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Journal 15

“What Shade Are You?” Flying Geese Quilt

I could not believe it when RJR Fabrics emailed me about participating in their Cotton Supreme Solids block hop. No one had ever asked me to participate in their blog hop, so I was very excited!

When I received the color card in the mail I was blown away by just how many color choices they had to offer. I don’t normally work with strictly solids so I had no idea what to make or what colors to choose. I decided to pull a color palette with greens, blues, red, pink and mustard as my color inspiration! I chose 15 colors (including 5 background colors):
Tickled Pink
Caviar
Anemone
Carolina
Proud as a Peacock
Kelly Green
Sprout
Peridot
Golden Topaz
Bandana
Greyhound
Burlap
Linen White
Kona Coffee
Sand Dune

Wow when the fabrics arrived I could not get over the vibrant hues and how soft and how much body they had.

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I knew whatever I decided to make, I couldn’t just use solids, I had to toss in a few Cotton and Steel Black & white prints (obviously). Here are the prints I used:
Bear hug metallic
Flock metallic
Hoos there
2.5″ Gingham Black
Petite Plus
Sprinkle Black Cat
I wanted to create a unique pattern with improv and modern piecing. While I was way outside my comfort zone, why not draft a large paper piecing quilt pattern… So, I created my own flying geese pattern that graduated in size from 12″ wide to 1/2″ wide geese. For the centers of the flying geese I pieced together slivers of solids and B&W fabrics creating fabric to cut from.

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For the background I used a graduation of neutrals from light to dark.

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To give the quilt a modern feel I left a bunch of negative space in the background.

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For the backing I pieced together leftover colored solids, Cotton and Steel B&Ws, and background fabrics.

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Since there was a ton of negative space, why not play around with graffiti quilting to enhance the body of the fabrics and the texture of the quilting? To continue with the modern/improv feel I quilted using Aurifil 50wt thread in a variety of colors that coordinated with the Cotton Supreme Solids.

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I bound the quilt in leftover solid scraps and B&W fabrics.

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Finished Quilt Size: 52 x 60

Happy Quilting!

XX Casey

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Journal 14

Thread Painted Poppy Pillow
When I first saw the gorgeous Handcrafted Patchwork fabrics by Alison Glass I was blown away. I love how these patterns lend themselves more to quilting since the designs are closer together.

 Of course I wanted to use the fabrics as the base for a thread painting but what? Then I thought of my poppy design that I drew a few years ago.


 Since poppies are found in grassy fields, I pulled the fabrics with mostly greens for the background. I chose to piece a herringbone pattern that would be something different and allow for various fabrics to be showcased (pieced with Aurifil 50 wt).


I wanted to make sure my poppies stood out from the busy background so I decided to thread paint them bright red and magenta/purple with Aurifil 50 wt. I recolored my design to give the petals more of an ombré effect (a technique I mastered in the Tula Pink owl). I thread painted the black outlines first and then came back and applied the colors. 


Once the poppies were complete Mom told me they looked strange floating in mid air so after polling Instagram, I added grass!


 I actually like how the grass turned out. I like how it appears more as a shadow effect with a few different shades of green.


 I didn’t want to make another mini quilt so I ventured out and this was my first attempt at a thread painted pillow. So I decided not to use the Peltex Double Sided Fusible that I typically use to stabilize the thread painting for fear it would make the pillow too stiff, instead I used a couple layers of fusible batting and SF101. Using the batting however made the thread painting pucker slightly so I knew whatever quilting I chose in the background needed to be heavy enough to quilt out the puckers. I wanted to accentuate the handcrafted fabrics not take away from them so I tried quilting with Aurifil Monofilament thread in smoke (on top and regular Aurifil 50 wt in bobbin). I quilted each herringbone section differently and quilted around the fabric designs to make them pop! I absolutely love the way the front of the pillow came out and I actually think I like the quilting better than the thread painting!! Lol


For the back I used Olive Essex Linen with a pieced strip using leftover handcrafted scraps from the front. I wanted to play around with free motion quilt designs so I graffiti quilted the back testing out patterns. I practiced my feathers/ feather variations, pebbles, checkered, and swirls etc. 


I enjoyed the graffiti quilting and definitely want to do more in the future! I quilting the back with Aurifil Monofilament thread in smoke. The thread blends in perfectly with olive Essex, but I had known the quilting would have turned out so well I would have chosen a thread that stood out. (Oh well, there is always next time)



The pillow came out beautifully! I am very pleased with the result and I will be making more thread painted pillows soon!


Happy Quilting!
Xx Casey

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Journal 13

2 for 1 double gauze quilt!

Last November I met the talented and inspiring Katy Jones who is the editor of Quilt Now magazine. After realizing how much quilty-greatness is inside each issue of Quilt Now magazine, I knew that is exactly what I should get mom for Christmas. Enclosed in one of the first issues was not only one great quilt pattern but a 2 for 1! Even Better!

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I found this pattern very simple but perfect for busy fabrics with big, bold designs.

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I had a bug to try working with a new (to me) textile, double gauze! I started with a great bundle of Nano Iro from Trailer Stash Fabrics and added a few additional pieces to have enough fabric for the pattern. This quilt would be solely double gauze fabrics from Nano Iro, Heather Ross and Cotton and Steel.

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I had a feeling this fabric would be a bit tricky to work with and have a lot of play. To my surprise the piecing wasn’t too difficult with a little starch. The quilt top went together very quickly. Once it was all together I could now tell the blocks were a bit wonky due to the play in the fabric.

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6 months later I am finally ready to quilt this soon-to-be cuddly quilt. I wasn’t sure how I should quilt it. I ended up choosing a very simple design that would not take away from the bold prints but also not too tight that might distort/destroy the delicate nature of the double gauze fabric. On the small triangles on each side of the flying geese pattern I straight line echoed inside the triangles. On the larger center triangles I continuously echoed the triangle design about 1/2 inch apart.

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The quilting was going quickly but it was getting a little boring so I decided to mix it up. On every column I changed it up by adding a different design to one center triangle block.

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After only 2 days of quilting it was finished! The blocks appear more wonky than I would like but i still love it.

 

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I bound the quilt in the leftovers from the back. After I threw it in the wash it was SO crinkly and cuddly! And what was even better was that the wonky blocks were not near as noticeable as before. I am so happy with how it came together (wonky blocks and all) and it is the softest quilt I have ever made!

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For the back I used a large piece of my favorite from Nano Iro and Cotton and Steel (and selvage)!

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I hope this quilt inspires you to step outside your comfort zone and try something new.

Happy Quilting!

XX Casey

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Journal 12

Halloween Fancy Fox Quilt!

So this time last year (2015) I had the idea to make a halloween-inspired quilt when my Cotton and Steel halloween bundle arrived. I knew I wanted to make the Fancy Fox pattern by Elizabeth Hartman, so why not combine these two ideas into one?

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I gathered my new fabric bundle, a few additional halloween fabrics by Sarah Watson and Tula Pink, and some of my Cotton and Steel basics. I decided to pull all of the low volume and text print fabrics we (Mom and I) had together to use as the background fabrics. For the muzzles I went with essex linens and for the eyes/noses I used solid black (unless the fabrics were predominantly black, then I used metallic fabric).

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As I was creating each fox I loved each one more than the last. It took 42 foxes and some time but the top was complete.

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Fast forward 8 months and I was headed to Atlanta, Ga for Sewtopia quilt retreat. One of the outings at Sewtopia was a tour of the Cotton and Steel studio, so I brought my fox quilt top along for the Cotton and Steel designers to sign. I also got Elizabeth Hartman to sign a block (pictured below)!

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Last week I finally got around to quilting it. I had the idea from the start to quilt it in a spider web free motion design, so in each quilt block i quilted a spider web. The quilting took a little time but I absolutely love the way it turned out.

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I bound the quilt in leftover dot/skull fabric (Cotton and Steel) from the backing.

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Here is the back! I used the dot/skull fabric from Cotton and Steel in two color ways tan and mint. I joined them together and made sure to keep the GREAT selvage (of course)!

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I used one of my first leather white labels!

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Now it’s finished just in time to enjoy at this year’s halloween!

I hope this quilt inspires you to make a Halloween themed quilted as well!

Happy Quilting!

xx Casey

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Journal 11

My Thread Painted Quilt Goes To Market (Spring 2016)!

I was awe struck when I first met Tula Pink in November. But I was even more overjoyed to find out that she loved the thread painted mini quilt I made her so much that she said she would be in contact with me.

In early January I was so excited to open my email and find a message from Tula Pink. It felt like a dream! In Tula’s email she explained that she wanted me to make a thread painting using her newest Ultimate Thread Collection for Aurifil Threads. She sent me the design for the cover of her thread collection and I immediately recognized it as the owl from Full Moon Forest. She said I had to include the owl as the focal design and maybe incorporate flowers from various lines, but that the ultimate design was up to me. 


I got to work on my design and actually used my Tula Pink coloring book to figure out how I wanted to color the designs and which flowers to use. I decided to include flowers from Chipper, Elizabeth, and Moonshine. I thought it was important to utilize as many colors as I could in the design to best represent the vast range of colors in her threads. My favorite colors are pink and aqua so I wanted those to be the main colors in the thread painting with splashes of purple, orange, yellow and green. Tula mentioned that it would cool if I could thread paint the colors with an ombré effect, so in almost every large section that’s exactly what I did! I was very nervous to send her my colored design because what if she said she didn’t like it and I’d have to start all over again. I felt a huge sense of relief when she said she liked my design.


Now I had to figure out exactly how large to blow up the design so that the the thread would make an impact from far away (but also that I could realistically thread paint in the time I had and with the amount of thread I was given). My next challenge was determining how I was going to transfer this large design onto my fabric (Tula Pink True Colors grey daisies). I thought my best bet would be to use a light box, except that the light box was very small compared to the size of my design. I decided to keep tracing even though it was like seeing through mud and every time I moved onto a different area I had to shift the design/fabric on the light box (this was very frustrating since most of the time my previous lines did not match up!!) Despite my frustration I finished tracing onto my fabric with pencil. 


After adhering the Peltex 72F (double-sided fusible stabilizer) and SF101 to the back of the fabric I retraced the design with frixon pens. Now I was ready for the thread to arrive!


I was relieved to know the thread colors were very close to the colors I used in my design (because I had no idea what colors were in the collection when I made my design). Wow it is gorgeous!! 

I began the actual thread painting in mid March. I started by thread painting the thin grey outline on the owl. 


I began filling in the owl in all the blue sections. If they were ombré I always started by applying the darkest thread first and ending with the lightest thread. I was tired of thread painting blue and was so glad when I could move onto all the pink/purple sections. 



I filled in the pink and purple sections and even the smallest sections near the eyes. Whew, those were tiny sections that only needed 4-5 stitches to cover!


Next, I added the coral, orange and yellow accents.


Now to add a gorgeous rainbow of color around the paisleys (which means 24 different thread and bobbin color changes!) But I absolutely love it, it’s one of my favorite parts of the thread painting.



Next up was the green leaves around the side and head of the owl. 


Time to start the flowers! For the middle flower from Elizabeth, I chose my darkest colors, navy, purple, and dark pink. I started thread painting the petals first instead of the navy outline. By doing it this way the dark thread of the outline can go over and hide any imperfections in the petals. I love how the dark navy outline makes this flower appear to be popping off the fabric!



 I moved on to the flowers from Chipper in pink, coral, and orange with hints of blue and yellow to transition between other flowers.


 For the flowers from Moonshine I thread painted them in yellow and orange with hints of pink. 


Now the thread painting was complete! It took me almost an entire month (on and off) to thread paint just the owl. In total it took me around 50-60 hours to thread paint the entire design. 


I had 2-3 weeks left to piece and quilt the mini quilt. I wanted to keep my piecing to a minimum to draw the attention to the thread painting. I decided to modify Tula’s Stacks quilt pattern by adding flying geese (my favorite paper piecing designs) and shrinking it down. Tula and I both thought rainbow order was the obvious choice for the borders. 


So I began pulling all my Tula Pink stash out and making sure it was in rainbow order. (Wow I own a bunch of Tula fabric!) I used some of my mom’s stash too and combined we had nearly all of her previous lines represented (also some treasured fabrics like my Prince Charming Frogs). 


I made the cutest micro 2 inch pinwheels! 


As I was laying out my strips, pinwheels, and flying geese, I was surprised at how many pieces I had to add to make my sides the correct length. (Thank you mom @kbcjohn for helping with the layout) I actually had to go buy fabric that would go in specific spots to add length and remain in color order. In the corners I chose major focal fabrics since these were larger squares. I wanted the stacks to look as if they were floating so I used the same tone on tone grey daisy fabric.


Time for quilting! I knew I wanted to attempt feathers that would wrap around the owl thread painting to create a cohesive finished design. But I had never done feathers other than on a few samples. I watched Angela Walters feather tutorials on Craftsy to get the motion down. I decided I didn’t want to free hand the feathers so I used a water/air soluble pen to draw the feathers on the quilt top. For the remainder of the grey background I quilted simple straight lines. In the stacks I sampled all different quilt designs, from pebbles to swirls. I left the pinwheels and flying geese unquilted to add dimension to the quilt. I hand bound the quilt in the same grey fabric so it wouldn’t distract from the thread painting/borders. The quilt finished 28 inches by 30 inches. 


I absolutely love the way it came out. This is the largest and best piece I have ever created! 




I’m so honored that Tula asked me to make this piece to represent her Ultimate Thread Collection. (This photo is the thread debut at Schoolhouse)


 I can’t believe that my quilt will be hanging in the Aurifil booth at Quilt Market and then go on to tour with Aurifil at quilt shows. (This all still feels like a dream!) I can’t wait to see it hanging in the booth!

See you at Market!

Happy Quilting!

Xx Casey

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Journal 10

My First Fitted Dress!

I knew when I spotted the Emery Dress (pattern by Christine Haynes) on Indie Sew that I had to make it. This would be my first attempt at a fitted dress but I loved the silhouette and classic/vintage style. I really wanted to make it using my Tula Pink Free Fall fabric I bought back in the Fall. I thought my small pink floral print by Liberty of London (that I have been hoarding) would be perfect for the collar and bow accents.  

 I decided to go with the PDF pattern that you print at home and tape together. I had no idea I would be taping an 8ft long sheet of paper together. I haven’t decided whether I will be using a PDF pattern again in the future.


Thanks to a great teacher at Sewingly Yours, Camille, who measured me, reviewed the bodice pattern pieces and figured out exactly what size I would need to make. With her expertise the fit was perfect the first time with no alterations needed! 

I modified the pattern to be a sleeveless dress rather than short sleeves (mainly because I was on a time crunch and it looked cute without sleeves). I also didn’t line the bodice because I was on a deadline and the fabric was thick enough that it was not necessary. 


I loved the way it came out! I love the hot pink exposed zipper and the Liberty zipper tab! I will definitely say making garments is not at all similar to making quilts, there are a whole new set of skills and lingo I need to learn! But I will absolutely be making more Emery dresses and garments! I can’t wait to wear it at Quilt Market!
Happy Sewing!

XX Casey

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Journal 9 – Chalk and Paint Blog Tour!

Chalk & Paint Thread Painted Mini Quilt!

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I was excited to find out that I was chosen to participate in the Chalk & Paint blog tour to showcase Sew Caroline’s newest fabric collection Chalk & Paint. I have always admired the vibrancy and whimsy that shines through in her fabric design and clothes patterns.
I fell in love with the Sprightly color way because of the mix of soft pastels and pops of bright colors, and I knew this was the perfect color way to show off my mini quilt.

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I started by capturing the circular motion and fluidity you feel from the Sprayed Blooms print and translating that into a fun and whimsical thread painting. To create the same motion in the thread painting I actually applied the thread in the exact same motion your eye follows, so that if you look closely the thread flows in the same direction as the pattern. I used Aurifil 50 wt thread for the thread painting!

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I decided to showcase the hydrangea using cutouts from a variety of Chalk & Paint fabrics for the petals. I loved how the mix of fabrics in the hydrangea paired so well with calming solids in the thread painting.

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For the background I really wanted to keep it subdued and modern but with a twist, so I chose to add improv chunks of the Writings on Walls print and coordinating AGF solids. (This was way outside my comfort zone!) I thought the solids would keep the background subtle, yet the text print (which I love!) would add unexpected pops of texture.

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So my favorite part of the whole design might be surprising but it was not the thread painting! My favorite design element was the triangles.

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From the moment I saw the Triangle Brush Varnish print I knew I had to figure out a way to recreate that into a block. I decided to paper piece tiny strips of the Chalk and Paint fabrics to make the triangles.

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I wanted the triangles to look as if they were falling off the edges of the mini quilt. Some of the triangles I left whole to truly show off the gorgeous fabric, while others were chopped and pieced to appear floating. (If you look closely you will actually see a few triangles that are made of Chalk & Paint selvages.)

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For my quilting I stuck with the freeform, street art theme and did my version of graffiti quilting. The improv piecing created many seams and intersections in the background, so I decided to enhance that by free motion quilting a different design in each space. I decided to leave a few blocks and triangles unquilted to add dimension. I quilted he mini with Aurifil 50 wt thread.

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To finish off the Chalk & Paint mini quilt and tie all the elements together I bound it in the Dripping Paint print (stripe binding of course!). The mini is roughly 24 inches by 26 inches finished.

Here are a few extra photos of the mini hanging by street art, I am not sure what could be more perfect. (Don’t you just love the gum ball machine!)

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I am thrilled with my finished mini quilt! Now what will you be inspired to make?

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Check out the other stops on the Chalk & Paint Blog Tour for your inspiration!

Cristy Stuhldreher http://www.iloveyousew.com

Katie Skoog http://www.TheSimpleLifeCompany.com/blog

Jenn Thurston http://www.quiltedthimblecottage.com/blogs/quilts-and-conversations

Robin Hill http://www.patternrevolution.com

Alicia Bruce http://www.loveknotphoto.com/blog

Holly Hughes http://www.hollygetsquilty.com

Christopher Thompson http://www.thetattooedquilter.com

Alexis Wright http://mysweetsunshinestudio.com/

Adrianna Appl http://www.heyjunehandmade.com

Taylor Urban http://www.taylormadecreates.com

Hayley Crouse http://www.welcometothemousehouse.com

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And last but certainly not least..the Instagram GIVEWAY!
Do yo want to win a full Fat Quarter bundle of Sew Caroline’s Chalk & Paint fabric?

Here is how:
• Post/repost on Instagram your favorite image from the blog tour (any photo from any blog post) crediting the maker/photographer OR the giveaway image.
• Use the hashtag #chalkandpaintgiveaway and tag @sewcaroline
• You can enter once per day
Want more info about the giveaway? Go to: sewcaroline.com/2016/02/chalk-and-paint-blog-tour.html
Happy Quilting🙂

xx Casey

Journal 8

Secret thread painting for a sweet friend!

 

When I met Katy Jones (@imagingermonkey) at Glamp Stitchalot I thought she was so nice and helpful. She was even sweet enough to give me her adorable Olfa rotary cutter pin from Quilt Market when I mentioned how cute it was. A few weeks after Glamp I emailed and asked her questions about the industry and she was so quick to respond with suggestions and advice. I knew I had to do something for her generosity, so of course I had to thread paint her a mini quilt.

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I looked at all the patterns in her Priory Square fabric collection and tried to decide which one would work best for the thread painting. I chose to use the fabric Sunday Clippings for the mini. I love the “ugly bird” (as Katy would say) and the collage looking cutouts. I especially love the way the soft watercolor flowers mix with the rigid harsh lines.

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I figured the perfect design to thread paint was the watercolor poppy with the bird. I started drawing out the bird and flower design using a chalk pencil and eraser so that it would be visible on the dark navy background fabric. I thread painted with Aurifil thread colors in 50 wt.

I began thread painting the bird and started with the maroon outline. I then went back and filled in with the ivory around the outline, which was a little tricky not to accidently go over.

Next up was the flower, which I was eager to start! I thread painted the flower in layers from the bottom color to the top color. I loved how the colors mixed together and overlapped creating different color values.

I decided to add the stem and leaves behind flower and bird to tie the whole design together.

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I used the Peltex 72F double-sided fusible to stabilize the thread painting and keep it flat and not pucker, especially with two separate designs.

When I was trying to figure out how to piece the mini I thought about what she liked, half square triangles (HST) and hexies. I of course I knew she liked hexies because that was the class she taught at Glamp Stitchalot. I used fabrics from her Art Gallery collection Priory Square and other fabrics that I thought coordinated well. I wanted to give the borders more of scrappy look by using a variety of patterned fabrics for the HSTs and hexies.

I decided it would look awesome to thread paint the Priory Square logo like the one from the Aurifil box.

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I quilted around the thread painting using a tiny micro stipple, to keep the balance between the size of the designs and the quilting. For the HST border I did matchstick quilting in alternating directions. On the hexie border I quilted them in a grid pattern in all directions, which gave them volume. I knew for the last border I wanted to find a quilt pattern with fluid movement to compliment the floral fabric. So I began researching the quilting Katy liked. I found out that many of her quilts were quilted in a ribbon stipple pattern. So I knew that would be the perfect quilt pattern to use.

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I absolutely love the way the mini turned out and I really hope you love it too, Katy!

Happy Quilting!

 

Xx Casey

Journal 7

Bee Thread Painting!

In the fall of 2014 I decided I wanted to join a quilt swap. I had seen all the beautiful swap creations on instagram and I knew I had to join in on the fun. I signed up for the Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt Swap. I was so excited when I got the scoop on my partner, so I of course began social media stalking her and realized she loved Heather Ross. I was thrilled to learn that she liked Heather Ross, because I did as well, so I had plenty of fabric to choose from.

I decided I wanted to thread paint her a Heather Ross design for her mini quilt. I chose to thread paint the bee from the Briar Rose collection. I at first wanted to choose the bee holding the baby bee and quilt, but I figured I should try a less detailed bee, so I chose the one collecting pollen.

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I began by drawing the design out onto an orange fabric that was close to the shade of orange she used in the fabric collection. Next, I started thread painting the face; I layered the Aurifil thread down lightly to lessen the puckering. Heather Ross’ designs present a certain challenge because she uses dark, thin, sketch lines in the designs to add detail. Thin small details are the most difficult to thread paint because they are usually made up of only one or two stitches at the most and if you stitch too much the design will not be proportional. (You can see in the scarf on the bee’s head there are a few of these dark sketch lines.)

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I thread painted the bee’s body next and finished with the wings.

Now I had to make a decision, “What was the piecing/ border going to be?” I stuck with the simple route as to not distract from the thread painting. I had a 2.5” mini charm pack of Briar Rose that I knew I wanted to incorporate. I had the idea to make it appear that the orange background fabric was shattering into the border. To do this I added random corner pieces of orange fabric to the Briar Rose 2.5” squares. I then decided on the most balanced layout and sewed the squares together with the orange corners facing inward toward the thread painting.

Now to figure out how I should quilt the mini. I quilted around the thread painting in a micro stipple to take up the puckering and extended this quilting into the orange points. I really wanted to show off the chevron-like design that the orange points created so I echo quilted on both sides of the seam. For the border I kept it simple yet unique by matchstick quilting. I bound the mini in the strawberry print with white background.

Although this mini was a little guy at only 13” in diameter, I loved it so much and it was so hard to give away! I know it has a good home with Cassie (@sassypants12). Here is the entire package of goodes that I sent.

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Happy Quiilting!

 

Xx Casey

 

Journal 6

Ex Libris Thread Painting

I knew when I found out who was going to be teaching at Glamp Stitchalot that I wanted to make a thread painting for each teacher. I soon realized that making six thread paintings was probably no going to happen in time for Glamp, so I started with Alison Glass and Tula Pink.

I researched which print would work best for Alison and settled on the butterfly from her Ex Libris collection in the warm colorway.

butterfly croppedI thread painted the butterfly using Aurifil thread on a light lavender solid fabric. I started thread painting with the white thread and put down a base layer. I then moved on to the citron green color in the wings. Next I thread painted the plum and raspberry colors of the dots, body and outlines.

Since the thread painting wasn’t very large I wanted to make the piecing and borders detailed to make up for it. I decided I want to piece the borders using Alison’s quilt patterns. I shrunk down the feather blocks for the first border and I shrunk down a few of her tessellations blocks for the second border. For the final border I chose to use the bookplate petal fabric to give a comparison to the thread painting and to tie the whole mini together. I used Handcrafted and other AG fabrics that coordinated with the Ex Libris bookplate petal fabric for the piecing.

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For the quilting I did matchstick quilting on the feather and tessellations and left a few sections un-quilted to add dimension. I quilted in micro stippling around the thread painted butterfly. For the final border I quilted in a hydrangea floral pattern to compliment the fabric.

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I love how this mini quilt came together. I think I like the piecing just as much or if not more than the thread painting. I was sad to give this one away but I know it has a great home!

 

Happy Quilting!

Xx Casey