Saturday, June 16, 2012
Let's Ride! Mixed Media Quilt
Mixed Media Quilt - Birthday present for daughter Lisa, who rides a motorcycle
Approx. 20" x 30"
Fabric, paper, faux leather, buttons, snaps, chain
Partly from stash
Pigs on motorcycles
Fabric has been in stash for at least nine years.
Found this great greeting card with a motorcycle jacket with working zippers.
Tag says "Happy Birthday, Rebel."
Made a quilt sandwich with same theme print on the back.
Sewed about 1/2" inside the edge.
Trimmed to about 1/4" from sewn line, zigzagged on edge.
Did some free-motion quilting, kind of outlining the bikes.
Close-up of quilting
Figuring out placement of the jacket
Jacket peeled right off the backing.
Back of the jacket. Surprised it was so nicely done with lining type of fabric.
Some of the embellishments being considered
Map is a piece of scrapbook paper. While figuring out placement of the jacket, noticed the words Clarksburg and Washington on the map. Clarksburg is the street we lived on for 23 years and where daughter Lisa grew up. Lisa lived in the state of Washington twice. Wow! I made sure the words were prominent in the final product.
Getting the placement just right
Sewed around the edge of the paper.
Close-up of stitching on the map
Using tape to keep the jacket in place for sewing. Should mention that I used double-stick tape under the shoulders, neck and tabs at the waist. I didn't want to stitch over those areas. Hopefully the tape will hold.
Jacket sewn in place
I stopped here for the night, later working on the piece on the train to San Diego to visit my daughter. I sewed on red buttons and silver snaps on the train, getting most of them done before I arrived in San Diego. I presented the unfinished piece to Lisa at her birthday party, then finished it a couple of days later - adding the remaining buttons, snaps, as well as chain (in two corners).
Close-up showing Washington and Clarksburg
Close-up of one of the chains
Back of the quilt
The print was so cute and I wanted Lisa to be able to see all of the motifs, some of which were covered by the jacket and/or map on the front.
Lisa loved the quilt. She'll probably display it at home. Enjoy, Sweetie!