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!