“Scatter Joy:” Art Quilt

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I LOVE to FINISH project!  Nothing like that feeling of accomplishment!  I’d been working on this piece for a couple months, and had published the finished picture in yesterday post – in case you missed it!  Sometimes things have to “simmer” on my quilting stove for a while!  Just call me a regular ol teapot! LOL.  I began with a piece of hand-dyed fabric, in BRIGHT orange!  Then came the words “Scatter Joy” from a notecard I ‘re-purposed’ from my favorite art teacher/artist extraordinaire – Katie Twedt!

I’m getting better at including some decorative stitches… no need for me to be prejudiced!  After all, everyone likes to get into the FUN… including the silver leaf (made for wood) but it’s great on fabric!

And then it was time to apply a ZIPPER—lime green!  Fabulous! Easy to apply free motion, as well as adding a decorative stitch – the triple straight stitch! And an experiment with some metallic foil – this time a different type, from “Jones Tones” with their dimensional foil glue.  I tried to hurry-up (mistake!)… and dry it faster with my heat gun.  No, No!  It bubbled… perhaps it’s okay on another day… but I didn’t like it on the zipper, when it bubbled. No biggie… onward and UPWARD! A dab of black thread.  This glue product is easy to sew through, FYI!

I had made my angelina fibers into a “fabric sheet” previous to placing on the appliques, of course.    I got to put into play my sizzix machine and the fusible appliques were a breeze!  No tedious hand-cutting, tracing… sore wrists!  I bought mine from Patsy Thompson’s webs site!  (She has good sales, too!) AND great service!

 Then a bit of a zig zag free motion edge-stitching on the flower petals- I call it the herky jerky!


 And you may notice… I don’t let it bother me when the lines cross!  “There is a time for everything under the sun” and free motion is no different!!!  Sometimes I don’t like it to cross…sometimes I’m really lovin’ it to cross!!!  Shake it up girls… break down that box that walls you in… and enJOY!

 I forgot to mention earlier… I also textured the orange fabric with bubble wrap, brushed with textile paint… as well as paintstiks!  I enjoy doing that so much!

As you can see, I also used two different bindings… couldn’t make up my mind?!!!  YUP.  Sometimes that’s a dilemma for me.  I liked the graphic “pop” of the black and white circles fabric… and I loved the purple to tie in the turquoise thread stitching and purple of the flowers – and it called out to be curved.  Straight edge was a bit boring!  So… curved edge it was… even though it’s still a bit of a boxy shape… but I LIKE it.

I hope you enjoyed the show! 

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