“Seasonal Palette” – Finishing

Off the design wall..... layering with batting and backingQuilting with a walking foot Stitch patterns follow the lines in each motifWorking on documentation for exhibitFinal trim to size 78Attaching the facing stripsReady to turn facing Now comes the hand workFinished! .... detail of

After two months of work on the construction and composition for this piece, it was finally ready for the finishing steps in the process. It was pressed, layered with a thin batting/backing and secured with safety pins. Using a walking foot and monofilament thread, I stitched in the ditch along the main long diagonal seam lines. This secured the  layers so the pins could be removed. I then followed the line pattern in each motif with lines of stitching about 1/4 inch apart. For this I used Superior Bottom line thread in coordinating colors. It was a very long and laborious process which required turning the whole quilt hundreds of times at each corner of the design. This part is the most physically taxing for me. It took 8 days to complete the quilting process. After quilting the piece was trimmed to size, and facing strips were sewn around the perimeter. With a sleve added for hanging it was ready to go. I have documented the process in a sketchbook which will be displayed with this piece in the exhibit. I am very pleased with the finished product and am honored that it will be part of the special SAQA Seasonal Palette exhibit at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, TX beginning Nov. 1, 2012. After Houston, this exhibit is scheduled to travel to several different venues.

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  1. ingrid Ellison October 18, 2012 at 10:27 am #

    Wow, simply wow. I found your blog via the CC course directory. I had no idea the amount of work, design, and inspiration that could go into a piece of fiber art like your quilt. It is simply gorgeous! brava!!

    • dianemelms October 18, 2012 at 10:57 pm #

      Thank you Ingrid, You made my day. Yes, it is quite a long and involved process but I like having control over all aspects of the creation from coloring and printing the fabric to the final surface stitching. It is a labor of love!


  2. Martha Wolfe November 6, 2012 at 5:50 am #

    A lovely piece, Diane! I enjoyed meeting you in Houston, putting names with faces, and learning more about your process. It’s a wonderful exhibit!

    • dianemelms November 8, 2012 at 1:45 am #

      Thank you Martha! I to thought it was a fantastic exhibit! It was great meeting so many artists and I enjoyed talking with you about your work. Your piece is stunning! It has been so interesting seeing the diversity of styles in this exhibit and learning about the techniques used.

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