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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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.
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.
One last thing to figure out is what direction someone would hang this. I think it could hang in any direction.
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A couple of weeks ago I drafted out my next abstract art quilt. I have already scanned it into my computer to enlarge it and to reverse the image. All I need to do now is to copy the reversed image onto freezer paper. The freezer paper will be my templates that I work from.
I went thru all of my fabrics and picked these out for the quilt top! Going to be bright and cheery!
Can’t wait to get started!
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Organizing my photo’s on my computer I came across a photo that I took while taking a photography class a long time ago. It was a class where I learned to develop my own film. I can’t remember the assignment but I fell in love with this photo. I was just learning machine quilting, I was still hand quilting (which I do every now and then) and I had my projects spread all over my guest bed. Some are finished, some are not. My young cat at the time came in and decided to lounge on top of all my quilts in the sun light. If you have a cat you know they love to snuggle in quilts and bask in the sunlight.
Cat on Quilts
I think this would make a great wall quilt! Maybe like a 3-D effect with one edge of a finished quilt on top of the others. The original photo is in black and white. I could change it and add color using my photo shop program. I have photo’s of the quilts she is sitting on and I could make my wall quilt the same. The cat is gray and white.
So the question is ~ Do I do the quilts in color or do I keep with the original photo and make the quilt black and white?
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My quilt background is done with my one flower, my stems and leaves. Now onto the quilting stages.
When I piece a background on an art quilt most of the time I like to do a different quilting design in each area. I collect quilting magazines and if they have a quilting design in it I put them in a notebook so that I can go thru them to see which one I like to use.
The Sun, quilting extends into the border.
Rays of the sun.
I use a shade darker thread on the background so that the quilting stands out.
I like straight and curvy lines to fill in space
Now that the background is all quilted it is time to start adding my 3D flowers. I used a zig zag on the edges of the fold to hold them in place. The rest of the flower tops float and are not attached to the background. Heavily quilted in the centers to keep them in place.
Small zig zag on the folded areas!
Last thing to sew on is my beautiful embroidered butterflies that I purchased from https://www.etsy.com/shop/QuiltSewLace
All that is left is to put the binding on this quilt with sleeve and a label. I label all my quilts with the name of the quilt “Blooming in the Sun”, my name, the month and year it was finished, and last the number of the quilt. This is a great way to keep track of who gets them and where they go.
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Well I am coming along this week on my Chickadee Tree Quilt. Pin basted and ready to quilt.
You can click on any photo to enlarge to see a close up!
First ~ doing all the tree limbs. I used my darning foot. Feed dogs down and a zig zag stitch. Added smaller branches off the larger ones.
Chickadee Quilt Top Done!
Close up of tree branches
Second ~ add some snow on some of the branches! Free hand motion slightly curved stitches. Fill in light thread art.
Close up of snow on branches!
Third ~ free motion quilting with a variegated poly thread that sparkles! Small snow swirl! Not done yet but getting there.
Some background done!
I haven’t decided how I am going to do the Chickadee eyes yet. I might have to paint them in over the thread. Also thinking of adding a three dimensional nest!
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