After I was shown a segment of The Quilt Show where Lisa Walton demoed fusible quilt blocks made from scraps, I revisited my bags of fused leftover scraps and went to work.
Luckily, I have several teflon sheets so I could give my iron a fighting chance to stay glue free as I chopped and layered my scraps. The foundation to Lisa’s method is to overlap your base layers by 1/4 inch and fuse them. Then, you fuse strips of fabric on another fabric and cross cut them into colorful strips which you add to the base layers. Finally, you fuse your assembly onto a batting, flannel in my case. The sewing doesn’t start until the quilting does.
I produced two small quilts, which I enlarged by mounting them on quilted bases a la Jean Wells.
The curves I used came from the shapes of my scraps, and the thin long strip on the right was cut off of the main piece as part of straightening the edges. I zigzagged cording around the quilt edges and used an envelope finish on the base, which is Grunge fabric.
I used similar techniques in “Plane Geometry” including use of scraps as they were. The background fabric here is by Marcia Derse.
These were pleasurable palette refreshers that came together quickly and gave me a chance to use free motion quilting, which I haven’t been doing lately.
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8 responses to “No Sew Quilts”
Love how you took Lisa’s technique and made it your own.
I think it’s hard not to copy a teacher’s work when you’re learning something new. It helped that I decided to use many of my fused scraps as they were already cut.
I can tell you had fun making these two little quilts and the outcome is terrific.
Thanks. It was a joy not to struggle with recalcitrant seams and other isues.
These look like a lot of fun to make. And they are fun to look at, too! So different from each other yet both so colorful and interesting.
With this method the making goes quickly – almost instant gratification.
There is something so exciting and liberating about your experiments!
Not having to sew seams is certainly liberating. Pretty soon I’ll be painting the whole quilt so I don’t have to cut up fabric.