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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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WIP ~ Cat on Quilt Photo

Remember this was my next project I wanted to tackle ~ Take a photo I took awhile ago and make it into a quilt!

Cat on Quilt

Cat on Quilt

Change the photo in Photoshop to a line drawing. Printed out the line drawing to the actual size that the quilt will end up being once pieced.

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Just finished my cat. This was done in a  different way then I would normally do my thread painting. I wanted to try a new way.  I found this product called Transfer-Eze  (http://rulerkorrall.com) at a quilt show a long time ago and found them in my stash the other day. They are washable transfer sheets that you can run through your computer.  I placed those sheets on top of white fabric with a medium weight stabilizer behind. I then  started thread painting with my darkest thread, filling in all the areas that were going to be dark. From there I went to lighter shades till I got to white. I bought a group set of threads called Pepper and Salt from Connecting Threads ( http://www.connectingthreads.com)  that worked wonderful for the shading. Thread art cart

I cut all the excess fabric around the cat and then soaked it in hot water for ten minutes to eliminate the transfer washable sheet layer.  Once the transfer sheets washed away I could see the white background in places that I missed, so back to more thread painting.

From a distance she looks so real. She is 14″ wide x 25″ long. I am not going to tell you how many bobbins I used for her because I lost count! After she was done I realized she shrunk a lot more than I thought so I had to print out my new quilt background design smaller.

close up of face

close up of face

Brought some fabric that is all grey and white with a little bit of tans thrown in. I need to piece the background before sewing her into place!

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WIP 2A ~ The Chickadee Tree

Part Two of my Chickadee Tree Quilt ~ If you missed the first part here is a link!

https://thebutterflyquilter.wordpress.com/2014/01/15/2014-wip-2-the-chickadee-tree

I  copied all my Chickadee photos onto fabric using my printer.  A couple of them didn’t print all the way because I ran out of ink.  I used these imperfect ones to try and figure out how I was going to do my threading of the birds.

 Medium weight tear away stabilizer worked the best after trying a couple of different methods. Hardly any puckering when done. I was able to iron my birds flat. Note the back ground of the photo does not have any thread at this point.

Just started Thread Painting

Just started Thread Painting

After 9 plus hours, all my birds where done.

Front and back view with stabilizer

Front and back view with stabilizer

Birds All Done

Birds All Done

Next step was to use a light heat n bond to the back of each photo/fabric sheet and to cut out the birds, not square but a soft curve leaving some of the back ground of the photo.  Before connecting the birds to the back ground dyed fabric,  I laid them all out.

Heat N Bond to back of photo after thread work

Heat N Bond to back of photo after thread work

Free form rotary cut around the birds

Free form rotary cut around the birds

I found a batik fabric that I liked for the branches then ironed on some light heat n bond to the back of the tree fabric batik.  I cut all the branches to connect the branches in the photo of that particular bird.  Time consuming but I like the effect.

Once a section of branches where bonded to the back ground dyed piece of fabric, I then bonded the birds on top of the branches.  My design plan changed, I just couldn’t cut up the back ground fabric. Just to beautiful!

Chickadee Quilt Top Done!

Chickadee Quilt Top Done!

I love the way this is coming along!

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Holidays and New Year

Happy Holidays! I know you do not want to be thinking about the New Year but it has been on my mind lately. Resolutions are always hard so why not take a different approach and make a resolution you might like. Since I love quilting and fiber art this is going to be my resolution ~ I am going to try some new things to push myself, expand and learn some new techniques. By doing this you can decide whether you like it or not. You don’t have to stick to it if you don’t.

First thing on my list is to enter more contests. Wether it be in major quilt shows or magazine contests.  I still have a hard time putting my work out there. I just got excepted into the AQS show in Phoenix, AZ for February 5th ~ 8th 2014. I am still a little in shock when I get excepted to any major show. I have only tried for two shows this year but next year I think I might go for it! So my “Soaring Butterflies” will be on its way at the end of the month.

Soaring Butterflies

Soaring Butterflies

Second ~ I also have a subscription to Quilting Arts Magazine and their January Reader Challenge is “How Does Your Garden Grow.” I have drawn up a sketch of what I want to do. It will be called “My Butterfly Garden.” I did enter a reader challenge and it was rejected last time. Since I loved what I had come up with it didn’t bother me. Art and Quilting is so subjective when you think about it. Aren’t we drawn to certain colors, fabrics etc… So this is my first sketch. I might change it as a go along. I do plan on trying something new, well maybe! LOL

Concept for Magazine

Concept for Magazine

The finished quilt is only 8″ x 10″.  My butterflies and flowers will be pretty small.

Thank you for visiting my blog and I am wishing Happy Holidays to you and yours.

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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.

Tigger

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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#5 WIP Wednesday: Mini Word Quilts

I was trying to think of a smaller version of my inspirational word quilts. I went to do some retail therapy at an art supply store and came across these little letters. I thought maybe I can just stamp them onto fabric because the area would be small for what I wanted to do. It worked!

New Letter Stamps!

New Letter Stamps!

I pulled out some of my flower fabrics and found some smaller buds and flowers to cut out for the middle. I then needed to decided what the background would be. I decided on this left over tan striped fabric because it had enough contrast but yet still soft. White I thought was a little to harsh for these.

borders around flowers

borders around flowers

Finished and listed them. I think I might try to figure a better way to bind them since they are so small but really wanted a little border to go around the edges to finish it off and frame them.

Three mini's finished!

Three mini’s finished!

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