New to Me & Different Technique!

An Island Batik Adventure

Try a TechniqueFor the month of March we ambassadors were asked to try a new technique – something we had never done before. The list we made amongst ourselves was endless:  binding techniques, different types of applique, specialty rulers, clothing construction, art quilts, and the list went on and on. There were so many more things to consider, many of which I have done at least once. Maybe not perfected, maybe not well, but I had done it. Hmmmm. Then I saw a pic of a fabric vase type of structure. Okay! Here I go!

After sketching and cutting out a shape from paper, I played with it in a standing up position. I then cut that shape out of a heavy stabilizer. Having chosen several bright batiks, I began to cut them into random rectangular shapes, join them and place the piece onto the stabilizer securing it with basting spray. I also added another bright batik as the backing. I chose several of my Aurifil threads and quilted all the sections and then trimmed around the outer edge. I finished the edge with satin stitching and yes, this part was tedious.

Vase base

Now the vase needed some life, some dimension. I covered a thin piece of rope with fabric and zig zagged it onto the base. I cut out a front and back for two random shaped flowers from a bright pink batik and sandwiched them with a leftover piece of some Thermore batting pieces I had, giving them dimension. This is a wonderful light weight batting to work with. I machine quilted each flower and added some beads in the center of each and then went on to make three leaves using the same method. After arranging the flower and leaves onto the base, I stitched each piece onto the base.


I then put the piece on end, made it into a cylinder and hot glued it together. And there it is! A glass vase hides inside nicely tucked away. It’s perfect having a yard full of daffodils this week – in the vase they went. So much color and the promise of Spring!

Vase w flowers

Linking up with: NTT, One Monthly Goal



11 responses »

  1. Love this! Great idea and new technique to try!

  2. Joyce, I LOVE the case! You are so creative.



  3. Maryellen McAuliffe

    Very creative! Great job.

  4. How very creative and just the thing to jazz up a plain vase.

  5. yellowcatquilts

    OMG!!! This is so cool! I have to make one!

  6. What a creative idea! And daffodils are a favourite of mine and look great in your vase. The yellows set off your quilted art perfectly. 🙂

  7. Linda Williamson

    Love this, makes to wish for Spring. Can’t wait for my daffodils to bloom.

  8. Kathleen McCormick

    A beautiful vase and great new technique! I especially love the way you can hide an ordinary vase and make it look beautiful.

  9. Very impressing!!!

  10. That’s a great idea. Would also make a nice wine carrier with a little tweaking. I love your quilting.


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