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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Three dimensional quilting

Sew Sweet, where I work every Thursday, is famous for their three dimensional quilts.  Almost all of their Shop Hop quilts have been 3-D.  Marta, the owner, has designed over a dozen patterns that are 3-D including the shop's current Block of the Month.  
I help Marta put her ideas into pattern form and wasn't familiar with making a square (the center medallion in the pictures above) 3-D so I made a block of my own so I would know how to write instructions.
I thought it would be fun to use fabrics that I don't normally use.  These fabs have metallic outlinings and are absolutely gorgeous, they just aren't what I usually pick when selecting fabrics.  I was hunting all over the shop for a background when I got the idea to use black.  I like the contrast and I think it showcases the fabrics real well. 
I'm quite frustrated that the pictures DO NOT show the 3-D elements of the block!!  Every edge (the longest) is folded in half diagonally and raw edges are sewn in the seams, creating a 'pocket' or a three dimensional look.
Here are some of Sew Sweet's other dimensional quilt designs that I've shown previously, but are a better representation of the technique.
Every half square triangle in every star block is three dimensional as are the small rose buds that border the quilt.
The geese are all made using the folded 3-D technique.

9 comments:

Sew Many Ways... said...

These quilts are great. I've made a couple 3-d quilts, but not as beautiful as these! I've made a 3-d pinwheel and bow tie.
~Karen~

Micki said...

I love the quilts, esp. since you used my favourite colour of pink.
Micki

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Beautiful quilts!

Sherri said...

Love these quilts...I noticed that your shop is one of the "Shop Hop" shops...how long of a drive is it to Tooele from the Salt Lake area....trying, trying, trying to get up to the shop hop!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

I've always been impressed by the 3d and I know what you mean, of course. They dont' show well on the screen. What gets me is that last quilt's scroll work. My applique would never ever be that good. Lovely.

Candace said...

I've never seen this technique, Mel! How cool!
Cheers!

Shari said...

It sounds really interesting - but does it use more fabric? And is the quilt heavier? Is it better as a wall hanging? Bet the kids love the little pockets! Thanks for sharing!
Cheers - Shari

Carrie P. said...

Great quilts. I have a quilt made with that technique.

Trish said...

Could you tell me who the designer is for the flying geese quilt with applique? The design is beautiful.
Thanks so much....Trish