While at a recent quilt retreat, I put the finishing touches on my latest quilt hand sewing the binding and quilt label. The quilt measures 42″H by 45″W. The pdf pattern is available in my Etsy shop. I call it “Angel in Flight.”
I chose lots of Kaffe Fassett fabric, and a teeny bit of vintage Tula Pink, for the angel wings. Can anyone spot the tuna can? While auditioning the wings at work, Robin, picked out the perfect background fabric. She really knows how to put fabrics together! The ombre background fabric, by Hoffman, is called Southwestern Skies Storm Clouds. It gives the perfect illusion of the angel wings flying to Heaven. Margo, owner of My Favorite Quilt Store (great online fabric store), picked out the binding (Blissful Blooms Navy by Moda). The longarm quilting was done by Lisa Taylor at Kingwood Quilts. The quilt label was embroidered by the lovely Sally, who has been making my labels for the past 10 years. This quilt was truly collaborative. Yep … it took a village to make this quilt and I love how it turned out!
While designing the angel wings pattern earlier this year, I envisioned it being a baby quilt. It would be one where you lay an infant each month between the two wings and snap cute photos documenting baby’s growth and changes. Of course, when the quilt was finished, the first words out of my mouth were “This is not a baby quilt.” But it could be. I have someone that wants to make it with pastel fabric. Stay tuned! It will be lovely!
The photos below basically show the steps of collaging the angel wings. Many of the supplies to make my collage quilts can be purchased at My Favorite Quilt Store such as Steam A Seam 2 Lite, pattern ease, applique pressing sheet, Karen Kay Buckley Scissors (blue handle), fusible glue, and lovely fabric!
With no particular color scheme in mind, I went into my stash of fused fabric motifs and started pinning on the heart traced on the pattern ease base. The base is attached to a foam core board with duct tape at the corners. To work on pinning the motifs, I stand the foam core board on an easel. You can just as easily work on a flat surface if you have the space.
There are lots of Kaffe Fassett motifs and a little Tula Pink in this collage. I like to highlight the motifs by not placing the same colors next to each other. That way there is lots of contrast and the end collage result is super scrappy.
As I pin each motif to my base, they overlap ever so slightly. The only reason I stack layers of fused fabric is when I am building eyes for an animal like the panda or reindeer. Too many layers of fabric might make it difficult for the longarm person to quilt.
Also, I don’t fuse teeny tiny fabric pieces. I don’t want to have any fabric fall off. The largest motifs are fist-sized and the smallest are quarter-sized. The only exception is when I’m finished fusing and notice I’ve missed a little spot. In that case, my perfect go-to fabric is a butterfly pattern. The butterflies are very small but fill in those few little spots you missed perfectly. If they fall off, fabric glue will keep them from misbehaving!
While pinning the fused fabric motifs onto the the pattern ease base, let some of the fabrics spill over the heart pattern line. You can decide later when you finish whether you want to cut through the spilled over part or cut around it.
Next time I’ll talk about the basic tools used in collage quilting!
It has been a number of months since my last blog post. I’m out of practice, but for good reasons. I’m still grieving the loss of my special needs daughter, Mimi, two years ago. And then my husband of almost 48 years passed away in March, after bravely fighting a brain tumor for over a year. He died the day the Houston Rodeo was shut down due to COVID. I’ve spent lots of my COVID shut-in time also making quilts. I’ve posted new photos to my Quilt Gallery page. Not all of them are collage art quilts.
My first new collage art quilt pattern is heart-shaped. I call it “Heart Stopper” dedicated to Mimi. The girl had the hugest heart, and like the quilt, she was very colorful and joyful.
You know … I always wanted to make a heart-shaped quilt for the month of February and now I have one. It will make me think of Mimi and Valentine’s Day.
Heart Stopper is 43 inches wide by 46 inches high and for sale in my Etsy shop. It is the perfect beginner pattern offered in pdf format (print out pages of the pattern and tape together for full-size pattern, as well as supply list and detailed instructions).
My next post will include tips and tricks on how to make the heart quilt. A couple of weeks ago I was able to teach this pattern virtually for Cupcake Quilt’s Quiltapalooza. The experience was so fun!