…and not in the way you are probably thinking. Not with photos printed on fabric or quilted mini-books, but using scrapbooking tools for quilting.
I had a group of I think 4 fat quarters of this dotty fabric. I did love the lime, blue and purple ones, less keen on the yellow, but I wanted to make something to try BIG STITCH quilting on. I love the look. I also wanted to try out something I had seem in a couple of places, most recently in the Freeform quilting book. It’s a technique where you lay your two fabrics on top of each other, right sides up, then cut a curve. You flip and match the edges to create a curved seam.
This is the quilt top – really, it looks a lot less garish in better light!
Can you see the wibbly-wobbly edges? I had four of the strips of dotty fabric. I took one of them, laying a piece of the pale blue over the top, centred. I cut the curve then swapped over the pieces so they matched and sewed. But what I USED to cut the curve was my old CM curvy ruler! The plain yellow was a remnant so I had to add in the bumblebee stripe (which I THINK I have enough of to bind it with) and then I used my (still used and useful) CM circle cutter to mark the big round circles for the quilting!
I’m using a thick cotton thread (not like matte 6-stranded cross stitch floss, but not shiny like pearle cotton either) to do the hand quilting. It will take me some time to find my rhythm and get the stitches more regular, but even so I am really liking how it is turning out!
I like it even more on the backing fabric (again, remnants, so pieced) although it does show my imperfect stitching better.
I’m quilting in a hoop so the wrinkly fabric is not due to bad basting – I think I actually did than fairly competently.
My MIL used to work on something small, to help her get back into the groove and get her stitches uniform, before going back to a major quilting project. This is my warm-up piece, before I finally, FINALLY, go back to the quilt I started for DS about 5 years ago. And I am sure that BIG STITCH is the way to go. I think the thick stitches will look fab on the striped denim fabric.
I went to my local crop today and picked up a Tando clock kit. I have a plan. But that will have to wait for another day…..