Saturday, December 12, 2009

Two down, three to go!

I just finished quilting and facing Purple Phalaenopsis last night, and I really like it. I’m still trying to decide if I need to darken a few places to make it clearer which petals are in front. I think I do, but I’m going to take it to the meetings of my two fiber art groups next week and ask their opinions first.

It is interesting to me how valuable it is to take photos of my work and look at them; I see different things, and tend to look at the whole composition in a different way than when the piece is right in front of me.

The metallic paints I used on part of this piece make these spots glisten; they look like satin, and really give the feel of the orchid’s petals. They always look so moist and shimmery to me in real life.

Here are some detail shots to show the quilting:

I have three more orchids to complete by February 1 so that they can hang in an exhibit by Fiber Art Options (details to come soon!). All must be approximately 24 x 36" like this piece. I’m excited to move on to the next one. They are going to look great all hanging together!


  1. This is a beautiful quilt!! The detail is amazing.

  2. WOW! They will look absolutely amazing as a group. Love seeing those details, Thanks.

  3. The colors and details are beautiful.
    I always lay a piece on the couch and then sit back and stare at it while I work on something else. It gives me better perspective to sit back from it and see things I might not like.


  4. Beautiful work, of course--yours always is! What caught my attention is 'facing' the quilt. I have recently found out that that means different things in different parts of the country. Do you have a description of how you do it? For me, facing does not cover the entire back of the piece, but is just a wide edge as in garment making facing. For others, it seems to be sew an entire 'envelope' around the piece, turn and sew the opening. My curiousity has been piqued by the terminology!

  5. My facing method is to sew four strips around the outside edges and then turn them to the back, pulling just the edge of the quilt with them, and then stitching them to the back.

    The other method you described I have always called a "pillowcase turn." I recently wrote instructions for both methods, as well as traditional binding, and hope to put them up as free PDFs on my blog and website soon.

  6. This is exquisite! It's great to see the closeups. Heidi

  7. Your work is exquisite. Thanks for allowing us to see the lovely details and share some of your thought process.

  8. Kathy, I just added my tutorial for how to face a quilt. This is my method, which is a combination of things I've learned from others and a few tricks of my own. If you go to the sidebar on my blog (on the right side) and scroll down, you'll see it listed under "Free Stuff."


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