Sunday, September 17, 2017

New Art Weave class—how to use large scale fabric prints

Are you inspired by those beautiful quilting cottons with large scale motifs? You spread open the fabric to see the painterly design and the hand of the artist... then you think to yourself, "but what can I do with it?"
Art Weave class—Fabric art with large scale prints.
Join me for my Art Weave class and I'll show you a fun (and so easy) technique for using those unique, large scale fabric designs.
Art Weave, Saturday, October 21
Sew 'n So Quilt ShopRocky Face, GA
Call Anna at (706) 217-8111 to register.

I'd been working on the Violet Bouquet piece (shown above) when my favorite Machingers machine quilting gloves "sprang a leak." ugh!

I went to my LQS [local quilt shop] and bought myself TWO new pair.

Well, you wouldn't believe the energy and renewed excitement I got when I slipped on that new pair of quilting gloves! Kinda like when you get new underwear—ya feel like a "new woman."

(yeah, yeah, you laugh... because you know what I mean...)

So, armed with my new free-motion stitching super power, I began free-motion thread sketching the violets.
Free-motion quilting on large scale artisan prints from Frond Design Studios.
The background was more heavily free-motion quilted with various 50 wt. threads to let the flowers advance.
Dimension in the flowers is achieved with heavily quilted background.
WonderFil Thread Eleganza, 8 wt. perle cotton thread was used for the flower centers.
Eleganza size 8 perle cotton for the flower centers.
Here is a view of the back. A yarn-dyed woven from Diamond Textiles is used for the backing and the facing that finished the edges. There's something about a yarn-dyed woven fabric that makes stitching—machine or hand—a dream!
"Violet Bouquet." Back view.
Between the DecoBob 80 wt. poly thread (by WonderFil Threads) and the yarn-dyed woven (from Diamond Textiles) which allows the stitches to sink into the fabric, the stitches to secure the facing are nearly invisible.
DecoBob 80 wt. thread for an invisible binding.
My first Art Weave sample—which you can see in person at Sew 'n So Quilt Shop—uses this red flower design from Frond Design Studios.
My Art Weave class works with large scale artisan fabric designs.
The October 21 Art Weave class is already partially filled. Don't wait to register! All you need are a few simple supplies (you'll get the supply list with the class payment). A fabric kit is provided with the class. Call Sew 'n So Quilt Shop at (706) 217-8111 if you want to join me for an artistic experience with large scale artisan fabrics.

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