So i have finished my Fairy of the Eagle Nebula quilt yesterday. I gave up on the freezer paper about half way through and just cut the pieces freehand. I overlayed the entire quilt with a glittery tool. then stitched around every freehand cut piece. Then I quilted it and my finishing step was to sew circles with crosses in them for the backdrop of the clear gems I added for stars. I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out. I just hope the overall color impression is of cerulean blue since this is one of the 27 quilts that will make up the color challenge quilts for the Berea Quilters.
Could not decide what to do for my color challenge quilt so chose the Fairy of the Eagle Nebula to work with. Spent most of yesterday trying to get parallel on my mac so I could reinstall Paint Shop Pro. After several hours we got parallel up and running. Now My PSP disk won’t load.
Here is the original NASA picture and my blue version after tweaking it so it would be in the cerulean shades I drew for the challenge. Here is my color scale and a printed copy.
Next to choose the fabrics. I am using my original choice of 7 Kona cotton blue fabrics. Then I chose some others to help create the cloud effects.
I am doing this one with french fuse. I cut all the pieces and layer them on the french fuse and use a glue stick and regular fusible for edges or pieces that lay on top. I’ve got my original design traced in marker and retraced on freezer paper. The green dots represent where I will add crystals for stars/
The original goes under the french fuse. I remove the finished pieces as I go. I also cut large sections remove the freezer paper and then cut small in sets out of this piece and fuse them on top.
I was using a foam board to pin it al up but realized I couldn’t iron on it. So a mother delay while I made a paced ironing board from a piece of scrap wood that was 31″ by 40″. I’ve transferred everything and am now ready to start fusing some of the pieces down.
Here’s my new Ironing surface.
My break is over so back to work!
So I’m feeling a little frustrated at this point. For some reason I altered my quilt size for the color challenge I’m a part of. Quilts were to be 18″ by 40″. I sewed all the back ground, got my jazz picture drawn after lots of work. I have an original drawing copies in marker and a copy on fusible paper. The body is layered with cotton batting and then the edges of the blue are fuse tacked around it so it doesn’t show. I cut a some of my pieces out started fusing the face and body. Then i started thinking about the size and decided to look it up. Oops mine was 18″ by 30″. Redrafting the person would mean a lot of work, plus I already drew all the pieces on fuse able web. I also think stretching it more makes him look like Godzilla.
Long story short I now have another UFO for a latter date. I like the buildings so much I may just quilt it as it is.
My start up image – color change and hat added. Pieced buildings – windows from my #1, #4, and #7 blues.