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Making of the trees ~ Sunlight through the Trees Quilt

If you want to see how the background was done check out my last blog post ~

https://thebutterflyquilter.wordpress.com/2014/09/30/the-story-behind-the-quilt-sunlight-through-the-trees/

Time to make the trees for my quilt.

Just walking around in my yard I was able to take a lot of photos of different tree barks.

Different tree trunks

Different tree trunks

I decided on the white birch.

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I knew my trees where not going to be an exact replica of the photo trees but I just wanted to get some ideas about how I was going to make my bark on the trees.

Pulling out my scrap box I separated out all my light batiks. I also pulled out some white burlap. Burlap adds another texture element.

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I cut a thick strip of muslin for my foundation. I then cut out a strip of Mistyfuse and placed that on top. Placing different batik strips on top of the muslin and the Mistyfuse I heat set them in place using parchment paper over the top of the fabric just in case some Mistyfuse is not covered with fabric so it won’t stick to the iron.

Strip of muslin and a strip of Misty Fuse.

Strip of muslin and a strip of Misty Fuse.

My long tree trunk is all pieced and ready to add some texture. Carefully I bring it to my sewing machine.

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Using a variegated thread of tan to brown with my darning foot, feed dogs down, I use a zig zag stitch to give the trunk more dimension. I just go back and forth and not care about the stitch length to add to the visual effect I am looking for.

Free motion quilt with zig zag.

Free motion quilt with zig zag.

My last step at the sewing machine is to add some embroidery thread and pieces of small strips of twisted fabric to add even more texture to the tree trunk.

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Once I like the way it looks, I measure out my tree length and width to fit on my background piece. I mark the back of the trunk (or muslin side) with a pen and carefully cut along the line doing a little wobble–what tree trunk is perfectly straight?

Before I attach it to the background I want to add some shading to one side of the bark to give it a shadow effect. Taking out my shiva paints, I paint with a bronze first then a black lightly from the middle to the edge of my tree trunk. You can still see the fabric and the thread!

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I then take my background piece and add another strip of Mistyfuse and iron my trunk in place on top of the batting. When all the trees are done I will pin the top/batting onto a backing and quilt the background and outline the trees a little more.

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So far this is what it looks like. You can see a round piece of fabric that will be quilted as the sun with rays shooting out. Seven more trees to go!!

Follow along as I finish up in my next blog post!

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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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The Story Behind the Quilt: Chapter 22 Friends

After reading my latest Aug/Sept issue of Quilting Arts there was a challenge to the readers in the back. The challenge was to design a block that was 8×10 that had to do with friends.  It gave many examples like BFF or Frenemies and such.

One morning I got up with this idea–why couldn’t I design a quilt around friends when they are in a dream state. I had a cat that just looked at butterflies and didn’t attack them so why not make a quilt around this idea. Going thru my photo’s, I came across one of her (she has passed on now) when she was young and looking up. I had taken this shot when I was taking a photography course so I loved it. I printed it off onto  fabric.

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I then saw something somewhere, I believe it was a Quilting Arts program,  where you place objects  or cut out freezer paper and iron it onto fabric.  Then, mix some fabric paint ( I use seta color transparent paints) in a small spray bottle. Place your objects on the fabric and just spray.  When you lift the objects off your design is left behind. I wanted the background to be grey and white like a dreamy kind of state! I found these wooden scrap book flowers for 99 cents and they worked great!!

wooden flowers for scrap booking

wooden flowers for scrap booking

After spraying of paint

After spraying of paint

Let that dry for 24 to 48 hours and iron and it will be permanent. Then I decided that I wanted burlap butterflies in the quilt. I bought this book on Amazon for a penny. How could I pass up such a bargain since I love butterflies!

Butterfly book

Butterfly book

I then looked for one with a purple in it and found one. After I used a heat n bond on the back of the butterflies I then  used some of my shiva paint sticks to paint in some of the butterfly.

painted butterfly bodies

painted butterflies

I got my background and placed everything where I wanted it to go keeping in mind I have a size restriction–it has to be 8×10. Once I got my placement the way I liked it, I ironed everything into place. I then decided to stitch my cat and the butterflies with just the batting on the back. Once that was done I then put the back of the quilt on and quilted all the flowers and the background.

Before quilting and threading

Before quilting and threading

After quilting and threading.

After quilting and threading.

I am not finished yet. I have to bind it, paint in her eyes, at least I want to, green and then her whiskers will be last. I still haven’t figured out the title to this quilt. Any suggestions would be welcome. Remember it has to do with friends. I thought of this one “Dreaming of my Friends”.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Story Behind the Quilt ~ Chapter 14: The Cheetah Called Thor

What do you get my husband for his birthday? I know that he loves cheetah’s, actually any cat really. As you can see he has a hat, a denim shirt and a t shirt with a cheetah on it.

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So I decided to go to my local library and take out a book of cheetah’s. I had to check the children’s section which is great if you are looking for great photos. I found one that I liked a lot.

I decided on one photo that I really liked and scanned it onto my computer. Enlarged it to a size I liked and printed it out. With a light box I outlined the cheetah onto off-white fabric and drew an outline of his head, eyes, and his main features.

Shiva Paints

Shiva Paints

Taking my shiva paint sticks I painted in the rest of the colors and his markings. His eyes I used an iridescent brown to make them stand out. Don’t cheetah faces seem sad to you? They do to me. I think it is the position of their eyes. I then painted in the background a green and tan to act like grass.

Close up of Thor's face

Close up of Thor’s face

I had this really nice brown batik that I added as the borders. I then quilted the areas in the same color as the paint or close to it to add some depth. For the border, I bought different widths of hemp and zigzaged it down in place. Originally I had hemp around the painted cheetah block and didn’t like it so I added ric rac over it.

Different sizes of Hemp.

Different sizes of Hemp.

I had some gold leaves that I added to the corners of the block.

Thor Finished

Thor Finished

He is now hanging in our bedroom.

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