Behind the scenes of the Pomeranian Art Quilt – Work in Progress Wednesday No. 28

Pomeranian art quilt by Claire Chambers
I’ve always been fascinated with Pomeranians. They are the happiest looking little dogs! They generally look like they’re just about to pop with enthusiasm. I really like that. I wish I was always about to pop from enthusiasm. Instead of anxiety or possibly eating too much. Enthusiasm is definitely the best thing to pop from.
Anyway! To begin, I made a page of sketches:
Quick Pomeranian sketches by Claire Chambers
Then I picked out some fabrics and got them ready to fuse. And then, the fun/scary part: just start cutting. I didn’t want to draw a pattern beforehand with this little guy. I wanted to keep it fresh and loose and alive!
Thus, I cut out all the pieces freehand.
Pomeranian pup art quilt in progress by Claire Chambers
After much careful arranging and trimming, he was ready to fuse.

After fusing all the pieces together, I used my sewing machine to free motion quilt it all together and add texture. (Because that’s what this was lacking. Texture.)
Pomeranian art quilt in progress by Claire Chambers
Finally, it was time to hand finish the binding:
Pomeranian art quilt in progress by Claire Chambers
Finished!
Pomeranian art quilt by Claire Chambers

Pomeranian art quilt by Claire Chambers
I did away with the traditional quilt label and instead signed my name in thread. It seemed like the right thing to do. More personal, less formal.
Signature on Pomeranian art quilt by Claire Chambers

I enjoyed making this Pomeranian so much! I think I might go on to make more dog art.

The finished piece is available here.

About Claire

Absolutely Small is textile artist Claire Chambers. Claire Chambers is a crazy-pants artist/crafter who spends most of her time indoors, very near to Portland, Oregon. She likes making people laugh, chickens and pugs, and writing about herself in the third person. She is utterly obsessed with making things out of fabric.

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