Aug 25 12
Sorry it has been so long since my last blog post. There’s nothing going on behind the scenes to worry about; I’ve just been way overextended and haven’t had a second to come up with a blog post. Because of vacationing coworkers, I’ve been working many more hours than usual at hospice, so my “free time” has kind of evaporated. I should have a bit more time over the next couple of weeks, though, so my goal is to spend loads of time sewing and hopefully, I will be able to get back to more regular blog posting. I have gotten some sewing done, so here are some shots of a wall hanging I recently made. (Sorry about the not-so-great photos. I didn’t realize until tonight that these photos weren’t very good and I’ve already given this wall hanging away.)
This “tulip quartet” was an experiment in playing around with a single stem of a tulip and I like how it came out. It’s all done as machine embroidered applique and I cut the shapes using my Sizzix Big Shot machine and Appli-K-Kutz dies. The batting is another 2-layer combo. The bottom layer was a Hobb’s silk batting (this is the batting that’s become a disappointment to me when used alone but I’ve got a lot of it that I need to use up.) The top layer is an ultra-thin polyester batting that is sold by the yard at a local fabric store in Asheville. I wish I could tell you who makes it but I don’t know and neither did the store owners! What really blew me away was the incredible texture that was created by adding that ultra-thin layer of polyester batting-it really made the quilting look great! Here is a shot of the background fill quilting in the center square:
These aren’t actually feathers, but the quilting definitely gives you that same luscious feeling that feathers do. It’s the rudimentary version of the “plumify it” background fill design and it really lends a great sense of movement to a quilt. Here is a closeup of a stem shape; this was cut using the “Stylized Stem 2 die.”
…and you can kind of get a sense of how it poofs out from the background, yet there is no trapunto layer here. Again, this is the beauty of machine embroidered applique. Because all the decorative thread work is done when it’s just a quilt block, the stitching isn’t drawn into the batting layer the way that quilting stitches are. Here’s a closeup of a tulip:
…and here’s a shot of the background quilting in the green/blue corner setting triangle section:
That is just a simple loop-d-loop design but sometimes it can add a wonderfully simplistic but fanciful look to a quilt. I used a YLI Variations thread called “Grass” for that section and it is one of my favorite threads for quilting. This last shot of the feathers will give you a sense of the ” faux-trapunto” effect this machine embroidered applique can lend to a quilt.