I’m working on the second in the “Autumn Leaves” series for the McGregor-Marquette Center for the Arts.
It begins with one of my hand-dyed turquoise blue fabrics as a background.
This time I sandwiched the top and backing fabrics with low-loft Pellon batting, and a layer of craft interfacing (Pellon 809 Deco-Bond) before beginning.
Next I added more colors of shredded hand-dyed and batik fabrics to “paint with” and started sprinkling them on. It takes a long time to adjust them just so. I find a tweezers (or in this case a dental tool) works much better than fingers!
It’s a very messy process. The little bits of shredded fabric get everywhere! I find I have to clean out the sewing machine often…
…and keep a lint roller handy!
After layering tulle netting on top and free-hand quilting the layers together (catching the bits of fabric in between) with several colors of variegated thread, I add more branches, quilt again– And finally bind the edges–using the backing technique I put in my earlier post.
I like the depth the different colors give the piece.
I’d like to do a piece specific to the McGregor – Marquette area…I’m searching for some of our hiking trips to Effigy Mounds National Park to see if there’s something inspiring.
Until next time…