How to Quilt an Orchid

 

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Hi Everyone!

Welcome to the new readers!

It’s been a hectic time finishing up rehearsals and recitals at the two studios  where I teach ballet. Oh, I didn’t mention I teach ballet now? Well, I do and so my art quilting has become more of a part time endeavor. Going back to my ballet roots has been rewarding, albeit tiring. And this older body does not always feel great demonstrating steps it used to do with ease. However, it is great working with the kids.

Anyway, this week I want to take you through my quilting process while I am working some more on the giant orchid.  After painting on the silk charmeuse, I hesitated to quilt it at all.  You know the feeling. You don’t want to wreck it!! I sort of liked it the way it was, but I couldn’t help wonder what it would look like with some beautiful stitching on it.  Following the advice of one of my teachers, Hollis Chatelain, I started in the areas I felt surest about, near the center.

How was I going to quilt all those smooth petals with stitching that would make it- well, not smooth? I studied the print of the flower, and picked some thread colors, matching the colors I saw in the photo.  I worked SLOWLY  in one area at a time, really looking at the colors I saw.  My threads are primarily trilobal polyester by Superior Threads, so I used a Topstitch needle in size 12 or 14, and loosened my top tension to about 3 on my BERNINA. (I was using my Elna, but it started making funny noises and needs to be serviced).
In each section I was about to quilt, I made some simple chalk lines with my chalk pencil to indicate the direction I was going to lay down the lines. In the end, I decided that to create the smoothness of the petals, while still adding texture, I would work in parallel lines.  I propped up my photo next to my machine so I could refer to it often.
And here’s where I am today:
It’s almost done, but I still need to join all three panels together somehow. Wish me luck!
And if you need help with your quilting project, just remember I am available for 1 hour sessions by video chat or in person. Just shoot me an email and we can set up a time: roxane@roxanelessa.com.
If you are or if you know the program chair for your guild, please review my class selections (http://blog.roxanelessa.com/class-list/ ) and book me for your guild. I am still available for some dates this year or next.
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Love to all, peace out!

 

 


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For all you online class junkies, I am offering a new class online: Painted Morning Glory

YOU CAN ENROLL ANY TIME AND MOVE AT YOUR OWN PACE.

Have you ever wanted to learn how to paint details for depth and realism on your quilts?

 

If the answer is yes, read on.  My popular Painted & Fused Morning Glory class is going to be offered online  to the general public for the first time.  I have taught this class many times and each time I’m awed at the fabulous results everyone gets, with each flower being slightly different.

This class is open for registration  now and starts January 1 and is only $39.00!

And you can do it at your own pace in your own house, in your jammies, without running around.  All lessons will be available to you at the same time, in case you get inspired and want to work fast.

Here is the linky thingy to register:

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I hope you will enjoy this fun class, it will remind you of Spring in the middle of Winter!

And, you will learn all the techniques I used to paint my latest landscape art quilt….


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 Susan has just let me know, she sold this quilt! Congratulations, Susan!

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Roxane is a full time studio textile artist, teacher, and author, with two girls, who are both growing up too fast!  She recently appeared on Quilting Arts TV, and has taught at the Houston quilt show.  She is also a BERNINA ambassador. Her work is in several private collections and she loves doing custom commissions.  For more info go to http://roxanelessa.com.

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4 thoughts on “How to Quilt an Orchid

  1. I couldn’t imagine how you were going to make this orchid prettier than it was when first painted (like you said) – but the stitching is just stunning on this piece. It is really beautiful – and very natural looking too.

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