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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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The Story Behind the Quilt ~ Sunlight through the Trees

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

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"

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.

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I then measured between my trees the open space.PT 3

I cut out a piece of “Mistyfuse” the size of the space!

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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.

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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!

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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Story Behind the Quilt ~ Making of Viburnum Leaf Quilt

Making of my  leaf quilt ~ to catch up here is the last post https://thebutterflyquilter.wordpress.com/2014/07/10/wip-an-idea-that-is-taking-shape/

Usually I am really excited about starting a new art quilt project but with my leaf quilt I had it sitting there for a couple of weeks.  I realized I didn’t like the backing that I chose for it so I went shopping for more fabric. Not a hardship at all!  I found this perfect Halloween orange for the backing and bought the last 2 1/2 yards which will work out just perfect! I then cut my leaf up into 4 sections.

Backing Fabric

Backing Fabric

I  went through my stash of threads and pulled out some oranges, yellows, variegated and some reds! Each section of the leaf is going to have a different thread color and the free motion quilting design. I know, it sounds a little crazy!

Some of the threads!

Some of the threads!

I started with the middle two sections of the leaf and finished those up. The most time consuming part for me was the quilt facing technique. I saved this blog from “terryaskartquilts” which was great to follow.

 http://www.terryaskeartquilts.com/Studio/tips-tutorials-and-more/

I love how it looks. When two sections were done, I layer them side by side. See how the quilting design from one piece carries over to the other piece.

Two middle sections done!

Two middle sections done!

How am I going to connect these pieces together?

  I found some bright yellow embroidery floss and I have some bright yellow burlap that I am pulling apart and getting long strains from it.  I will add them together and sew them with a zig zag stitch along each of the veins in the leaf.   These strands will be holding the pieced sections together!  It will look like it is floating!

Burlap strands and yellow embroidery floss.

Burlap strands and yellow embroidery floss.

Drawing of what I want it to look like when done!

Drawing of what I want it to look like when done!

I have three sections done.  One I still need to bind.  Of course I added a small butterfly with the same colors as the leaf.

Three sections almost done!

Three sections almost done!

Here is a close up!  You can see some of my free motion quilting and color thread choices!

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Only one more section to go then I will be doing all my embroidery thread and burlap strands!

Check back in to see the finished quilt and thanks for stopping by!

 

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WIP ~ Trillium Flower

First take a macro photo of a  Trillium, then manipulate it in a photo shop program. OK I didn’t take this photo, my husband did, but he was willing to share.

Print out to the size you want your quilt to be, using any enlarger program that you have. Take a black magic marker and highlight the areas where the colors change. Get out your light box. Place your photo right side up and a piece of batting on top of that and  trace photo onto  your batting with a thin black marker.

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I took out my hand dyed fabric scraps and started cutting and placing them while referring to my photo.

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Don’t forget have your backing down first, then your marked batting, before you start placing your small scraps of fabric on top of the marked batting.

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Once all the pieces are in place, carefully take a piece of black tulle and place on top of your piece. Pin heavily into place.

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Last step is quilting then binding!

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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.

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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.

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 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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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.

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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!

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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

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