Dec 14 10
I’m kind of running out of stuff to blog about during this daily blog give-away, so I’m going to have to show you some pictures of stuff that’s not very far along in process and you might find this stuff kind of boring. Here’s what’s been on my machine bed today:
This is still just a quilt TOP and it’s for a quilt that will be the basis of a new class I’m developing. The whole point of the class will be to introduce quilters to how quickly and easily you can create a fused applique top using dies and a fabric cutting machine. I’ve just barely begun embroidering the edges of some of the applique shapes:
Now you are probably saying to yourself that this top doesn’t quite look like a Patsy-quilt because it’s got fairly subdued colors, and you would be right! I will probably make this quilt (or one somewhat like it) in more saturated colors, but I’m trying this out here. Sometimes you gotta mess around in unfamiliar waters, ya know?
Because I wanted to finish the edges of the heart with a satin stitch, I ironed a tear away stabilizer on the backside underneath the heart. This way, I can avoid any puckering and that finished edge will look nice and smooth once it’s done:
(You can kind of see that I used gold thread to outline those bird wings in the area above the stabilizer.) The heart came out really nicely:
…and so did those feathers inside, except the close-up shot of the feather stitching came out really blurry so you’ll have to wait until the next time I work on this top to see a clear shot of them. Sorry about that!
And as for today’s give away…Have you seen the new 2011 Quilting Arts Calendar?
It’s really very beautiful and has quilts from many great quilt artists like Susan Brubaker Knapp, Maria Elkins (who I actually got to meet earlier this year!), Diane Marie Chaudiere, and many others. This lovely and inspirational calendar could be yours and you can enter the drawing just by posting a comment to this blog. Good luck!