Saturday, February 18, 2012

An Art Quilt

It's official.  I've got the quilting bug.  Since finishing my Baby Bird and Bunting quilt, I've been searching out and reading up on directions, designs, and patterns for my next project.  I've checked out library books and even watched a few quilting shows on television.  Honestly, I've wanted to make a quilt forever, but have been too scared of messing up to even try.  Since finishing the baby quilt, however, I've gotten a bit of a confidence boost and am now ready to go "all in" on quilting.  As a matter of fact, I've made my first art quilt.  It's a small wall hanging that was inspired by this mini quilt I saw on the back of one of my Sew Somerset magazines.

Isn't that adorable!  I've probably seen that picture a hundred times, but never thought about attempting it until now.  I started by sketching the girl and table.

Next, I had to decide on colors and fabrics.  Again, for me, the hardest part of the process!  I traced my sketches onto freezer paper and ironed each piece to fabrics.  I pieced the red and white fabrics together and then ironed fusible batting to the backside.  I then used a decorative stitch on my machine to "draw" soft gray lines vertically on the white fabric.  I stitched straight black horizontal lines on the red fabric.  I positioned the freezer paper pieces on top and determined placement and then stitched the black lines for the bunting.

The bunting triangles actually took forever to sew around.  Before sewing, I adhered them to the fabric using fusible web.  Big help!  After completing the bunting, I sewed around the girl, table and cake.  

I eventually sewed more lines to add depth and texture to the dress.  I stamped "Live for Today" on a piece of fabric and sewed it to the bottom of the quilt.  I spray basted a back piece of fabric to the top and quilted it using invisible thread.  I bound it using the fold over technique.  And the result....

See the little button on her waist?  It is vintage and was a gift from a super special friend of mine.  Love it!

Have a great weekend!

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Lynne Williams said...

Good for you. I love the print you used for her skin...brilliant!

Quilting is fun:) Continue to enjoy it.

Dosfishes at Sparkle Days Studios said...

How sweet is this, what a great job you did Angela!!! xox Corrine

Cyndi said...

Oh Angi, that is soooo adorable! I just love it. I told you you were going to get the "bug"...but isn't it fun? :o) I have yet to make an art quilt, but hope to one of these days.

Hope you're having a great weekend. I'll write soon!



Alex and Cassandra said...

So cute!! Great job...and you have me inspired! –Cassandra

DeeDee said...

Great job Angelia!!... I am soon gonna be able to sew again and you are making me wanna try this too...I have never made a real quilt...I have made tons of blankets.. and patch quilts... but never a fun one like this.... I love both of yours ....cannot wait to see your next one... Hugs.

Heather and Kathy said...

how awesome! i love the girl!!!!