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WIP ~ Trillium Flower

First take a macro photo of a  Trillium, then manipulate it in a photo shop program. OK I didn’t take this photo, my husband did, but he was willing to share.

Print out to the size you want your quilt to be, using any enlarger program that you have. Take a black magic marker and highlight the areas where the colors change. Get out your light box. Place your photo right side up and a piece of batting on top of that and  trace photo onto  your batting with a thin black marker.

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I took out my hand dyed fabric scraps and started cutting and placing them while referring to my photo.

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Don’t forget have your backing down first, then your marked batting, before you start placing your small scraps of fabric on top of the marked batting.

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Once all the pieces are in place, carefully take a piece of black tulle and place on top of your piece. Pin heavily into place.

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Last step is quilting then binding!

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Inspirational Word Quilts Revisited!

I had made a decision not to do anymore word quilts but I seem to keep getting requests for them. After thinking about it I designated the month of July to do a new design of them. Only this month will I be making them! I have been mounting  a lot of my smaller quilts on canvas and thought why not put four words on a quilt, mount it on to canvas so that you would be able to rotate them. Which ever way you hang the canvas that is the word for the day, week or month. Using my Shiva Paint Sticks I stenciled on four words that I felt would work well together. Gratitude, Serenity, Joy and Love. I am working on a wellness set also.

Stencils and shiva paint sticks

Stencils and shiva paint sticks

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One thing I had to think about was a design that was not directional. When you rotate the canvas it would not matter. These are the first three.

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On my wall is a large size inspirational word quilt I am working on. Instead of Shiva Paint sticks I am using Pebeo Setacolor Fabric Paints. I just put enough paint on the stencil brush and then dabbed at the stencil with it. It gives the words a more painted look that I like a lot. It took me a while to get 21 words done. A few mistakes along the way but thats OK. I then decided to just put together different size blocks and strips to form a 14 1/2 inch unfinished block. I need 9 blocks to make the quilt. I have 5 done!

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Here are a few of the blocks done. I think it looks like a modern design.

 

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My hope is to have this one and a couple of other quilts mounted on canvas done this month. Don’t forget celebrating Christmas in July on Etsy.

If you would like an inspirational word quilt mounted on canvas just go to www.thebutterflyquilter.etsy.com  to purchase from my shop!

 

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WIP #9 ~ Quilting the Abstract

I am almost finished quilting my newest abstract! Floating Planets is what I am going to name this one!

Pieced top!

Pieced top!

I wanted to try to do some different thread layering. Starting off with one color, adding another color then maybe one more. This is what I did with the circles.

Started off with the red thread, then added the yellow.

Started off with the red thread, then added the yellow.

Wasn't happy so added the orange thread! Looks better!

Wasn’t happy so added the orange thread! Looks better!

Started with large zig zag in red.

Started with large zig zag in red.

Added smaller zig zag in green and went into the green circle area to continue.

Added smaller zig zag in green and went into the green circle area to continue.

The flying geese section just matched the color of the thread to the color of the fabric.

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One of the orange circles used free form feathers!

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I might have it all done today if I keep my nose to the grindstone!

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The Story Behind the Quilt ~ Raising Money for the PAWS

We had lost our last cat and the house was empty when I noticed the local animal shelter. I stopped in just to see what it was like. I have never been in a shelter before. PAWS was a no kill shelter in this area.  I decided to volunteer there a couple of mornings a week. I began to realize how much the shelter needed. I was a little shocked. The shelter lives on donations and times were tough in this little community with the Mill’s closing down and laying off their employee’s. People were dropping off their animals because they couldn’t feed them.

In Memory Of Patches and Tigger

In Memory Of Our Cats

If you have any animals in your life you know how much they mean to you and your family. To me they are family.  My husband was so afraid that I would start to bring them all home from the shelter! But as I fell in love with one or another, they would taken home by someone. My husband was safe for the time being.

Sold To Raise Money

Sold To Raise Money for PAWS

After volunteering at the shelter I knew I needed to do something to help bring in some much needed supplies and raise awareness that there was a shelter in the area. The question came up, “How could I raise some money for the shelter?” What do I have that I could sell? Quilts!

Sold To Raise Money For PAWS

Sold To Raise Money For PAWS

Years of quilting had left me with a few quilts. Well, OK lots of quilts. I went thru my stash of quilts, you know the ones that you wanted to try something new or the ones that you really didn’t like the way it turned out. Ones that have been folded and kept away and never used, those quilts.  I contacted the local Quilt Guild in the area and found out that there was going to be a quilt show in 6 weeks in the local area. I met with the committee and I paid for a booth/spot at the show. They were also kind enough to let me hang across from my booth two sections of quilts for sale and one special quilt. The special quilt was about my two cats who had passed and how I wanted to raise money for the shelter.

Sold To Raise Money for PAWS

Sold To Raise Money for PAWS

I went thru all my supplies and had a car full of stuff including stencils that I had not used in years. The kind that you mark your quilt with to free motion quilt. I had over 100 of these. OK I was a little obsessive about stencils. I used to machine quilt for a business. I also made 25 quilted paper back book covers to sell. One special quilt I decided to price really high thinking it would not sell. Little did I know it brought in the most because the buyer paid me $500 more than I had asked! I also sold some of my display pieces. I had an antique trunk that I had some of the quilts in. I had antique cups and saucers on a table on top of a quilt that a women insisted I sell! Which I did! I made sure that customers new that 100% of all the money went to the shelter.

Sold To Raise Money For PAWS

Sold To Raise Money For PAWS

While the show was going on I had a raffle quilt at the local Vet’s office selling tickets to raise more money and awareness that there was a local No Kill shelter in the area.

Raffled of to Raise Money for PAWS

Raffled off to Raise Money for PAWS

I was so happy when I handed a check over to the shelter with funds raised in this small community.

 I had to leave the shelter after that because I was becoming too attached with so many of the little ones and the older ones that I knew would live there for the rest of their lives.

I did walk out with one of my own though so my house is not empty anymore.

"Destiny"

“Destiny”

What can you do for your local shelter to raise awareness and money?

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WIP 4 ~ Spring Time in the Air?

Maybe we have a couple of more weeks until spring time but when I got these pastel batiks in the mail I just had to do something light and springy.

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I love to do things free form so I ended up sewing strips of colored batiks in sets of four then adding some white and another set of four.  I had some Snow White Kona fabric in my stash and decided to do a light bright wall hanging quilt. Once I laid the strips out I decided to add a 2 inch strip of white in between. Too much white! So I cut and add another small strip of the batik pastel going in a different direction. I kept doing this  until I liked what I had. This is what I call free form quilting.

Close up of top

Close up of top

Top pieced

Top pieced

With all these straight lines I wanted to add some quilted circles. I used different size round objects to make the circles and marked my quilt top with water soluble blue marker.  I added some smaller round circles within the larger circles.

Marking of circles

Marking of circles

 In the  circles I decided to quilt a pebble design.  Each one a different pastel color to match the pastel batik fabrics. This is why I collect thread,  just to make sure I have a color that matches.

Quilting inside the circles

Quilting inside the circles

Blue washable marker removed after quilting

Blue washable marker removed after quilting

I didn’t get as far as I wanted to this week but it is coming along!

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WIP #3 ~ The Start of the Flower Garden

My new fiber art quilt is up and running. First I drafted out what I wanted my pieced background to be. To get perfect circles I use a compass.

New Art Quilt

New Art Quilt

I then scanned my  sketch onto my computer.  Using a program, I reverse the image and then enlarged the image to the size that I want my background to be. I then printed out about 20 pages and taped them all together. Once that was done I used freezer paper and traced the whole piece.  I made registration marks and numbered each piece so when I lay one piece on top of another I can match up the registration marks.

Freezer paper with marks

Freezer paper with registration marks!

Step one ~ I  carefully cut out each piece of freezer paper template and iron it on to the fabric with shinny side down.

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Step two ~ Cut the fabric 1/4  inch all around away from the freezer paper. This is your seam allowance.

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Step three ~ To sew template #1 onto template #2 I have to fold under one side of the fabric to the back of the freezer paper. I use template #2 to fold under and leave template #1 alone.  I clip every 1/2 inch of template #2 seam allowance then I brush on starch ( I have a small paint brush I use. Try not to get the freezer paper wet) and iron my seam allowance over to the paper side.  The starch makes the seam crisp.

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I use my light box and line up the pieces and pin it like crazy to keep it in place, lining up the registration marks.

Use light box to line up registration marks

Use light box to line up registration marks

I use monofilament thread with a small zig zag to connect the pieces.

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My background is finished. Now I am deciding on what flowers to put in my garden!

Background done

Background done ! Size is 40″ x 36″

I also wanted to add some butterflies to my quilt. When I came across Gail’s shop I saw some embroidered free standing lace butterflies. I  had to have these for my quilt. I just received them in the mail today and they are beautiful.  If you love free standing embroidery lace please check out her shop at ~  https://www.etsy.com/shop/quiltsewlace

Lace Butterflies from QuiltSewLace.etsy.com

Lace Butterflies from
QuiltSewLace.etsy.com

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WIP 2B ~ Quilting the Chickadee Tree

Well I am coming along this week on my Chickadee Tree Quilt. Pin basted and ready to quilt.

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First ~ doing all the tree limbs. I used my darning foot. Feed dogs down and a zig zag stitch. Added smaller branches off the larger ones.

Chickadee Quilt Top Done!

Chickadee Quilt Top Done!

Branches quilted

Branches quilted

Close up of tree branches

Close up of tree branches

Second ~  add some snow on some of the branches! Free hand motion slightly curved stitches. Fill in light thread art.

Some snow!

Some snow!

Close up of snow on branches!

Close up of snow on branches!

Third ~  free motion quilting with a variegated  poly thread that sparkles! Small snow swirl! Not done yet but getting there.

Some background done!

Some background done!

Close up

Close up

I haven’t decided how I am going to do the Chickadee eyes yet. I might have to paint them in over the thread. Also thinking of adding a three dimensional nest!

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Finished Quilt

Finished!

Finished!

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