The process for quilting Silk Leaves

My new little quilt Silk Leaves, which is on it’s way to it’s new home in Norway, is machine quilted and then pillow-cased finished.

It has TimTex inserted between the two layers to complete the small wall art.

The TimTex makes the small art stiff and allows it to hang beautifully on the wall.

Once I have completed making the small art from my hand dyed cotton and silk fabrics, I then added batting to the back of the piece. SilkLeaves2014-2    

I machine quilted the background of this piece with a variegated silk thread from Superior threads in a pattern similar to the one I call bark.

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Once I had completed that process I then finished the quilt top with a pillow-case finish. (You can read about that process on my tutorials page under Pillow-case binding.)

After completing the pillow-casing I cut a  piece of TimTex that is slightly smaller than the finished top that would fit snuggly inside the pillow-case envelope.

Once the TimTex is inside the envelope, between the batting and the backing fabric, I press the quilt edges well to make sure all my outside seamed edges were rolled to the back of the piece. And then I closed the slit I made in the center of the backing fabric.

THEN I machine stitched in the ditch around all the leaf designs in the center of the quilt. I love my BERNINA even feed foot 1D for this process.

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I used a 30# rayon thread for this process.  I quilted through the top, the batting,  the TimTex and the backing. I used a #90 embroidery needle to do this and had no problem at all quilting through all those layers.

This secured the whole surface of the quilt. I love the way it makes the silk leaves look puffy and trapunto like.

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And I always machine quilt my name in the top someplace too, as well as sign the back and sign the label.

After I finished this process I fused a label with a hanging device to the back of the quilt and it is ready to hang on the wall. A beautiful new art quilt.

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