How to Machine Quilt Clouds, Design #475
2 days ago
That's where we've been since early last week. My husband Jakc and I took a trip to Arizona which included a loop from Phoenix to Sedona, Jerome, Prescott, Wickenburg, and Cave Creek. The weather was lovely, and the trip most enjoyable. I even got to visit three quilt shops along the way... Quilter's Store in Sedona, M's Quilts and Inspirations in Wickenburg, and Olde World Quilt Shop in Cave Creek. The quilt shown above is one that began as a print panel I bought in the Sedona shop several years back on another visit. Our guild had a "Too Pretty to Cut" challenge, and that's when I decided to incorporate the panel at the center of this wallhanging. It seemed an appropriate choice to show with this post. It hangs on the wall in my sewing room to remind me of the beauty and fond memories of Arizona.
|We also stopped in Talapaque Village, a collection of shops, galleries, and restaurants in Sedona.|
|What a blessing it was to visit this beautiful area and enjoy the sights!|
|It was a perfect Spring day to air vintage quilts, and a perfect opportunity to share them with all who enjoy legacy quilts like these. Three of us Ocala-area quilters pooled our collections of antique quilts and put on a show to benefit Horse Protection Association of Florida and Humane Society of Marion County.|
Well it turns out that making these collage fish really is like eating just one potato chip... can't be done. Here's my latest fish (the first one can be seen here). Quilting friend Joanne (who got me started with fish) and I decided to both use the blue print fabric you see on the side of the fish above. It looks kind of like scales to me. Anyhow, this was a challenge of a sort just to see how each of us would place the fabric in a fish. Once done, we would each reveal our projects. Joanne's is on her new blog here... stop by and see it, and see her other sewing and quilting projects there as well. And this is the reveal of my swimmer. They are such fun to make.
These 20 beads are handmade ones I made for another of Lenna Andrews' Creative Swaps. Lenna comes up with some great ideas, good how-tos and instruction, plus resources to share on the chosen topic. And then the swap participants go to work, this time creating embellishment beads from paper and fabrics. I even used some of the fabric paper I made way back here. Clockwise above: the green beads are sheer nylon ribbon; the next ones are shaving-foam printed fabric and wrapped with red metallic thread; the pink/orange ones are fabric paper and wrapped with neon-color sewing thread; the grayish ones are another section of the shaving foam fabric and wrapped with gold metallic; and the last ones are black printed fabric rolled in gold glitter.
|Of course there's no such thing as making just one kind of bead. These are the "also-rans". They didn't make the cut for swapping, but still, they're interesting. The canape skewer gives you a sense of the size of these beads, about 1/2" to 1". Skewers were useful to hold the beads until they were dry after forming them. I put some notes below on how I cut the pieces for my beads, just in case you were wondering. Also, Lenna asked us to share notes if we could, and we'd have a chance to win some of her own handmade beads.|
These are the fabric paper triangles ready to roll around a wide chop stick or skewer (about the diameter of an orange stick). Below are some of the how-tos, if you'd like to look them over. Hope you can follow... just ask if you have a question in case the instructions aren't clear. And this is just Part One of the swap... once we get our swapped beads, the next challenge will be to make something using them. So I'll be back with a "something"!
I used the marks on the cutting mat, an acrylic ruler, and a rotary cutter to make the long, skinny triangles of fabric which could then be rolled up around a chopstick to form each bead. Lay a rectangle of fabric on the mat so that adjacent edges are lined up vertically and horizontally with marked 1” lines on the mat. Place the ruler at the corner closest to you, align the ruler at a slight angle to intersect with the mid-point between two marked lines on the mat at the other end of the fabric rectangle. Cut along the edge of the ruler with the rotary cutter. Leaving the ruler in place to anchor the fabric, remove the trimmed bit and discard it. Pick up the ruler carefully to avoid moving the fabric and place it at the next marked line, extending the ruler at a slight angle to the same halfway point as before. Again, cut along the edge of the ruler. This creates the first triangle. Carefully remove the ruler, pick up and set aside the triangle of fabric. Without moving the fabric, cut the next triangle by working from the far end of the fabric. One side of the second triangle is already cut at the proper angle from cutting the first triangle. Simply position the ruler at a point halfway between the next two marked lines and extending to the point where you started the last cut. Cut along the ruler edge. This forms the next long, skinny triangle. Continue, alternating the ends of the fabric from which you cut to form as many triangles as you can from the fabric. Discard the last trimmed bit.
Doing your homework pays off! Here's the completed piece from the online course called Stupendous Stitching on Craftsy. I wrote about it in the previous post. In this final project, we selected a background fabric with some gradation to begin. Then we applied rows upon rows of both couched yarns and fibers along with decorative machine stitches, referring back to the stitch dictionary to choose our favorites. It really was helpful to have that reference tool and I'm glad I did my homework.
Once the machine work was complete, our next step was to add some further interest by using hand embroidered details. Everything from French Knots to Lazy Daisy stitches made this piece a lot of fun to create.
|Here's another detail shot. What a great opportunity to explore and make use of all the pretty stitches on the machine and the decorative threads and yarns in my stash! I'm envisioning some fabric postcards or notecards that include some of this Stupendous Stitching. Taking Carol's class added to my appreciation for the things my trusty Bernina is capable of. That alone was worth the price of admission. But I also believe the class has unlocked more ideas for using the stitches creatively. And that's the payoff for the future.|