Sunday, September 26, 2010

Artfully Adhesive, and Fully Fused...


Don't you love looking through old quilting magazines? We have a trading table at our guild, and I always manage to scoop up an issue to browse (not that I don't have a collection of my own at home!). Well, this issue of Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting from May/June 2005 had a a great feature on quilt artist Melody Johnson's fused flower quilts. I decided to give it a try, and this "Bloomers" quilt is the result.



It's all fused, no piecing at all. Even the binding is fused. I may add a fancy machine stitch around it though. The machine quilting, which is fairly close, secures the pieces in addition to the Wonder Under, which was the fusible web I chose. It's just such a happy piece. I'm sure I'll make more like it. It was a good opportunity to sharpen my machine quilting skills.






There were many lessons to be learned from making the quilt, too. Here's one of them. Uh, oh! Lesson: Be mindful to keep the fused side down when fuse-tacking the flowers in place! It was a good news/bad news kind of lesson. The bad news is the mess it made on the iron and the need to cut a new piece. The good news is I did it only once. And it motivated me to buy this cleaner while at the quilt show in Jacksonville, FL, on Thursday. I'd been meaning to anyway. Below are a few of the fabric pieces I fused in preparation for making this quilt.


8 comments:

Susan said...

very happy quilt indeed

Jan said...

This will certainly brighten up the coming winter months! I love it and I love Melody's work too.

Barb said...

That is ADORABLE! And we've all had those oopsies on our irons... Love the quilt though. Great job.

sonja said...

i think i should have more than one iron and this is just Y!

your colors sing!

Nifty Quilts said...

This is lively and fun! Great quilt.

belinda said...

.....uh oh...been there done that!!! LOL...but what a great quilt to do it on though!!

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

I love this quilt -- it's so happy. I can't believe it's put together only by fusing. So pretty!

Joanne said...

GORGEOUS !!!