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Showing posts with label bobbin play free motion. Show all posts
Showing posts with label bobbin play free motion. Show all posts

Monday, September 22, 2014

a rosey black t-shirt with free motion embroidery ~

hi there, happy monday!

well, as i noted in my last post, as i was lamenting the troubles with the bleeding paints... note there is an upside! and that is simply that silks acrylic glazes work beautifully on the black t-shirt.  why?  i don't know!  i wish i did.  but ~ i washed it and it didn't run, bleed, nor did it fade what. so. ever!  hmm.  the picture below tells the story, after washing and drying: 
you see that elaborate painting style?  {uhhh not!} ... really simple... just some basic "c" shapes, and small ovals, circle-shapes... i blended the paint colors just a little bit... pretty simple.  add a few triangles for leaves, and you're good to go!

and i finished fine-tuning those simple shapes on my t-shirt with a bit of free motion thread action:
{and i like how the black fabric "shading" shows under the paint color}

and the stars of the show are; king tut, magnifico, masterpiece and fantastico threads, all from superior threads

i kept my threadplay pretty simple, too.  the painting laid down just a color base design, and all i really needed to do was add a bit of enhancement, or highlighting with the threadplay, or, what could be said to be free motion embroidery.

i first began with the king tut, in the center of each flower motif, utilizing the peachy color for a little bit of contrast.  then i went to the magnifico purple and periwinkle for the petals, and the fantastico  variegated green for the leaves. masterpiece {100% 50 wt cotton - beautiful}, was in my bobbin the whole time.  and a 90/14 titanium topstitch needle {from superior as well}.  and a ball point needle... yeah, well, i didn't have one.  but the titanium topstitch {from superior} worked like a dream, actually.  

i lowered my top tension if i needed to, depending on whether there was puckering, or if the threads were pulling too much one way or another.
so the acrylic paint, the silks glazes are shown with their color descriptions as well as the thread colors. {but i forgot the peach-colored one in the middle of the flower  - sorry about that}.  but... i couldn't quite let it be.  sometimes that is what sleeping does to me!!  lol.  things... ideas... inspiration sometimes won't leave me alone.  it happens often to me.  how about you?  so... let me hear what you think about the final detail i added, below:
 and it all begins with your bobbin. and a really beautiful, thick thread.  enter into stage right:  razzle dazzle thread. in beautiful, bright silver.  a black would have been good... but i didn't have that color... or purple, which i did have...  but one has to make a choice, so there you have it:   

i love the result.  and this will be a beautiful t-shirt i would be happy to wear and enJoy.  would you?

thanks for stopping in!  blessings on a fine day, {or week} ahead!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

bobbin play placement tips ~

hi everyone~

this post is about some very simple {commonsense} placement tips i use for stitching from the backside of a quilt, using a very thick thread {such as razzle dazzle} which is something like a 12 weight thread. {i'm kinda guessing here}.  but ~ it's a very thick, large thread, and it never goes in the eye of the needle, {at least not in a domestic sewing machine}.  it is best for stitching by winding it on the bobbin, which is why it's called "bobbin play."  this happens to be free motion... but it works wonderfully with good ol plain stitching {such as an embellishment around the cuff of a denim jacket} click the link to see more on this jacket... or just search "bobbin play" in the search box on the right hand side of the blog for LOTS and lots more ideas and inspiration!

or more random, such as in this quilt, detail from my desert blooms quilt seen below:
sooo. back to the log cabin quilt!  by way of background, my quilt top is batted, and a backing is in place, which is known as the "quilt sandwich" and i'm ready to quilt my long cabin rose table topper quilt, which i posted about here.

below is my basic 'cabin rose' block.  

notice i have pins around the border of the block.  that's my way of marking off the block, in a temporary manner, without having to stitch around it.  stitching is also an option you could do, by stitching "in the ditch" around all the blocks, through all three layers of your quilt sandwich. {but i didn't do that this time}.
notice my elaborate marking system here?!   i have a simple white-headed pin stuck through the middle of the navy blue center of the cabin rose.  this marks the place where i have decided to begin my bobbin quilting... and making a decision on where you want to begin, is a very important one, because i wanted to start in the middle of the block not on the edge, or in the seam {which you could also do}. but you would still want to know where the seams are, so mark them with a pin, or with a stitching line {in the ditch}.  the choice is yours!

after all ~ you are the CEO {creative executive officer} of your sewing machine, sewing life, and sewing studio!!  {yay!}
i've flipped my quilt over, to the backside. {below}  now it's time to mark that center of the rose, which i do using my favorite chalk marking tool, the "sewline" marking pen with white chalk. it's easy to remove, too.  all i do is lightly scrub it with a piece of scrap batting {or even my sleeve!}
notice you can see the backs of the pins, marking the square of the cabin rose block, from the backside, and i've lightly sketched a perimeter line with my chalk pen, too, so you can see it better. the scissors point to the center of the rose block... you see the white dot marking the center, which is where i begin stitching.  

note: i don't mind if my stitching lines cross over into the other blocks... this is merely a "guide" to follow {not a hard rule!}:
i always begin by tying off first.  if i don't, then the front of my quilt is going to be very messy with a nest of threads, stitched all over each other... and i won't see it because i'm stitching from the back side of the quilt... and this is not a fun surprise!  so take the time to tie off.  because this is a metallic thread, it has many multi-ply strands, and is somewhat fragile, so it's best to tie it off, and bring that heavy thread to the back of the quilt, before stitching begins:
to tie off, i hold the top thread in my left hand, and sink the needle, {using the hand wheel}, taking one stitch, and with the top thread still in my hand, i pull until the thick thread pops to the surface.  i do this gently...
below: it's the loop closest to you that you want to pull.  if you pull the other side of the loop... you start to unwind your bobbin, wasting precious thread wound on your bobbin.  in case you're wondering, bobbin thread takes alot of room on the bobbin, and you don't want to run out until you've finished the block you're stitching.

{and i have more posts on tying off here and hints and tips on bobbin play here!

below: a picture of my 830 machine's bobbin, loaded with the silver metallic razzle dazzle thread.  i've used an awl to point to a white silver dot, which tells me that i've loosened my bobbin tension... {four clicks to the left on a bernina 830 machine}... no matter what kind of machine you own, loosening a bobbin case is a MUST for bobbin play. {and if you don't know how, ask your dealer}.  for many people, i recommend buying a secondary bobbin case, having it specially and {accurately} loosened, and keeping it marked {just for bobbin play} so you know that is ALL you will use it for!  

side note: just so ya know, because i own a bernina 830, i no longer need to use/buy a secondary bobbin case... because it is so easily adjustable on the new 830 series. {therefore the picture of how it looks} but i did have a secondary, loosened bobbin case for all of my older machines.
one of the best tips i share for most kinds of straight stitching, free motion quilting, or bobbin play? buy a straight stitch stitching plate!  it keeps your stitches more stable, and produces a beautiful stitch! {without any of those "wobbly-looking" stitches}
i also tie off when i am finished.  i lift up the presser foot, and pull on the top thread, making a loop with my left forefinger, and then sink the needle again, and gently pull until the metallic thread pops to the back {or in this case, the top side as it's facing me}:
{keep the presser foot in the 'up' position}

pull the loop until there's enough length to be able to thread it through a large needle...

i do like to first tie a little slip knot, using both the top and bobbin thread, before i eventually sink the threads into the batting:

trim the thread ends:

there ya go!  hope you enjoyed my demonstration!

thanks for being here!


Sunday, June 1, 2014

my log cabin roses ~ finished

hi everyone ~

hope you had a great weekend.  we had lots of stormy skies, lots of rain, but beautiful sunshine in between!

and in a sunshine moment, it was fun to take this log cabin rose quilt out onto the patio for a photo shoot!

this is a smaller, modified version from the original pattern, and makes a lovely tablescape all on it's very own.  full of life, color, and sparkle!

i'm still in the process of editing photos for my upcoming post on my placement technique for the bobbin quilting on this piece, but i hope you will return to see how i did this.  it's not a big secret... just a few simple tips. so come on back ya hear?!

 i decided the beautiful blues would look perfect as 'spacers'... straight from my stash of hand dyed fabrics from the talented vicki welsh!  i love the varied blues, which in my eyes, adds some movement, depth, and interest, but also doesn't overpower the flowers...and brings your eye to the roses with the navy blue centers... hopefully?

 each corner has a few words quilted, with a scripture verse:

"i have found the one my soul loves"  
{song of solomon 3:4}. 
soli deo gloria
p.s. linking up with "free motion by the river" too!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

cabin roses ~ bobbin play


you know that first glimpse of thread on a quilt?  it's rather full of suspense, and what-ifs, isn't it?  in this case, it's especially fun, because the quilting is done from the back side of the quilt, so i have to wait until i 'm done before I can turn it over to see if it looks as good as i hope it will. 

inspired by rachel's roses. it's full of color, delicious texture and sparkly goodness.

 on top of this:
bobbin play... with silver razzle dazzle thread.

i'll be showing my placement technique for bobbin play in the very near future! hopefully in the next post {or two}! 

meanwhile, i love this cabin rose pattern, which i featured in a completed quilt from the early days of my quilting. {from earlier this past january.}

can't wait to finish this one! and i'll be sure to remember to take some more pictures when i make a decision on the companion blocks, and more quilting design. 

and then... this is the thing.  i know... i just can't wait to make more of those pretty log cabin roses!  must be because the flowers in the garden are planted, and this quilt?  well, it's just like planting flowers in fabric!  yay!  but... uh oh. more on put on LIST!  :)

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Fruit of The Spirit ~ Finished!

Galatians 5:22-23:  "And the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such there is no law."

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