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Thursday, April 1, 2010

a little bitty quilt...

I've been fiddling around with a little bitty quilt to try out a few new techniques. First step was to print my fabric. I use the sun blueprint fabric, in this case the cheddar yellow and I "dyed" it in the sun.  My DH just happened to have a great selection of metal washers so I placed them all over my fabric piece and put it out in the sun to print.....



 Voila! after rinsing and drying I now have this fun cheddar yellow print. I decided to hand embroider in some of the circles. I like hand work and haven't embroidered anything in a while. I chose magenta, bright blue, bright lime green and yellow to embroider with. I am using pearl cotton with the exception of the magenta, which is a lovely wool fiber.


 Here's a little closer look.... I am now machine quilting it. I have a layer of thinsulate batting right under the fabric and then I fused it all to Fast-2-Fuse and then fused my backing fabric to the other side of the Fast-2-Fuse and I am quilting through all of it. I am quilting around all of the circles individually - Yikes talk about a bunch of thread tails! I leave the tails long and then thread the tails on a needle and bury them in the layers. So....even though it's an itty bitty quilt it's slow going. That, and I am still catching up from all the time I took off to have fun with my family and friends while they were here.
I miss them and can't wait until I see them again.



I'll keep you posted on my progress.....now it's off to bed and tomorrow I have another friend visiting from out of town....that means out to lunch and shopping, oh my.

2 comments:

Sam said...

That is one fine circle quilt. Thanks for sharing the journey.

Linda said...

Thanks Sam, we'll see how it finishes up.