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I love creating art. I love the Creator! And through that love, I find a little slice of heaven on earth and I give Him all the glory! It's a great adventure and I'm excited to see what's around the bend! Come join me, won't you?

Monday, June 4, 2012

Patching Things Up ~

I ordered this layer cake of fabric, which are ten-inch squares, purchased last December.  They are from Malka Dubrawsky's Stitch in Dye, line of fabric.  I do really love her work and the wonderful, colorful, patterns!  So I 've been slowly inching my way through my older 'to do' list and finally... had the chance to put my hands, and my needles... to this project.
I decided to cut the squares diagonally. This is not only risky, but you can EXPECT your raw edges to stretch; in fact, they will likely do MUCH stretching, since they are on the bias.  The easier way is to stitch the squares together, draw a line diagonally, stitch on both sides of the line, and then cut them apart.  But I wanted to mix n match the prints, so I did the harder way!  I compensated for this stretchy issue by re-cutting my squares, making them nine inches, from the ten inches they started out as.
I made this into a small square runner... just to experiment with some feather quilting in a round motif; unplanned and not drawn out, and just see what would happen.  It's not a perfect circular feather, but that's okay. I didn't really want it to be ...
I began by using a jar lid as my circle template, from which to base the feather stitching from.
I used a spool of thread to make the second circle inside the first one.  I'm liking where it's going ...
And stitch away ...
For stitching feathers, my favorite foot is an open toed one, and this is Bernina Foot #24 which provides really nice visibility for exact stitching placement, which is super helpful for feathers!
and I wanted to practice my outlining stitches with my free motion skills ...
My secondary goal:  To make the backside just a beautiful as the front, so this piece would be reversible.
I chose Masterpiece in an ecru color for my bobbin thread, with King Tut in white, for my top thread.

Since I was 'sew' good to finish some older projects last week, I felt like a reward to start a new one! So far, sew good!  

EnJOY your day!

3 comments:

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Leslie, your quilting is so beautiful. This is going to be such a pretty runner.

HollyM said...

What a pretty piece! I love her line of fabrics too. Your feathers look pretty darn good to me!

elle said...

I cut my triangles first and then sew, also. I think I then retrim everything anyway. Satisfies my switchy/switchy gene and my 'make it perfect' need. Luv that inner circle spirals.

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