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My inspiration for this quilt came from a one-day quilting workshop by Linda Cooper at Artistic Artifacts in Alexandria, Virginia. In the morning, we hand-painted several backgrounds that were stretched on canvases. Then, in the afternoon we selected one to use for our background as we learned her Broderie Perse appliqué method to create our art quilts. It involved cutting up lots of different fabrics and holding them down with only teensy-tiny drops of glue. I liked the fact that the arrangement ended up with a trapunto look to it since the pieces weren’t fused flat. I loved doing the hand-guided quilting with my Gammill Classic.
Hand-Guided Quilting Machine
Original Design by Quilter
I used a raw-edge Broderie Perse method of appliqué to create my vibrant bouquet of flowers on a hand-painted cotton background. I dyed the pot using a Shibori technique and used a hand-dyed twisted silk ribbon to accent it. The butterfly was hand-painted on drapery blackout fabric and I added white paint to the flowers.
I used Decor Bond behind the quilt top and two layers of batting, washable wool on top of 80/20, to add stability to my wall quilt, so it’s more like a canvas. I outlined and thread-painted the floral arrangement with different colors of Glide thread. For the background, I hand-guided the quilting using Micro Quilter thread. I framed my art quilt with a French binding made with a rayon batik fabric.