Quilt Festival – Spring 2009


Amy at Park City Girl blog is sponsoring the First Annual Blogger’s Quilt Festival (click on her name to get to her blog).  If you go to her blog you will see a lot of listings – everyone with a number by their name is participating by putting a picture of one of their favorite quilts that they have made on their blog with how they made it.  Go to her blog and visit as many sites as you wish to look at all the quilts.  On her right side bar are names of the sponsors and you can go visit their sites too to see what they have to offer.

One of my favorite quilts that I made was back in 2003.  It is called “Stain Glass Dragon”. The pattern is from the “Three Swans Studio”.   Below are photo’s of the process that I took to make the quilted wall hanging and a photo of the finished quilt.  This is not made with the iron on bias strips that you can use for making stain glass quilts.  This a  whole cloth technique.

stain-glass1Step 1: Trace your pattern onto freezer paper – a large piece of freezer paper!  Then cut out with an exacto knife (I think that is the name – a razor blade with a handle) all the pieces that will be color – this leaves a lacy like pattern which will be the stain glass.stain-glass2

Step 2: Place a piece of black cloth the correct size – in this case it was about 6 feet long by 3 feet wide I believe or something like that.  Anyhow place the cloth on to your workspace.  Gently place the lacy pattern on top of the black cloth and iron your freezer paper pattern onto the black cloth.

stain-glass3Step 3: Very carefully cut one section of black out at a time where your color fabric will be.  As you cut each piece out use fabric glue and glue your seam allowance over the paper creating your stain glass lead.  This is a process that takes awhile for a project this size – do not be in a rush!!  The paper stays in the quilt – never wash it 🙂

Step 4: After you have all of your black cut out and all of your “lead’ in place it will lookstain-glass-4 like this.  In the previous steps you are working from the reverse side.  Now you will be working from the front.  When you get done with step 3 the glue will have had time to “harden” and nothing should come apart – this is still all one piece of cloth remember.

stain-glass5Step 5: Now you start to add your color.  In some areas the same color will be used so you can work with large to small pieces.  Make sure that the stain glass lead will cover the seam lines – glue the lead down to the color pieces of fabric.  This is what the dragon eventually looked like.

Now at this point I let it set for a day to make sure all the glue was dried.  Then I kind of rolled it up and I hand stitched all the lead down.  I hand stitched because that is what I like to do – you can use your sewing machine at this point and sew all of the lead down with a  double needle if you have one for your machine, or by doing it with whatever method you chose.  When all the lead is sewed in place and all of the color pieces are attached it is ready to quilt.  I hand quilted the quilt – it can be machine quilted of course if that is the method you like.

stain-glass6The finished quilt.  And where it hangs in the house — my sewing room.stain-glass7 I made this quilt in 2003.  I did not have a large space big enough to work on it so my husband got a piece of plywood and cut it a little larger than I needed.  We put all of the leaves in the kitchen table and the wood went on top of it.  It stayed there in the dining area for six weeks until I was finished glueing everything in place!!  It was well worth it.  We both love this wall hanging.  We had first seen this quilt pattern in a quilt shop in Canmore, Alberta, Canada in August of 2001.  My husband loved it and asked if I thought I could make it.  Of course I said sure thing   🙂   it sat put aside for quite awhile while I worked on other projects and would take the instructions out to look at to figure out how to do it.  Then came time to start collecting the fabrics to make it.  I would say that this wall hanging is my most unique and fun project I did.  It was very challenging.  A close up of the hand quilting on the Dragon:3450754361_afeb6e0303

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43 comments… add one
  • Anya Apr 17, 2009

    Oh, my…that is lovely. Thank you for sharing…

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  • Liz Apr 17, 2009

    wow! fantastic job! almost makes me want to do one……almost…
    (mauh) Liz

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  • Crispy Apr 17, 2009

    Karen I’m so happy you chose this quilt. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked and admired it.


  • Lemon Tree Tami Apr 17, 2009

    Fantastic quilt! I’ve seen the Three Swans Studio patterns before but never realized this was how they’re made. 🙂

    Lemon Tree Tami’s last blog post..Bloggers Quilt Festival 2009 – my favorite quilt

  • Gayla Apr 17, 2009

    Wow! That is a beautiful wall hanging.

    Gayla’s last blog post..Southwest Bunny Quilt

  • nanci Apr 17, 2009

    Unbelievable! I sometimes wonder why you visit me so often Karen, you are truly and artisan in this quilting world, and I am only just cutting along for the ride!
    I find the wall hanging beautiful and it’s so large! Your husband knows the depth of your talent.

    nanci’s last blog post..BLOGGERS QUILT FESTIVAL. MY ENTRY.

  • Linda Ks Apr 17, 2009

    Wow Karen!! That is awesome! You have really inspired me.

  • Karen Apr 17, 2009

    thanks all! Tami I have another 3 swans pattern that I have not made, it has been stuck away forever – one day I need to make it.

    Nanci of course I check in with you – what are internet buddies for 🙂

    Crispy I thought you would like that one.

    Thanks from all you guys who have not stopped by before, I have to go back and look at more of the quilts – I will be busy all week looking at the site with all the entries.

  • Lynne Apr 17, 2009

    Wow! This is stunning. You did a great job.

    Lynne’s last blog post..Blogging Quilt Festival – 2009

  • Carol E. Apr 17, 2009

    Wow! It’s amazing and beautiful!

  • Rita Apr 17, 2009

    Oh wow! Your quilt is just amazing! I would love to try this process someday. You have inspired me. Thank you also for your nice comments on my blog.

  • Zonnah Apr 17, 2009

    OMG…This is so Beautiful. And thanks for the tutorial.

    Zonnah’s last blog post..Quilt Top and Back Done

  • Mary L Apr 17, 2009

    I’m looking in amazement! What a fabulous job you did. I don’t think I would ever have the patience. Simply wonderful!

    Mary L’s last blog post..Bloger’s Quilt Festival

  • Mary-Kay C. Apr 17, 2009

    I was just looking at the pictures and not reading the text and I said “That’s got to be from Three Swans Studio” and I was right. I love your quilt. The colours bring it to life.

    Mary-Kay C.’s last blog post..Bloggers Quilt Festival

  • Gari Apr 17, 2009

    Your quilt is absolutly wonderful. You have every right to be proud of it.

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  • chris Apr 18, 2009

    What an awesome quilt!

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  • Melanie Apr 18, 2009

    That’s always been one of my favorites, Mom!

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  • Tacha Apr 18, 2009

    Thank you so much for sharing your technique. I am certainly going to have a go at this.

  • Frances Moore Apr 18, 2009

    What a quilt!! Have you seen Julie Hirota’s book? Art Glass Quilts. It is a similar technique but much easier.

  • Serena Apr 18, 2009

    Holy Cow! This quilt is amazing!

    Serena’s last blog post..My Favorite Quilt II/ Quilt Festival

  • Ravelly Apr 18, 2009

    Great tutorial and fab quilt. I’ve never seen this method and am interested in trying it out.

    Ravelly’s last blog post..Bloggers Quilt Festival

  • Jocelyn Apr 18, 2009

    Oh my, what an incredible quilt!

    Jocelyn’s last blog post..Bloggers Quilt Festival

  • Cindy Apr 18, 2009

    This is a great quilt. very nice design and detail

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  • Karen Apr 18, 2009

    thanks everyone. I have spent time off and on all day going to Park City blog and seeing all the blogs that I had never found before and admiring everyone’s quilts. So many out there for sure!

  • deb Apr 18, 2009

    I have seen your quilt on another page and thought it amazing now it is super to see the process you went through to make it.. It is amazing

    deb’s last blog post..Bloggers Quilt Festival

  • Miri Apr 19, 2009

    WOW! That is an incredible quilt! Wonderful!

    Miri’s last blog post..Bloggers Quilt Festival

  • Angela Apr 19, 2009

    What an amazing quilt. I have used freezer paper and glue for small projects, but never for anything so large. You must be a very patient person. Thanks for giving such clear directions.

    Angela’s last blog post..Wonky Options

  • Penny G Apr 19, 2009

    Wow, the work is beautiful, but if I had tried this my dining room table would never have been used again, since that would have been a UFO and I would always plan on finishing tomorrow. Congratulations on a beautiful quilt.

  • kim r Apr 19, 2009


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  • The quilt rat Apr 19, 2009

    WOW! This is completely awesome, Thanks for the posting showing the process. The quilt blogging community is sooooo generous!

  • Sandy Apr 19, 2009

    This is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing it!

    Sandy’s last blog post..Quilting Festival Entry 2009

  • jean Apr 19, 2009

    That is awesome!!! What a beautiful quilt. Looks very time consuming, but the time well worth it.

  • quiltmom( Anna) Apr 20, 2009

    Your dragon is spectacular- you did a marvellous job on it. I have a couple of their other patterns, a sunflower and a fish but have not yet made them. A friend has made their butterfly pattern- it is very pretty too.
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful work..

    quiltmom( Anna)’s last blog post..Blogger Festival and My favorite Quilt

  • Emma Apr 20, 2009

    What an amazing quilt! You have more patience than I!

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  • Amy Apr 20, 2009

    Wow – this is an amazing piece of work! Thank you for sharing your process – I never would have guessed. I work at the kitchen table but have to be able to clean up for meals – 4 little kids 🙂 Thank you for sharing your beautiful quilt!

    Amy @ parkcitygirl’s last blog post..Amazing!

  • Evelyn Apr 20, 2009

    It is beautiful (and huge!). Your step by step directions were really interesting… I’ve never seen this technique before. I can understand why it is your favorite! Cheers! Evelyn

  • Sandra Apr 22, 2009

    Great quilt. Thanks for sharing the step by step photos & directions. Makes me want to design a quilt around the process.

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  • ElizAniko Apr 22, 2009

    This is beautiful ! :o)))

  • Micki Butler Apr 22, 2009

    I have done that technique and love it. You did a wonderful job with it, and it turned out so colorful!

    Micki Butler’s last blog post..Geisha Quilt Top Finished

  • faith Apr 22, 2009

    that is amazing. what a process! your finished product is just beautiful!

    faith’s last blog post..quilt festival spring 2009

  • Gayle Bong Apr 29, 2009

    Wow! I can’t imagine making that, much less designing it. I don’t have the courage to try. You did a great job.

  • *karendianne. May 6, 2009

    I hardly can find the words. “Amazing quilt” doesn’t do this justice. What an honor that you would choose to share with us all. Not sure I fully understand still how you did this but still, I’m blown away… *karendianne.

  • CJ Jul 6, 2009

    Beautiful quilt. I have another of the 3 swans designs patterns that is on my ever grown list of quilts to make. Bought from the same store even.

    If you’re ever in Canmore area again, let me know. We can go shopping together. 🙂
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