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Step Three in “Bekah’s Landscape”

August 7, 2010

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My landscape quilt has acquired a name. Since Bekah is the cat that modeled for me, I named this quilt for her. I decided to “draw” the quilt as I went along rather than use the picture I had drawn. That one will probably be a quilt some day, but I had limited time right now, so this simpler one will work. The next step was to go out and look at the garden from Bekah’s viewpoint. I picked a few leaves to bring in for inspiration as I worked.

I went over my picture of a sitting cat with heavy marker and put it on a light box to copy over onto the fabrics I chose.

I used my own pattern collection for the flowers.

Just before I started this quilt I read a magazine article about machine applique. It described how to make perfect invisible stitches and use of stabilizer to keep the background neat and tidy. To make this quilt, I threw out all the good tips and decided to try a ragged applique style. I used a basting glue to place all of the fabrics onto the background at once, then I  chose a straight stitch for some parts and a zig zag stitch for others. It was a daunting process at the start, but a joy in the end. It felt like drawing outside the lines as a child and it all came out better than I could have hoped for.

Before stitching.

After Stitching. You can see how a little bit of thread goes a long way.

So now the landscape is drawn. The quilt is basted and ready for quilting. Stay tuned for the finished product.

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