Chickadee Mountain View Art Quilt

Chickadee Mountain View Art Quilt

I’ve been wanting to create a second art quilt using a pattern by McKenna Ryan as the inspiration.  It’s a peaceful mountain scene featuring a branch in the foreground with Chickadees.

The challenge for me was to try to find just the right fabrics for each portion of the scene by auditioning them one by one.  I wanted choose the best fabric to give  the contrast needed in the composition.

I started by creating the background, including the borders (so that the branch could be appliqued to extend into the borders.

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Then I draw each part of the landscape onto a sheet of Seam-a-Steam 2 Lite.  (I’m so glad this product is back on the market again.)  I love it because it a double-faced fusible that has paper on both sides.  You peel one side off, and it’s “sticky” so it clings to the fabric you want to use, but it repositionable.  Then you fuse it with the iron, and wait for it to cool down before cutting and peeling off the second paper to fuse it to the background.

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I started with the background and then cut and fused the individual items to it, starting with those furthest back and ending with those closest to the foreground.

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I “auditioned” several fabrics before deciding on which ones to use, and which ones didn’t work.

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The log cabin and trees were fun to pull together.  For the chickadees, I created each bird separately and fused the pieced together as one and then set and fused them to the branches.

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Here’s the chickadee & log cabin after they’ve been quilted with a bit of thread painting.

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After everything was fused down, I quilted and thread painted with different colors of thread.  My favorites are Aurofil and Sulky Blendables.

Here’s the result after quilting and binding.

 

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I immediately put it for sale in my Etsy shop, and it’s been sold and is on it’s way to it’s new home in Toronto, Ontario.

Until next time,

HAPPY QUILTING!

Jane

Mulberry Patch Quilts

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Project Quilting Challenge—Confetti

Project Quilting Challenge—Confetti

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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.

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First, I need to prepare some “confetti” by cutting up batiks and some of my hand-dyed fabrics for the leaves…

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Next is the background.  I’ve chosen some hand dyed fabrics for the sky & commercial batiks for the background & foreground.

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I cut and temporarily “paste” strips of grey & black fabric onto the background for the tree trunk & branches.

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Then “sprinkle” and position the confetti leaves.

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Everything gets encased in black tulle & pinned before it’s taken to my sewing machine.

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First I straight stitch around the edges so nothing “falls out”, using dark grey cotton thread and my walking foot.

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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.

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I liked the look of circles.

 

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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!

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It always looks better once it’s all straightened and trimmed.

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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.

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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)…

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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!

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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!

Jane

Mulberry Patch Quilts

Finishing the Border Collie Wall Quilt

Finishing the Border Collie Wall Quilt

Dog2So a few months back I posted how I tried paper piecing the Border Collie Dog Wall Quilt, and this month I finished quilting it.

First, decisions on which color of variegated threads to choose.

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Dog6Then deciding what to quilt–I decided to follow the contours of the dog’s face, and add texture to his fur.

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The background was free-hand, free-flowing feathers.  They were actually a lot of fun to do.

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And it’s all done!  …and listed in my Etsy Shop.

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My quilting goals for 2016 are:

  1. to finish all my unfinished projects that are almost done.
  2. to focus on creating artistic quilts
  3. to enter more of my quilts in shows, contests (for fun).

What are your quilting goals this year? …to take a new class? …learn a new technique?  …finish those unfinished projects?  I’d love to hear from you in the comments.

Want to wish you all a Very MERRY CHRISTMAS!  And glorious, peaceful New Year!

Until next time, HAPPY QUILTING

Jane

Mulberry Patch Quilts

 

 

 

Autumn Trees with Fence Mini Quilt Wall Hanging

Autumn Trees with Fence Mini Quilt Wall Hanging

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.

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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.

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Here you can see the stitching is done, and you can see the texture of the burlap—which reminded me of fall.

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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!

Jane

Mulberry Patch Quilts

And the Winning Border Is….

Thanks for all your comments.  I appreciate your valuable input.

In the end, it seemed the “votes” were 50/50–about half of you liked the light batik, and about half of you preferred the green hand dyed fabric for the  border.

It was a hard decision—although I think either choice would have been fine in the end.  I wish I had made two iris art quilts so I could have used both borders!

IrisEtsy4…after much deliberation…

I thought the light batik contained too much purple (you might not have been able to see it in the photos)—and it clashed a bit with the deeper reds and pinks in the iris.  The green hand dyed fabric seemed to continue the grass and foliage theme.  Green always looks so good in nature surrounding the flowers that pop here and there in the garden…don’t you think?

So… ta da!  

I went with the green this time.

 

 

To create the border, I first folded four 1-1/4” strips of the batik in half and pressed them.

I ❤ my new iron!

And laid the folded strips against the four sides of the center—raw edges together–and basted it in place.

Next I cut four strips of the green hand-dyed fabric about 2-1/2” wide, and added them to the sides with 1/4″ seams & pressed them out

Then added them to the top and bottom and pressed them out too.

Using a free-motion foot on my Bernina, I free-motion quilted a vine with leaves running around the new border and then added a 1-1/2″ single fold binding in a deep green batik to finish it off.

I like to add corner hangers to my smaller art quilts (see this earlier blog for directions), so I can insert a wooden dowel for easy hanging.

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It’s now for sale at my Mulberry Patch Quilts Etsy Site

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Until next time, HAPPY QUILTING!

Jane

Mulberry Patch Quilts

Autumn Leaves Art Quilt Series #2

Autumn Leaves Art Quilt Series #2

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.

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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!

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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…

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…and keep a lint roller handy!

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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.

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I like the depth the different colors give the piece.

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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…

HAPPY QUILTING!

Jane

Mulberry Patch Quilts