Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Making of an Art Quilter

I wanted to share with you Bella's newest venture into the world of quilting.  I asked her if she wanted to make a fabric collage instead of the usual paper ones she is now making.  Without hesitation, she said yes.  Of course, I had one idea about how we would proceed, and she had another.  We went with hers.


After she went through my stash and picked pieces from all the colors of the rainbow, she started cutting little irregular shapes of each color.  She was very careful to keep the piles separate.  This is her first time cutting fabric with "grown-up" scissors.


After she thought she had enough pieces cut, she started placing them on a piece of batting she had me cut to just the right size.


Art cannot be rushed, so there were a few breaks along the way for snacks and playing with Tom.


We put some wash-away stabilizer over the top of the finished collage and took it carefully to the sewing machine.  Bella is only 3 1/2, so she is very comfortable sitting in my lap and helping me guide the fabric while I work the foot pedal. 


After sewing, we ran some warm water in the sink to wash away the stabilizer.  This is the first time I have used this, and I am pretty amazed.  It just dissolves.  Bella wasn't sure if she liked touching the slimmy water as it was washing away.


She was as amazed as I was, I think.


This is what it looks like so far.  I need to wash it again to get all the residue away from the thread, even though I like the look of the thicker line.  I also need to do a little more stitching in a few places.  I am not sure what Bella will want to do next with this piece, but so far, she is pretty happy with it.  She likes her abstract designs in her drawings and, now, in her quilts.
I have been busy finishing up projects I need to get done before Thursday when I leave for a ten days in Fairfax, Virginia.  I am going to stay with my sister-in-law, who is responsible for getting me back into quilting.  What fun we will have!  Does anyone know what kind of scissors I can take onboard the airplane to do some handwork?
Joyful quilting, everyone.






13 comments:

Vroomans' Quilts said...

How fun to share with her - a fiber artist in the making! My grandson likes to pick colors and fabrics - but I do the sewing - he does occassionally ask if he can push the foot pedal, but he is not allowed to touch his mother's machine, so stays away from mine.

Sarah Craig said...

First of all, I love seeing you and Bella sewing together! It's so much fun, isn't it? Tell her I said her art quilt is awesome!!

And second, I have taken my little stork handled embroidery scissors on the plane with no trouble. I think the blades have to be shorter than 4 inches these days....

dianehobbit said...

Such a creative little girl, she is lucky to have you inspire her. I think Sarah is right, but probably best to cheque with the airline.

dianehobbit said...

Sorry! Think Sarah is right about the scissors, but best to check (not cheque) with the airline you are using, as some have slightly different rules.

Debbie said...

If you are just cutting thread the best tip I ever came across was to use a dental floss container. It has a sharp little cutter.

sheila 77 said...

When Bella (the famous quilter) is interviewed in the future she will be able to say she made her first quilt when she was three. My nieces, when young, used to like having their fabric art work framed and hung on the wall, just like a proper picture (which they were).

Nifty Quilts said...

Wow! The making of an artist, for sure. I have such fond memories of sewing with my grandmother. I'm sure it's why I sew today. You can take an old dental floss container and use it to cut your threads. Have a great trip! I hope the cherry blossoms will put on a great show for you.

Sunni @ Love Affair with my Brother said...

She's adorable! What a sweet block she made!

Cathy said...

This is wonderful!!! My 5 granddaughters would LOVE a project like this one!!! She did VERY WELL~ So did you~ LOL ♥♥♥

Nathalie said...

I love it and can't wait to see what she does with it next.

Snoodles said...

What fun to work on a project with Bella! Love the pictures - so cute, and her fabric creation is wonderful!

Victoria @ BUMBLE BEANS said...

Gotta Love that!!!! hehe! Super cute!!

krisgray said...

How cute!! Kids do love the fabric bits, don't they?

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