My new art quilt ‘W and the 3 Bridges‘ is completed! The finished size is 14.5″ x 27″.
In making this quilt I experimented with several new-to-me techniques.
I constructed the background (sky and water) with raw edges. I usually fuse all my fabrics and cut them to precise shapes. I like how the raw edges and freehand cut shapes give the background a softer look – even though I did have to trim some fraying threads from time to time. See more about how I constructed the background in this post.
I traced my design onto sheer fusible interfacing, and used it for two purposes – as an overlay to position the fused bridge pieces, and as a guide for stitching the detail lines on the bridges. See these posts for more information – Bridge 1, Bridge 2, Bridge 3.
I was planning to use white eco-felt for batting, but didn’t have enough on hand. So I used Warm & White batting, and I’m really pleased with how flat it is.
I did all my quilting with no backing fabric – quilting through the top and a layer of batting. This allowed me to easily add more quilting wherever I wanted to, without any concern of how messy it might look on the back.
Once all the quilting was done, I fused the backing on. I fused Heat n Bond Lite to the backing fabric. (I bought this fusible quite a while ago, but haven’t used much of it because I much prefer Steam a Seam Lite). I trimmed the fused backing to 1″ shorter and narrower than the trimmed quilt, so that about 1/2″ of the quilt showed on each edge. I did this so it would be easier to turn the edges to the back when I applied the facings.
I considered doing some minimal quilting through all the layers including the fused backing, but decided not to. I want to see how this works. If the bond holds, additional quilting should be unnecessary. I can always add some quilting later, if I decide it’s required.
I used my standard facing technique, but with a couple of twists.
On more than one occasion, I have cut too much of the batting from the corners. So this time, I sewed the side facings and pressed them, then finger pressed the bottom edge to figure out exactly how big a triangle I should cut from the batting. After cutting off the corners of the batting, I attached the bottom facing. I then cut the same size triangle from the top corners of the batting.
I usually hand-sew the facings to the back of the quilt, but decided to fuse the facings. I used 1/2 inch fusible tape. First I fused the side facings in place, then the top and bottom facings. I’m happy with how this looks, and it was much quicker than hand-sewing.
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