Saturday, June 11, 2016

From MaryJoG.

I taught a class about making a quilt from a memory (using a simple sketch) or photo demonstrating with this piece. It began with a sketch that was enlarged to 18" by 24" to make a pattern.  Fabric choice is most important.  I've collected fabrics of many kinds over the years to use in landscape quilts.  Most are cottons but sometimes a silk or leather will fit perfectly.  The grass is a piece of cloth embellished with machine embroidery.  I do some thread painting and am learning to do more.  The quilt was embellished, embroidered and quilted in one step.  Fabric was placed on batting and then stitched and embellished.  Sometimes I use 505 basting spray but usually use hem tape to secure pieces.  It is a narrow iron on fusible.  A tiny bit will hold a piece down until it is stitched.  I decided to mount this piece on canvas and framed it.  My original sketch didn't have anything on the beach but it needed color, hence the chairs and sandcastle.