Saturday 24 November 2012

Spring in Parkes

 I have just finished a new quilt called Spring in Parkes.

My dear friend Gina Burgess has given me permission to have a go at her technique of cutting out a feature picture fabric and free appliqueing it into a new story. Check out her web site for her quilts

Well a few months ago I was in Parkes teaching at Vanessa's wool and Craft like I do every year and came across this pretty fabric

1.5 metres of fabric bought

First I made a background of sqaures , sky and ground for the base. I used alot of my hand dyed fabric for the centre 1 inch finished strip method and inserted plain colours in between.
Then  I ironed vlisofix behind and started to cut out. Placed the background fabric on my design board ( just chip board with cotton wadding pinned to it ) and started placing shpes on.

Made a tree trunk and then started to free motion appliqued all the edges first with monopoly clear thread, then with Mettler polysheen threads to match the colours appliqued the raw edges and sometimes inside the shapes.

Quilting was fun I wanted lots of texture so in the bottom was tear drops, baptist fans and pippis then pebbles behind the flowers, Continious curves in the pieced squares, and line work in the sky.

 Pebbles of different shapes and sizes
 Texture in the tree trunk just simple line work
 Continious curves in the sqaures and falling leaves in the green inserted piece.

Lines and waves in the sky.

I used Wonderfill DECOBOB = 80 weight fine polyester which I LOVE ....... in the bobbin for quilting., bobbin fill in the bobbin for the applique , Deco bob again in the top for the quilting.

 All of the quilting was sewn on my new Bernina 710 and wow it was fast and light AMAZING so happy with the machine .The extra space makes it so much easier and relaxed....  I took the top tension while free motion quilting with the fine threads to 2.0-1.5 and away we went.

Happy with it , different for me,  was fun . Im trying to learn new technique to extend my self .... This will be a new inspiration ideas quilt  for my regular students to make thier own picture quilt. Looking forward to their own versions with very different fabrics. Id like to make an oriental version soon.

Please leave a comment good or bad , Id love to know your thoughts



Jilly said...

I think this is stunning and what a great idea, I just love all aspects of sewing and also get a kick out of people who think out side the square so to speak.....great going and would love to see more, bye for now Jill (Taree)

KrisR said...

Deb - this looks great! And you're right......these new/different ideas do spur your students on to try new things! :)

Unknown said...

That is so cool. I'll have to try that!

Pat said...

Deb, love this it is fantastic. I have a landscape piece of fabric that this technique would work well with. Reserve me a spot in your class (when you have it organised)!!! Pat (Canberra)

Lee B said...

Deb, you continue to amaze and inspire me. I'm not sure what you're teaching at Pakenham next year but I'll see you there!! This piece is absolutely beautiful & .... I'm gob-smacked and can't think of any more appropriate words. Great Work

debsway said...

Hi Deb, your techniques are changing and I'm loving the new you!!! Has it got something to do with all the weight loss??? Lol, it's great to see your work, keeps me inspired to try different things!!! Thanks so much xxxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Deb it looks great,your work is always inspiring . Hope to do more of your classes . Thanks so much .

Anonymous said...

i wish i knew how to do this. i dont know about quilting but i think this is just gorgeous!!!
thank you for sharing it with us.!!! Happy Holidays!!!