Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Ah Ha moment

I have been working on a prairie piece. It is three large panels that are about 26” x 32” each. I have made smaller versions of this quilt and wanted to change the quilting designs I used on them. On these larger pieces I wanted a more controlled look to the quilted grass.

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Small quilt “Blowing in the Wind” 12” x 8”

While I was working on outline quilting all of the grass pieces in the first panel of the three pieces, I had an ah ha moment. I decided to create”templates” of grass fabric that I could quilt around but would be removed when I was done quilting. I knew I didn’t want to use just a drawn line and I knew I didn’t want to use paper as the paper won’t curve the way I wanted it to. It dawned on me I could just spray a piece of fabric with the product 505 sprayIMG_1134 adhesive and then cut out my 1/2” strip of “grass” template on the bias and position it on my quilt top where I wanted it, then outline quilt around it. Once I quilted around it I removed the bias cut strip and repositioned it somewhere else on the quilt top. It worked like a charm. I can reuse the pieces over and over again because the spray sticks repeatedly to different areas. It doesn’t leave a residue behind and it is easy to use.

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This is the first panel quilted.

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I’m now working on the second panel, the pins are only there to keep the fabric from shifting.

I think you can use this idea even with a larger template design. I’m going to try it out and let you know.

I dye alittle every day.

This is what I do every morning before I start my dye. I dye between 9-30 yards of fabric, for my workshops and patterns and sales.

This is how it looks each morning as I work.

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That is rainbow gradation on the racks.

7 comments:

Gayle from MI said...

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

connie said...

What a brilliant idea!!! Thanks, I will be trying this.

The rainbow fabric looks wonderful!

Diane said...

I love, love, love the grass quilt!

Maggie Szafranski said...

Brilliant!

Leslie said...

What a great idea, and what a beautiful quilt! I love the colors, the movement, the light; it's just really gorgeous.

Cornwoman said...

Thanks for sharing your wonderful experimental technique! I love the idea! I also love your grass quilts.

Linda Moran said...

I LOVE this idea!!!

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