Vanishing Blog Posts and 2 New Projects

May 8th, 2008

If you thought you saw a blog post from late last week and now you don’t, you have not gone nuts! We have just changed servers and I made that post on the morning of the change and once the change was complete, that blog post vanished off into cyber-space! I think everything has been switched over to the new server now, so I believe it is now safe to post once again!

I started a quickie wall hanging last weekend. It still isn’t finished, but it’s just such an example of how thread came dress up the most basic of shapes. Here’s a daisy that was fused and even though there is nothing “complex” about the stitching, it’s really the threadwork that gives the daisy its punch:


The flower is trapuntoed with one layer of scrap batting, so here is what the backside of this quilt top looks like:


Here is a simple leaf on another part of the wall hanging; it has 2 parts that are fused together:


…and here is that same leaf once it’s been embroidered. The inner veins have free motion embroidery around the edges in 1 thread color and the outer edge of the leaf is finished in another thread color in a simple satin stitch:


I just love how thread cranks everything up a bit. These pictures are only of the quilt TOP, so once it’s quilted, I’ll post some more and you’ll see how more thread work will add some cool dimensions!

In a completely different style, I began a new experimental quilt last weekend. This is a traditional lone star top that I bought on ebay so I could play around with quilting it. I am doing feathers out the yin-yang on this. Here’s what the first corner looks like:


If you know how to do a basic freeform feather, this is actually quite easy to do. You stitch your first feather and then place your flexible ruler so it’s emanating from between 2 plumes in what looks like a naturally flowing curve:


Trace that chalk line and then use that guideline for your next feather, trying to fill space so that feather plume edges are nearly abutting one another. See below for new blue chalkline:


Every time you finish a new feather, just place your flexible ruler on there to make a new spine guideline and just keep going!