|My co-curator, Leslie Tucker Jenison and I are creating 3 quilt panels to be used in our exhibits at the International Quilt Festivals, that identifies our Dinner at Eight Artists name. It will hang with our exhibit as a sign, so to speak. So, I made some notes for ideas about what I would create in fabric having to do with food, because the first panel is "d" for dinner.
|The first piece I made was a giant orange carrot, and all of the fabrics have been pre-fused with Mistyfuse
|Romaine lettuce and tomatoes
|A dozen strawberries on top with green and orange peppers doing a dance below
|Auditioning fabrics for the broccoli - I want a blue tone, like turquoise, but this one is way to busy for my piece, and it isn't playing well with everything else.
|The broccoli is made with one of my stencils "Zen Landscape" (I love the texture that it creates) by Stencil Girl Products
|Oops! The carrots are too big for the background. Now for a little slice and dice!
|Cut and put back together, to shorten the carrots. You can take apart anything that has been Mistyfused, as long as its, fabric to fabric.
|Trim and cut to make it look like a carrot again. This has been a major fussy cutting project, and my favorite Havel's Scissors have really played a part in this project
|Whoohoo! Had a major a-ha moment when I finished this piece. I had so much fun making it! All it needs now is to have the letter "d" added.
|I bought a package of napkins, that I thought would be great to make the letter "d" with. "D" is for Dinner. They were 2-ply, so I took out the second layer and set it aside. Amazingly enough, the second layer had a nice gray color.
|I decided to cover the napkins with black tulle, to make them more like fabric. Who knows what would happen to the paper over time, if it were to be left alone. I thought that fusing it with the tulle over it, would add some stability to the letter.
|After the entire piece was Mistyfused, I cut the excess off the sides of the napkins
|This is what it looks like, and frankly, I was pretty happy about it
|Here is the "d" - all cut out. I fused it to black wool blended felt and cut it out, leaving a small margin of felt around all of the edges. You can see it in the picture below
|The 'd' close up. I think it makes quite a statement!
|And here it is - ready for some free motion machine quilting!