Sunday, April 04, 2010

View from Here
A Negative Give-Away
To my distress I discovered that my stock of Fuse Fast Shapes has dwindled to a handful of dots and leaves! How can one function? These handy pre-fused shapes create  patterning on quilt tops like the leaves in the border of View from Here (above).

Fusing up several yards of fabric, I ran 6 layers of fused fabric squares through my handy dandy Accuquilt studio die cutter and made dots and leaves and petals. There, I feel much better.
When cutting out the shapes, there is a happy accident. The cut-away shapes, like these negatives of the leaf die, have great possibilities. Interested? Leave a comment on how you would use these pre-fused negative shapes and I'll give them out to whom ever comments with the best use of fused debris.



19 comments:

Beth said...

I can't be the first reader up this morning.... can I?

I can see some postcards, or ATC's or as a jumping off point for some practice 'free motion threadwork'...

Beth-Near Chicago

Maggie Szafranski said...

Postcards!

Maggie in E. Central Illinois

Melissa said...

I think they would look great on the front of hand bags or totes! I would fuse them to a printed fabric, perhaps with some organza or other sheer gauzy fabric in between to peak through. Then embellish with beads and threads and the like. They'd also work very cute as pages in a children's book. I can see fussy cut caterpillars and birds and lady bugs peeking through to be found and even perhaps different fabrics with different textures to feel!

Connie in Alabama said...

I would cut outside the shapes to form outlines of leaves, perhaps with scallops or spiky edges. And then I would use left overs to form leaf veins. I'd make a small quilt with the leaves and perhaps another shape.

Musicmaker said...

I can see a family tree quilt, with each leaf shape cutout as a frame for a photograph. The primary object in the quilt is a tree, with the roots extending all across the bottom border of the quilt. The entire top half or more of the quilt is leaf 'faces' of family members, including pets!

Nancy said...

Debris you call it? Oh, not at all! I'd likely fuse these negative shapes to another rectangle of pieced scraps, also backed with fusible. The colorful piecing would create a filler of reverse applique. Then would probably incorporate the piece in journal cover, postcards, totes. Or trim it further and combine these new leaf shapes into the above pieces. What fun. Nancy

quiltlegacy@juno.com

Shaz said...

Ah, yeah I second the photo idea, but print photos of the two kids onto fabric, overlay the leaves, quilt it up and give to grandparents for xmas. Even if I don't win, I think that's what I'll be doing this year....thanks ;)

KF said...

I'd experiment with reverse applique, too, and use them as borders. The AccuCut pieces are a bit too orderly for my taste, though. To introduce a more fluid and natural layout, I would cut the pieces in half, then play with trimming them down and placing them for a more organic feel. The trimmed pieces could be then scattered and fused around the outside or inside edge of the border like confetti.

The said...

Beautiful! I'd make a picnic quilt - love the imagery of sitting on fallen leaves. It would be beautiful with hand embroidered veins and maybe some little bugs and twigs scattered along the quilt.

Mary-Kay said...

I think they would be great to use as a stencil or as a form for some thread play, scattered around the edge of some photo.

Sewconsult said...

I see a toddler's book with reverse applique. Each leaf could contain a different textured fabric. Teaching textures & color is avery important lesson for little ones: smooth, rough, bumpy, ridges, slippery, & of course many colors choices.
Beckie in Brentwood, TN

sophie said...

I immediately thought of postcards. I would fill the leaf shapes with greetings and messages and doodles.

Jackie said...

Okay, the ideas already left are totally fabulous! To be completely honest, I will be so excited to win something from a famous quilter that I will look at them for quite a while, then I will use them in as many projects as possible, each time mentioning where I got them from. My first project would be an art quilt using this as negative space, with some negative spaced circles and build from there. Love the blog! Thank you!
Jackie from Canada

Cory said...

I would start with a table runner and matching coasters for my dining room table. Then maybe postcards and then a wall hanging. Oh, The fun I could have. Take care and God bless, Cory

Lynn said...

Love your debris! I would practice my embroidery inside the shapes! Then I would add them to a flower quilt or on some challah covers I am planning to make.

EKRLM said...

Too funny about the 'debris'. Years ago, I was in an ugly fabric swap and I brought my post swap bounty when I went to visit my sister and her family. My niece was probably 3 or 4 yrs old at the time. When we were busy, she took my uglies and artfully covered the couch in the den.. then declared: "Auntie, These aren't ugly fabrics! They are beautiful!"

My point? this isn't debris! This is a new palette! What a glorious opportunity! Just think of the whimsy that can be created in the form of wall hangings! And our guild's boutique is just the place to sell them and the proceeds will benefit our guild's service projects and other programs.

Pick Me! Pick Me! For this Opportunity for Debris!

Frog Quilter said...

I'd use them for I spy little quilts. How cute!

TheQuiltedFrog said...

I can see fusing them to another great colorful piece of fabric, adding wonderful stitching and creating a great wearable scarf!

Kathy said...

Honestly, I don't know off the top of my head what I would do with them. I would have to arrange them, play with them, study them more before I was able to move forward. They would be very happy living in my house in my box of ideas.....waiting for the right moment to shine.