Monday, January 15, 2024

Garden Lady #5 - Part Four

This is a continuation of 3 previous posts about the making of Garden Lady #5.

The next thing that I wanted to add was some purple fruit that might look like as if it was being picked and put into the basket. I used some purple hand dyed fabric that I had on hand.  Using printouts from Pinterest and my sketch book, I drew up some plums in a couple of sizes.  One technique that I like to use is to trace the shape onto a dissolving foundation, glue it to the backside of the fabric, trim the edges, glue them again, and iron them to the back.  This gives me a nice clean edge that is easy to stitch onto the quilt.  (Unfortunately, the product that I used was Ricky Tims poly stable stuff and he is out of business!)  Here are some progress pictures:

I placed the plums and basket on the quilt and stitched around all of the edges with invisible thread and a small zig-zag stitch.  Once they were placed, it was clear that some leaves needed to be added, so I drew them up and used the same technique as the plums.  The final thing I added were some inked birds and white butterflies.  Here is the quilt top all pinned and spray basted, ready to quilt.

I hope you like how the top turned out!


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