|Detail from Deconstructed Sunrise #3|
As a teenager we can't wait to reach the magic age of 21, only to quake at the idea of turning 30. Is it so bad to age? Beats the alternative, right? Best of all there is all that experience to draw from. I didn't start quilting until shortly after I turned 30. It was a way to maintain my sanity as a stay at home mother. I quilted during nap time, then during the school day and now that I am an empty nester I manage to quilt for three full days a week most weeks. With 30 years of quilting behind me I have developed quite a tool box of techniques. Elizabeth Barrett Browning cover your ears. How do I piece thee? Let me count the ways. With Deconstructed Sunrise #3 I have combined two techniques. I began with rotary cut gentle curves and have no moved on to glue basted turned appliqué.
|Deconstructed Sunrise #3|
Last week I shared a link to how to handle gentle curves. This week I will share the next phase of my construction using glue basted turned appliqué. Many artists choose to fuse their appliqué without turning the edges under (raw edge appliqué.) I prefer to turn my edges unless a raw edge is called for as part of the design. This method does take some prep work. The time is well worth it, though.
You may recall that I began with the basic design for this quilt drawn out on graph paper. Next I transferred the pattern to freezer paper. The graph paper image allows me to place each piece where it needs to go. The freezer paper is cut up to make templates. If you look at the first image in the blog (Detail from Deconstructed Sunrise #3) you can see the graph paper image on the left, the #58 and unmarked french fuse. On the right are two templates that have been marked with red positioning lines. What you can't see is that each template has a number that matches the numbered templates on the graph paper pattern. There is also a wavy pale orange line. This is my trick for remembering which seam allowance to turn under and which not.
|Surface design play at a SAQA IL/WI gathering|
this past weekend.
I am at that intense, on a roll, can't wait to see what happens time in making Deconstructed Sunrise #3. Still, I managed to take time out to keep up my free motion quilting skills. Here is how the week went:
|Free motion quilting practice. This is another in Tracy's|
series of 100 free motion quilting motifs in 100 days.
1) Continue piecing Deconstructed Sunrise #3 (Due November 30, 2015) - Done!
2) Free motion quilting practice. - Done!
3) Post the number of days I have worked in my studio in 2015 - 74/126
4) Perform a random act of kindness - Done!
5) Unexpected Bonus. - I had some fun playing with Gelli prints and stamping with other SAQA IL/WI during a local pod meeting.
1) Continue piecing Deconstructed Sunrise #3 (Due November 30, 2015)
2) Free motion quilting practice.