Thursday, November 24, 2011

How to Make an Improvised Art Quilt: Day 4...Artful Manners

You'll be relieved to know that the next steps for creating the improvised quilt design from my fused silk scraps have fallen into place. After free-cutting 3 trumpet flowers, they are arranged on the background fabric in an artful manner. (An artful manner means positioning them at different heights and at different angles for an eye-catching effect.) Note the artfully placed green dots under the flowers to make artful flower bases.
 
The dainty doily is slipped under the pot as it is finally positioned on the red table. The flowers, table, doily, and pot are fuse-tacked into place.
 But wait!  Before fusing the pot down completely, a piece of release paper is place just under the rim. That way stems and leaves can go under the rim of the pot when they are added.
Feeling lazy, I use the same green fabric found in the flower pot and cut narrow bias stems for the flowers. The fabric is placed glue-side-up when cutting on the mat. This way the glue on fabric doesn't tack to the mat and stretch the glue on the narrow strips.
 It finally occurs to me that the pot needs a real rim in a color that will contrast with the stems and leaves. So a gold rim with a decorative cut pink fabric is added to the top of the pot.


Attaching a stem to the flower base dot, the stem is fused and curved down to the pot rim. The stem is sniped to size and tucked under the rim of the pot.

Now doesn't that feel good to be all tucked in? Stay tuned for more adventures in fusing tomorrow when we do more tucking! And for us in the US, Happy Thanksgiving!

2 comments:

WoolenSails said...

I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Debbie

shirley said...

I love the way your art quilt is coming along looking forward to seeing it finished.