Heidi Parkes a fiber artist from Milwaukee, Wisconsin was the instructor at one of the classes I attended. The class, held at Blue Bar Quilts, focused on the art of creating layered quilts using a sandwich of silk organza, fabric scraps, and cotton batting. The combined grouping was then secured with safety pins and hand quilted with a running stitch.
Sentiments 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 item; that second item is Sentiments.
Sentiments began with the same base of cotton batting as did Wild Flowers. On top of the batting were placed scraps of fabric from my inventory. To add interest I intentionally cut strips containing sentiments or phrases. The strips were then scattered about the surface of the fabric scraps. I used a rainbow of colored threads to stitch first a circular motion in the center of my piece then cascading rows of stitching radiating out from there. To complete my piece I enveloped the four raw edges with a backing of muslin. For ease of display a hanging sleeve of muslin was added as well. Also included is a hand-stitched label containing the title, my name and the date my art piece was completed. Sentiments measures 15 1/2” x 15”.
I am proud to have added my second layered art quilt to my portfolio and to have had you here for the unveiling. I hope that you will feel inspired to share your thoughts by adding a comment.
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.
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.
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.