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The Story Behind The Quilt ~ Great Waas Island

I love nature. Any place we happen to move to or visit, we try to get out and see the sites. Here in Maine there are a lot of hiking trails to check out. Some we have to drive a distance to and others once you get there you have to hike a ways to get to the ocean.  Rocky Point at Great Waas Island is one of those places that you have to do both. Once you get to the trail head you have to hike anywhere between 45 minutes to an hour to make it to the coast. Once there you are mainly hiking on large pink granite boulders. It is a beautiful area. Of course you have to take your trusty camera with you or have a husband who is also a photographer! This was the photo I like the best from there.

Rocky Point at Great Wass Island

Rocky Point at Great Wass Island

Taking this photo I used my photoshop program and split the picture into three parts so that I could print off each page as an 8 x 10 image.

I will be making three separate quilts, one of each of these pages.

Fabric choices to go with the photo’s.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESI have three 8 x 10 canvases that I will be mounting these on when done.

After piecing the sky fabric and the water fabric I wanted to add clouds to the sky. Taking a piece of paper and just tearing it across this edge and then using it as a guide is how I added some clouds to my sky. I use Shiva Paint sticks!

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Using my  light box, I work with one photo at a time and trace and cut out each section of fabric and then bond them into place on my background fabric.

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It looks rough right now but once I do the thread work on it, it will blend better and look more like rocks, ocean, and sky.

I cut my batting for the back 8 x 10 and center it–fabric will be hanging outside the batting. The reason for this is that my quilts will be wrapped around canvas and it is too bulky with the batting.

I then quilted the sky and thought I would like to add some white clouds.

After washing fabric the edges have these strands attached,  I have been cutting them off and saving  them.

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I take some of the white I have and place it on top of the sky area and quilt it down with a small zig zag stitch.

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Next is lots and lots of thread work. Making the trees was fun with a variegated thread that I have of olive green to dark green. I love thread!

On the rocks, I only used two colors of thread to blend all the background together. I use a small zig zag stitch with my darning foot and feeddogs down. Black thread was used last to outline some boulders to give a sense of realism to the rocks.

Once each quilt is done I decided to cut around the edges and add a black border. So I cut my piece to wrap around the top part of the canvas about half way and then added the black fabric. Had to do some measuring to make sure.

Front of quilt

Front of quilt

Back of quilt

Back of quilt

Each piece when hung together looks like the full picture.

Great Wass Island mounted on canvas

Great Wass Island mounted on canvas

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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 ~ An Idea That Is Taking Shape!

Going through my husbands photo’s it is easy for me to picture quilts of landscapes and nature. When he downloaded this photo on his website http://abeautifulsky.artistwebsites.com  I fell in love with this macro photo of a Viburnum.

Vibrant Viburnum

I love the texture of the leaf itself and wanted to get a large piece of fabric with the image on the fabric. I went to http://www.spoonflower.com and downloaded the image onto Organic Cotton Sateen because I love the shine on one side of this fabric.  I received it in the mail two days ago and it has been up on my design wall. The colors came out so much more saturated and true to the picture then when I had a photo done on Kona Cotton. This will be my choice of fabric when I choose to have a photo printed onto fabric.  The size of the fabric is 36 x 54.

A large piece but bright and beautiful.

I have an idea of what I want to do. To see how it might look  I went to my photo shop program and eliminated sections of the leaf,  this would be my cutting lines and 1/4 inch seam allowance.  I then have to decided if I want to quilt it in sections and connect the sections by hand dyed gauze or other fibers to make it look like little veins or piece it with white sashing  to make it look like it is floating from a distance.  The second thought  would be easier to do. I am always up for a challenge though!

Here is a photo of my idea.

Vibrant Viburnum

 One last thing to figure out is what direction someone would hang this. I think it could hang in any direction.

Please stop in an see what other wonderful quilters are working on ~ http://teamquiltsy.blogspot.com

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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 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

Check out what other great quilters are working on at ~ http://teamquiltsy.blogspot.com

 

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Quiltsy Team Quilt #2

After finishing up the first quilt for our Team Quiltsy Project, I had some 6 1/2 inch blocks left over to start on the next.

I laid out some of the 4 1/2 inch and 6 1/2 inch left over blocks on my design board to see what design I could come up with.

First I took the left over 4 1/2 inch blocks and cut them down to 3 inches.

cut down to 3 inch square

cut down to 3 inch square

Take a 4 1/2 inch square of fabric. Cut in half and add on opposite sides from each other.

 Two ~ Four 1/2 inch square cut in half

Two ~ Four 1/2 inch square cut in half

Sew on large triangles on to each side.

Sew on large triangles on to each side.

Cut off excess white fabric. Then add two more triangle halves on to opposite sides.

cut off excess white fabric

cut off excess white fabric

Square the block up to 5 1/2 inches.

Square up block

Square up block

I then tried out different designs to decide what I might like.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESI didn’t like this. The 6 1/2 inch block seem to over power the small four patch.

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This was cutting up the large 6 inch block to make sashing and setting on the diagonal.

After receiving a lot of blocks in the mail one day I changed my design again. This time I took the 6 1/2 inch block and cut a strip from both sides measuring 1.25 inches (to be used for sashing) and cut the center to a 3 inch square. The two other pieces I could make another 3 inch square!

So out of one 6 1/2 inch square ~ Two 3 inch squares and Two 1 1/4 inch strips of sashing! ( I like the smaller sashing size to go with the smaller four patch)

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Once I figured this out I started piecing as I received blocks in the mail. Once the deadline for blocks being mailed was met, June 7th and the last of the mail was picked up I got to work. I used some of the 4 1/2 inch blocks and just cut those down to 4 inches and added white around the edges to make 5 1/2 inch unfinished squares.

I again used some left over 6 1/2 inch blocks for the border.

Here is the ending design. I still have to make a lot of sashing from my stash but I like the way this looks.

Final Dessign!

Final Design!

Once this is finished it will be a  baby quilt size. I used every block sent to me. Nothing was left excepts some small scraps when I cut the blocks back to a smaller size.

Don’t forget when this quilt is done it will be available for purchase in our Quiltsy Team Store ~ https://www.etsy.com/people/QuiltsyTeam

 

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First Team Quilt Finished!

To catch up on the team quilt and how it came together just go to ~

https://thebutterflyquilter.wordpress.com/2014/05/28/wip-wednesday-team-shop-quilt-2-sashing-and-borders/

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.

mailing envelopes

mailing envelopes

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

Pieced Top

Pieced Top

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

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!

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SallyManke.etsy.com
MoonDanceTextiles.etsy.com
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RainStudio.etsy.com
LittleCottonShop.etsy.com
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KathyKinsella.etsy.com
BackPocketDesign.etsy.com
KimKolbQuilts.etsy.com
Jackiesewingstudio.etsy.com
MurphysHouse.etsy.com
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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

 

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