12×12 Fantasy #1

Today’s quilt was inspired by Twelve by Twelve by the International Art Quilt Challenge. Being inspired by beautiful work, I brought the book to my quilting group, Art2quilt. If you don’t have the book, I highly recommend it. The premise is around creating a 12×12 inch quilt with no limitation on materials or technique. It does have to be 3 layers and quilted. We decided our challenge word would be “Fantasy”.

When I think of fantasy, I think of fairies 🧚‍♀️. So, with that in mind, I went to the fabric store to see if I can get some inspiration. Sometimes I able able to get inspired by fabric that I see. Not so much this time, but I did get an idea for a my art quilt by some crystal colored beads. I bought the beads and headed home; excited to get this quilt going.

My fairies will be dancing by the moonlight. I started out creating the background with blue and green colors and piecing the three colors of fabric together using a curve quilting technique. I then heavily thread painted the field of grass using a blue thread, free motion quilting and patience. For the sky I just free-handed, free-styled and free motioned the wind.

🌙 I decided to use a crescent moon in this fantasy piece. I have read some time ago that a crescent moon is an ancient symbol for women. Are all fairies girls? I used a sheer fabric with tiny daisies already fused into the fabric. I appliquéd the moon into place then used a zigzag stitch over emery floss for the edge. I used the same stitch technique for the stems of grass in the foreground.

The tops of the grass was hand embroidered then beaded using the crystal beads that inspired this piece.

Adding the fairies was tricky. Originally I was going to appliqué the fairies using some kind of sheer fabric, but that made it too heavy looking and took away from the beaded grass. Then I came up with the idea to just stitch the fairies as a silhouette to the center using white thread. This way the fairies appear as though by fantasy. Great idea, but how do I do that? Well, I drew out a couple of fairies dancing together onto a piece of paper to the exact size I wanted. Then, I cut out the fairies using very small scissors. I sprayed the back of the paper with glue and waited until it dried enough to feel tacky. I placed the tacky paper fairies to the center of my quilt. This stabilized my pattern making the machine stitching much easier for this tiny piece. I forgot to photograph the process of the actual stitching of the fairies but here you can see once I finished stitching around the pattern I was easily able to remove the paper pattern without too much fuss.

And here is my finished piece. It measures 12×12 inches. I call it “Dancing with a Daisy Moon”

Adele’s Doily

My next art quilt I decided to use up my felt flowers that I had made in the previous quilt, “A Gustav Klimt Inspiration.” I decided to do a raw edge flower appliqué vase and I wanted it to be kitschy. I cut out the vase free hand so it came out wonky, which for this project makes it perfectly wonky.

Initially, I thought on a colorful tabletop to draw on the flowers, but once I had it made and started laying out the flowers I hated the idea. Back to the drawing board, as they say.

In the end, I went with a black and white background and used a red boarder and red rickrack for the inside boarder. I think I’m starting to get a little kitschy here. I felt that there wasn’t enough contrast between the vase and the background so I got one of my mother-in-law’s antique doilies and placed it between the vase and the background. This created a nice distinction between the two without taking away from either.

Here’s my finished quilt. I used free motion quilting for the back ground. Zig zag stitching around the vase that was already fused into place. I used yarn for the stem by sewing them down using embroidery floss. The felted flowers were already made so that made this project a breeze. I glued the flowers down onto the stems using fabric glue. It measures 20×28 inches.

My husband enjoys this piece because his mother loved her doilies. When she passed away I kept them with the hope of using them in a future project. I hope she approves.

Adele Marie Massaferro de Miguel 1926- 2014. 💕💕