March 16, 2008

Fire Storm Completed

It feels great to be creative again. I hoping that all the aches and pains are gone for good. I just finished quilting a wholecloth piece that I painted a while ago. I think it turned out really great. I really didn't plan on painting a fire scene, but when I stood back and looked at it, it reminded me of the Santa Barbara wildfire that burned for months. There are two fabric trees appliqued to the foreground and tulle, organza added to the top section to resemble the flames and smoke. Here's a photo of the finished quilt.
I've added a binding that has a very narrow piped edge along the inside, in this case it is purple. It's a technique that Ricky Timms features on his Grand Finale DVD. This little flash of color (it's about 1/32" wide) provide a big impact. I have to say that it isn't easy and wouldn't recommend it to people that get frustrated easily. It took more hours than I want to admit, but I'm in love with the look and the fact that it is completely done by machine is a bonus. This is the second time I've done a binding using this technique. I'm guessing that after doing it 5 or 6 times, it will become quicker and easier.
I bought this really fun package of paper clips and thought I could use them for rubbings but the hand is the only design that works well. The others have too many 3-D parts. They made me smile . . . so they had to come home with me.

11 comments :

Sue B said...

This is a gorgeous piece Judy, absolutely fabulous. I love those paperclips, those are too fun!

StegArt said...

That is a beautiful quilt. I agree that the piping in the binding really enhances it.

Sandy said...

Beatiful quilt. The binding was worth the trouble. I'd need to buy the paper clips too. Sandy

Joanna van said...

The piping is really beautiful. I've also been thinking a lot about piping binding lately. I bought the book "Piping Hot Binding". I read it but now I need to apply it. Great inspiration for me to try.

imquilternity said...

Beautiful quilt and it does remind me of the hills of Santa Barbara. You do lovely work!

Lora Martin said...

Congratulations on a very successful piece, Judy. I liked this fabric when you initially painted it, and never would have seen the Zaca fire in it, but you have coaxed it into being with your vision (and determination in the case of the binding piping!).

Dianne said...

Wow Judy - Fire Storm is gorgeous!!!

Liz said...

You have done a beautiful job with Fire Storm. And I'm in love with those paperclips! Too cute to leave in the store.

Into the Blystic said...

I love love love that quilt! Stunning warm colours! namaste Elis.

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bootextiles said...

oooh thats such a lovely quilt. Thanks for sharing. Very inspiring.x