The Background was painted in as shown above. Don’t worry if you get paint in the highlights of the Birch Trees. If you look at the two photos below, pretend that the background is painted. Painter’s Tape has been run down the side of the tree, you can now us the Payne’s Gray or Black to paint in the highlights the tape will keep you from getting over-spray on the background. I also use Sticky Notes to help keep my hand from smearing the background while I am doing the highlights. Sticky Notes also help to mask off around those little tiny spots on the branches.
Building the Birch Tree Grove
Karen decided that she did not want to do individual 12 x 12 squares and then sew the squares together. Instead she made the trees appear to be a large grove of Birch Trees. Painters tape and sticky notes became her new best friend.
How to Quilt the Birch Tree Table Runner?
It is always fun when I get to consult on a project. I know that sometimes I just need a second set of eyes to take a look. I received a couple of photos that said “1/4 pop of color Brown or Purple?”. The Purple strip just made it sing.
Finished Birch Tree Table Runner
Machine quilted just enough to give it depth and texture to the Table Runner. I love how the background color goes from Light at the bottom (foreground) to dark for the deep background. You can really see all of the branch details.
I always like to include a close up photo, that way you can see the details easier. A fair amount of blending going on, so the the color change is gradual seamless. Painters Tape was placed up the side of the tree so the Payne’s Gray detail could be added, using the smallest Stencil Brush. I love how the same stencil can be used and look entirely different. Four Seasons Example. You can fond all of the supplies at Marbled Arts
When I attend Quilt Show, I take photos of quilts that inspire me and post them on my Facebook page. Think of it as spreading the inspiration around. Pam Seaberg is a frequent visitor to my booth and website. She shared some of her creation with me so I thought I would pass them on.
Spoiled is off to the Fall Show in Paducah, KY. The lovely Cobalt Blue background is one of my Hand Dyes.
Lady Indiscretion is off to Houston, TX. The Blue Green Background is one of my custom Hand Dyed pieces. I remember Pam saying she wanted lots of variation in the color.
Belle Story is also off to Huston, TX. I forgot yo ask, but I have a feeling that a whole lot of Belle Story is my Hand Dyed pieces.
My Friend Simone loves my Snow Dyed Fabric. I am always excited to see what she has created, even better if she is using some of my fabric. So happy she thought to send a photo of the fabric before she got too far.
Several years ago my dear friend Mary asked for assistance with making a T-shirt quilt for her husband Jeff. The majority of the T-shirts were from Alaska so Mary wanted to use my snow dyed fabric. We spent the afternoon selecting several yard sized pieces that went well together.
Might I say at this point that Mary is not a quilter and had no idea what she was getting into. We started by stabilizing the t-shirts and then arranging them for the quilt top. As we lived four hours apart Mary found help in her area for assembling the quilt top. She sent me a sample of the color for the drops and I created a custom hand dyed color for the quilt.
Mike & I just made a trip to Montana to visit Mary & Jeff. While admiring the quilt I noticed that not all of the basting had been removed. I thought that it was only appropriate that I finish the quilt Mary and I had started. It turned out beautifully.
I have posted this wall-hanging before. But just to recap many of you said you couldn’t cut you Snow Dyed Fabric. I chose the fabric and my sister Karen put this together for me. And many of you have fallen in love with the idea. Recently I was delighted to see what was inspired by a yard of Snow Dyed Fabric and the Pavers pattern.
Karin Rainer calls her creation, “Can’t Cut That Fabric”. I think I’m in LOVE! Now I have all sorts of new ideas rolling around in my head. Just wait and see.
Karen Nickelson found this orphaned wallhanging at the Goodwill. Felt like the very light center looked like a bullseye, a distraction from the beautiful colors. Hummm! Here’s her solution.
She chose Shiva Iridescent Paintstiks and a stencil to help add some interest, texture and color to the center. Helped to pull the piece together. And yes she got the paintstiks and stencil from www.marbled-arts.com Can’t wait to see what it look like quilted.
While cleaning out and organizing old photos I found some lost treasures. This wonderful chicken wall-hanging was created by Karen Nickelson. She used my hand marbled fabric to give the chickens some feathers and texture without having to cut out each feather.
It is so exciting to see what artists are creating with my hand marbled fabric. Eagle is a pattern by Kathy McNeil, you can find it on her web site. Wow! this big bad girl is gorgeous. I say she as female eagles are larger than the males, wing span up to six and one half feet across. Kathy has captured the majesty of the American Bald Eagle. I am adding a close up of the body, it shows how my hand marbled Chocolate and Black fabrics were used to add depth and texture. Cannot wait to see the beauty in person!!!