Discovered quilt My very first piece of fabric artwork, it was named Discovered for more than one reason. If you imagine being in the woods for a moment, it seems the owl has spotted you, and of course, you've seen him. Also, by this time in late 2005 I had “discovered” fabric and quilting techniques and was having a great time learning. Of course, the art of quilting has been developing for centuries and has a fascinating history.

The materials used to make Discovered are acrylic paint, cotton fabrics, fusible webbing (an iron-on glue), foam, glass beads, various threads, and polyester batting. Most quilts have three layers: the fabric top, the batting in the middle, and a fabric backing. The layers are held together with quilting stitches. This quilt was mostly stitched by hand, though I did use a machine to sew on the borders around the owl and attach the backing. The beads were also sewn on by hand, which took a long time.

It’s small, only about 20 inches square, and has hundreds of beads on it. It was accepted into a national exhibit called Small Wonders Vlll, which appeared at the International Quilt Festival in Chicago, April 7–9, 2006, then in the Houston IQF show.

Here is a good view of the techniques and materials. I started with a large piece of the brown marbled fabric seen in the upper left. I traced my design of the barn owl onto the brown fabric using Saral transfer paper. The outlines were painted with Jacquard fabric paints. Once dry, fusible webbing was ironed onto the back (I like Steam-a-Seam 2). One section at a time was cut out from the brown fabric and a different color was fused in. In some areas such as the eye, the original brown fabric was left as is.

This technique is a kind of reverse appliqué.

Discovered detail
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