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Graffiti Quilting Inspired Wall Hanging

As like everything, the sewing and quilting industry are continuously evolving and being influence by new trends. A very popular trend the moment is Graffiti quilting.  Graffiti Quilting combines all the traditional quilting motives but with a modern twist. The concept behind this technique is to get creative…. so kiss those quilting rules good bye

Requirements

10″x 8″ stretched canvas

Two 15″x 22″ rectangles of plain homespun

Quilting Threads

15″x 22″ block of batting

friXon pen

darning foot

Sewing machine that is able to lower the feed dogs

Round take away container lid

iron

staple gun

To create the wall hanging you will need two rectangles of plain homespun fabric that are cut to 15″ x 22″. You will also need a piece of batting cut to the same dimensions. You will also need quilting threads, so this project I used the WonderFil Tutti and the WonderFil Konfetti range and a red tip needle.

General sewing supplies (including a free motion foot) will be needed and will a iron and a staple gun. And last of all the most important tool of all the round take away container lid.

Okay, so where do we start?

Firstly, make out a starting point on your stack of fabric. It can be anywhere you like and get creative with this. You don’t need to be directly in the center of the fabric.

Now, using this as your starting point, place the lid over the top of this point. Make sure the point is in the center of the lid and trace around the lid with a friXon Pen. The reason they we will use these pens is that if you make a mistake you can iron over it and the pen will disappear.

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So now you will need to use that starting point and line the edge of the lid up with it, so that it will over lap the first circle. Repeat this, so that it looks like you have two crescent moons over laying the center circle.

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Move the lid around the out side of the circle, repeating this above process of drawing the lines. What you are trying to create is four petals, so the aim is that two of the crescent moons shapes will equal a flower petal.

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So now we are going to take another turn with the lid, but this time we will be lining the center of the lid up with the center line of the flower petals. You will need to repeat this process until you have four outer petals completed.

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So in the final look you should have four petals that are full shape at the from and what looks like four half petals behind.

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Since you are using the FriXon pen, you can now go around and remove the original circle. By removing this circle you will not be confused on which parts are included in the petals and which is negative space.

Now you will need to thread up your sewing machine with your chosen quilting thread. Make sure you have the matching coloured thread on top ans well as in the bobbin. For the people who have a straight stitch needle place, I recommend using it in this project.

For the people who have a Janome MC15000, MC 12000, Mc9900 or a Skyline s7, enterthe sewing applications icon and select the quilting icon.

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Than select the straight stitch 2 and attch the QC foot.

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For the people who do not have this feature, manually drop the feed dogs on your machine. Select the straight stitch with the central needle position and attach the darning foot. Put your needle in the down position, the first stitch line you will trace around one petal and stop back where you started with the needle in the down position.

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On the next press you will use the edge of the foot as a guide and come around about 2mm inside the first pass. If you are not confident in doing this, you can always mark in guide lines.

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So then when you make the third pass you will come about 2mm inside of the second pass and continue this process until you have fill the petal completely. Once you have completed a petal stop back in the center of the design with your needle down in the fabric.Rotate the fabric and start at the new petal. Remember there are no rules with Graffiti quilting, so it is okay to stop and rotate the fabric so you are in a comfortable sewing position. Keep working on this until you have completed all four petals.

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For the four background petals you will need to change the colour of the thread on your sewing machine. When you sewing machine is ready with your next colour selection, you can now mark out the guide lines for the next set of petals. For these petals you can change things up by working in a diamond formation from the center out, or if you feel you are not ready for that you can create the same pattern as you used in the first set of petals.

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Continue working on these until you have finished all the petals. When it comes to sewing the petals, you will work in the same concept as the first four. The only differences is the type of pattern that you are creating.

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Repeat the above steps until you have created the three flowers on the piece of fabric.So once you have finished sewing the first flower, you will now need to go through the same sets with drawing out the second flower. When drawing the second flower you need to remember that this is your creation and there is no right or wrong in regards to the placement of these flowers. So if you would like to make it look like a bunch of flowers, you can draw the flowers overlapping. Or if you would like them spread out that you can draw the flowers with a larger distance between them.

So when you have finished drawing out the second flower, before you start to stitch it out you will need to check what negative space will be between each flower and you will need to fill the negative space before you can start on the second flower.

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As you can see in the photo the negative space has been filled with blue circles. This is created by working in a circular motion. When you have fill the negative space between the two flowers you can then change the thread and start on the second flower. When you start on the second flower, start on the petal that overlaps the first flower, as in the photo or start on the petal that touched the negative space that you just filled with the blue circles.

Once you have finished the second flower in the same way that you created the first flower, you can continue until you have cover the blank surface of the fabric.

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Once you have finished the three flowers you should have an understanding of that you are doing. Now is a great time for you to start experimenting. Have a play around with different line formations. Remember that if you don’t like what you have drawn you can always use the iron to make it all disappear and start again. So go a head and have a play, change your thread colour to green and create some leaves. You need to remember that you are only limited by your imagination.

For the purpose of this project a canvas of 10″ x 8″ was used. So you will need to make sure that you have covered enough of the fabric so that the complete area of the canvas will be covered.

Now you will need to stretch the fabric over the canvas. Starting at one end, staple the fabric on to the reverse side of the canvas, continue to stretch the fabric over the front and back around the opposite side from where you started. When you have it stretch nice and tight, stable the opposite end into place and trim off any extra fabric on those two sides.

Now you will need to repeat this process on the final two sides, remembering to keep it nice and tight while stretching it. Staple these into place and trim off any extra fabric. You are now ready to hang it on the wall.