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My View Quilt

April 22, 2012

Greetings from Paducah! Wendy and I arrived this evening and we’ll be helping to  hang the show tomorrow. God is good :-)!

I decided I needed to do a bit of follow up on my window view challenge. I haven’t received any pictures of quilts from those who sent me view pictures, but I did get my snowman quilt done. We haven’t had a flake of snow since 3 days after this picture was taken.

So, I decided I’d better share it now before summer is upon us.

I decided to try a number of new techniques. To begin with I chose a vintage damask napkin for the background with the idea of creating the scene as a wholecloth on it.

Step 1 – I reversed the image on the computer and then enlarged it on the computer using the instructions in my May 23rd post.

Step 2 – I ironed Decorbond ™ stabilizer to the back of the napkin and pinned the enlarged picture to the center of the stabilizer.

Step 3 – On the paper pattern side I free motion stitched around all the trees, the snowman and the snow drifts using bobbin thread to match each area.

Step 4 – I turned to the napkin side and colored in the trees and shadows with watercolor pencils. Then I took a damp q-tip and blended the colors.

Step 5 – I thread painted everything from the napkin side (this is how the paper side looked after the thread painting).

Step 6 – I removed all the paper and layered the napkin with batting and backing.

Step 7 – I quilted around the main objects and the border (frame of the picture) and then bound the edges.

Step 8 – I couched yarn over the picture frame and inside the binding

and Voila! A fun experiment and a unique quilt!

Stay tuned – next week I’ll bring you the inside scoop on Paducah!

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4 comments

  1. Thanks for sharing your ideas. It looks great. Glad snow is gone.


  2. I love it, Chris. Actually, I used some of those techniques for my window view–things I’ve read about but hadn’t gotten around to doing. I might just make the new deadline (which, by the way, is Hazel’s birthday).

    We’ve already had two 100+ degree days. Two more weeks and I’ll be in WI.


  3. What an adorable snow man. I am new to thread painting and landscape quilting and just recently ordered neocolor wax pastels and have been reading up on thread painting so this blog was a real treat to read today. As always I love reading this blog it offers so much helpful and fun information. Thanks Chris and everyone :)


  4. looking great.



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