When I want to get inspiration for my next art quilt I just look through some photo’s, check out Pintrest or FB. Setting up my boards on Pintrest I made one called “All Trees”. I love trees and lately it seems a lot of my quilts have been about trees. Finding one photo shot of the sun coming through behind some trees gave me an idea for this next art quilt. I drew out a rough sketch of what I would like to see.
Sketch of tree quilt
I had to figure out the size I wanted my finished piece to be. I cut a piece of batting and marked with a permanent black marker the outline of the trees. I wanted the background or my forest floor to be deep greens and blues mixed in.
At a recent quilt show I found a package of Hoffman Bali Pops called Parrot!
Hoffman Bali Pops “Parrot”
I then took some of these strips and just cut some chunks out and mixed a pile on my cutting board.
I then measured between my trees the open space.
I cut out a piece of “Mistyfuse” the size of the space!
Once I laid the “Mistyfuse” in place I just started to add different pieces of the cut up fabric making sure you could not see the batting. I then put parchment paper over the pieces and ironed them in place. Parchment paper is used in case you missed a spot, the fusible web will not stick to the iron.
Once the background was all finished, I put it up on my design wall. I wanted to make sure that the pieces were sticking to my batting.
Background pieces done!
Now I am trying to decide whether to quilt the background at this point or just wait till I add the trees and then quilt it all in one step. My trees will be done on a background piece of muslin first. I will be sewing little strips in place one at a time. Fibers and burlap will be added to the trees also.
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I loved getting quilt blocks from all over the world in the mail. I have to say I did not expect all the different mailing packages on how the blocks would arrive.
I was finally able to finish piecing the last few rows this morning! The pieced top is 70″ x 84″.
It will be in the mail and on its way to be quilted by ~ https://www.etsy.com/shop/lynndalou
Then our binder and labeler ~ https://www.etsy.com/shop/BackPocketDesign
The backing I chose for this one is a light green flower print and the binding has a lot of different colors in it!
Backing and binding
I am still receiving blocks daily and a second quilt is already in the works!! Can’t wait to see this one finished.
These are all the shops that have participated so far in the Quiltsy Team quilt. Please check them out!
And of course me!!! Thebutterflyquilter.etsy.com!
Remember once the top is all finished it will be available for purchase at https://www.etsy.com/shop/QuiltsyTeam
If you want to see how it has been going with our team shop quilt check out here how it began!
At the end of each sashing strip I added a 1 1/2 inch x 3 1/2 inch of white fabric.
I took a 6 1/2 inch size block that I received and took out the seam in the middle so I would have two 3 1/2 x 6 1/2 sections.
Full block 6 1/2 inch square
Two pieces each 3 1/2 x 6 1/2
I then added a section to the end of each finished pieced row.
Add halve section to end of each row.
This is actually the border. So when you sew your rows together the border is already added on! The only border row you need to piece is the top and bottom border row.
So far it is coming along. It is taking a little bit longer than I thought but so worth it. Love all the bright colors!
Remember this quilt will be for sale when it is all finished and quilted in our Quiltsy Team Etsy Store!
So far I have received 60 envelopes in the mail! So fun getting them from Ireland, Canada, Lithuania and the U.S.
Hop on over to check out what other quilters are doing on my Quiltsy Team Blog ~ http://teamquiltsy.blogspot.com
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
Add a 1 1/2 inch strip to all sides! I used Kona Bay White.
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
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!
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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Well I am back to my canyon quilt. I finally decided another way I can put it together. For those that have been following along, I think you remember, I gave up on my little 1/2 inch pieced patchwork pieces. The look was not something that I was happy with.
So starting again with my Canyon photo I printed it off in a poster program to enlarge it to the size I wanted.
From there I went and cut out my batting to the actual size of the finished quilt with a little bit extra around the edges. I then pinned Pellon fusible interfacing in place on top of the batting.
After I enlarged my photo to the desired size, I printed it out and ended up with 30 sheets. So each sheet is 8×11 and I work on duplicating the photo colors with my fabric patches that I cut out and lay in place.
Part of one photo sheet in fabric
Once I have one section done I iron in place the fabric that I had placed just so. Careful that the iron doesn’t touch the Pellon that is not covered in fabric. It makes a mess and you will need to clean your iron.
So every section that I do gets ironed down into place. This way I can work on a section of 8 x 11 at a time. One page at a time.
Sections done with paper sections not done
Here is a large overview so you can see how far I have gotten. Now don’t forget this is all raw edge. I am hoping that with some wonderful thread work it will all come together. I even have lots of different fibers that I will be adding.
over view of full piece
I ran out of ink for the bottom pages and had to reprint them in color to get it right. Only 12 more 8 x 11 pages to go!! Stay tuned!
When I need inspiration I will go thru my sew room to straighten up. I always seem to find something that puts an idea into my head. This week I found some paper piecing from Cindi Edgerton. I love her papers because they are like tissue and you don’t have to use a smaller stitch. I was even able to hand stitch one of her patterns when I was not near a sewing machine. Check out her site: http://www.averyspecialcollection.com
I came across this little pattern I forgot I had. Little 2 inch hearts. Once I decided on the hearts everything seemed to come together. I used Cindy’s papers to do the hearts and then went off on my own. I do that a lot. I found some leftover really small pieces of dyed brown fabric! Perfect. Then I went thru my newly organized batik fabrics that I color coordinated into bins. Fall was what I was looking for.
I worked on it all day yesterday and finished quilting it today. Sometimes I get it in my head I just have to finish a project. Other times….LOL
My Quiltsy Team on Etsy has something big that is going to happen in the next couple of days. I know you can’t wait to find out so I will keep you posted. Hop on over and see what others are up to!
You might say I have an obsession with words. You might be right. When I got my little stamp ink pad out again and letters I decided to do a bunch of words onto fabric. Small strips of fabric. I think I did about 30 one afternoon. Then I went to bed and woke up with a plan.
stamping different words on strips of fabric
The plan was to free form words within blocks just using scraps that I have and all neutral colors or what I consider neutral. So the words are hidden within. That is what my new series is called, “The Words Within”!
One group quilted!
Once I started I realized that I wanted to divide the group of words into a couple of different quilts. So I laid them out and put them into piles of words that I liked together.
I have three completed. The one I just finished is about how to get over different life struggles. I wanted to put the words in order and when I did I realized I didn’t want them all straight because there is always hurdles to get over before you can move on in life.
Words are courage, hope, believe, heal, live!