Thursday, November 28, 2013

Giant clams

The first block before quilting. 
Have you know noticed the cute little clownfishes swimming amongst the anemones?

All six blocks are quilted separately before they are sewn together. 

I chose to handquilt with Yli monofilament thread.

All appliques are quilted, even the very small ones. This  prevents they fell off.


Personally I don't like the raw edges. I'm always afraid the fabric will fall apart. 
Very large loose threads will be cut off when the quilt is finished.
However the raw edges aren't visible only if you are standing right in front of it.

For the coral I used Madeira supertwist together with the Yli. 

For the clams I used DMC metallic together with the Yli.
The DMC was a nightmare to work with. 
This thread gets very easely damaged.

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Friday, November 15, 2013

Sea Breeze

Do you know McKenna Ryan?
When I came across this design, I had to order the patterns and fabrics. 
This challenging project was waiting for me till I found the perfect spot to expose it.
It will find its home in our "new" bedroom.

I decided to make only six blocks into an art quilt, as the wall isn't large enough for all of them. 
Each block is 18 inch square. 

This is one of the Hoffman fabrics.
As you can see it has a very special print.
The purpose is to locate the exact spot on the fabric that is similar to the sample picture.

This is one of the samples. 

Now look at the starfish.

The corresponding spot on the lower half of the fabric.
Please do not pay attention to the colors ;-$

The order of work is as follows:
- first sew together the background from one or more fabrics
- trace and cut (widely) all pattern pieces on Wonder Under (Vliesofix)
- find the right spot on the right fabric for every shape and iron on
-cut the shapes on the tracing line and iron them on the right spot on the background. 

Here is an excellent tutorial on the subject of fusible applique.

So far I finished the six blocks. The next phase is to quilt them. 

The six blocks:

Giant clams "Clampetts"

Mahi mahi "Tweedle Dum"

Octopus "Twinkletoes"

Manatees "Tootsie and Rumples"

Turtles "The Nerdles"

Dolphin "Tweedle Dee"

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