Saturday, 6 July 2013

Tropical Wall Hanging - Part 1

I hope you are all having a good week.  I am officially on holiday for the next fortnight - which means lots of quilting.  My favourite time of year :)
I started my first raw edge applique project.  It is so tempting to cover up those raw edges with a machine satin stitch or hand embroidery but I wanted to see what it would turn out like - so I resisted temptation!

Here I am playing with the design.  I used bondaweb to fuse my pieces to the background.

I stitched the pieces in place with a straight stitch, then free motion quilted over the top.

Wasn't sure I liked it at first, seems a bit raggy and messy but that kinda suits the palm leaves.

I love geckos - decided to give this one stripes.

I used a black Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 wadding to avoid bearding.  Been there, done that in the past and won't get caught again!
Here I am working some pebbles inter-mingled with some little leaves.

Took me 2 solid days to quilt this and I managed to sneak in some feathers!

This is the (messy) back.

It's not quite finished yet - a few embellishments to be added, which I hope to do today.

I'm not the only one inspired by lizards and geckos.  I'll leave you with a peek at a pencil drawing my daughter Natalya (15) is working on.  I thnk it's great - wonder if she'll let me 'borrow' the design?

Have a good weekend.  Back soon with more quilty stuff.


Corina said...

Wow, it's great, and just in 2 days?! Amazing!

Genee' Davis said...

Oh Wow! Please tell Natalya I am so impressed with her gecko/lizard!!! We were stationed in Guam for 2 years and saw way to many of them! Ha ha
Beautiful work and detail! So glad you get your 2 weeks break to do what you love! Can't wait to see what else you do! Love your posts!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Stunning as always Rhianon

Debbie said... both. The pebbles really make the leaves stand out....a wonderful tropical feel.
Your daughter's work is wonderful...such talent!

Debbie Collins said...

Love this, and the back isn't messy, it looks great! in the states we have a product I use for raw edge applique called "Steam a Seam 2 Lite" It is very very light and leaves your quilts much softer than some other products. And I have never had a problem with it turning loose...I thought I would share in case you don't like the stiffness of your project.

Lia*s Handmades said...

I'm absolutely in love with this. So, so beautiful! And your daughter is so talented as well, it shows who she's got it from! ;)


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Amanda said...

Very lovely and what a great picture by your daughter too!

Sally said...

I hope you'll make more use of fusing. It looks fantastic. And the back is NOT messy--it shows off your fantastic quilting.

Karin said...

Super Awesome!!! Wow such a great job you did with this and what a great feel it has to it. nice photo progression showing....

I also stopped over here to let you know you won the random fat quaters give away at my blog I need your info to send them to you.

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