In class this week we are talking about borders. They are something that is familiar to traditional quilters, although not necessarily the way I do them 😂 I use borders as a way to add interest and also make a small quilt larger. They can be a really fun and easy way to add to your art quilt. I had a few examples in my mini series last summer, and here is another unconventional way to add borders. I started with greeting cards, and either placed them on a painted canvas, or made a new quilted piece to go behind the card. On one canvas I added chickadee tracks with a pen, and on the other I painted a simple hill to match the one on the card. It’s a very quick way to turn a quilted card into a little art piece!
If you want to give it a try, we’re doing a ‘buy two, get one free’ sale on card kits this week! Just purchase two card kits, then write in the notes section which one you would like for your free one. Then of course I'd love to see what you do if you do add background/border with one of these methods 😃 Happy Sewing! Beret
I don't do a lot of traditional type quilting/piecing, but when I see a technique like this I have to try it! I actually saw it (and tried it) more than 20 years ago first, no idea where... that was before too much internet was happening! Then a few years ago I set out to make a tutorial, and forgot a couple of the most important photos, and it took until now to make another one. There are lots of other bargello techniques out there too! I like how they can look like northern lights.
It's another 'very little math' way to make a quilt top/background. It always makes me laugh that I have so many of these when I don't mind the math at all 😂 I am pretty impatient though, so that must be why....
Anyway, this is so cool! I learned a few things, which I do every time. So now you have the benefit of me trying this three times, and hopefully working out a few of the bugs!
Super important thing #1: I wanted the light to end up in the middle, so I put the DARK in the middle for this step, it gets reversed! (If you were making a larger quilt, you could do more repetitions of the dark and light, hopefully that will make sense soon.
The first picture below has a few strips in the middle that don't change much, so I scooched a couple of them up a bit. The second has one with too much change, you want matching fabrics to touch at least a little! (from my second version of this technique) Again, this has to do with how you cut the curve in the first place. The first one must have had too much of a flat spot, and the one in the second photo had too steep of a curve. But I just had to scooch one of those also. The third photo shows my first one 20 years ago where I didn't notice until it was too late! Blurry ancient photo, but if you look close you can see at least one spot where the line of purple is interrupted. I did the colors a bit differently on that one also, the method I did this week isn't the only option!
In the last photo in this section, I show how I used chalk pencils to add a couple of registration marks on each pair of strips. This helped tremendously in attaching them together as you can't really go by the ends.
It's an unusual but fun technique, and I'm sure there are lots of ways to vary it. You can piece your original strips if necessary, but then you may have to trim off a bit when cutting vertical strips if a seam lands in an inconvenient place. This is about as wide as you can make it with wof strips though. I'm sure I'll post a picture of the finished quilt, follow my newsletter (sidebar) if you aren't, so you see it!. And let me know if you try it! Happy sewing, Beret
This will be another short one as I have an open house tonight (local people invited, but yeah… several inches of fresh snow…😅), and class starting Monday! Usually at this time of year I’m in the mad rush to make quilted greeting cards for bazaars. It definitely feels weird to not be (just doing the Raven Art Show November 3rd), but I’m also very excited about doing the class instead! But I thought I’d include a link to a gallery of some of my cards from the past. The greeting cards are great for trying a technique, and you end up with something practical too. I think my grand total for 15 years is around 5,500 now! And hundreds of different designs over the years. I think I have 12 kits and maybe another 12 or so patterns, but that’s a drop in the bucket 😂 Many are inspired by a particular fabric, so aren’t really suitable for a pattern. But I hope these give you some ideas and inspiration! I have another batch coming soon, I hope, that will be very different from any previous ones, hmm… 😃
Quilted Greeting Card Gallery
Happy sewing, and local people, enjoy the snow, and if you don’t live too far away, I hope you will still come tonight, 5-8 pm, 2335 Nugget Loop, between Valatta and Ivory Jacks! Beret
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I am a homeschooling mom of three fun kids, who are now old enough that I have a little time to pursue my passion for sewing! After several years of making quilted cards and art quilts, I'm now designing kits and patterns. Some of my designs have been in Keepsake Quilting and Art Quilting Studios magazine! I teach classes online, and am starting to do more traveling and teaching. I also have many tutorials, including some on YouTube. I am blessed to live in Alaska where I am surrounded by the inspiration provided by the beauty of God's creation!
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