I’ll tell you more about the Madison Quilt Expo in the next post, but in the meantime I’ve been wanting to try making a mini quilt wall hanging using the confetti style I enjoy so much.
So I went into my stash of my hand dyed fabrics and went crazy with the rotary cutter—making lots and lots of “confetti”.
Then I chose a piece of hand dyed fabric that reminded me of an autumn sky and cut it a little bigger than 5 x 7, layered batting & backing and then began “painting” with the confetti bits, sprinkling and positioning them until they reminded me of October—leaves still on the trees but leaves scattered all over the ground as well. (Won’t be too long before we see this here in Wisconsin!…it’s going down to 38 degrees this coming Saturday night! Yikes!)
The bits and pieces of fabric are encased in tulle and quilted down. The extra tulle is trimmed away. And the background and trees are then quilted.
Detail is added by thread painting a fence and ropes to the swing. Doesn’t it make you want to be there? (I’d love to have a swing in my back yard—but my pine trees just don’t work for hanging swings from their limbs.)
I wanted to try a different way to finish the art quilt—so I zig-zag edged stitched yarn to the outside edges and then hand tacked it directly to a “gallery wrapped” canvas that has burlap on it’s surface.
Here you can see the stitching is done, and you can see the texture of the burlap—which reminded me of fall.
This last photo shows how the burlap wraps around the thick frame, so it’s ready to hang up (or put in a wooden frame).
And it’s now up on my Etsy Shop.
Next time I’ll post about what I learned in some of the Madison Quilt Expo classes I attended…I promise.
Until then, HAPPY QUILTING!