Julie Hirota’s recent article in the January 2011 issue of American Quilter magazine called “Constructing a Mosaic Art Quilt” inspired Terry to try a fabric mosaic instead: Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilt #6604-Mosaic Butterfly. It’s up in the May Online Auction. Click here:
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Julie has graciously allowed Terry to share her technique on the AAQI blog. For more information visit Julie Hiro’s web page at www.JHiro.com.
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(Julie uses light, medium, and dark fabrics for grout with great results.)
Fuse fusible web to the wrong side of lots of different fabrics. I prefer Lite Steam-a-Seam II, because the fusible is tacky. It’s easy to move applique pieces around during designing, AND it stays in place when you want it to. Rough cut some pieces to start.
The fabric I used for the body of the butterfly already looks like a mosaic. I drew two lines around the outside to mark the outside edge of the quilt and the inside edge of the binding. I wanted the outside edges of my pieces to extend under the binding.
Don’t forget to keep the work within the 9″ x 12″ size restriction, that includes binding.
I started in the top left corner, placing pieces on the background. Leave space between pieces so the grout shows.
Trim pieces as you go to make them fit.
Even the tiny pieces of the antennae look great!
As a beginner, this might have been easier if I’d used a design without curves.
Can you see how my shapes get more interesting, less rectangular, as I worked my way across the quilt? I’d still love it if they were all rectangles, but I can see how my “style” changed as I got more comfortable with the process.
I used a fine black thread for the quilting. I chose a black-on-black fabric for the backing, so my backtracking wouldn’t show on the back. This is the finished piece with binding.
Have fun trying this technique for one of YOUR Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilts. Please mention Julie’s method in your artist statement when you register your quilt. (“Mosaic technique by Julie Hirota as shown in the AAQI Update blog by Terry Switzer Chilko.”)