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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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Chapter 17: The Story Behind the Quilt ~ What went wrong turned out right!

Continued from my WIP project this week.

Well if you are a quilter you know that sometimes things just don’t go the way you planned! The problems began  with my original design paper pieced blocks. I had done a couple of my blocks correct and laid them out on my design board. Then I walked away from them for a while.

13 blocks pieced

13 blocks pieced

I had precut all my fabric pieces and had just enough. Not a very good idea. As a quilter I would recommend always buy and extra 1/4 to 1/2 yard of fabric just in case. Did I follow this rule this time, No!

To make things go a little faster while I was talking to my friend on the phone, I was pinning my first two pieces of fabric to my paper pattern to sew.  My gold/yellow pieces were almost square. There was a difference of about 1/2 inch.  So I didn’t think about which direction to place them when I was pinning. If you ever paper pieced you just realized what I did. After sewing all 36 blocks, half of the the gold was off by 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch.

My solution instead of taking apart all those blocks that I had sewn wrong was to  just cut my blocks down to 8 x8 instead of 8 1/2 x 8 1/2. No problem. It worked out better because I decided I didn’t want to have to worry about having points anywhere that met.

Second problem:  I had all my blocks ready to sew and thought I laid them in the direction I wanted to piece the rows. After sewing two rows when I went to put them together realized I had rotated all the blocks so it actually came out different then the above lay out!

Block sewn different

Block sewn different

I decided to just finish the quilt the way it was coming together. I actually like it a lot better. The orange doesn’t over power the quilt as much. But it would look OK the other layout also! Initially I wasn’t going to put a boarder on the quilt, but felt it needed it at the end. Sometimes things just work out!

Finish quilt

Finish quilt

 

 

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#15 WIP: Continuation of my free form Triangles!

Well as you know last week I was trying to figure out how I was going to piece my free form triangles into a quilt. After a couple of days I decided to try to take an old block and make it modern with my free form triangles. I realized to get the angle right for the block I would have to paper piece. I drafted out the size and then scanned it into my computer. I then decided to use some left over heavy water soluble stabilizer a friend didn’t like. I figured I could just tear it away like paper. Well after printing off 36 of them and sewing about 22 of them I tried to tear it away. It left some on the fabric. That wouldn’t be bad but it was the black ink I was worried about that was on the stabilizer. I put one in water to get rid of the stabilizer only to have the ink run into the white fabric. So for a few hours and small tweezers I bet you can guess what I was doing,  getting every last bit of stabilizer off. I decided to go back and run the rest of my paper pieced sections onto  paper. Worked so much better!

One of the triangles!

One of the triangles!

One block done!

One block done!

Once I had my 9 blocks  (I wanted to do more but knew I would not have enough fabric) , I laid them out. I loved them on point.

On Point!

On Point!

The rest of my blocks and outer triangles were also done with free form piecing. I think it gives it a very modern feel. This took a lot longer than I thought but I love the colors. All from just white fabric and a bundle of  2 1/2 in strips. I plan on quilting it next. Still deciding on how but something will come! LOL

Quilt top done!

Quilt top done!

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The Story Behind the Quilt~ Chapter 12 The Poppy Quilt

Well if you were following me you noticed on my WIP wednesday I was trying to finish up my Poppy quilt. It is finished! Yay!

I had a couple of glitches along the way. Well not exactly glitches but things I wanted to change as I was going along. On my butterfly that I printed onto  fabric using my computer, I had to piece the butterfly together. Not sure if I like the outcome but once I made some changes I could live with it. When it printed, it printed light and it didn’t have the depth of color that my original photo had so I got out my pebeo seta color transparent paints and went to work. I just went over the colors with the paint to make them really pop. I added some orange in with the yellow on the butterfly parts also. Below is before and after photo’s.

Before painting!

Before painting!

after painting

after painting

Also, after quilting the whole quilt, I added the butterfly and then I added the yellow flower to the left of the quilt. Once quilted, it just didn’t look right with the other flowers that were beautifully painted. So I went ahead and painted this flower also but just added a mix of yellow and orange, then some brown to the center like the other flowers.

before quilting and painting

before quilting and painting

After quilting and painting

After quilting and painting

I was happy once it was all done with some of the changes I made at the last minute. I also enjoyed doing a quilt with so many different techniques and combining them all together. Here is the finished quilt!

Field of Poppies!

Field of Poppies!

 

 

 

 

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#10 WIP Wednesday ~ My Painted Poppies

Welcome to my WIP wednesday. Two weeks ago I talked about picking out  a certain background for these beautiful painted poppies I purchased on etsy from Gayle Pulley of Paintedquilts.

original thought

original thought

Well after changing my mind over a dozen times or so, I refigured my design and decided to make it a confetti quilt. One, most confetti quilts are all done completely confetti style. If you don’t know what a confetti quilt is, it is fabric cut up into small squares or shapes about 1/2 inch or smaller. Your whole quilt is usually done like that.

extension of the yellow painted flower

extension of the yellow painted flower

I wanted to keep my painted poppies as one panel and add confetti to the background of the quilt. I  wanted to extend one of the flowers out into the confetti field. I also wanted to add a large butterfly. My thought process was looking thru a camera trying to take a photo of the flowers then the background and side of the quilt would be a little blurry, but look, a large butterfly got into the photo too. Can you tell where I am going with this?? Just my thoughts on how this design came about. Don’t worry if you can’t follow along sometimes it is just my thoughts and I try to incorporate them into a design! LOL

confetti done on one side with placement of butterfly

confetti done on one side with placement of butterfly

If you want to learn how to do a confetti quilt a great magazine article by Sally Manke was published in the Art Quilting Studio Winter 2013 issue, or you can see her beautiful confetti quilts in her etsy shop ~ https://www.etsy.com/shop/SallyManke

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#8 WIP Wednesday ~ Painted Fabric

While looking for fabric on http://www.etsy.com, I came across this beautiful hand painted piece of fabric. As a quilter one gets to admire those in the quilting field and recognize when someones work is wonderful.  Gayle is one of those I admire. You must check out Gayle Pulley’s shop on Etsy. http://www.etsy.com/shop/paintedquilts.

After seeing this piece a couple of weeks ago, OK yes it was weeks I have to admit, it kept popping back into my head. I then started thinking about different designs that I might be able to incorporate into a large wall hanging using Gayle’s painted piece. I had to have it.

Besides buying someone else’s  beautiful work, I was wondering how can you do something to it without offending the artist who made it. It is one thing to buy a dyed piece of fabric to cut it up and make a quilt out of it but when you buy a painted piece of fabric to make into a quilt that is another thing. At least for me. Gayle was just so happy when I asked her if I could do just that. Now the pressure is on to come up with something wonderful! LOL

painted flowers 3

I was going thru my stash and trying out different fabrics. I don’t know if these will work for this vision in my head but one never knows. You’ll just have to stay tuned in to see if it all works on in the end!

painted flower #2

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The Story Behind The Quilt: Chapter #9 ~ Solar Wind & Solar Flare

Now that I have learned a way to piece a wall hanging with a curve (look at last blog post # 8), I designed this beautiful original quilt called Solar Wind using this method. The finished quilt is seen below.

Solar Wind

Solar Wind

I wanted to do a smaller version recently using different fabrics. I always keep all my patterns so if I want I can go back make some changes or make a different size of the quilt.

Below is the pattern being copied onto freezer paper. All intersections are marked and registration marks are added also. Each piece is then cut out and ironed onto a piece of fabric on the wrong side. I then cut out each piece of fabric with at least 1/4 of an inch or bigger around the outer edges. Then I take a small scissor and clip around the edge going up to about 1/8 of in inch to the freezer paper. I then take a small paint brush and dip it in starch and  get my seam allowance wet. I gently fold back my seam allowance away from the top to the back. Try not to fold the freezer paper. Using a light box I butt the two pieces together and pin a lot! **One piece has the seam allowance folded under the other does not.

Design on freezer paperColor choices

Design on freezer paper
Color choice

Once pinned I then use a small zig zag stitch with monofilament thread to stitch in place. It is like a puzzle.

Sewing the pieces together

Sewing the pieces together

After all of it is pieced I carefully remove the freezer paper and press the top. It is ready to quilt!

Solar Flare before quilting!

Solar Flare before quilting!

Solar Flare is Finished! With some embellishments added!

#254 Solar Flare

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