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Continuing where blogger cut me off.......
I tried several arrangements, but none of them where exactly what I needed, so I did some cutting and pasting and manipulation and then I printed them onto cotton fabric using my new Epson printer and Durabrite inks.
Lesson 1 focused on shapes and had us first create a drawing of a still life which we then converted into fabric. Before cutting out the individual flowers I fused them to wonder under. The vase pieces used Steam a Seam 2 which is okay but you don’t always get the crisp edges with it like you do with the wonder under.
After arranging everything I then fused it down to the background. The top half is of course the fabric I painted and the bottom is a piece of commercial fabric. Queen Anne’s Lace doesn’t have much in the way of leaves so I chose not to depict them. I used a fabric marker to create the stems.
It is hard to tell from the picture but I quilted around the flower on the table and also quilted slanted lines on the table top. I did a satin stitch on the edge of the vase. The flowers are only fused down. I thought about stitching them with monofilament thread, but because they are such a lacey flower I was afraid that would ruin the effect. I can’t decide whether or not to echo quilt around them like the one on the table.
I forgot to mention that the quilt itself has seven layers (counting the three layers of wonder under used to fuse everything together. There is a layer of very thin cotton batting and a piece of Pellon pelmet #70 in there for stiffness. For some reason I had more trouble with making the binding than I should have. I think it was because the painted fabric is stiffer and it made it harder to work with. I also got in a hurry and put the top and bottom binding pieces on first instead of last.
Can someone tell me if there is a better/nicer looking way to do the corners when doing 4-piece binding? I have no problem doing mitered corners on quilts, but on these smaller pieces, especially this one because of the thickness of everything I had a horrible time making them look half way decent.
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