My Step-Mom gave me a small pack of fat quarters recently, and asked if I would make an Iris wall-hanging for her.
She has never asked me for anything, so I am delighted to take on this project!
I chose a hand-dyed piece of fabric (one that I dyed several years ago) that I thought would work well for the background. I also found a free coloring page for inspiration.
I have a tracing paper overlay and I am using Steam-A-Seam 2. I like Steam-A-Seam 2 because it allows me to reposition pieces until I am ready to press them permanently into place.
I am using a mix of hand-dyes, the fat quarters that my Step-Mom gave me, and a few prints that I have in my stash.
I am liking how it looks!
It will be ready for thread painting soon. However, Betty Boop is still in the hospital (it has been a month now). It seems that replacement parts are hard to get. So I guess the Iris will stay on the design wall for a while and it is back to leaves and buds for the Garden Basket quilt for me.
I’ve not been sewing very much. Betty Boop (otherwise known as my Janome sewing machine) is in the hospital and awaiting ordered parts. I hope to have her home soon, but there is no telling when. So, during this drought/heat season, I have been spending a whole lot of time with Ancestry and having fun pursuing family history.
Nevertheless, some hand work is happening.
To remind you of the Garden Baskets project, here is the flimsy that I am working on:
I have the borders and the vine stitched on. I am currently working on the hundreds of buds and a few other appliques.
I’ve drawn all of the parts onto freezer paper, ironed the freezer paper to the fabric, and cut out all of the shapes.
I am using the ‘freezer paper on top’ method. Why?
I don’t know…I just decided to do it that way. I have stitched as many of the shapes together as I can. In other words, stems and beaks and other parts are fitted together to make the whole before I stitch them to the quilt top.
The pieced kitty is pinned and ready to be stitched to the background.
The washout blue marker is my guideline for some embroidery to be applied.
One applique stitched down. Hundreds to go.
I know there are many…what is your favorite way to applique?
Ahem. It is a bird house. Started and abandoned quickly. One of those “quilt guild inspired because everyone is making one” projects. My excitement didn’t last long. This oldie needs to be done!
Well. We can all see how far I got with that goal. Still uninspired.
This little project has been hanging around since 1995. I found the quilt guild newsletter with the birdhouse pattern in it. Just the birdhouse and a little birdie pattern that I dislike; nothing else.
So I have made a simple mockup with my Electric Quilt program.