Sunday, January 8, 2012

INSPIRED TO CREATE

My first week as "Miss January" has been wonderful. I have met many bloggers who are really wanting to learn/improve their FMQ skills. It is my honor to help you on this quest . Not to mention the new blogs I have found ! Just how many items can you have in your favorites list? Early on in my teaching career, I discovered something very important. You will always learn something as you teach and students can inspire the teacher also. I haven't done a leaf quilt in a while. This one is fused with Misty fuse, then thread quilted (the leaf part only) using a water soluble stabilizer on the back. (no batting). After soaking the stabilizer off, I used a thick towel to soak up most of the water. While it is still damp I used water color pencils to color in and shade the veins, and add some color to this solid green fabric. I then ironed it dry and quilted the whole  leaf piece ( batting and backing ) The Grey/ black background is quilted separately. I will hand attach the leaf quilt to the background quilt. I want to thank all of you for this inspiration. Life is sooo good!
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12 comments:

danih03 said...

I love this leaf quilt. And that blue is the most perfect shade of blue. Excellent quilting too.

wackywoman said...

Frantastic!

Crooked Gulley Art Quilts - Mary Couch said...

I have been wanting to do an art wall hanging using a variety of leaf shapes... some place vertically, others horizontally. Thanks for the great suggestions.
Hugs from Mary

Colleen said...

Thank you for being our teacher. I know it took some of you time and time is the most valuable comodity we all have. I want you to know that I really appreciate it.

Shirley in Canada said...

WOW I can only wish to be one quarter this good!! Love it!!

qwilltr said...

That is so inspiring! It's a pleasure to have you as a teacher in our pursuit of fabulous FM! Thanks so much!

Joanie's Quilts said...

The FMQ motif is excellent for portraying the brittleness of fall leaves. Very real looking! Wonderful1

Connie said...

How beautiful! Love the way you added the shading and the stitching is perfect!

deborah said...

Very inspirational! I love leaf quilts, and yours is just perfect! Thanks for sharing with us-

Joan said...

That is lovely - and the painting on the leaf is wonderful too. Greaet suggestions - thanks you.

Agnes B Bullock said...

Thank you for teaching leaves this month on the FMQ challenge! Mine still look like hearts, but I can see the progress each time I try! My sandwiches are going to become belly bands, coasters, and coats for my dachshunds!

This quilt is simply awe inspiring!

susan said...

I love this art quilt. What kind of water stabilizer did you use? Did you use a hoop? I would love to make lots of art quilts and this one inspires me. When you make your leaves with the spiral, what size are you making (average size)? I think I made my too small on wool batting and it seems too poofy.
Thanks for your help.