Photo of gartenhaus door, Zoar, Ohio -- Spring 2007 by Linda Theil
In March, the Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild- offered a class in how to make raw-edged appliques from a photo or artwork. The process involves using a simple projector -- one brand is called Tracer. These simple machines are used to project a photo or other image onto a wall where a piece of paper is hung. The artist traces the lines of the projected image with a pen or pencil onto the hanging paper.
This photo shows my original foundation tracing on brown wrapping paper overlaid by a piece of tracing paper that has the design traced upon it. The tracing paper is then cut apart to be used as individual templates for applique pieces cut from fabric.
A double-faced fusable web such as Wonder Under or Steam a Seam II is ironed onto the back of the fabric choice for each template/pattern piece. The pattern piece is then cut out. When all applique pieces are prepared, the paper backing is removed from the double-faced fusible web and the fabric applique piece is fused by ironing onto a foundation fabric.
This image shows an applique piece for the gartenhaus door cut from blue fabric and placed on the foundation fabric in preparation for ironing into place. Once in place, the raw-edged applique is stitched onto a foundation fabric as large as the entire artwork (in this case, the white foundation fabric measuring 45 x 60 inches is visible under the red and blue fabrics). The bricks of the gartenhaus were created using two-inch red, batik fabric strips. They were strip-pieced using the quilt-as-you-go technique onto the non-adhesive side of a fusible batting, then fused in place on the foundation fabric
This image shows additional applique pieces stitched into place on the foundation fabric. Once all the applique pieces are sewn in place, additional stitching and/or quilting may be added as desired. All the applique pieces for this design were cut from cotton batik fabrics.
This image shows the quilt with additional borders before binding.