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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 Wednesday ~ #22 Bella the Fox in Progress

I finally found some time to work in my Photoshop program to work on Bella the Fox. I took the original picture then used the “poster edge” filter that was in my program and then the “accented  edges” filter. This will give me an idea on where to place my fabrics on the quilt for her. Here you can see the progression and how it worked in the Photoshop program.

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bella in threeThis took a while since I am still learning the in’s and out’s of Photoshop. OK I will be honest I don’t think I will ever learn everything because the program is so big! LOL From there I went ahead and in  the PosteRazor program, enlarged the photo to the size I wanted and printed it out. I forgot to set my printer on draft mode so ended up using a lot of ink!

I then taped my pages together and started going thru my fabric to choose some colors that I might have. Of course I had to buy more fabric. Sometimes you have a vision and you just have to go shopping to help the image come to life!

Some Fabric Choices!

Some Fabric Choices!

Next I need to take my trusty black ink marker and mark all the spots that I will be changing to a different color fabric.

Outlining sections for color changes!

Outlining sections for color changes!

So this is where I stopped for today!

Now when you see a quilt or art quilt you can appreciate how much time goes into the process before even beginning piecing!

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#4 WIP Wednesday ~ photos on fabric

I seem to be on this kick lately of doing photo’s on fabric. For the last two weeks I have been going thru my husbands photos and printing them onto fabric. From there I am designing a quilt around each photo. This week is his fantastic photo of a Hummingbird in flight at a flower.

Original Photo By My Husband

Original Photo By My Husband

When I printed out the first photo my yellow ran out in my printer and I ended up with this pink and blue hummingbird. Loved it. So I have a design in my head for this one.

Hummingbird missing yellow from printer

Hummingbird missing yellow from printer

I added my yellow ink to my printer and printed out the original photo.

Hummingbird on fabric

Hummingbird on fabric

From there I go thru my stash of squares. When I am finished with any project and I have just a little fabric left, I cut them into squares and store them all together. What ever size square I can cut from the left over fabric I do. From 2 1/2 up to 6 1/2 inches. They are all stored in one box and I just go thru them if I am doing a small projects to see if there is anything I can use. I will grab from there first!

Scrap box collection

Scrap box collection

This one is already pieced and ready to quilt. That is todays project, quilt and bind. I also would like to piece the second beautiful hummingbird.

Ready to quilt!

Ready to quilt!

Check out my husbands beautiful photography on his FAA site: http://www.abeautifulsky.com

Just finished this one!

This one just finished!

This one just finished!

Hummingbird #2 Finished!

Hummingbird #2 Finished!

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