Sunday, October 11, 2009

Folding Fabric

Last month I took a class on fabric folding at my local quilt shop.  We learned several techniques and ended the day with enough information to make a wall hanging.  You've seen glimpses of this piece and this is how it turned out.

finished

The class sample was actually several of these blocks, but I have some different ideas for a larger piece.  Besides, if it takes a month for me to get this size done, how long would a big one take??? 

Here are a couple of close up shots.

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The corners are four folded pieces of fabric basted down and then edges turned back to reveal the under layer.  The sides are two pieces treated the same.  I used beads to disguise some of the stitching - and to embellish, of course!

center

The center flower is a bit more complicated.  It involved cutting the square and stitching the folded fabric into the seams when sewing it back together.  Then the petals were folded again.  I free motion quilted each petal to hold it in place, as well as adding beads to the tips.  A large bead in the center hides the open space where all the seams come together.

Oh, the size on this piece is about 17" square.  I backed it with plain muslin since it is meant to hang on a wall.   The techniques used here came from the books of Jennie Rayment.   Check out her web-site.  Lots of fun ideas!

3 comments:

Vicki W said...

Nice work!

Annie said...

I didn't realize how intricate it was in the earlier photos. Fascinating technique. You did a great job on it.

Orice said...

This one looks deceptively simple, but upon closer look (thanks to the closeup shots) it's quite intricate. Your stitching is lovely and I like the corner folds.