Saturday, July 09, 2016

Just Wave

A few days ago, one of my friends posted a picture of a technique she learned from a friend.  A couple of emails and I realized that it is essentially the technique I have used for some art quilt backgrounds.  I had not thought of using it for other purposes.

I had to give it a go.
I used a solid purple for the background and some fun Samoan print fabrics for the patterned strips. The patterned strips are 2 1/2 inch strips. It is fused and quilted on fusible fleece- I wouldn't do that again.  You may see that these are raw edged.   I think if I did this again I would use varying sizes of strips.
Since Barbara commented and was confused - let me clarify:  After fusing these, I sewed on both sides of the cut lines to both hold the fabric in place AND to quilt the piece.  At this point there is no backing.  However, I could have backed it prior to sewing the quilting lines.

For the art quilt backgrounds I cut pieces of gradient fabrics for both parts of the woven design. And both sections were cut with wavy lines. This is what it looks like done that way.
I am thinking I need to figure out a way to piece a design like the first one.  If I manage it there will be a tutorial in the works. 

Hey, don't forget the Class Sale going on at Craftsy this weekend.  See my previous post for more info.

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Barbara said...

I'm not getting this, I mean are any of the pieces sewn together, or are they all either fused or appliqued in place. Guess I'll wait for your tutorial! I love movement, and this looks magnificent!

Barb said...

Looking forward to your the Samoan Fabrics...that was the first think I noticed right off.

Marjorie said...

Love this. I can see cutting the red shapes from two layers of freezer paper pressed together to make it thicker and then folding the red fabric around the freezer paper like we do with hexies. You could also use glue or just basting thread to hold the red fabric around the shapes-- and then stitching them to the background fabric with a machine (or even hand) applique stitch. Hope this makes sense. It would give you that finished, turned edge and the beautiful shapes too. Oh my goodness--this gives me even more ideas.

Vicki W said...

I love this technique. I learned it years ago in a magazine where someone had used the fabric to make a vest. I bet it would look cool paired with your woven fabrics. Of course I love the second one best!