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WIP ~ An Idea That Is Taking Shape!

Going through my husbands photo’s it is easy for me to picture quilts of landscapes and nature. When he downloaded this photo on his website http://abeautifulsky.artistwebsites.com  I fell in love with this macro photo of a Viburnum.

Vibrant Viburnum

I love the texture of the leaf itself and wanted to get a large piece of fabric with the image on the fabric. I went to http://www.spoonflower.com and downloaded the image onto Organic Cotton Sateen because I love the shine on one side of this fabric.  I received it in the mail two days ago and it has been up on my design wall. The colors came out so much more saturated and true to the picture then when I had a photo done on Kona Cotton. This will be my choice of fabric when I choose to have a photo printed onto fabric.  The size of the fabric is 36 x 54.

A large piece but bright and beautiful.

I have an idea of what I want to do. To see how it might look  I went to my photo shop program and eliminated sections of the leaf,  this would be my cutting lines and 1/4 inch seam allowance.  I then have to decided if I want to quilt it in sections and connect the sections by hand dyed gauze or other fibers to make it look like little veins or piece it with white sashing  to make it look like it is floating from a distance.  The second thought  would be easier to do. I am always up for a challenge though!

Here is a photo of my idea.

Vibrant Viburnum

 One last thing to figure out is what direction someone would hang this. I think it could hang in any direction.

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End of Year WIP ~ Photo’s on Fabric

I have tried different methods of printing photo’s on fabric. Lately a lot of people that I know mentioned Spoonflower where you can design and print your own fabric.  http://www.spoonflower.com

I wanted to print something in a large scale. The only method that I new was to print a bunch of 8 x 11 sheets from my computer and stitch them together. I didn’t want any seams for this project. I went to my husbands photography files (he is a photographer) and found a beautiful abstract of a rock that I really loved.  He works with PhotoshopCS5  program and he came up with over a couple of dozen steps that make his normal photography have a different look.

To see his work check out  www.abeautifulsky.com

I choose this rock photo. Here is the original photo

Original Rock Texture

Original Rock Texture

In photoshop he applied dozens of steps to add an abstract feel to the rock and create different color schemes. You need to click on the photo’s to enlarge to see.

rock set of 4-1

It was hard choosing which color I wanted to test and send to Spoonflower to print, but we both decided on the blue/aqua, although the purple was a close second. So I went a head and was able to order a large print on one yard of fabric with some white around the border.

Waiting was the hardest part to see how close it came to the colors in the original photo. The photo is saturated to its fullest before loading it on to the site. It came in the mail a couple of days ago. It looks really nice. The colors are not as saturated but by the time I do quilting and other things I want to do to it, I don’t think you will notice. It came out better than I expected!

Spoonflower fabric

Spoonflower fabric

I am amazed that I can have something printed this large with one sheet of fabric. I ordered the kona cotton fabric to have it printed on. I also tested  to see if the color ran at all before quilting it. I wanted to keep some of the white border because I will be quilting into the border. Nothing ran or bled into the water. I had it in a sink so I could check to see. My thoughts are to add layers of batting here and there to make it three dimensional when I am basting the quilt. I also want to add fibers here and there. Can’t wait to start!!

 

 

 

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WIP #28 ~ Cat and Leaves

Well winter is on its way here in Maine. All the leaves have fallen and they are all a brown tan color. While taking my cat for a walk in  our back yard she started jumping and playing with a pile of leaves.  Why not do a quilt with a cat surrounded by leaves peaking thru? Looking thru my photo’s of our cat I found one that I thought would work great.

Original Photo

Original Photo

The photo was enhanced with my Photoshop program. I then copied the photo onto a special treated fabric that I could print  on with my printer. I went outside and gathered some leaves and placed them around the photo to see how I like it!

Real leaves with photo

Real leaves with photo

I liked the way it looked so I went ahead and went thru my fabric stash to find a lot of different ones of brown and tan. I had this one piece of batik fabric that went from light green to dark green for the background. I also decided to add trees to the background.

leaves are now in place

leaves are now in place

I am still trying to decide whether to add some more leaves or not.  Sometimes I have to leave a project for a day and walk away to come back to it to see what else needs to be added before I start to quilt it. I think I might end up adding  more leaves, making them smaller and trailing into the distance.

Trees added!

Trees added!

Once this is quilted it will look totally different. I plan on adding some paint also to give more dimension to the trees and the leaves. More leaves or not? That is the question!

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Chapter 22 ~ Finished up “Dreaming of Friends”

This past week I am finishing up a couple of things.

First is my submission to Quilting Arts Magazine Contest ~ “Dreaming of Friends”

Here is the before quilting and finishing touches like binding and painting.

Before quilting and threading

Before quilting and threading

Here is my finished quilt that will be submitted. I won’t know until the end of September if it was accepted or not. Either way it was a really fun project to do.

Quilting, Painting and Binding done!

Quilting, Painting and Binding done!

Close - up!

Close – up!

Also finished  up my last custom order for my inspirational word quilts!

Last Inspirational Word Quilt!

Last Inspirational Word Quilt!

I decided also to revamp my Etsy shop and I am having a huge sale,  30% off of selected items.  There is a lot of selected items so please swing on by and have a look!      https://www.etsy.com/shop/thebutterflyquilter?section_id=11076243

Thanks for stopping by and checking out what I have been up too. Stay tuned I am going to try to tackle my canyon quilt again. Different method and new to me! LOL

 

 

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Chapter 16: The Story Behind the Quilt ~ Crazy Memory Quilt

Finished quilt

Finished quilt

Crazy quilts have always been something that I wanted to try. I like to do hand work every now and then. A friend and I decided to do a small wall one with 9 blocks of  12 x 12. For mine, instead of all the different fabrics like velvet, silk, and other choices, I decided to do it all in cotton. I also decided to do it all in neutral colors. After heading to my local fabric store here in my area I found a lot of tone on tones and different patterns within them to work with.

Sewing machines today have a lot of decorative stitches but I wanted to try some by hand. I went and got three books on crazy stitches. I know, how many can there be?! You would be surprised!! I used a 14 x14 inch block of muslin for my base. I then added a cut out piece on top and sewed it in place. I was careful to cut a 1/4 inch seam and not cut the muslin in the back. Once the block was pieced, the fun started. I used different stitch designs and different DMC thread colors for each different stitch design. It was trial and error at this point.

In my travels to different surplus stores, Good Will and others I found buttons and objects that I wanted to add into my crazy quilt.  I also had things on hand that I thought I could add onto the piece in some way.

This block has a pair of earrings I was wearing when I met my husband. The date we got married. Of course there is a butterfly in a lot of my blocks because I love butterflies. Each block has something different also. In this block  was when I started experimenting with rusting and beading.

Wedding day block!

Wedding day block!

England, Navigator

England, Navigator

The above block is when we lived in England. My husband was a Navigator for the USAF. The stars and propellor from heart beads and buttons and stars. We adopted our first cat and I had my first garden. The plastic flowers reminded me of the plastic knobs in my kitchen. (Just click on photo it will get larger so you can view).

Second Cat, Sundial

Second Cat, Sundial

This block we were living in Albuquerque, N.M. The photo of our second cat, which we adopted there, was taken on a pile of quilts. I took this photo when I took a photography class. We hiked a lot there and came across a sun dial thousands of years old (button with beads around it). Today you can not get close to it, the state has blocked it off from the public.

Maine, log cabin, and third cat!

Maine, log cabin, and third cat!

This block has a log cabin block to depict the log cabin we built in Maine, snow flakes that was tea dyed, and our third adopted cat. Leaves because we are surrounded by acreages of trees. There is even bird buttons because we feed a numerous amount of birds in the area.

Boat Block

Boat Block

At one point in our lives we lived on a boat. Sold everything we owned, moved onboard, and traveled down the east coast. We named our boat the December First. I even found gold boat beads. A friend had some anchor buttons she gave me to use in the quilt.

I sewed all the blocks together and then put a backing on the quilt. To hold it all together I bought some trim and sewed that along the seams of the 12 inch blocks with a button at each intersection. I put a sleeve on it and hang it every now and then on our wall.

This was so fun just searching for the right objects to use with each block. Always great to look back on where you have been and what you have done. I hope you start one of your own.

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