Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Happy Dance, Part 3

Building the background with 4" squares, and on a slant, because I felt that it would be too daunting to have them all straight.  I mean what is the fun in that?  All of the fabrics were pre-fused with Mistyfuse!

Adding them around the figure and underneath

She's coming together

Now, I am seeing the benefit to having a large design table

Then it gets a little tricky in making sure that there is some assemblance between the skirt upper portion and below, so I got out the measuring tape.

Here is how she looks with the background fabric on.  She really pops out, color wise! The foundation was cut a little larger to begin with.  Just a safety feature for myself, really.  I'd rather have too much, than too little to work with, especially when I go to cut it down to the right size.
She will be holding a purse.  So, I made this little Airstream number.  It was an A-HA moment, for sure.

and then promptly realized that it is too small of scale for the piece.

So, I made another one, larger, and I am quite happy with it.  So appropriate that she be carrying an Airstream purse!
Cutting it to the right size - 24" wide by 60" long.  This is my pattern from in the beginning.

I actually used pins, after deciding where it needed to be placed,  and so that none of the black foundation was visible

Here she is.  Not the greatest picture, but it shows the great colors in the background

another direction

and the purse!  Free motion machine quilting, is next.


  1. This piece is so fun and I love the background you used.


  2. And of COURSE she would have a little Airstream purse! I love her ... of COURSE!

  3. Your work is so colourful and amazing!

  4. Anonymous7:24 AM

    She is one fine happy dancer!

  5. love it, and the process, will have to try that some time!

  6. Fantastic!! I absolutely love it!

  7. I love her! Neat background idea! I'M STILL HAVING FUN ON MY "Glamping" Story quilt inspired my your camper blocks!


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