Creative Machine Art Techniques at Home – Quilting Daily

3-D Sunflower in an Edible Garden

I’ll admit it, I love learning. To me there is nothing better than learning something new. I usually get so excited about it that I feel compelled to share the technique with friends–or even strangers.

Lucky for the person who stands next to me in the checkout line, I can eagerly share my favorite techniques with you all instead of talking their ear off about how to combine machine embroidery with wash away stabilizer or how to add 3-D embellishment to art quilts.

You guessed it, that’s what we’re going to talk about today!

I’ve been looking through the 10 projects included in the Magical Thread Art: Sulky Online Certified Teacher Training. There are a few projects and techniques that I can’t stop thinking about so I’ve decided to share.




3-D Sunflower in an Edible Garden

This one project has so many techniques. Not only do you get to practice quilting with a walking foot, you also get to embellish. You can experiment with raw-edge appliqué, padded appliqué, and 3-D elements. The flower is my favorite part of this composition because I want to know how the designer Carol Ingram made that work. Here is the gist: to construct the flower you layer a combination of fusibles in between the fabric you want to use for the petals. Then you cut out the petal shapes, heat and roll the warm petal around a pencil; let cool. Once they’ve got the volume you desire you can attach them to your quilt–brilliant!



sulky-3-d-flowerFloral Fantasy Sculptured Art

This project, also designed by Carol, looks like such a fantastic way to practice free-motion stitching and to experiment with fabric sculpting. She uses large flowers printed on fabric from Stephanie Brandenburg’s Edible Garden line. These are the basis of the quilt sandwich that becomes her flower and then she adds texture by embellishing with machine stitching. Once satisfied with the stitch density, you can add more definition to your petals by cutting into the lines that separate them.




Now comes the fun part—molding. To activate the heat-moldable batting that’s in the middle of the quilt sandwich use heat and steam. Once the flower is warm and limp you can mold it over a bud vase and then make adjustments until you have just the shape you want.




Free-Standing Swirly Lace Pear

I can’t deny it, this final project by Carol is my favorite; the swirly lace pears are just gorgeous. I particularly love the idea of adding Mylar because it gives the pear a hint of iridescence that really makes it pop.

You can make your own using an embroidery machine or by using free motion machine embroidery. Once you’ve finished stitching the pear or pears you simply soak in warm water for a few minutes to wash the water soluble stabilizer away leaving you with dazzling quilt embellishments.



For more information on these three projects plus seven more, check out the Magical Thread Art Craft Online University course. Learn a wide variety of thread art techniques with access to Sulky faculty for three months as you work your way through each project. Plus, you’ll be able to teach the techniques you’ve learned with the help of the downloadable certification manual. You won’t want to miss this course if you love learning and sharing your knowledge.

Happy quilting,

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