Hello and Welcome to the Show Your Wings bloghop hosted by Carol. Usually I spend a few days thinking about a project for a given blog hop, but this time I instantly knew what I wanted to make – a set of Steampunk Wings.
As you know, I am a very committed paper piecing quilt pattern designer, but for this one I decided to use other techniques to achieve certain effects.
I love steampunk. Alongside playing with the artistic aspect, I also enjoy figuring out how a steampunk mechanism might work. I drew this small set of wings a few years back on a 3″ x 5″ index card. Since then I have wanted to create a larger wall art with it.
Show Your Wings provided the perfect opportunity!
Originally, I was going to create a paper pieced pattern. However, I wanted the wings to sit on top of the background instead of being part of the background. So I quilted the background first, then appliqued the pieces on top of that.
I also thought of painting the yellow and orange pieces, but that would not have had the layered effect I was looking for. Therefore, I continued with applique.
Once all the appliqued pieces were secure on the quilted background, I had the most fun with planning and placing all the metal pieces. As soon as I saw the large decorative pieces in the store, I could easily envision the rest of the wings.
I knew I didn’t want to bind it or add any kind of border around it. Facing the piece would work, but I wanted a lot more stability and wanted to display the wings as flat as I possibly could. So in the end, I mounted the piece around a stretched art canvas. I will write another post to show you how I did that.
Carol from Just Let Me Quilt hosts some of the best blog hops. Now, thanks to the Show your Wings blog hop, my once “just an idea” has turned into a textile wall art. Thanks, Carol!!
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