, I then cut out each individual piece and ironed them in place going from light to dark.

Middle Section of Design

Middle Section of Design

I started the center with the green gradient dyed piece of fabric, then onto yellow and orange.

Three rings and center done!

Three rings and center done!

I realized that for the outer rays  I needed another color.  Deciding was a little difficult but I decided on a red grouping.  I then contacted Vicki and asked her to dye me some red fabric with three gradations, instead of  five, going from middle dark to dark red! Can’t wait to see them!! Vicki is so wonderful to work with!

While waiting for my fabric to arrive I started the satin stitch process. I need to go around the outer and inner squares with a  coordinating color thread.

Satin Stitching Each Square!

Satin Stitching Each Square!

I hope to have the top all done by the beginning of next week so I can start quilting. While I am stitching the squares down I am also deciding how to quilt this piece!

If you would like to see my other art quilts, hop on over to Thebutterflyquilter.com!

To see what some other wonderful quilters are working on this week hop on over to http://teamquiltsy.blogspot.com

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The Story Behind the Quilt ~ Photo of a Cat on Quilts

 Organizing my photo’s on my computer I  came across  a photo that I took while taking a photography class a long time ago. It was a class where I learned to develop my own film.  I can’t remember the assignment but I fell in love with this photo.  I was just learning machine quilting, I was still hand quilting (which I do every now and then) and I had my projects spread all over my guest bed.  Some are finished, some are not.  My young cat at the time came in and decided to lounge on top of all my quilts in the sun light. If you have a cat you know they love to snuggle in quilts and bask in the sunlight.

Cat on Quilts

Cat on Quilts

I think this would make a great wall quilt! Maybe like a 3-D effect with one edge of a  finished quilt  on top of the others. The original photo is in black and white.  I could change it and add color using my photo shop program. I have photo’s of the quilts she is sitting on and I could make my wall quilt the same. The cat is gray and white.

So the question is ~ Do I do the quilts in color or  do I keep with the original  photo and make the quilt black and white?

If you would like to see my art quilts hop on over to ~ http://www.thebutterflyquilter.com

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