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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?
Showing posts with label Stitch in Dye. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Stitch in Dye. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Stitch in Dye

Finished! All the stitching for the center feather motif is in white King Tut thread.  I wasn't sure I was going to add an additional detail in the feather, but in the end, I decided  the whimsical nature of the fabric was just begging for it!! So I did my favorite 'curley-q' into the middle of each feather.  I think I probably need to branch out into other styles ... don'tcha think?
I decided to change thread colors for each quadrant, as well as free motion motifs, which was more of a challenge that I expected!  But once I started... I stuck with it. Some colors show... some do not.  I didn't get too detailed with the motifs as they won't show up in all those patterns and multiple colors.
It's been a while since I worked with such primary colors.  I kinda felt like I was in elementary school, again!
They are such cute fabrics!
I thought it would be a fun experiment to make a 'ruffled' sort of look around the triple stitched outline of the feathers.  Truthfully, it didn't impress me much... but I was committed... so kept up with it, and added two more lines, trying to give it some more pizazz ... It's so-so.
I used Art Studios, 40 wt poly for the stitching as I ventured outward into the body of the piece.  I had a wobbly time with the red thread on the yellow color ... sometimes that happens to me.  I blame it on not eating enough ...  Good excuse, huh?!
Now... what am I going to make out ALL OF THE REST of those pieces?  Got any ideas for me??  Maybe a lap sized quilt?

Thanks for taking some precious time to visit! Be Blessed!

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!
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