The Alchemy of Fabric Club- April 2017 Edition:
When I first saw Laura Heine's pattern for "Old Blue", I knew that my husband would love it. He had a "52 Chevy pickup when he was 17. His grandfather had given it to his dad for him to fix up with my husband, Dave. They hadn't gotten very far when Dave's family broke up. His father took the pickup with him and Dave never saw it again and to this day, doesn't know what happened to it. So although the memory of that pickup is bitter sweet, it still has a fond place in his heart. He love his grandfather dearly and was very close with him. We decided to call this quilt, "Poppi's Pickup" which is the beloved nick-name his children and grandchildren call him.
The first thing that Becky did, was to create the base on which she would build the collage. This included the base fabric as well as the truck, which she followed the pattern to create. We recommend using Steam-A-Seam 2. This kind of Steam-A-Seam has two sides of fusible and is great for creating collage!
Then she spent a lot of time fussy cutting flowers, leaves, bugs, and animals to fuse on top of the truck. What can you find hidden in this quilt? I personally, am I fan of the little fox!
Becky added words and fussy cut letters to the quilt to make it her own before layering and pinning to be quilted. She claims that she went a little overboard with the flowers, but I disagree! It screams spring, which we are all so ready for!
At this point, the quilt is all finished and ready to be quilted. Notice how Becky did not pin through her many, many layers of fusible to quilt it? This is because the fusible webbing makes it too thick to get a pin through.
For the machine quilting, Becky sewed straight lines in both directions (don't forget to start in the middle and work outward in both directions!) to keep all the edges of the fusible from peeling up over time.
Our intention for creating the "Alchemy of Fabric" club is to provide the spark... the catalyst... the inspiration... for a project that your color palette is built upon. We have a monthly tutorial of insights on each fabric chosen. We have also included 10 other recommended fabrics to expand from the core fabrics and further guide your choices.
We are excited to share this educational opportunity as a study in color and fabric as well as build your artist palette of fabrics. As you practice designing your project from many different designers and collections our hope is to facilitate greater confidence and empowerment in your creative pursuits..
At the Stitchin' Post were are committed to creativity and inspiration and we are now embarking on a journey opening to new options together as the "Alchemy of Fabric" unfolds each month. Please share with us what the spark has ignited in you using the hashtag "#AlchemyofFabric" on your preferred social media platform, so others can be inspired by your work! You can also search #AlchemyofFabric to see what others have done, and to gain your own inspiration.