Tuesday, 17 November 2015
Needlework Tuesday - Tortoise Quilting
One day I spent about two hours machine doing the button hole stitch around this flower. I used cotton thread and a small stitch and worked very slowly. I wanted to ensure that the straight edge of the stitch fell just off the edge of the flower. It is well worth taking the extra time to get the thread to lay exactly where I wanted without a gap between the thread and the flower that allows the background to peek through.
Next I added a two inch boarder. The small floral is rather fun as opposed to using a plain or tone on tone fabric.
Quilting and Whatnot for details as well as free pdf files of the printable paper.
The pattern I am using called for the rows of triangles along the top to be slanted the other direction. That looked wrong to me so I changed them around and am very happy with them now.
I have now to sit and wait for my next local guild meeting when I will receive the next page of instructions.
Marti Michell template for easy cutting. I am planning to make some tumbler quilts and wanted to see what they would look like in this orientation. I really like the ones that are fat in them middle and narrow at the two ends. The dark red one just to the right of the centre on the top boarder is the look I want for a quilt. But first, I need to add some single fabric boarders to bring this up in size. It currently is 52 inches on a side. I'm thinking blues, but am not sure.
I don't really mind when a project takes me a long time to complete. I enjoy the entire process, even when feels I'm not moving forward. Aarrg I remember when I had to make hundreds of french knots on a pillow I never thought I would finish them. I did, and the pillow still looks lovely. After I have spent money for supplies, time planning and then many more hours sewing, I don't really mind spending a few more hours on the details. They are what make my project mine and special to me.
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