This quilt was inspired by the article in Quilting Arts called Color Play by Anne Lullie . I completed the project in the article as an exercise to hone my color composition skills of which I am lacking. I realized that it was time to embrace the color wheel.
Here is my story.
I noticed a Bird Bath for sale in our local garden center. It was made with colored glass inlay. The Bird Bath is made in China. I was inspired, the Color Play exercise popped into my head and I knew I had to interpret this bird bath into a wall hanging!
I collected batik fabric scraps in the colors of the glass inlays. When I was satisfied that I had enough colors to get started I fused my favorite paper backed fusible web to the back of each scrap which measured about 3″ x 14″ I trimmed the fabric even with the edge of the paper backed fusible. I did this to make sure that I would be working with fabric completely covered with fusible backing
Next I cut all the scraps into 3/4″ wide strips. Once all the fused fabric was cut into 3/4″ wide strips I harnessed them with an elastic band. I was afraid of an uncontrollable mess.
Keeping a close eye on the photograph I started in the middle of a 45″ square of pale turquoise mottled batik fabric.
Working on a towel and wool blanket padded table I laid down the first 3/4″ square, a yellow snippet. Next I laid down 3/4″ square snippets around the first yellow snippet. I was happy with how it looked and pressed it permanently in place with a dry iron. So far so good
By the way, I peel the fusible’s paper backing off the strips as I went along. I simply snip a piece of fabric from the “elastic harnessed strips” of batik strips as needed. I don’t recommend cutting the strips into snippets before starting. You will be able to decide just how big each snippet so it will fit into a specific spot.
Here is my finished Quilted Mosaic Wall Hanging, it measures 43″x 43″ square. I did not applique the fused snippets in place. Instead I chose to free motion quilt with a simple all over design. I used Aurifil Aurilux 100% polyester variegated thread.
Thanks for joining me. Remember, inspiration and beauty are everywhere. We just have to open your eyes and “see.”.