Oct 21 17

Starting a New Quilt Project

There’s nothing quite as invigorating as beginning a new quit project. I’ve had the center part of this quilt in my head for a few months now, but couldn’t allow myself to begin working on it until I had finished up some other work. Now I can really plow into this! I started by cutting out applique shapes with my Sizzix Big Shot:
 
cutting-shapes
(This was early on…I cut a WHOLE lot more than this, but it went very quickly using a steel rule die.)  My background fabrics were the hand dyed fabrics I dyed recently.  Here are my 3 center panels once they’d been backed with a lightweight interfacing and cut to size:
 
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(For what it’s worth, I always fuse a lightweight interfacing onto the back of any fabric I’m going to embroider, but cotton sateen is a good fabric to ALWAYS fuse to lightweight stabilizer, even when you’re not going to embroider it.  It’s a twill fabric and can be a bit of a “shape-shifter,” if you know what I mean.  Once you back it with interfacing, it will not change shapes on you.)
 
Next up, I fired up the old embroidery machines and started many, many hoopings of machine embroidery applique.  You can see one of the panels in the next shot as I’m still adding to it:
 
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This first panel has jade swags and dark blue flowers.  It’s my favorite one.  This second panel has turquoise swags and purply/blue flowers.  I’m not as in love with this one:
 
panels-green-2
I can’t believe I got this far already, but I’ve finished the MEA on the first 2 panels!!  Here is a shot of them next to one another on my design wall:
 
panels-1_2
The Dijon mustard fabric in between them is in the “auditioning phase”…not sure that is a “go” or not just yet.  The third panel will also have jade swags and dark blue flowers.  I won’t be able to work on this again for a week, but I’m feeling totally “juiced up” by how far I’ve gotten so far.  Here’s a closer up shot that is very off-kilter:
 
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3 Comments

  1. QuiltShopGal Says:

    Going to be gorgeous. Love the colors and the design. I’m a bit jealous of your perfect placement skills. Wish I could come watch you do this. Absolutely perfect.

    QuiltShopGal
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  2. Suzy Webster Says:

    I love the shapes and the long panels. Thanks for the inspiration! Now I want to start a new project and I just got back from a 4 day retreat LOL

  3. Cherie Lumsden Says:

    Hi Patsy,

    Could you tell me the name of the sizzix die you are using. Love it and can’t seem to find it anywhere

    Many thanks

    Cherie

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