How Many Steps?
How many steps does it take to make a simple 12″ x 12″ wrapped canvas quilt? Honestly, I have no idea. Even the simplest techniques take a handful or more steps. Over the 36 years I’ve been quilting most steps are second nature, like getting dressed in the morning. It isn’t something I think about. It is only when I am trying something new or a technique that has alluded me in the past that I realize how much there is to it.
Last week I shared my process for going from photograph to design. This is the first step of any quilt. Well, deciding what to make is truly the first step. The next step is figuring out how you will go about it.
There are many steps to go from the design to a finished project. I began by thread painting the owl. This is actually the second owl. Sometimes a step is admitting when something isn’t working. I threw out last week’s owl and started over. Why? Because I felt the need for the browns and beiges to be better distributed and to scaled it up, as well. After all, the owl is the star of the quilt.
Once I finished thread painting the owl, it was time to turn my attention to the background or in this case, the night sky. Free motion quilting is one of my favorite steps. I begin with doodling potential designs on paper, move to a “test” quilt to try it on the machine, then simply start quilting. I have learned it pays to quilt first, then add the design elements, if they will be thread painted, whenever feasible. This way the quilting flows naturally around the design elements. You can see I opted for fanciful cloud shapes and horizontal lines.
Appliqué Decision Time
How many ways are there to appliqué? Let’s see. There are needle turn appliqué, fusible appliqué, appliqué by machine using either a blind hem stitch or satin stitch and… more. When it comes to the moon, I felt needle turn would be the best method. First, though, I turned to the internet to learn how to make perfect circle appliqués. Since. I’m left handed, I also refreshed my knowledge of how to do this as a left hander. Yes, there is a difference.
Thread painting is great for details, but not great for pushing a needle through by hand. It creates a stiff shape that must be attached by machine. Therefore, I always use a thin machine satin stitch on my thread paintings. Also, it “seals” the edges. I create my thread paintings on a layered substrate, which includes batting. So, sealing the edges is a vital step.
Time for some bling. This is the final step. Aren’t those hot fix crystals fun? They are very eye catching in the right light.
OK, technically this isn’t a Rainbow Scrap Challenge project. However… the color of the month is yellow and the yellow owl’s eyes draw you in. So, close enough, right?
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