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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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WIP Wednesday ~ Going with the Flow Galaxy Quilt

Lately I have just been going with the flow with my quilting designs.  This one piece of dyed fabric I bought at the MQX show in February just made me think of Outer Space.  I loved the movement and the colors.  It was dyed first then marbleized with a sparkle added to it.  I just had to have it!

I decided not to cut this piece up in anyway so I would be doing raw edge appliqué. Drafting out the stars and planets on paper first, then using my light box I was able to draw out my spikes and circles for the planets and stars. Using fusible web I adhered the pieces to the background.

First star in place!

First star in place!

I also wanted to try something new that I haven’t tried ~  Angelina Fibers!

DIfferent color Angelina Fibers!

Different color Angelina Fibers!

After following the directions I placed them under the edge of the large planet at the bottom of my art piece. I then fused the edge of the planet carefully with the fibers in place.  I will gently move them out of the way to quilt the background then quilt them down in place!

Angelina Fibers

See how they sparkle!

I went ahead and did some other stars and planets and one comet. My husband thought I should have a comet. I had some purple burlap and used that and have some green burlap that I will use as the tail of the comet when I put the final fibers on the quilt. Not added yet!

Almost all the planets and stars in place!

Almost all the planets and stars in place!

Going with the flow ~ I started by using white thread and following along the white on the fabric.  Kind of like inter cosmic dust.  This planet I had pieces of fabric on batting then tulle and sewn into place. Each planet and star is different!

White thread!

White thread!

Next I used a light turquoise blue thread to follow  the marbling of the fabric design.  I have one section done!

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When I stand back and look at the quilt I realize I am going to be adding some large beads as star bursts here and there and some fibers.

Going with the flow means when you feel you want to do something and you are not sure how it will come out, just go with it. You will be so surprised on how freeing it is. Things just happen in a good way.

I hope to have this Galaxy Art Quilt done next week and available in my shop ~ https://www.etsy.com/shop/thebutterflyquilter

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WIP Wednesday ~ First Quiltsy Team Group Quilt

I love doing group quilts.  There is always a challenge on what to do with the blocks. Well, since I was the one that suggested the group quilt all I can do is smile as I receive the blocks in the mail. It is so much fun running to the post to pick up envelopes from someone you never met and open them up. Everyone has a different perspective about what is bright and what is colorful! This is the first quilt (I think there may be two at least) that I designed around 4 patches.  Everyone that wished to  participate was asked to send 2 different size 4 patches ~  One measuring 6 1/2 unfinished and one measuring 4 1/2 unfinished. I sat down and made one myself to figure out a design I would like. I had a design in mind, then scratched the whole idea and came up with this one instead. I already love how it is looking with only 4 sets of blocks!!!

First the small four patch measuring 4 1/2 square.

Small four patch

Small four patch

Add a 1 1/2 inch strip to all sides! I used Kona Bay White.

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Next take you 6 1/2 inch unfinished block and cut it up into four 1 1/2 inch strips!
There will be a little center left over that needs to be discarded. I know it was hard to cut up a block but it will add to the quilt!

6 1/2 inch unfinished block

6 1/2 inch unfinished block

Cut into 1 1/2 inch strips

Cut into 1 1/2 inch strips

These strips will be the sashing between the blocks! I will be putting in a white square of fabric between the sashing. Did I tell you this is a scrappy quilt! I already love the look of this! Will be posting photo’s as I go along. Next week I will tell you how I am using some of the 6 1/2 inch unfinished blocks for the border!

On the design wall!

On the design wall!

This quilt when done will be available for sale in our Team Shop! Here is the link to our shop! ~ https://www.etsy.com/people/QuiltsyTeam

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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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Wip Wednesday ~ Next Abstract Art Quilt

A couple of weeks ago I drafted out my next abstract art quilt. I have already scanned it into my computer to enlarge it and to reverse the image. All I need to do now is to copy the reversed image onto freezer paper. The freezer paper will be my templates that I work from.

Abstract Quilt

Abstract Quilt

I went thru all of my fabrics and picked these out for the quilt top! Going to be bright and cheery!

Fabric Choices!

Fabric Choices!

Can’t wait to get started!

Wanted to remind everyone that on April 24th from 12:00pm ~ 5:30pm EDT my shop is having a huge sale of 55% off of everything! I am celebrating my 55th birthday and wanted everyone to celebrate with me!!  www.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!

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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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