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Trying Quilt As You Go Method on “Ocean Summer Leaves”

 I have always wanted to try a “Quilt As You Go” method. Looking on the net I found one that I thought might work for me.

Instead of quilting one block at a time I wanted to quilt large sections together then connect those sections. By quilting in smaller sections I am also able to pin baste the sections (or sandwich the sections) on my craft table instead of on my floor.

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After each section is quilted I squared them up and got my strips ready to piece the sections together. I tried cutting the back piece one inch like the video stated.  My first sections I had to take it all apart. My walking foot is large and hard to get 1/4 inch seam,  so I ended up cutting my back strips  to 1 1/4 inch wide. This worked out perfect. I also had to add a piece of the border fabric to the end of my top strips.  My borders were pieced  as  part of the blocks instead of a separate border that you would add on later.

Adding a piece of the border fabric to end of top strips.

Adding a piece of the border fabric to end of top strips.

Showing the connecting top strips!

View from the front of quilt with connecting strips!

View from the back with connecting strip!

View from the back with connecting strip!

Three middle sections sewn together.  The striped fabric is where the sections meet.

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After doing the top and bottom sections then they were all put together.

*** Make sure all your sections are squared up and measuring all the same size.

It takes a lot of pins and it took longer than I thought but it did work out in the end!

Straight line quilting!

Straight line quilting!

Finished quilt is 88x102

Finished quilt is 88×102

View from the back.

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You are using more fabric because each section needs a little extra batting and backing around the edges due to pinning each section separately before quilting.

 All and all I am happy I tried it!

My cat loved it before I was done piecing it as you can see!

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On to the next project!

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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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2014 ~ WIP 2 ~ The Chickadee Tree

With the ice storm that came thru and other snowy weather the birds are looking hard for food. We have two feeders we keep full all winter long. When I went out to fill them on the first sunny day we had I was surrounded by Chickadee’s in the trees.   As I watch them dive bomb for the feeder not caring if I was in the way I decided to grab my camera.  My husband grabbed his and we both stood in the cold to take as many pictures as we could of the birds as they were coming and going to the feeders.  Do you know how fast Chickadee’s can move? Pretty fast! Most of my pictures were a bust. I got maybe one out of 100. My husband took about 300. How many do you think came out? Not many. I had empty tree limbs and blurred images. Out of all those I found some I could work with! My thought was quilting a Chickadee Tree.

Chickadee's

Chickadee’s

I want to make it really abstract but needed some blue sky fabric. Looking around I found this beautiful blue dyed fabric from Vicki Welsh’s shop. If you love dyed fabric then you must visit her shop. If  I had tons of money I would buy a little of everything. Check her shop out at vickiwelsh.etsy.com.

Dyed Fabric

Dyed Fabric by vickiwelsh.etsy.com

The hard part now is piecing the design  I see in my head. That means I have to cut up this beautiful fabric. Sometimes I find that hard to do.

Also on my list this week was  getting my sew room organized. I am always  trying to find ways to get organized.  A  seller on Etsy had just posted these wonderful organizers. When I saw them I said to myself, “I need that”.  I always lose my spare glasses,  my hand lotion, one set of scissors, nail file (I am always breaking a nail), pencils, blue markers ……. you know what I mean, and needed a place to store them.  I love Laura Burch fabrics and cats so it was like a sign that said, “Buy Me” and I did. I could use a dozen of these all over the house and work area.  Aviva just has a talent for making great stuff that we need. Her purses are wonderful. OK I have one of those also! Go check out her shop at sieberdesigns.etsy.com and see all the wonderful colors these organizers come in. I bet you can’t live without one yourself!

Organizer by sieberdesigns.etsy.com

Organizer by sieberdesigns.etsy.com

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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.

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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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Chapter 24: The Story Of Making a Mixed Media Quilt ~ Urban Rain

I was sitting on my couch watching the rain come down in pouring sheets and a thought came to mind to do a mixed media quilt of rain in an Urban setting. Like all my quilts I come up with an idea and I try to get it down on paper or on my computer so I can go back to it to work on it if it is something I think I can make into a quilt. That does not always happen though! LOL

Initial Drawings

Initial Drawing’s and Design

I then went through my supplies to see if I have something that I think will work!

I found a perfect batik background. While going thru my stash of this and that I found this wonderful blue organza and decided this would make perfect large bubbles of rain. I used different circle diameters like thread rolls, toilet rolls and chapstick caps to make my circles.

organza!

organza!

I also found something that I have wanted to use and try that I got at a quilt show a while ago. Foil! I also had purchased YLI thread the the foil would adhere to. Place your thread down onto your top, place foil on top of that, place a piece of parchment paper on top of that. Iron on top of parchment paper. When cool, pull up and the foil that is stuck to the YLI thread is left behind.

Foil and Special YLI Thread

Foil and Special YLI Thread

Next I used some other batiks that contrasts with the back and heat n bonded them to the background. I wanted it to look like long rain drops when it hits a window. After everything was in place I stitched different directional lines with a pretty variegated poly thread. I then decided to go back and sig zag around the batik fabrics with a grey because I didn’t like the raw edge as much.

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Next I added Fibers around the rain circles.

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Then I wanted to add a little bit of cloud cover. Using any piece of cardboard I just tore it along one side and used that as my template. I use my Shiva Paint Sticks of white and a stencil brush. Loading my brush I drag it across the torn edge and it leaves a really nice edge.

Shiva Paint stick and torn cardboard!

Shiva Paint stick and torn cardboard!

So this is what the piece finally looked like!

Finished first time!

Finished first time!

I DIDN’T LIKE IT!!

So I took a photo and went to my photo shop program and cut it up to see what it would look like!

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I liked this a lot better. So I went and cut it in three vertical pieces.Rotated the middle piece 180 degrees. Then I cut up the horizontal rows.  Not all the same size and rotated a couple of those pieces! Then I zig zagged all the pieces back together. From there I found these great crystal glass beads and decided to add those also. This was fun. I used a large needle and threaded the fibers that I was using thru then added the beads. I used a zig zag stitch to secure the fiber then added the bead and then continued zig zagging the fiber to where I wanted it to end,

Attaching Beads

Attaching Beads

Last but not least I didn’t want to just bind my quilt. I wanted to finish it off a different way. Headed for the store and found this really pretty edging that I thought would work.

Adding Edging

Adding Edging

So this is the final piece! I like it so much better then when I was going to stop!

Finished Quilt

Finished Quilt

 

 

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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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WIP #24 ~ The Canyon Continues!

The last week or so I had an idea about how to piece my canyon wall. If you haven’t been following here is where it started ~

https://thebutterflyquilter.wordpress.com/2013/08/28/wip-23-starting-my-canyon-quilt/

I didn’t like anything that I tried. I messed around with cutting fabric and putting it up on my work wall. Still nothing. Then I got my latest issue ( Sept/Oct) of Machine Quilting Unlimited and found an article on “Combining Figurative Work with Traditional Patterns” by Deborah Hyde. Loved how the patchwork made a beautiful quilt with images. On that note I went to my computer to my Photoshop program and found a filter effect called “patchwork.”  If you have Adobe Photoshop CS5 ~  open your photo, go to filter effects, go down the list to Textures and then to Patchwork. This is my photo before and after Patchwork effects.

Original photo

Original photo

After Patchwork Filter

After Patchwork Filter

I then had to do some math to figure out the size I wanted for the finished quilt. In another program, PosterRazor, I imported the image and blew it up to the actual finished size (40″ x 60″). Each little patch equals 1/2 inch finished. Not all the pages fit on my work space!

Printed out pages of actual size of the quilt

Printed out pages of actual size of the quilt

I am heading to do some shopping tomorrow to find some Pellons Quilters Grid. I have never used it before so I’m going to learn something new. I did some research and found a cool youtube video on how to use it.      http://youtu.be/aU4w6IekRgg

In the mean time I started cutting my one inch squares. Yup one inch! Crazy! I needed something to store my one inch squares. We recycle cereal boxes and came up with an idea to cut one in half and tape the flaps together to form a small box. Lined it with some tear away stabilizer and it fit perfect! Why line the box? It was just too dark and the fabric blended in so I needed something to lighten it up. By the way this is my husbands cereal not mine! LOL

Cut Cereal Boxes in half

Cut Cereal Boxes in half

Started cutting out fabric

Started cutting out fabric

This is going to take a while and I will write another blog once I get the Pellons Quilters Grid to see how it goes. I am only going to do one printed page at a time just to see how it goes together. Each  finished  patchwork will be 1/2 inch.   So how many squares do you think will be in the quilt? About 12,000. I am not going to think about that right now!

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