My next quilt challenge was inspired by Anna Faustino’s book, Simply Stunning Seamless Quilts ⬇️
In her book she describes three different methods to create your stained glass quilt. For my quilt I decided to go with the tulle method.
The first step is to come up with a pattern you want to use. The book has patterns to work with too, but they were too big for my needs.
Since it’s summer time and I have at least six hummingbird couples coming to my feeders this year I decided I wanted a hummingbird quilt. After drawing the hummingbird onto my fusible webbing I started cutting the pieces out. ⬇️ The book tells you to use an Exacto knife, which I did use initially, but I felt I had better control with the smaller pieces using my small fabric scissors ✂️
I should also mention to make sure you use a good quality fabric when cutting small pieces, otherwise you have nothing but frayed pieces. (Lesson learned 🙄)
Using tweezers to separate the small pieces from the paper fusible webbing I laid the pieces onto my background fabric. Anna Faustino uses hand dyed fabrics for this part. Since I don’t have any, I found this piece of dyed fabric at Joanne Fabric. I think for future stained glass quilts I’ll try hand dyeing my fabric.
This bird is looking pretty lonely hovering in space like this. ⬆️
Let’s give it something to fly to.
Okay, so the picture above ⬆️ is the completed quilt. As you can see I added flowers to help ground this little guy. I used a double boarder in my binding. I don’t know if you can see the black tulle I laid over the quilt before free motion quilting on top. This method allows you to use raw edge appliqué and prevents fraying without having to sew directly on top of the cut pieces.
What I liked most about this particular piece is the back side. ⬇️
The free motion sewing around the pattern made a beautiful quilt on the back.
Life’s little pleasures.