May 18 11

Re-Uniting with an Old Friend

Do you remember this quilt block from a few months ago? This is one of 4 blocks from a quilt I began a few months ago, just for the fun of it. Here’s a closeup of those swirled petals; they are my favorite part of this flower:

This 4-block quilt got started because I’d accumulated a lot of “waste” from die-cutting and I wanted to use up all those cast-off pieces of fabric already bonded to fusible web. One of my favorite cutting dies for using up waste is:

The petals come in 4 different sizes and I can pretty much always get 1-3 petals out of any cast-off piece. I collect all these “stray”petals and once I have enough, I start fusing them together into a flower shape. Here’s another block from that quilt that I finished a few months ago:

…and here’s a closeup of its center. I’ve been trying to stitch different designs inside the center circle and the surrounding small petals:

When I got to the large petals (those are not die-cut petals; they’re very large and I traced the shapes onto Wonder Under and then fused/cut the fabric with scissors), I stitched some stylized vein lines inside them:

I just wasn’t happy with them, though. They seemed pretty boring, so I went back in and stitched some inlining with solid gold rayon thread:

and now I like them much better! This leads me up to today, when I had the chance to work on block #3, for the first time in many months:

Here’s a closeup of its center stitching. All I did was stitch wavy lines that intersect at the perpendicular level:

(Can you tell I was running out of ideas?!) I kind of have a like/dislike thing going with satin stitching. Sometimes, it just seems like a boring way to finish an edge, but other times, I really like the power of that solid line. I really like the intensity of the thick turquoise edging on these outer petals:

All of these flowers have been trapuntoed, so here’s what the backside looked like at this point:

So the next step was to cut away all the excess batting outside the flower. I use those blunt-tipped child’s scissors for this step. I may be kidding myself, but I feel like I’m less likely to accidentally cut into my background fabric with them:

…and here are the petals once I added some feathers inside them:

…and now for block #4…(actually, it’ll be awhile because I left that block in North Carolina!)

6 Comments

  1. Debbie St. Germain Says:

    I was trying a small art piece today and couldn’t figure out where my satin stitches are, lol. I really need to take lessons. I ended up doing a small blanket, so it will be more folk art now.

    Debbie

  2. Kelly Jackson Says:

    Patsy your stitching takes that flower to an entire different level. It comes to life….it dances….what a wonderful gift you have. I’m inspired to do more with my stitching because I read your posts. Thanks for sharing :)

    Kelly

  3. Maria Elkins Says:

    What batting(s) do you use when you do the trapunto? I’m thinking of doing some on my current quilt. I usually use 100% wool batting.

  4. Lisa Says:

    I love being able to see how you quilt your pieces. They are so beautiful!

  5. Claire Pereira Says:

    I look forward to seeing this one completed. The colors are so vibrant!

  6. Kay Lynne Says:

    Your quilting on the flowers really makes it come to life! Thank you for all the neat pictures of your quilts. Finally–everything is planted on our farm!