The next one in the series is called, "Summer Breeze". Here's my sketch ideas. I picked the 15" x 18" one that says, "YES". This little quilt reminds me of summer flowers and birds coming back into the yard. That's a good thing since we had a record amount of rainfall this month.
I added a cut away stiffener to the back of the quilt to support all the stitching and weight I plan to add to the front. It is a product from Sulky, called Cut Away Plus. I only put it where it's needed, and after stitching, it gets trimmed.
I colored these in with Derwent Inktense pencils. Then using a small fabric paint brush, I brushed on some Textile Medium. Once the green parts were dry, I stitched on the flowers, painted them in with both colored pencil and Inktense pencils, and repeated the fabric medium to set the colors, and let this dry overnight.
For the flowers, I remembered a technique recommended by one of my art quilt friends. I used two layers of fabric, back to back, and sandwiched the fabric between layers of Solvy Wash Away Stabilizer. I traced the flowers from my drawings right onto the Solvy, then sewed on the lines with a straight stitch. Then I zig-zag stitched a couple of times. The Solvy dissolves easily in water, and if you want a little stiffener in the fabric, you can take the pieces out and blot them lightly, letting them dry and stiffen overnight. Otherwise, you would rinse thoroughly.
|Flowers showing zig zag stitching|
|Flowers with extra fabric trimmed away|
|Flowers showing extra Solvy trimmed away|
How do you like the concept so far?
I'll continue the blog next week with the second half of this little quilt, called "Summer Breeze".