"Bat Girl Goes Out" started out as the original Hexie Flower in the center. These pretty little Hexie flowers were purchased on Ebay. They are vintage and quite fragile. I placed this one on a bold lime green background of linen scraps. Appliqued the Hexie flower on and then made it into a Snowball block.
I played around two summers ago with "15 Minutes of Play" over at Bumblebeans.com and came up with the outside borders of making fabric chunks and onto the original block they went. It's so much fun to just go for it and experiment.
I am constantly inspired by Freeform style of quilts being made and that made me think of my upcoming e-book "Artisan Crazy Quilts" really does show the reader how I start and go towards an unknown, unplanned finish!
I ventured on like a Sherman Tank, doggedly designing as I went, its so fun quilters!
Bat Girl made her first appearance after hand drawing this bat free hand onto fused one side black 100% cotton.
I just had to wait until the little voice told me which way to go at this point!
Then the magic started to happen!
I went back and added a second layer to form the background for the hand applique spooky webby border.
Yes, it is soo very easy to do! If you don't know how to do this, simple follow these recommendations.
- I first had a 3 in. black border.
- I added the second multi colored border behind the first black border.
- Hand draw out the app. edge design of the black border, using a white quilting pencil on black.
- Using a contrasting color of thread, sew a running stitch just inside of the hand drawn line.
- Using same color thread as the first border, applique the edge down with a reverse blind stitch.
- This reverse blind stitch is something that I use alot in my crazy embroidery stitches.
Many quilters use different approaches and this quilt does demonstrate one of the finishing techniques used from my new e-book "Artisan Crazy Quilts"
I did a pebble free motion quilting around the outer edge. What do you think?
Bat Girl Goes Out Quilt Stats:
29 1/2 x 28 3/4
100% cotton scraps and Halloween Jelly Roll from Moda Fabrics
Needle Finish lightweight batting
Backing fabric from Dr. Suess Collection 100% Organic cotton
Hand Embroidered spider and web using #8 DMC Perle Cotton
Mettler Thread for FMQ
Free Motion Machine Quilted by Caroline Heinrichs
Hand sewn binding finish Halloween Jelly Roll from Moda Fabrics
Happy Quilting everyone!