Several of my quilts are shown in the article in Quilters Newsletter Magazine and the story of my sewing/quilting/life is pretty much spelled out in the article. But there was no room for the stories behind the quilts. Every quilt has a story...
This is my best friend Christina standing in front of "Symphony." I made this wallhanging for her to celebrate her getting her Masters Degree while juggling a large family and working full time. This quilt had to be personal and special. I have played around with the raw-edge applique waves before (see my Endless Horizons pattern on the Cherrywood website), but I know I wanted to try something different.
I started with and 8-step gradation of fat quarters -- Grapevine. Using a rotary cutter and no ruler, I cut slow, easy waves through the fat quarters. I stacked four colors at a time. This sounds scary (especially for you folks who tell us you are too scared to cut into Cherrywood) but after a little practice on "junk" fabric, it's pretty freeing.
I arranged and overlapped the wavy strips on a muslin foundation. When I was happy with the results. I pinned them in place and stitch right along the raw edge, attaching them to themselves and the muslin.
"Doesn't it fray?" you may be asking yourself. A little. Cherrywood has a very high thread count so it is not the best choice for chenille, but in this case I liked the softening of the edges.
So I added big chunky borders to the wavy center and now I have a background for... something. Christina loves music and I love music and the treble clef symbol is beautiful. So I started there.
I kept stylizing and breaking apart the graphic until I came up with these flowing, linear shapes. Then I traced them onto Timtex (a very thick stabalizer, also known as Peltex) and cut them out. The edges of fabric are simply wrapped around the Timtex and secured with dots of glue. I had to snip around the corners to keep it smooth.
I did not want to stitch through the Timtex, although you can. But I didn't want the shapes to be smashed into the loft of the batting and look rumply. So I got out my glue again... I do not know if this is a permanent solution, but it has already been 2 years and it is going strong.
From the collection of Christina Kelly