Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Fantasy Fish.....Borders




Let's get some sort of border treatment

on the Fantasy Fish...



The roll of Steam A Seam is still on the Big Board...

Let's fuse some border fabrics!






Slice the fabrics into triangles...






Triangle shapes on the edge of the fish quilt...

I like this......I will keep going with it.











They are wonky triangles...






Free-hand cut triangles.....placed at wonky angles.

They give a sense of playfulness to the fish.




 Let's give Red Fish some borders:


Choose border fabrics...




Cut the border fabrics into 3 inch strips:


Place the strips on the fusible 

or sticky side of the Steam A Seam Lite 2






Press or iron the strips onto the fusible web...






Cut the fused strips apart...






Layer the strips and free hand cut them into triangles...






Place the triangles on the edges...






Peel the release paper off the back of the triangles...






Iron the triangles onto the quilt top...






Trim off the rough edges and square up the quilt...






Red Fish is ready for a binding treatment.






Orange and Pink Fish






Green and Purple Fish






Blue Fish











I plan to do a bit more top stitching...

then get fast fused bindings on these fish.


More to come...





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LuAnn Kessi

Monday, August 24, 2015

Fantasy Fish......Quilting



It's time to get the fish backgrounds...

under the needle



Auditioning Quilting Threads...






I've decided to go with shiny threads...






Rayons...






Metallics...
















Let's get this party started!






I am quilting soft, wavy lines to emulate the water...






I have 4 different backgrounds to quilt...






Rather than free motion quilt...

I am using a walking foot today.










I am assembly line sewing the backgrounds...

There are less thread color changes that way.




I think I better stop...

the backgrounds have plenty of stitching on them:


Background 1






Background 2






Background 3






Background 4






Time to fuse the fish...






The press works nicely to fuse down the fish






Here they are ready for the next step...






After I topstitch on the fish...

I will need to dream up a border/edge treatment.

More to come...







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LuAnn Kessi


Sunday, August 23, 2015

Fantasy Fish....4



I put together one more Fantasy Fish...

Blue Fish is....... Fish 4



Here is Blue Fish

His pale colored fins need something...






Outlining them in black fabric helps...






Let's add some skinny fin spikes...






Yes, now Blue Fish is done!






Here are all 4 Fantasy Fish on the Big Board...






This is my Big Board with the new hand dyed cover.

I decided a simple hand dyed background works best

for the Fantasy Fish.




I dug through my cupboard of simple low-immersion

hand dyes and this is what I decided on for

backgrounds for the fish:


Fantasy Fish 1






Fantasy Fish 2






Fantasy Fish 3






Fantasy Fish 4


These are now all ironed, basted and ready to go under the needle.

I plan to machine quilt the entire background...

BEFORE I fuse the fish down.


More to come...






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May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,

LuAnn Kessi