These two little quilts have taken just over a week - what was I worrying about?
If you have been following my progress you will know that my ideas were developing nicely.
When I left you the first quilt - the words quilt - was assembled and ready for stitching.
First up, bit of a tip. If you want to try my technique - using paper bonded to fabric - don't quilt using lovely expensive wadding. The stiffness of the backing does not allow the 'bounce' of any wadding to show through. For these I have been using an inexpensive acrylic felt for the wadding.
So, I knew I wanted some additional applique on the little quilt top, so had a rummage in my stash of organza fabrics (I collect there when ever I go to a loud and brash fabric shop - you know the type, cheap poly cottons in glarish colours you would never wear - because they usually burn and distress so well. But that is another post.)
I used the technical wonder that is Bondaweb to stick small small rectangles onto the quilt top, and then I quilted those rectangles down using a standard embroidery stitch on my machine - a fancy zig zag. (I rarely use these stitches, preferring on the most part to free motion stitch anything down).
A traditionally applied fabric binding, and Quilt 1 is finished and ready to post on the CQGB site.
Meanwhile the other little quilt needed far less stitching. The shoes say it all really. So again, using a standard embroidery stitch but with a variegated thread, I stitched a simple border of hearts.
Again I did a traditional fabric binding, but pondered over the colour to use for the binding - green, to pick out the colour in the thread, or lilac?
Then I attached the shoes - using an invisible thread. And voila! Quilt 2 is ready to post.
And I already have ideas for Quilt 3. But I have a horizons project to start and lots of things to finish!!