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Weave That! Quilt Background

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Flower Power 4
20 " x 12.5"
Tatting is in the flower center.

Create a unique textured background for a small wall quilt that looks pieced but isn’t.  The technique is weaving 1-inch wide raw edge strips of fabric on the diagonal. No piecing required, thus no Y seams.

The applique is raw edge and a bit of wool batting is used for the trapunto effect in the flower, stem and leaf. 

1/2 day and full day workshop options.

In class we will weave a 14" x 20" background using 3 fabrics: 2 medium/dark and 1 medium. Fabric close in value works well for the background..


Note: Weaving a quilt background is a little like making a mystery quilt.
How you think the finished piece will look and what you get can be quite different.
This is part of the fun! While many of the samples below feature applique flowers,
your finished background will speak to you about what kind of applique to use.


New full day project combined with
Peekaboo Reverse Applique Flower

Flower created with 3 inch Peekaboo Fabric Tool
19 " x 13.5"


More Workshop Samples
20 " x 14"

The Sea Turtle & Cactus are available as a kit for class, $30. Includes the $5 material fee and all fabric except for batting.

Color My World
35 " x 46"

Background:  1", 1.5" and 2" strips woven on the diagonal (60 deg)
Raw Edge Applique: Broderie Perse flower & leaves

Springtime at My House - 11.25" x 11"
This project was woven with 1/2" wide strips and also features tatting, silk ribbon embroidery and
a miniature of my bed quilt printed on an inkjet printer fabric sheet.

Thoroughly Modern Flower
14.25 " x 15.75"

The flower was created with my new
5" Peekaboo Fabric Tool, a reverse applique technique

Flower Power 2
19.25 " x 13"
The color variation is achieved with gradient fabric.
The center of the flower has fabric confetti.

Flower Power 1
20 " x 12.5"

Tatting and beads are used for the flower center.

Flower Power 3
Here is Flower Power made with the custom poppy pattern provided in the kit.
The flower was created using a hand dyed fabric and embellished with tatting.

Matilija Poppies -
21.5" x 17"
A quilt made by one of my students, Dorothy Elerding


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