Now that I have my tiny collage pieces in place I decided at first that I was going to just free motion stitch like crazy all over the top but I remembered how it went the last time on the blue fabrics. The foot kept getting caught up or the fabric tips were bent. I could have taken more time to secure them with a bit more of glue but I decided this time I would add a very light colored green tulle. I used tulle on my confetti quilts but haven't done it on this fabric making collage yet. I loved free motion quilting all over the top. So freeing! You can go up and back and all around. Very good practice! There are no rules in my free motion stitching so it was great fun. I used King Tut variegated thread by Superior in the top and I was very happy with it. I used a clear monofilament thread by Madeira in the bobbin. I never have any problems with Madeira monofilament thread and using it in the bobbin is fabulous! NO changing bobbins! Now the tulle over the whole piece did make it a tad bit lighter and not as bold but I think it will work. AND I found that once stitched you can cut out small pieces using freezer paper over the top (Caution! Press lightly because tulle melts!) and the fabric all holds together nicely. No loose pieces. I love it. See below photo for example. How fun is this! I can't wait to show you what I did with this. Pattern coming this year... I promise! More soon!
Making an art quilt using the fabric collage method makes it not only unique but one of a kind. No one, not even you, could possibly create the same piece twice. I love taking very small pieces of fabric and gluing them onto muslin with a glue stick. I am trying different methods and this is one I still like! I press and then either free motion quilt on top as is or use tulle on top. That will be the next post. Depending on what you are doing with it will depend on what other materials you will use. I myself will be cutting small pieces from this to place on my pattern. There are many different methods of fabric collage out there! You might discover a few!
I am loving this elephant pattern I drew up and this fabric I choose to make it with. I decided to do a stain stitch around the pieces to make the design stand out. I can't wait to get this done with all the others and show them to you all. It's taking a lot longer than I thought! Making up samples in several ways and writing up all the directions is not a quick and easy task. I do hope to bring joy and inspiration soon!
I decided to explore some more of the decorative stitches on my machine and I found one that was perfect! This is a maple leaf decorative stitch which was perfect for my new pattern Maple Leaf! (Coming soon!)
I used the fusible binding method, found in the links on my web called the Bindings/Finishing page, and then wanted to add a bit more design. I already stitched the leaf and the background with the gold, Coats & Clark, thread I mentioned in an earlier post so I wanted more. I did this maple leaf decorative stitch all the way around with this thread and no breaking or shredding. YAY!
I've always struggled with how to sign or label my art quilts. I don't like making labels or sewing them on....not even fusing. I love the way Lorraine Roy and other artists sign their name with their sewing machine... right there on the front. Right where I think it should be. I've been practicing and practicing with the straight stitch to make it look something like my name...well it didn't and I was not happy. So I tried to make my initials....but that wasn't really me. Hmmm....so today it dawned on me that I could use a free motion zig zag....why of course! It would be wider and thicker! It might show up and it would give me some time to move the fabric too! Silly me..why not! So I tried it. I did a pretty good job on the first one right away. One that I could actually read! I practiced 4 more times and this was my first attempt on an art quilt. Not to bold, not too soft, blends in but you can read it if you look. I used a variegated, Superior, King Tut thread, a Schmidt, gold embroidery, #75/11 needle and turned my zig zag settings down to 2.0 width and 1.6 length (not that it matters) with feed dogs down. I did add a little bit of light green Caran wax pastel crayon to the top of the cursive S because it didn't show. YAY! For my first attempt I am happy. It's me! I hope I remember how to do this on my next piece! I'll have to re read this post! If you have tips or this helps do share with us!
After my last post about how good the Coats and Clark gold thread was, I tried two more gold threads by other makers that I had here in San Diego. You do not want to know the words that came out of my mouth while trying to sew with them! AHHHHH. Breakage, some shredding and the thread kept coming out of the needle. No matter what I tried the Sulky thread did not like my machine. The tension was too tight and no matter what I did to adjust it...it didn't help. Now mind you I am sewing on a Singer Quantum Stylist 9960 here in San Diego and in Vermont I have my Viking Quilt Designer (can't afford a Bernina...) but still it shouldn't be so hard! Of course I forgot my Coats and Clark gold metallic thread in Vermont so I used what I had here! Wrong! So I got in the car and went to the local WalMart...yes, Walmart has that gold thread I said was so good earlier, (embroidery style by Coats and Clark). I picked up some gold as well as some silver thread. The silver worked very well and the only problem I found was when I used the automatic cutter. Not sure why but when I did not use the cutter then there were no issues. Anyway...here is a sneak peek at the corner of one of my new patterns. The dragonfly needed the silver thread and I love it. Not even close to being done but thought I would share. It's taking a lot longer to put these samples together!!!!
Note: To read the post on the gold thread and this in the future just go to the right side of my blog and click on Metallic Thread.
FREE eMagazine! A fabulous and very inspiring FREE eMagazine with loads of stitches and ways to add embroidery to your piece. I have never seen such beautiful stitches. This wonderful eMagazine even has sections based on themes such as trees, shrubs, vines, grasses and weeds, botanical flower shapes, underwater shapes and corals and more.
When adding those extra touches to your piece or when working on the main design of your piece this eMagazine will truly inspire you!
CLICK on the photo above or here to access. TIP: Click full screen when you access and when you "scroll" on your mouse it should zoom into the page!
NOTE: This free eMagazine can always be found, as long as it is available, on my website under BINDING/FINISHING. The top section has the links to BINDING/Edging and How To Display your pieces and the bottom section is for all the links for Embellishments. ENJOY!
PS I uploaded this through Amazon as a Kindle digital book for $9.99 onto my iPhone and I am loving it. All you need is the Kindle app. Now I can read anywhere and when I do the stitches I can have my phone right there for directions. YAY!
Well I made it to San Diego! For those of you that have read the ABOUT ME page of my website you will know that I have a home in Vermont as well as one in San Diego. Last week I traveled by train across the US, my favorite way to travel, and am now at home here in San Diego. I took tons of photos while going through new Mexico and Arizona which inspires me so much! The colors are rich and earthy. Once in California the train took me along the Pacific coastline where the ocean colors of blue and green inspired me that much more! The inspiration of the natural colors made me take another look at some of the pattern samples I am doing for my new line. I thought a long time and I decided that the patterns as well as the colors really need to reflect my own voice much more that they did. The colors of nature, such as blues and greens of the ocean and the method of fabric collage is what I truly love. Hmmm....maybe I should reflect that in my work. Isn't that what ART is all about! So yesterday I started working on a combination of the two. I love making my own fabric by using the surface design method of collage. So I am working up a sample of one of my patterns using this method. It is truly amazing how this process is evolving. I am hoping the sample comes out the way I envision it. If so I will be adding all the details and instructions to my patterns. Here is a peek at a small piece of fabric collage I started last night and some of my photos! I hope you are inspired as well!
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