Another month, another journal quilt theme. This time we made a small 8” x 11” piece on the theme “Beach”. I love shells and the Nautilus was the thought that first came to mind. I really enjoy making these small projects just to try out some unfamiliar techniques or materials. The main technique I practiced in this one was bobbin drawing or bobbin quilting using metallic thread. I chose a heavy thread to give lots of shine and create a strong outline. The thread would not have been suitable to go through the tension and thread guides as a top thread. But by winding it on a bobbin, I was able to stitch the shape from the back side of the quilt with regular thread in the top, and have the metallic bobbin stitches form the shell on the right side. There was no thread breakage, and the “reveal” of turning the quilt right side up and seeing all that shine was exciting. I purchased an extra bobbin case for my machine to dedicate to this stitching method so that I’m free to adjust the bobbin tension as needed for various weight thread.
Some simple free-motion quilting and white paint carefully sponged into parts of the design for accent completed the quilt. Except, of course, for the embellishments. We’d spent a lovely day at Anastasia Island State Park in St. Augustine, and I found some shells that needed to be part of this quilt. My husband drilled small holes in some of them, I stitched them on the surface, and added a few to the edge finish. They almost sound like wind chimes! Two colors of eye-lash yarn are twisted together and overcast to form the edging. Our next theme is “Secrets” and so far I’m drawing a blank. But something is sure to come to me. Any suggestions?