Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Futuristic Flowers - Part 1

I am having a lot of fun using non-cotton materials on my new project.  I decided not to use any traditional quilting cotton in this project.  I'm using silks, leather, chambray, and velvet.  The chambray is the background.

The three flowers below are each different.  Shier big shapes are all silk  The middle is dupioni and I'm not sure what kind the other two are, but they are beautiful.  The two circles on the left are leather and the one on the right is velvet. do I make these materials workable?  Terial Magic.  It's amazing stuff.  It makes things stiff as cardboard and easy to use.  I find that I can apply Steam a Seam fusible to all the materials except the velvet.  

For the velvet I use a light box to draw the shape right on the back.   Then I use a fine line of Elmer's School Glue.  I stick it where it needs to go and then iron from the BACK side to set the glue and make it stay put.  It works like a charm.  I also set the fusible on the leather pieces from the back because it would take too long for the heat to go all the way through the leather.

Come back Saturday for some more on this Futuristic Flowers project!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Monday, August 13, 2018

Flowers from a Walk with My Dad

My father and I took a walk along the Minnesota River last weekend.  Here are a few pretty wildflowers.  Enjoy!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Saturday, August 11, 2018

My Houston Auction Quilt

Once again this year I was asked to make a quilt for the small quilt auction in Houston for the International Quilt Festival.  I decided to make it match one of my quilts in the show, Dotville.

So this is Dotville Jr!

I had a blast playing with dot fabrics again.  Making mushrooms and trees.  My son was so inspired that he made one of his own.  But his is a mushroom house LOL.

Here's the back.  I love that you can see all the quilting.

Goal for the day.....get the binding on and sleeve attached.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Friday, August 10, 2018

Free Motion Friday - Filling a Square with Feathers

Lately I've been playing with filling squares and rectangles with feathers.  I was working on a secret project.  Don't worry.  I'll show you soon.  As part of this project I was filing squares with feathers and I decided to try filling them each differently.  

I started by drawing a spine and then filling the space around it.

The top image was started with a V shaped spine.  The middle image with a curl for a spine. And the bottom image a shallow curve for a spine.  They all work but definitely give a different feel to the spine of the feather.

For the last two squares I used a very gentle curve and then using a feather as a spine.

So....if I was to do it again, which would I choose?  I like all of them, so I suppose it depends on what shape I want to emphasize.  Until next week when we'll get into rectangles!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Quilting my Dad's Digital Art - Part 3

BEADS!  I had such a blast playing with beads.  The quilt is all stitched and I took a ton of pictures of the beads on the quilts so I could decide what I like...


You'll have to wait and see what I've done!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Monday, August 6, 2018

Inspired by Decoration

I love the decorations my mother has in her house!  Check them out.

I love the arrangement of these squares...

I hope you get to quilt today!


Friday, August 3, 2018

Free Motion Friday - A Sampler

I was getting a class proposal together the other day and I realized I needed a sample for a picture for my Beginning Free Motion Class.  So what to do?  Make one of course!

I pulled out two stencils I forgot I had, traced them.  Then stitched them.  Then I added a ton of different background fills.  I love how it turned out! 

Let me know if your guild might be interested in this class!

I love that this has nine petals.  Now I want to play with the stencil some more...

I hope you get to quilt today!