Friday, January 16, 2015

Petal to the Metal

Welcome to the Sizzix Blog Hop!  Whoohoo!  I am excited to be part of this, and support my friend, Victoria Findlay Wolfe!  Here is the list of artists that are participating in the Blog Hop:

January 16th Jamie Fingal
January 16th Tracy Mooney
January 17th Elizabeth Timmons
January 17th Nicole Daksiewicz
January 18th Ebony Love
January 18th Holly Hughes
January 19th Marni Weaver
January 19th Leslie Tucker Jenison
January 20th Karin Jordan
January 20th Sue Bleiweiss
January 21st Jenny Doan

For this hop, each of us is using a die or dies by Sizzix designer, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, the Double Wedding Ring Queen.  I chose to use the melon dies to create my piece.  'Petal to the Metal.'
I used this gorgeous line of fabrics titled Alchemy by Fringe, made by Hoffman California Fabrics.  They are brand new!

I began by fusing all of the fabrics with Mistyfuse.  On the wrong side of the fabric, I roll out the Mistyfuse and cover it with a Goddess Sheet to protect my iron, and it also helps make a better bond with the fabric.  I make all of my quilts this way.  Raw edge applique.




These are just beautiful fabrics, and are all enhanced with gold metallic

I cut strips so I could just place the fabric onto the die, without much waste.  This is a huge die and can only work in the Big Shot Pro machine.  The machine cuts up to 6 layers of pre-fused fabrics.  I love that about this machine. I am using the Big Shot Pro for these large dies. 

This is to show how large the melons are.  13" long by 6" wide.  Put all of those together, and you've got a big quilt. Sizzix DWW Large Melon #660196 - there is a link in the right column for Sizzix

Since I am a 'think outside the box' kinda gal, I decided to cut them in half to make a flower, and a do-able size quilt.

I slid the tips of the petals under the 9" ring (Sizzix #659163), and pressed them into place

After placing the ring over the background, I felt it would be more interesting to have a four section center, so I added these to the middle

The flower is not fused down yet, because there are some things that I need to do first.  For example, I want to see how the colors work together.  Where the petals land, and does each background fabric make them pop.  I added a section of orange to two areas.

You can see it here.  I took a photo of the quilt with my iPhone to see which way the flower lays on the background, for easy reference.  I have trimmed the sides of the background and fused it to a piece of wool blended felt (my foundation).  I don't use batting or do binding.  The wool blended felt is by National Nonwovens #T0Y002.  I also back my quilts with the wool blended felt in a fun color.

Here's the flower, and I have fused it to a piece of black wool blended felt.  Then I am going to free motion machine quilt the entire piece, before I cut it around the petals, to prepare for the zipper trim
The petals are free motion machine quilted in lines like a flower petal.  I pinned the flower into place at the center ring.  I want to be able to lift the petals, so I can free motion machine quilt the background with ease, but not under the big petals.  I mean, really, why would I want to cover the entire piece with thread and design, if portions of it will not show? 

Now the fun part begins, adding zipper trim to each of the petals

The trim is slid underneath the pedals and sewn into place.  I have a BERNINA 750 QE, and I used a free motion foot with a straight stitch to sew the zipper trim.  No pins, and I didn't break any needles.  I have made many quilts with zippers, and is part of my signature style.
Closer view of the center of the flower, using the 9" ring and 2 circle dies (3/4" circles #657601 and 1-1/2" circles #658315) Link to Sizzix in the right column of my blog.
"Petal to the Metal" - 24" square - so happy how it turned out!

43 comments:

  1. Beautiful! And I love the zipper accents!

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  2. Looks like fabric I'd love and is my kind of fun, for sure! Your posts and projects are always great fun!

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  3. Love the zipper accents Jamie!

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  4. Love the color and the zipper accent is great.

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  5. I love this!!! The fabrics are great too!

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  6. Such a fun quilt and, I didn't know about Sizzix, so a great blog hop visit, too!

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  7. WOW! I LOVE it! ;-)

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  8. Thanks so much for sharing how you created this quilt. I love it!

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  9. Awesome! I am just starting quilting so it is all new to me but I loved how that zipper looks on it. (I never seen that zipper trim before). No batting and binding??? I have to check out the wool felt stuff too. (So much to learn). Thanks!!!

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  10. Love the shape! Inspiration for Deaf Culture Quilt!

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  11. What a unique block! Love it!

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  12. Big love for this using the melon die! Xo

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  13. Wow! It is so fun to see your very special style! I love seeing how your design developed. Looks very nice to skip the heavy lifting with the cutting and just get down to business!

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  14. Beautiful colors

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  15. Beautiful! Love the zipper! Thanks so much for sharing.

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  16. B E A U T I F U L
    COLORS!!!
    <3 <3 <3

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  17. Jamie!
    You' got the touch with the Sizzix!

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  18. thanks for sharing all the tips and techniques

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  19. awesome quilt! Thank you for sharing the tips!

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  20. Beautiful! I love you style!

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  21. Fun, love your happy line of fabrics.

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  22. Lovely! Now I have ideas for all that zipper trim I have!

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  23. WOW! That fabric is amazing and I really LOVE the zipper trim around the petals!! All in all this is a pretty awesome quilt! LOVELOVELOVE it!! TFS!

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  24. I love the fabrics you used, as well as that neat zipper trim (must visit Hoffman California Fabrics ASAP!) I am always amazed by your beautiful quilts and this one is no exception:)

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  25. A bit disappointed....I couldn't find your House/Home fabric line at any of the Hoffman Fabric online stores. I found a yard of your Soul Sisters fabric at E-Quilt, but that's all they had. I went to nearly every online retailer Hoffman listed! So sad.

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  26. Fabulous fabric, wonderful piece of work.

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  27. Uniquely amazing lovely art quilt

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  28. Wow! I love the bright color, and the zipper accents areingenious! Great quilt!

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  29. Very creative, and I really like your choice of fabrics!

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  30. This is so cool!

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  31. This is awesome!! Love what you did with the dies

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  32. What a creative way to use this die! Beautiful!

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  33. Cute and love the use of the zippers. Thanks for sharing.

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  34. my first hop and what a way to start!!!
    I love your "out of the box" thinking. I thinnk I will be on your site for most of the day! Thanks for starting my creative juices. The WELL has been dry so long ...simply thrilled

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  35. My oh My! Such beautiful colors. Such inspiration in this piece. A true labor of love. Thank you for letting us see!

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  36. Very creative and colorful.

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  37. Just plain fun. Love the colors

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