Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Background Complete

So I have been working like a maniac trying to make some progress on 'The Big One' , which is a project I committed myself to with no understanding as to how complicated such an undertaking could possibly be.  But with extensive research, Suzanne type help, and trial and error.  I am proud to say that the hardest part is complete.  I present the 'as good as it gets' background. So the background measures approximately 54x64 inches and has a little jog in the thing, but lies what I like to call 'visually square', hahaha.  As previously mentioned in a passed post my camera isn't the best and it's hard to see the vast array of unlikely patterns that make up this thing.  I would like to verify that all clashes or mind boggling colour choices may be chalked up to my mothers unique style as this quilt is being specifically made for her.  I personally like posts that are photo rich, so here is a little photo diary of how I put this bloody thing together.
Cut our water pieces from freezer paper template

Ironed pieces from template onto selected fabric

Cut out around selected fabric, note to self; leave larger allowance around template pieces

Clip valleys of fabric for easy and smooth turn

I used a paintbrush to brush on some spray starch to help hold the turn
I used a comination of small applique iron and larger hot iron to iron seams over

Once all pieces were turned and pinned up to design wall, time to put them together! 
here are some of my pieces lined up on the fusible stabilizer stuff (I think the stuff you  would us in collars of shirts?), I found it at my local sewing shop.  It's only fusible on one side. 

Here is the water all fused together and ready to reveal the fabric.  I know there are other ways to do this so you can see what you are doing but I really enjoyed a little mystery. 

Sorry about the fuzzy photo, but here is the idea of stitching the pieces down, I used an invisible thread and a blanket type stitch. 

Go little Brother machine! This is the machine I use mostly. 

Ta Da! 
I have learned so much during this process, and if you want to make a background like this I recommend that you plan, plan, plan, and then scrap that plan and plan again (that's what I did and it worked out OK).  Anyhow I hope to have the applique heron ready to go in the next week, but I just may take a break instead and quilt a quilt for a couple of special little babies that I didn't get to hold because of my moving from British Columbia to Saskatchewan this summer :(.  I wish I could meet you Zoe and Trent.


  1. Great landscape for your heron. Looks like you got it together well.

  2. your quilt is sure coming together nicely. And all the instruction you gave us with the photos ... makes me want to give it a try. I'll be watching to see when you add the applique. Have a great day
    in stitches

  3. Nice work! It is a biggie, too! Good for you.

  4. Looks to me like you have the process well in hand! I have used this method on a number of wall hangings and it works very well. Will be back to see how you progress!

  5. That's lovely, and it's great to see the process you used. I want to make one now!

  6. It's wonderful! I love what you are doing. That sky is amazing!

  7. fabulous colours, and I love all your pictures of your progress - this will be a stunning quilt when you're done.

  8. It looks great! Loved all the photos of your progress!

  9. Beautiful! Love seeing your work through your pictures. Looking forward to seeing more!

  10. Very impressive, especially after looking at your first attempts! HA! I applaud your tenacity and am humbled.

    I just found your blog through the scrap quilt contest thingie and I laughed out loud at your little quilt description and what your 5 year old said. It was only after my outburst that I noticed that we live in the same province. Welcome to Saskatchewan. I hope you learn to love it here.

    I'll be following your blog. I really love your "voice" and your sense of humour, not to mention the beautiful creations you're making. You go quilt curves, girl!

  11. I am just catching upon reading blogs a little slow to respond ! :)
    This is looking great...looking forward to seeing the next phase!
    Are you settled in Kindersley now? I hear there is a great quilt shop there, although have not been there.