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Superior Stars: Joanne Baeth

Posted: 11 September 2015 at 6 a.m.

The End of the Line

It's hard to believe Joanne Baeth's beautiful End of the Line isn't a photo, it's a quilt!

Joanne explains her inspiration for her quilt:

"We fish for salmon on the Oregon coast for two months every summer. All of the old fishing boats were dry docked to be repaired, sold, or scrapped for parts.  My husband and sons are avid fishermen, the pressure was on to get the boats and parts just right. I painted the stormy sky and part of the sand. For the boards, I painted fabric, heat distressed it, and cut it into small sections. The boats have my five grandchildren's names on them and the numbers are their birthdays. The grasses were thread painted and of course I had to add a few birds."


The End of the Line received the Pacific International Quilt Festival 2014 Best Wall Quilt Viewers Choice

Joanne loves to use Bottom Line polyester thread because it blends well.  She likes to sew with it on top because it’s so smooth when sewing details and it doesn’t add bulk.  When thread painting, she likes to use King Tut and So Fine! #40.  She uses Dissolve 4x and a layer of tulle because the heavy-duty water-soluble stabilizer is strong enough to free motion quilt without puckering.

Joanne’s talent is impressive and inspiring!  Have you tried making landscape fiber art?

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  • 2. Joanne Baeth (11 September 2015 at 3:17 p.m.)

    Thanks BJ. The tulle works great on the back of the stabilizer. After you have thread painted your design and rinsed off the stabilizer, you can cut the extra tulle off . Even if some tulle is left on it blends really well and does not show. You can also use a heat gun (the type bought at craft stores). It will burn the tulle off but not the thread painting. Use tweezers to hold it down so you don't burn your fingers.
  • 1. BJ Elder (11 September 2015 at 2:54 p.m.)

    Joanne - this is fabulous! Well done. I use similar threads and the stabilizer but have not used tulle. Do you have the tulle on the front or as part of the stabilizer on back?

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