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Yarnia Inspired Angels: Making the Quilted Angel
Submitted by Pam on Thu, 09/29/2011 - 17:44
I have been holding on to every last scrap of this sparkly star fabric and using it for only very special projects! It is impossible to show, but the fabric has millions and millions of shiny silver bits embedded in the fabric which wink and sparkle constantly.
Not being a quilter nor having ever gotten the hang of free motion quilting, my efforts to create a quilted wing will probably not astound and amaze you! But the end result is working nicely and the wings sparkle at me every time I walk by!
Quilting is not necessary however, and if you decide not to quilt your wings, this angel will go together very quickly.
Originally the sparkly star wings were destined for "Aqua" angel - the angel wearing the sparkly "cone end" dress and punched "tin" wings in the second photo in the introduction post.
I shifted the wax paper pattern around and around on the fabric trying to include as many aqua stars as possible, but no matter how hard I tried to make it happen, the wrapped yarn body and the sparkly star fabric just wouldn't work together as planned.
So - I was forced to wrap another angle body in colors that worked better with the fabric! Isn't that terrible?
You will need from your stash
cereal box weight cardboard
scrap of fabric for wing front
felt for wing back
light weight quilt batting scrap
embroidery thread - cotton and metallic (optional)
embroidery needle - (optional)
adhesive tape gun or double side adhesive tape or glue stick
1. Using scrap paper, cut a wing shape that fits your angel body. I used the same wing pattern that I used for my "red" angel. What is important here is that the shape be fairly simple in design.
2. Using the paper pattern, cut one wing from cereal box weight cardboard and one wing from wax paper.
Cut a third wing from light weight quilt batting.
3. Using wax paper as a pattern material allows you see the fabric through the wax paper. Move your wax paper pattern around on your fabric until you are happy the appearance of the design within the pattern shape. Pin and cut one wing - leaving 1/4" beyond the edge of the pattern as you cut.
4. Using your paper pattern and a pair of pinking shears, cut another wing from felt cutting about 3/16" beyond the edge of the pattern.
5. If you wish to "hand quilt" your wing, baste the batting to the back of the fabric wing and using a running stitch hand stitch a design through all layers following the design of the fabric or just stitch an overall pattern. But your wing does not have to be quilted. Works either way.
My "fabulous" quilting consisted of a series of figure eights down each side of the wing. If I do another wing, I will hand stitch repeated outlines of the wing shape. I think I would like that much better actually.
Note: If you choose to quilt by machine, you might want to add a very light weight fabric wing to the back of the "quilt sandwich" so the batting won't get stuck in the machine. Of course if you are a machine quilter - you already know that!
6. Once quilting is completed, carefully make little cuts from the outside edge of the fabric to just before the edge of the batting. Do not cut into or beyond the edges of the batting.
7. Grab a tape gun if you happen to have one. (Mine is a 3M tape gun that we use for mounting photos and now has found a home as a useful craft tool!).
Note: If you don't own a tape gun similar to this one, double edge tape will work or even a glue stick! Wet glue would not really be a good choice here as you want something that will grab and hold your fabric. Spray adhesive might also work.
8. Place a small strip of tape adhesive on one side of the cardboard wing. Position the cardboard, adhesive side down, on top of the batting so that the batting is covered and the 1/4" fabric border extends beyond the edge. The little bit of adhesive simply helps secure your wing pieces for the next step.
9. Run your tape gun (or other adhesive) around the entire edge of the exposed cardboard. If you look closely in the photo above, you can see the adhesive strip.
10. Now, pull the edges of the fabric gently but firmly over the edge of the cardboard wing and press in place. The adhesive will hold the fabric while you work. If you need to adjust your work, the fabric can be released from the adhesive and repositioned.
Note: Before proceeding, I created a slight bend in the cardboard along the vertical center line so that the wing would bend forward just a tiny bit when in place on the body.
11. Once the fabric has been pressed in place around all edges of the cardboard, cover the exposed surface of the cardboard with either adhesive tape or double stick tape. I used the tape gun and so far the wings are holding together nicely.
Note: I am not confident the adhesive found in glue sticks would hold all that well over time so if you don't have a tape gun or double sided tape, use Fabric Mod Podge and let dry for several hours before attaching the wing to the body.
12. Position the quilt/cardboard sandwich on the right side of the felt wing as shown. Press firmly in place. To help seal the adhesive bond, place a few heavy books on top of your wing for a few hours.
The halo was constructed in exactly the same way as the wing. Rather than quilt the surface of the halo, I used silver embroidery thread and french knots to sprinkle stars here and there to hold the sandwich together.
Note: You can see a couple big X's near the bottom - these are my guides for positioning the halo on the angels head. My finished halo is approximately 3 1/2" in diameter. Start with a paper pattern about 3" in diameter.
You will need a hot glue gun and worsted weight yarn.
Love this wavy yarn I found in a thrift store. The skein was actually divided into three colors - cream, blue and tan - and all three colors found their way onto an angels head!
The procedure for attaching the hair is very similar to that used to attach the golden ringlets on the red angel.
1. Draw the outline of the hair line on the head.
2. Cut your yarn into lengths about 2".
3. Place a spot of hot glue on the head where you want the ringlet.
4. Fold the length of yarn in half and place the ends into the glue and hold for a few seconds.
Note: Begin at the bottom front and work toward the top and back. This way the newest ringlet will hide the glue spot from the previous ringlet. The last ringlets you place should be at the upper back of the head under the area where the halo will be placed. The halo will hide the exposed ends.
Use a hot glue gun to attach the wings and the halo.
Follow the wing attachment procedure given in the red angel tutorial. These wings are the same design as the red woven wings and will need the help of a little brace to sit properly.
Glue the wings first and then the halo.
Tomorrow two short tutorials for the "wheat" angel and "Snowflake".