I did an other fun course at craftsy.com. This time art quilting 101, awakening the art quilter within. And she is waking up alright. It was a real fun journey, so different from what I normally do. But then again the stupendous stitching was a little step in that direction already.
I had this vision for an art quilt for a while already and was never to sure how to start, but this course helped me along.
Me stubborn as I was I didn’t start out with a practice piece, I thought I could do this. Lol I was mistaken. So my first piece ended up being my practice piece in the end, and I must say that it helped to practice on the same shapes as on my final piece.
It was some practice doing the free motion thread embellishing, I don’t have quilting gloves. So I tried with bare hands and that was unsuccessful, then I tried with a hoop, but I don’t want to re hoop every so many stitches. Then I remembered that I had latex gloves in my kitchen. So I took one of them and that worked like a charm. So much easier to control the fabric.
The center of the flower I made with pieces of yarn and thread, putting them between solvy and stitched over it and then washed the solvy away. One of the ideas I got in the course.
Did some couching of rattail and free motion thread embellishing. The flower paddles came out exactly the way I had in mind.
Adding butterfly’s and small border. I just love little details.
Got it all quilted and put some binding. I had to audition several fabrics for borders and if I wanted a border or just a binding. I ended up with just adding a binding.
All with all, this was an interesting journey. I still have a lot to learn, still need to get more comfortable with free motion stitching. But this is the first step into my new journey as an art quilter. The only thing lacking is a name for my first piece. Any suggestions?