Wild Flowers, AP # 73

2018 was the year I first took Heidi Parke’s class Layered Quilt. What is a layered quilt you might ask?

A layered quilt has four layers

  • a bottom layer of muslin
  • batting for the second layer
  • miscellaneous fabrics for the third layer and
  • a top layer of a transparent material such as silk organza.

The two most important layers are

  • layer three because that’s where your design resides and
  • layer four because it’s degree of transparency determines how visible your design layer will be.

Once the four layers have been assembled it is time to begin stitching.

I can’t tell you how much fun I had making my first layered quilt. After sandwiching my muslin and batting I pulled out my bags of fabric scraps and discarded threads. From the bags of scraps I pulled handfuls of fabric and began dumping them on top of the batting. No special effort was made to arrange them in a particular order. Also added were leftover scraps of thread. To top that all off I added a few strategically placed floral shaped remnants. This is how my layered quilt looked when I was finished.

Wild Flowers Ready For Stitching

With my four layers all in place it was time to start stitching. I gathered together my stockpile of decorative threads, my needles and my stitchery books and began the explorative process of adding the quilting. This was a great opportunity to try stitches that I had never used before. Learning the new stitches and watching them take shape was so amazing. The more I stitched the more I enjoyed the process.

Part of the joy was documenting my daily progress through photographs and now that my art piece is finished I am so glad that I did. While I would love to share all of the photos with you I’ve decided to share just a few.

Wild Flower Stitch Beginnings
Wild Flowers, A Closeup
Wild Flowers All Finished
Wild Flowers All Finished

The journey to create and finish this art quilt was one that I will always remember. I am so pleased with the final outcome and so happy to be able to share it with you.

Thank You for spending this time with me!

11 thoughts on “Wild Flowers, AP # 73

  1. […] is not the first of my fiber art pieces to utilize this method. The original specimen is called Wild Flowers, Art Piece # 73. After creating Wild Flowers I was so enamored with the technique that I decided to make a second […]

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  3. […] and my surroundings. The art piece I am about to share with you today is the second addition to my layered quilt portfolio. My most recent completion is titled Morning In The Garden, AP # 89. Let’s explore […]

    1. Thank you, thank you, thank you! 😍

  4. What a lovely piece. The stitching adds a fifth layer!

    1. Thank you so much! It is amazing how much character the stitching adds. 😊

  5. I love this technique and must give it a try. This quilt must have taken hours to embroider! How did you decide that you were finished?

    1. Laura Kate, you really should try your hand at it. The quilting took hours and hours—too many to count—but it was a labor of love. I guess I decided I was finished when I was ready to start another and another. 😊

  6. Hi Cindy! This is a beauty – I just LOVE the closeup of the wild flowers. Your stitching really make them come to life. What size did this piece finish? What a fun technique. ~smile~ Roseanne

    1. Roseanne, I’m so glad that you like it! It measures 17 1/2 x 17