You may remember I have this small blue quilt top that I did for an online digitized quilting class at Quilt University.
I'm finally getting around to getting the quilting done for this top. This is the quilt design layout for it.
Since this technique is something new for me, it is a good idea to test out the embroidery/quilting on a test quilt sandwich of the same materials used in the real one. The designs I tested tonight are shaded in yellow:
The center design of the quilt is done with two hoopings. The first step is to hoop wash-away stabilizer, then baste the quilt sandwich to the stabilizer.
|I use Vilene which is a light, non-woven, water-soluble stabilizer.|
|First un-sewing of the night. Ugh.|
|I knew it would find a use one day.|
|Placement lines stitched in wash-away thread.|
|I don't like the look of the blue variegated thread used on the bottom feather.|
|Test of center design stitched.|
They came out good, so I figured my testing was done. Then I thought the tread color was too dark to be used as quilting on the quilt top, so I restitched part of the center design with a lighter shade of blue that more closely matched this background fabric.
|Final test of quilting feathers.|
I liked this thread color much better and will use it on the quilt top. Perfectly embroidered quilting feathers. Testing finally complete.
My FNwF got a late start and it was after midnight when I was done the testing part, so that was a good time to call it a night. Now I'm inspired to embroider quilt my top! I know what I'll be doing on Funday Monday when my friend comes over to sew.