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Thursday, 22 September 2011

Mini quilts

Sometimes I am inspired by wine.....ok, not really the wine but the wine labels. I have found some really interesting wine bottle labels that I have soaked off the bottles and used to create mini quilts. These quilts are 4 X 6 inches in size and I send them as greeting cards to friends and family. That way they can receive a piece of original art from me. Along with the wine label, I embellish the quilt with beads, found objects and something called thread painting which I do with my sewing machine. Below are some examples of these mini quilts.

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Landscape Quilt 4

The bottom section of the Landscape Quilt has been pieced. It is the section with the irises and two poppies have also made it into this section. As I work on the quilt I am deciding how to quilt it when the time comes in order to enhance certain elements. I may decide to quilt around the irises so they "pop" out of the foliage surrounding them. I have also used machine embroidery on earlier quilts as well as sewn on embellishments such as beads, shells, small stones, sequins etc. to add a little interest or eye-catching "bling".

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Landscape Quilt 3

I work on my Spring Landscape Quilt as often as I can, however, completing a section is a slow process. Often pieces have to be taken apart and redone because sections do not match properly. If you have a blade of grass that is made up of different pieces of fabric they have to line up or it doesn't resemble a blade of grass anymore. I have completed the lower left section of the quilt which is the section with purple irises. It is pictured below. I get a real thrill when the colours change and I can piece together a new flower. In the photo you can see part of a poppy that I completed in this section.

Here are some fabric pieces that have been cut in various
shapes and colours. You can see that some are miniscule.

One of the problems I run into is that as I am cutting fabric I wonder if there will be enough of that fabric to finish the quilt with. If I find that I am running out of a certain colour of fabric, I will run to the fabric store with a swatch and try to match it to something else that I can use to finish the quilt. 

Here you can see all those small pieces sewn together.

This is the lower left section of the quilt. You can already see
what appear to be irises and lots of foliage. At the top is part
of what will be a poppy which are also dispersed around the
quilt design.