Being a fan of Laurel Burch's fabrics and books, I decided not to "just" cut into her beautiful Christmas fabrics:
Not yet learned the "raw edge applique" technique, I just began cutting out the figures, attaching them with some washable school glue to the background.
As soon as the glue was dry I used a straight stitch of my sewing machine to make the attachment permanent. My free motion quilting skills were less than mentioning worth, so I used a "funny" stitch on the machine to quilt the three layers together.
The result was a quilt with a tree as a place for the cats and birds to enjoy Christmas in peace together.
If I would make the quilt again, I should use a more playfull, curvy designed tree.
And use something like Steam-A-Seam to fuse the figures to the background.
The learning curve of this quilt was great, though, because I did it my own way.
The quilt measures (b x h) 31 x 33 inch:
Sadly Laurel Burch has passed away on September 13, 2007.
Her bright spirit lives in the art and books she left for us behind to enjoy.
This video tells her story in a nutshell:
(to watch the video on YouTube click here)
I am the lucky owner of three of Laurel's books:
|Laurel Burch Quilts|
|Laurel Burch Christmas|
Color the Season Beautiful
with 25 Quilts & Crafts
|Laurel Burch Legends:|
9 Quilts Inspired
by the Earth, Sea & Sky
And if I am joining a quilt workshop or meeting you can recognize me carrying this bag:
So if you see a quilter walking with this bag, it might be me!
Thank you for visiting and have a nice weekend.
Summary of links:
- A better view of "A tree for Laurel's Christmas Cats"
- Holiday Traditions Quilt Contest 2009
- the Quilting Bloggers Directory
- Laurel Burch's website
The bag I bought a couple of years ago; I have no skills (yet) as a bag maker.