I have been working on some PIECED projects. I mentioned in an earlier post that I want to return to doing more pieced work.
I have a very large quilt that I want to make with curved seams, so I have been practicing my curved piecing.
You may ask yourself why I am doing this, and I have to say I’m not sure, other than that I want to make this quilt large and I want it to be pieced. That seems reason enough.
It is a slow process as I am teaching and traveling a lot right now. Teaching and traveling is how I make my living so it is an important part of what I do. (I would love to come and teach in your area 🙂 BIG HINT)
Because I want the quilt to look a certain way I am doing a freezer paper, glue technique. It is similar to the technique I use in my pattern Aspen Leaves, but I am experimenting with a more advanced version of the process.
I don’t know about you, but I love experimenting and trying new things. I get bored doing the same thing over and over again and am always looking for the NEXT process.
The process I am experimenting with involves freezer paper, spray starch and glue. I find it very meditative to do this process. I want the results to be very smooth and repeatable and I want to make sure that when I do this large quilt I have excellent results, hence the practice.
Here is an example of my latest experiment. I really love the quilting, I am not so happy with the curve of the branches. I don’t like the way they look, the quality of the work is just fine.
The quilting on this is so easy and fun to do. It is just an echo quilt around a simple shape an then stacked one of top of the other. I used 30# weight Madeira rayon to stitch in the ditch around the leaves and stems and also to stipple the leaf itself, I then used Superior Kimono silk to do the background echo stitching. I always use cotton in my bobbin, I just like it.
I really like to see the back of work too, don’t you?
I always machine quilt my name in my work, even when it is just practice. Who knows where this piece will end up.
Beautiful! Experimenting and trying new things makes me so happy! I always love the questions “What if. . .” Perhaps that should have been the name of my blog. haha I look forward to seeing your larger piece!
The quilting is lovely. Just wanting to make a large quilt with curves is enough. In the spring I decided I wanted to make circles. Pieced quadrants ala drunkards path, but put together as circles. I obsessed on this, learning and doing and the quilt came out nicely. I see more circles in my future. Can’t wait to see your curved quilt. I find piecing very meditative.
The quilting – how do you get in and out of your quilted flowers? Do you stop after each one?
I stopped after each circle. Sometimes you can travel it just depends on where you are what you are doing.
Yes this is more time consuming, but it makes a really pretty organic pattern.
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