My Thread Painting Class at Quilt Arkansas – The Iris Panel

iris panel 036For some unknown reason I have jumped in and started my examples for my thread painting class for Quilt Arkansas early.  I usually wait to the last-minute to get everything done, but so far I have made a couple of examples for my “The Majestic Purple Iris” thread painting workshop. I bought a panel of a dark blue/purple iris recently. I decided 2 days ago to make it up. I thought it needed some green to soften the background and itIris panel 1 needed a stem and leaves.  I drew, cut and fuse them on. I always catch the raw edges on my fused fabric. This time I used a buttonhole stitch. Variegated threads always add so much more. Then I sandwiched it with the batting and backing.  I always use extra fabric that I  would not put on the front of my quilt for the back. I started quilting in the centeriris panel 2 and worked around alternating with the petals. It is very heavily quilted.  I used 6 bobbins on the outside dark border. For the binding  I found the best fabric possible. My only problem was I didn’t have enough and it was a small piece. I remembered that Charlotte at Pinwheel Fabrics said something about piecing the width of the border. You can made your fabric go twice as far. I put the border on today. Not a bad wall hanging for less than 48 hours work.Iris pane; 3iris panel 036

About Jim Gatling

Artist: primitive watercolors, colored pencil. Quilter: Original designs, Scrap quilts. Craftsman: Woodburning, Recycling Teacher: Retired MHS, SHCS K-12 Part Time. Collector: Antiques, Quilts, Glass, Buttons, Petit Point, Needlepoint, Hankies, Figural Perfume Bottles. Son, Father, Grandfather, Neighbor, Friend.
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8 Responses to My Thread Painting Class at Quilt Arkansas – The Iris Panel

  1. Melissa Landreth says:

    I like it! I can’t wait to take your class!

  2. Mr. G…..My, My! Fabulous and quite Dramatic!! I will never understand how anyone machine quilts those circles……and I love the background colors AND stitching…well, the whole thing! You are out-doing yourself with each quilt! hugs, pat

  3. Charlotte says:

    What can I say, it is wonderful, wonderful!!

  4. Ethel Granger says:

    I love the Bearded Iris. Wonderful Job. I want to create one of these.

  5. Wendy says:

    Beautiful work as usual! Love your use of color.

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