12/12/11

Christmas Wreath Mini Quilt

I had some fun this weekend:

I used this sketch I did a couple weeks ago, 
making the drawing lines darker.

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A fresh box of crayons (love that smell!)

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Here's what I did in a nutshell:
I traced the sketch onto the fabric, using a pencil. To stabilize the fabric so it wouldn't shift while I was coloring, I ironed freezer paper to the back. Then I started having fun coloring in my wreath and lettering. I pressed down hard while coloring because when you heat-set it, the color will fade a bit. Pressing down hard resulted in a few broken crayons and some selective cussing, because you only get 1 color per box, and adult fingers aren't conducive to coloring with a 2 inch stump. Anyways, I managed to get the whole thing colored in and then heat-set it with a medium high iron. I placed a piece of muslin on top of the image so it wouldn't mess up my iron. Once I smelled wax, I lifted the iron so it wouldn't scorch the fabric.  This resulted in a pretty water colored look, especially on the wreath.

Detail of the wreath:


I wanted the wreath and lettering to stand out somewhat so I used a trapunto technique by using a thin batting on the back of the image. I pinned it down, then on the right side, I outlined the wreath and letters using a dark green and black thread to match. I cut away all excess batting. I bought some holiday buttons and sewed some down to add a little 3D dimension to the wreath. Then I spray basted and sandwiched the whole quilt. I first outlined all of the wreath and lettering in black thread so they would "pop." Then I did some swirly machine quilting, bound it with green hand dyed fabric, and wa-la!, a cute little quilt I have no idea what I'm going to do with but like all the same, lol.

Happy Holidays!!


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6 comments:

  1. Now that is great!
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  2. Really neat! What a great way to create a custom design! I love it! Awesome job on the quilting, too!

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  3. Wow, I can't believe how you made that! Very pretty! I really like how you used the black thread. I am a new follower visiting from Embellishing Life. Vicky from Mess For Less

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  4. Well done, what a little cutie : ) Thank you for linking up to Little Quilt Monday!

    http://piecefullife-elizabeth.blogspot.com/2011/12/little-quilt-mondaychristmas-past.html

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  5. Hi Tanesha, what a wonderful job you did. It's gorgeous. Thanks for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
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