It’s January, and time to begin Project Quilting! As you’ll remember from last year, this challenge is put on by Kim Lacapik of Persimon Dreams blog. Just like “Project Runway”, Project Quilting has a challenge, a time restriction, and instead of voting someone off, the viewer votes who wins!
I’ve been wanting to participate again this year, because it helps the after-holiday, mid-winter blues, and jump starts creativity.
This week’s challenge (#1) is “CONFETTI”. Right up my alley. I immediately thought of the “confetti technique” I first saw demonstrated by Noriko Endo. I’ve used this technique for many of my art quilts in the past, and was wanting to begin a new one. This challenge is just what I need to get me going.
First I need inspiration…so I took some time to look through my photographs to find something that inspires me. I think I’ll choose a single tree. One that is the very first to show it’s color and even start dropping some leaves before the others have turned—and the grass is still green.
First, I need to prepare some “confetti” by cutting up batiks and some of my hand-dyed fabrics for the leaves…
Next is the background. I’ve chosen some hand dyed fabrics for the sky & commercial batiks for the background & foreground.
I cut and temporarily “paste” strips of grey & black fabric onto the background for the tree trunk & branches.
Then “sprinkle” and position the confetti leaves.
Everything gets encased in black tulle & pinned before it’s taken to my sewing machine.
First I straight stitch around the edges so nothing “falls out”, using dark grey cotton thread and my walking foot.
After that, I put on the free-motion foot, drop the feed dogs, and sew over the confetti & tulle with different colors of variegated thread.
I liked the look of circles.
Now I can move on to the bottom half and add the confetti for the leaves that have fallen to the ground. Everything needs pinning so the confetti doesn’t fall out before I get to the machine!
It always looks better once it’s all straightened and trimmed.
I like to add triangles to the corners so the piece can be hung by wooden dowels. So here you can see the triangles and binding ready to sew by hand.
And it’s finished. I’m so glad I got it done in time…it took about 5 days–just finished in time to post today…(deadline is Sunday)…
I hope you’ll go to Persimon’s Dream blog and vote for your favorite “confetti” quilt. The voting starts soon…January 10, 2016!!
UPDATE: The voting has closed, & my art quilt came in #2 (SECOND!!) out of the 67 beautiful quilts entered! I’m so pleased!! If yours was one of my votes, I want to say thank you so much for your vote!
Hope you enjoyed my journey through making the quilted wall hanging this week to enter in PROJECT QUILTING: SEASON 7 (2016)!! It was fun.
Until next time, HAPPY QUILTING!
Love your confetti quilt! Never been brave enough to try this technique – maybe when I retire later this year! 🙂
Congrats on your future retirement…you’ll love it.
so, so stunning!
Thanks so much Lia!
This is beautiful! I also like your idea to hang it.
This is beautiful
Very fallish design…great use of the confetti inspiration!!
This is gorgeous! I voted for you! Thanks for the detailed instructions too – I want to make something like that.
Thanks so much! You definitely should give it a try.
Lovely and thanks so much for sharing your process.
Do you remove the tulle after stitching? Love your picture
I don’t remove it–it’s light enough that it blends in and I quilt over it. Meow ever, I do trim around the outside of the stitched tulle as close as possible to remove any extra.
Thanks for you ur post. I’ve been interested in this techniques for some time now. You’ve given a detailed explanation with very good images. I saving this one for future reference
I’m so glad it was helpful. I hope you’ll give it a try…it’s a lot of fun.
Is the tulle all over? Or just on the sections that actually have the confetti? Very nice piece.
I sewed the tulle on top of the sections that had the confetti fabric to help encase them.