Monday, January 23, 2023

Northwest Gardening Lady - Part 5 - Final

This is a continuation of 4 previous posts about the making of the Northwest Gardening Lady art quilt.

I chose to do all of the background quilting in a dark green thread that closely matched the background fabric.  Before I sat down at the quilting machine though, I used a chalk marker to essentially draw out the design lines.  That way, when I was quilting it, I had lines to follow and could listen to my podcasts without too much brain power.

Here is the final quilt.  It measures 41" W x 50" H.

I hope you like it!

Monday, January 16, 2023

Northwest Gardening Lady - part 4

This is a continuation of 3 previous posts about the making of the Northwest Gardening Lady art quilt.

I needed to add the plants in the tall pot and the trunk for the strawberry tree.  These were made from fabric that I had in my stash.  The final selection of plants were the ones that I wanted to place at the bottom of the piece.  I had pictures of poppies, columbines, and hostas that spoke to me.  I printed them off on 8-1/2 x 11 sheets of paper and tested out the placement and size.  In the end, I decided not cover up the dress.   So, here is the top all ready to be quilted.

I printed a black and white copy of the quilt and then traced the outlines onto tracing paper.  Then, I fiddled around until I had some quilting lines that I liked.  Here is the quilting plan.

Of course, the quilting will not end up being so prominent once its on the quilt with the dark background colors. 

Stay tuned to see either more progress, or the finished piece.


Monday, January 9, 2023

Northwest Garden Lady - Part 3

 This is a continuation of 2 previous posts about the making of the Northwest Garden Lady art quilt.

The plant pots were based on pots that I had seen on a British gardening show, and some in my garden.  Here is the drawing of the large pot that I made on freezer paper.

It seemed like painting the pots would work the best, so I took out my paints and prepared for dying fabric and painted both of the pots.  They're supposed to fade into the background, so I may tone them down a bit.  In the picture, they still have the white background, which I'll trim when I'm satisfied with the final color and shade.

I also drew and painted the two gardening tools.  They also have the white background of the PFD fabric, which will be trimmed.

Stay tuned for the next post.

Monday, January 2, 2023

Northwest Garden Lady - Part 2

This is a continuation of a previous post about the making of the Northwest Garden Lady art quilt.  I take tons of pictures of plants in my garden and wanted to use some of my own photos for the flowers and foliage to give it a Northwest feeling.  Here are some of the pictures that I used.  They include zinnias, chrysanthemums, hellebores, Japanese anemones, coneflowers, and feverfew.  

All of the pictures were sized to the right scale in Photoshop and printed onto EQ Printables Photo fabric sheets.  They were fused to the background, along with fabric leaves. 

I also love our strawberry tree and made the tree out of more pictures.

I made the face, wine glass and glove out of fabric pieces and added Steam-A-Seam to the back, so that they can also be fused to the background.   Here's a progress picture.

So far, so good.  

Monday, December 26, 2022

Northwest Garden Lady - Part One

This fabric art piece was inspired by a picture that I saw on a social media site.  I loved that the garden lady was obscured by her hat of flowers and holding a glass of wine.  As in previous art quilts, I traced the design and had it blown up to size for my working pattern.

It took a while to decide how I was going to make the dress.  Since I have done collaged pieces before, I thought that the technique might work.  I started with a base of batik that had leaves on it, and cut blobs of fabric out of several shades of green.  I had some leftover leaves made from organza that I tossed in, along with yarn, rick-rack, thread, antique trims, wool roving, and Angelina fibers.  Here is the pile of fabric and enhancements that I used.

I layered the blobs onto the background, which was lightly sprayed with temporary basting spray.  Where the blobs overlapped, I ran a glue stick under the edges.

 Next, I cut and placed the pieces of all the other stuff to give me a nice shading from the front of the dress towards the back.  All of that was covered with green tulle.  I picked out shades of green thread for the quilting, and after backing it with a stabilizer, I quilted the entire dress.  

After it was quilted, I placed the pattern on top, cut out 1/2" seam allowance and turned the edges under with a glue stick.  Here is the dress placed on top of the pattern.   I really like how it turned out!

Stay tuned for more progress on this piece.  

Monday, December 5, 2022

Sunrise quilt

I had a lot of leftover yellow fabric from a previous quilt and a ton of hand dyed orange and purple pieces that I wanted to put into a quilt.  I saw a picture of one that was made from scraps in orange, yellow, gray, and white.  It was on my design board for a few months, and it really spoke to me.  So it became the inspiration for this one.

I decided to make all the square-in-a-square blocks 4" finished.  I cut a bunch of 2-1/2" squares, and a ton of 1-1/2" wide strips in most of the colors.  Then I piled them all into a bin and took them to the quilt retreat.  I made over 100 there, and sewed the rest of them at home.  I put the squares up on my design wall, and then made more to fill in where I decided the color needed to be.  As I made more, I moved them around a few more times.  When I liked the layout, I sewed them all together.  Here is what the top looked like before quilting.

I took it to Tami Levin and she used a digital edge-to-edge design called Deep Blue Sea.  

Here it is all quilted and bound.  There's a tiny yellow faux piping and a gray binding.   It's 69" W x 77" H.  I call it "Sunrise".  

I hope you like it!

Monday, November 14, 2022

Graduation quilt for granddaughter - Post #2

I was so disgusted with the progress on the quilt for my granddaughter that I took everything back off the design wall and took the blocks to my small quilt group for advice.  

Here's the comments I got from them:
   Ditch the bright green blocks
   Ditch the tissue box rectangles
   Ditch the striped pieces
   Keep working on it with the pale colors

Here's what I thought I needed to do:
  Ditch the large 16" squares and use them in a different quilt.  
  Use some ivory to brighten up the quilt.
  Try to make it more of a colorwash instead of jarring background colors.

After the input, I decided to try drafting it as an on-point quilt with the 3 large blocks down the center.  Here's my sketch:

And here's the progress 

It started to look half way decent; or I just started getting used to the pale colors.  Nope, it still wasn't doing anything, so off the wall it went again.  I added some blocks of beige and white stripe.  Here's the next attempt:

Still yucky!  So I put the stripes on point and got rid of all the dark blocks.  Here's the one that led to the final layout.

Stay tuned to see if this paler version made it to the end.