I am enjoying the process of making these small quilt squares and trying new techniques.
Block #10 – Pink Balloons – I liked the look of the building in this card with the balloons. So I tried out a new quilting design from Leah Day’s book – 365 Free Motion Quilting Designs. First I used the “Cubing” design #47 because it looked like a brick wall on gray fabric. But the gray color was not “upbeat” enough so I switched to a light purple/pink background and quilted the square again. I tried a couple of window designs before the final design. I added a sheer fabric over the window to give the illusion of glass. I used decorative stitches on the window frame and window sill (stitch # 750 and #637) to add some details. I hand stitched on the yarn “strings” before fusing the balloons to the piece. Using free motion quilting, I added a spiral design to the balloons.
Block #11 Curved Weaving – I have done fabric weaving before using straight strips of fabric so curved weaving was new to me. I followed the directions for weaving fabric in the book ” Fabric Embellishing – The Basics & Beyond”. The pictures and directions were easy to follow. The fabric has fusible web on the back so you can iron the fabric in place after the weaving. I will definitely use this technique in the future. I used a small satin stitch to stitch along the weaving lines. Using free motion quilting, I quilted the fused leaves and branches and other details in the background – circles and another branch with leaves.
Block #12 Tree with hearts: I received this cute card with a teal tree with hearts instead of leaves. I found a package of different size heart buttons and small multi-colored buttons at a craft store. After quilting the background, I fused on the teal tree and free motion quilted the tree to the background. Then I started stitching on buttons. I think I got carried away because I stitched on 84 buttons. LOL. Then I trimmed down the block. I decided to baste the edges of the block on the machine. Oops. Some of the buttons were now too close to the edge. So I have to remove about 15 buttons and re-stitch them further away from the edge. The block that keeps on giving.
Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna