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Courthouse Steps #1 - Altromeria

I've finished the Alstromeria quilt this afternoon and am feeling cheery about it - it's the lovely orangeyness of it I think!

I haven't done the binding yet, so I pinned it to a canvas so I could take a photo, but I've cropped the edges somewhat.

Here it is, and some more photos of the process below. If you want to see the whole process from the beginning, just scroll back a couple of posts.

 The Quilt as a Canvas - Courthouse Steps (Alstromeria) 

(66 x 75 cms) Pieced quilt, a little applique, and lots of machining.










Progress image for Courthouse Steps

I've nearly finished but am posting a catch up image - love intense stitch. The bottom right hand corner:


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Courthouse steps - beginning to stitch

This is the 3rd posting for this quilt.  (Piecing the background, and adding colour are the 2 previous posts and can be found by scrolling down or here)

I've finished most of the painting, but it will need touching up as stitching pulls seams a bit, or where an extra dash of colour is needed, and have moved on to stitching. This is also a fun part and I can doodle endlessly with the needle - set to free machining of course!

Here's some process photos. The next posting, will I hope, show the finished piece. Do come back to see it!!

Just a bit more paint to add....


Beginning to stitch.


Using stitch to link differently coloured areas together.



Courthouse steps - starting to colour

The last posting left this as a pieced white quilt which I'd just begun to think about colouring.

I've begun to block in some colours and shapes and am enjoying it all enormously. Here's where I'm up to as of this morning.

The painting you see here is rough in places, but that's because it's not finished. For example the stems are intentionally wobbly and have no edges or definition - this comes with stitch and finishing and builds slowly; I don't do a bit of quilt and finish it straight away!


The flowers I went for in the end were altroemerias because their shape was doable I think with raw edge applique. The next quilt will be Japanese anenomies, but will have to wait whilst I finish off the next life story quilt - unless I can't contain myself!!

Here's some images of the progress.








Courthouse steps 1 - the initial stages

Here's a step by step of yesterday's work - the beginnings of a new piece exploring colour and shape and using a pieced quilt as a canvas.


Making the white quilt top piecing together 1.5 inch squares and strips.



 The finished quilt top



 Layering up the top with wadding and backing fabric.


 Choosing the colours - acrylic paints.


Choosing a flower from some old sketchbooks. In the end I decided against all of these and took my camera out into the garden to photograph the flowers. I'm after shape and form not colour and the outline has to be doable using fused fabric.


Using masking tape to decide on blocks to fill with colour and pattern. They are easy to lift and move about until you have something that pleases you.


Beginning to add colour. For this I'm using a gelli plate (if you want to know how, just look at the pages in the sidebar and click on the printing one. You'll find several posts about how I use a gelli plate), and have masked off the area I want to print with printer paper and more tape.

 I've used a small gelli plate to print directly onto the cloth.


In this picture I have decided that my colour palette needs a bit more zing and am trying to decide whether that should be orange or magenta.

I have many, many, orange cloth circles cut by the Xcut machine for another piece so it was easy to audition the colours and shapes to help me decide, and I'm leaning towards a bright orange.


Here I've used a cutter to make circles out of freezer paper. Again auditioning whilst I try and decide to iron them in place as a mask, and then print over with the gelli plate. I think that I might go with flowers and insects for the background rather than geometric shapes.


Still not decided! Today will bring something to mind I'm sure.