Sunday, September 4, 2016

After Inspire ~ We Create

Inspire.  Once that happens, it's time to create!  Right?!  I have to say, this past month has been all about gettin' it done.  Ideas!  I've had so many of those it makes my head spin!  My problem is once that idea takes root, I feel I need to act on it immediately.  And then there is the other side: idea, execute, improve upon said idea.

'CREATE'
11 1/2 x 31"
Remember the Inspire quilt?  Well, I felt there were plenty of areas I could improve and explore. Tweak a technique, that I like to call 'Faux Trapunto', to see if I could up the ante a bit!

This piece was not suppose to happen, at least not this soon.  Sunday was the day I would quilt a piece that was inspired (that word again!) by color.  The problem was I didn't have a clear idea how I wanted to quilt it.  So, I set it aside.  

I was so focused on making 'Create' that I didn't take a single picture of my progress!  I knew I wanted to use lower case letters and make them small.  They ended up being roughly 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" and it gave me a starting point.



I began piecing the grey and white scraps haphazardly together in sections until I was sure there were enough to finish the top.

The real test was piecing the improv to the colored pieces!  It's always interesting, but nearly always comes together eventually.

With the top finished, the next step is the letters.  I had my batting strips ready to go, my glue bottle handy and the iron heated up.  The tricky part was getting the letters and the top aligned. After some fiddling and repositioning, it came together.



It was so much easier to quilt lower case letter!  With the 'Inspire' quilt, I tried to quilt around the words as close to the batting as I could.  I was please with it, but totally.  This time, I used my zipper foot and adjusted the needle.  This time I was 100% satisfied!



I grabbed my variegated pastel thread and went crazy after that!  Visual interest, rainbow color and making those letters standout was the goal.

  

Next up, quilt the background!  Free motion quilting tiles worked with the design and I always have so much fun doing it!

  

The binding is random scraps, most of which were pieces left over from other bindings.  It's always a good idea to save the extra pieces for such occasions!  

Then another idea came up!  Again.  Does it ever end?!  Thankfully not!



Why not use the variegated thread and stitch on the binding?  So I did, and I like it. Looking at the overall piece, it isn't that noticeable.  


   
I had a hard time getting good pictures of this little bugger!  Auto color was not my friend with this!



Even so, I still played with a photo shot or two!  I'm loving the diamond shadow play from the deck rail!



Are there more ideas?  More words?  Of course.  I'm thinking a secret surprise mini is in order for some unsuspecting person!  But first I need to get caught up on my Epic BOM, design and write a tutorial for a block and make a couple pillows!



What word would you like to see using this method?  I see shapes and symbols and words, oh my!  There is never any limits when it comes to quilting!  


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41 comments :

  1. I love how crisp the letter came out in this version, Jayne. You are clearly learning and growing with each iteration you try your technique with. There are so many great words I can think to use: explore, love, health, grow, learn, quilt (!!!)... it will be fun to see how you use and grow this technique next.

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  2. This is properly fantastic! I love how you are grabbing your idea and rolling with it, learning how to push it as far as you can. Keep going!

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  3. Now I'm wordless, Jayne! Ok I'm not, but still it's not enough if I say this is amazing, you know what I mean. and I love pastels and the diamond shadow! Did you try to put the wadding stripes for the letters on the backside of the quilt top and not on the wadding? I want to try this! But I have a puppy still at home and can't open my sewing room's door! x Teje

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  4. Прекрасно, эксклюзивно.

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  5. Jayne, the letters are so distinct! Well done! And the variegated thread is a nice touch!

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  6. Beautiful! Pattern she asked hopefully? 😊

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  7. Another winner! Ooh, there's a word ... or how 'bout "believe."

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  8. I love this creation! It is so beautiful. I would love to do something like this for my sewing/office wall.

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  9. Yup another winner. It's so interesting to see where your ideas and skill building will lead you!

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  10. This is absolutely fantastic! Those letters are so crisp, great idea to use your zipper foot. The possibilities really are endless now! :)

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  11. This one really speaks to me, love it!!! I think you need to do one that says Quilt!

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  12. This is mind-blowing. You really blew this one out of the water! Is there something you used under the letters to make them stand out...like cording? My word has always been "believe", so I would and WILL try your technique to make a mini quilt for my wall. Thank you!

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  13. I really like this! Lovely colors, scrappy background and beautiful workmanship - what's not to love! I am so happy you shared it with Oh Scrap!

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  14. This is the coolest thing. I love this piece!

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  15. CARPE DIEM - which is exactly what you did. I can't wait to try this later today.

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  16. I like every single detail of this quilt--you really were inspired to create a masterpiece! I'd happily hang it on my wall, in a place of honor and high visibility.

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  17. I love this! Extreme inspiration. Plus, it is really pretty. YOU are very creative! Yes! I can see all kinds of words for this.

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  18. incredible! I love words on quilts & this is simply amazing.

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  19. Beautiful! The play of shapes and colors is intricate and makes the eye travel around again and again, taking in further details.

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  20. OMGosh. This is a real winner. I love the pastel FMQ and how you carried it out into the binding. I love the color. I love the mosaic background. It is all perfect.

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  21. So beautiful! Congrats from Italy :)

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  22. Beautiful, Jayne! I SO appreciate reading your process in making this quilt! Your creativity is such and inspiration! I love your idea of doing some stitching on the binding! It looks great :)

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  23. It's wonderful. I've never seen anything like it. The exact edge and puffiness from the zipper foot really works. Congrats!

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  24. This piece is captivating. I've enjoyed following your process journey on this technique. I'm glad you're experimenting and sharing so I might be able to give the method a try when it suits a quilt.

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  25. This is AWESOME! They just keep getting better and better. I think you have stumbled on to something with your technique. I am amazed at how the letters pop right off the piece.

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  26. I absolutely LOVE this. Other words I can see are "friend" and "quilt".

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  27. This is AMAZING! You never cease to inspire me.

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  28. Wow! This is absolutely stunning, I love the quilting around the letters, so perfect in lower case, and that pieced background just works! Inspiring work indeed - I would go with family, love, and be happy! ;)

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  29. This looks so good Jayne. The lowercase letters are perfect and I love the way you got them to really stand out.

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  30. I saw this on IG and was totally fascinated by the raised letters in the quilting - such a nice touch! Love the little extra on the binding... those are the kind of extras that I like to add to a quilt. This sure would be fun to try with some organic shapes. More? Yes, please.

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  31. Your creativity and workmanship are amazing. Your quilt is really fun to look at.

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  32. Beautiful! I love how you set each letter in it's own color and the variegated quilting around the letters is excellent!

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  33. Beautifully done! The pastels with the neutrals really works and the quilting works so well with the design.

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  34. These lowercase letters came out even better this time. I have 3 small wooden plaques hanging on my wall - one saying Imagine, one saying Dream, and one saying Believe. I think those would look great on fabric.

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  35. Wow...this is awesome. Where do you get all these ideas??? And then the time to actually finish them all??

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  36. I'll add my awe to everyone else's. LOVELY project. I keep thinking of all the six letter words I can spell in rainbows.

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