Tuesday, 18 June 2013


This month the Waverley Art Quilters had to do a small A3 sized quilt inspired by a chair!!

I thought about it for a while until it was the weekend before the meeting and I had to do something. I didn't want to just put a chair in the middle of a quilt; I wanted to tell more of a story. I thought about doing a café chair with a Parisian background or a pool chair in front of a beach or pool but I didn't have the time or the photos to use.

I looked around the house and found a chair with a guitar propped against it and thought I would photograph it.

I put the photo in Photoshop and used Filter> Stylize> Find edges and printed the pattern out on my A3 printer.
I traced the pattern onto tracing paper to make it easy to get the reverse pattern for fusible web. I also traced the pattern the right way onto freezer paper because I wanted to use the freezer paper as a stencil to paint some of the chair and guitar to give it some more dimension.

 freezer paper as a stencil
I painted the frame of the chair with Tsukineko ink using the autumn leaf colour.

Freezer paper removed
I already had fusible web stuck behind the fabric so I just had to carefully cut around the edges and fuse it to the background fabric. I did the same thing with the guitar.

Chair©2013 Linda Steele

It is all raw edge, I just stitched around the edge with a free motion straight stitch. This was a change for me because I usually satin stitch around the edges, but I have been noticing that a lot of Art Quilters don't do that now.

Once again it was amazing to see the variety of quilts at the meeting. There were so many different chairs and so many different ideas and techniques.

Bye for now,


Gina E. said...

Nothing like a challenge to get your creativity fired up! Linda, I've started using my new Janome and am loving it! Wish I'd had it when you did your workshop at the Guild...are you planning any more this year?

Linda Steele said...

Thanks Gina,
I have been wondering how you were going with the machine. I might have some machine quilting classes coming up in the second half of the year. I'll put it on the blog when I find out.

Little House on the Hill said...

Your chair looks awsome

Cheers Pauline

Linda Steele said...

Thank you Pauline, I was pleased to get it done. I usually have no idea of what to do when we first discuss a topic.