It takes a lot of different fabrics to make strip pieced quilts, but you don't need a lot of each print. I usually just buy 1/4 yard pieces. When using only a strip or two from each print you can build up quite a quilty palette. I'm kind of the 'more the merrier' when it comes to buying fabrics! (A Material Girl, lol.)
Ok, lets talk about how I made the hawk.
I found a black and white drawing of a hawk and printed it out. Then I traced over the lines with a red pen. From there I traced the lines on paper and enlarged the design to the size of the hawk I needed for the finished quilt top. I made TWO of these enlargements. (I'm only showing the top wing part here, the body and the other wing are missing... lol.)
Can you see how I numbered each feather? Each feather will become a 'template'. I traced the enlarged pattern onto freezer paper and numbered each feather on both. One became a master copy, the other one (on the freezer paper) got cut up, feather by feather. The last large copy was used as a placement diagram.
Each freezer paper feather was pressed to the right side of whatever fabric I chose for the feather. Then I cut out the feather and arranged it on a sheet of Wonder Under - sticky side up. NOW, under that Wonder Under was that 2nd enlarged drawing I made. This helped me keep everything in place. Since the Wonder Under isn't sticky like Steam a Seam which is temporarily off the market now, I sprayed the sticky side of the WU with 505 Basting spray to make it sticky enough to hold all those little pieces as I designed. WHEW!
Oh by the way, I quickly realized that those narrow bands of dark color on the wings were NOT going to be separate pieces of fabric! I used a simple Sharpie Marker and drew them on the feathers.
Now on to the mountains.
I string pieced some 4 inch blocks and arranged them 'on point'. Then I added other strips to them, only I turned under the seam allowances of these loose strips where they wouldn't be pieced. I didn't want raw edges.
Can you see what is happening? I turned under all 'outside' edges and pined the loose strips and blocks together. I top stitched the blocks together wherever they were pinned and I top stitched each folded under seam allowance on the edges.
The only seams I turned under were seams that other patches would not be covering.
I filled in the bottom in the same way. I stitched straight strips to a large triangle, turned under the edges of the strips and pinned them over the exposed edges of the pieced blocks.
Then I sewed them in place and trimmed off the excess.
|Mountains are DONE|
Time to piece the strips...
I transferred all my strips to the foundation, did I mention that I use a tear-away foundation to piece? It makes things so much easier.
And, that is my cat Ellie. She is a big helper.
|The hawk from Night Hunter, after quilting.|