Art Quilting Fun for SAQA


  1. One piece of amazing shibori-dyed fabric (this lovely piece by Wendy Olson Richardson)
  2. Small pieces of almost-solid hand-dyed fabric (here, 2 shades of green from Cherrywood, 1 dark grey from Carol Eaton Designs)
  3. MistyFuse…of course 🙂
  4. A big box of Aurifil (here, the first collection curated by SAQA)
  5. And the usual batting, backing and my favorite Topstitch 90 needle from Superior Threads

First step, MistyFuse all fabrics. Then, step back and take a look at this shibori piece…where do you see the sunset?

I selected a piece roughly 13″ by 13″ (finished quilt requirement is 12″ square) and a slice that looked like the brighter light near the horizon at sunset. Using a rotary cutter, I sliced a background and foreground piece from my greens.

Landscape done, now for the main characters. I enlarged a lovely shot that showed a person and dog in silhouette…traced into freezer paper…pressed to the dark grey fabric…and cut out very very carefully…positioned onto the background…and fused.

I am a huge fan of high-sheen polyester thread for many pieces, but I didn’t want too many distractions here…so I turned to one of the Aurifil boxes in my stash for a slightly more understated way to add texture and color.

Layered up and ready for very simple quilting! I simply followed the lines of the colors in the “sunset,” echoed the pattern in the greens, then turned the stitch size down and very carefully traced the edges of the figures with black Aurifil.

Facing on and set for the SAQA benefit auction :).


Published by neonkittyquilts

Laurie is a fiber artist who combines her passion for animals and quilting by producing pet portraits though a technique she calls "Pet-lique." A frequent teacher at IQF's Open Studios and The City Quilter in NYC, she has been published in Quilting Arts magazine and The Canadian Quilter. Her art quilts have been juried into special exhibits in Houston and the National Juried Show of the CQA. She sits on the board of the Quilt Alliance and is an enthusiastic member of SAQA. Laurie lives in NYC and Connecticut with her husband, their two angelic German Shepherds and three mischievous felines.

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