Show Your Wings – Steampunk

Steampunk Wings | Whims And Fancies



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.



Steampunk Wings | Whims And Fancies



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!



Steampunk Wings | Whims And Fancies



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.



Steampunk Wings | Whims And Fancies



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.



Steampunk Wings | Whims And Fancies



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.



Steampunk Wings | Whims And Fancies



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.




Show Your Wings hosted by Just Let Me Quilt


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!!


Make sure to visit here for a list of the bog hoppers

Here are a few of the lovely ladies who I am sharing my day with –


What About Rheema?

Hill Valley Quilter

Nutz For Redwork

Kathy’s Kwilts and More

Melva Loves Scraps

Creative Blonde

Keepsake Moments

Quilt n Party

Seams To Be Sew


Have fun blog hopping!

Until next time,


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