New art quilt – Bridge 1 – 2017.07.12

My newest art quilt is inspired by the photo below.  It was taken from Westminster Pier Park on the bank of the Fraser River in New Westminster BC.   In the foreground is the public art installation WOW Westminster.   In the distance are three bridges that cross the Fraser River.  My working title for this piece is ‘W and the 3 Bridges’.


I cropped the photo, and then used artistic license to rearrange some of the elements.  In my design below (which is a mirror image so I can use it to draw the pattern pieces on fusible web) you can see that I moved the foremost bridge upward so that it isn’t covering the bridge behind it.  I also enlarged the W and moved it down so it isn’t covering the bridge support columns.



I traced my design onto sheer fusible interfacing, to use as an overlay to ensure the correct placement of the water line, and to position the bridges.

First, I constructed and quilted the background (see previous post), and now I am starting to construct the bridges.  Here are the basic shapes of the three bridges pinned in place, and ready to be fused to the background.  I’m going to stitch the details of each bridge with black thread.


First up is Bridge 1, which is a railway bridge.  It was constructed in 1904, and originally had two decks to carry both rail traffic and automobile traffic.  Today it is used only for rail traffic.  You can read more about the history of the bridge here.

Below you can see the steps I used for Bridge 1.

  1. I used the sheer overlay to position the fused fabrics on the background, then fused them in place and stitched around the edges with black thread.
  2. I used black thread in the bobbin so I could see the outline of the bridge from the back.  Note that at this point, there is batting but no backing fabric.
  3. then I cut the sheer interfacing apart and fused this part to the back, aligning it to the stitched outlines.
  4. still from the back, I stitched the detail lines for Bridge 1
  5. the detail stitching looks good, but will need to be stitched again, possibly with thicker thread.  Later, after the other bridges are done, I will fuse on a backing, and then I will stitch the detail lines a second time from the front.


Come back in a couple of days to see what Bridge 2 looks like.

Thanks for stopping by.  Today, I’m linking up with these blogs – click on the links below, where you’ll find many other creative projects to inspire you.

   Esther’s Blog   Sew Fresh Quilts   

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3 Responses to New art quilt – Bridge 1 – 2017.07.12

  1. Paulette Cornish says:

    This is so interesting Terre. I am looking forward to your next post!

  2. Hi Terry, It’s great to hear about your process. Very interesting. Looking forward to seeing the rest. Thank you for linking up to Celebrate – Fetons 150!

  3. pegsplace says:

    Love your process. You make it look so easy but I have a feeling that it is not. How long does it take you to construct a quilt?

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