Quilts and Other Stuff from Frances

A Home for Sadie

This week will be a different sort of week for Frances Quilts

For the last few months, I have been working sporadically on a quilt that I started two years ago. I wanted to wait until it was finished before I showed you the process

I finished it this weekend so now I can share the whole story.

The inspiration started with this picture of a Saddle-Billed Stork I took it when we were in Mozambique in June 2019…..

As soon as we returned home, I enlarged the photo and did the fiber collage…..

But she needed a background, and I couldn’t decide what to do. I knew that I wanted to do something pretty fancy but was so confused about what it would be!!

I painted a background.……

but I knew that it needed something else.

I played with thread painting, hoping to attain a meadow appearance…….

…….but there was no way to get to what I envisioned.

Last summer, I worked through the process of making thread lace, using the technique on my Botero flower garden quilt……..

Back in January, I played around with making thread lace grass, and was pleased with how it looked…..

Then my crazy Spring hit and here we are in August. One thing became patently obvious…..


So……a full two years after I started this quilt, I am ready to show you the results!!

Over the next three days, I am going to show the process of making the thread grass. On day four, we will look at dyeing and using cheesecloth.

Day five will be dedicated to thread-painting the top and day 6 will talk about the quilting process.

SO…..it will be a FUN week…..get ready for a wild ride!!

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