Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Experimenting with Quilting without Wadding!

19th February 2014

I have had a great day!

This morning I was in our local park helping to tidy our sensory beds. The sun came out and was so warm on my back.....


..so lovely to see colour...


..planters in the bowling green area....






...the shadow lines are made by the bowling green fencing.

Then I had a quick visit to the fabric shop....


...bought these for my play-mat project!

Next I decided to try quilting just using fabrics and no wadding...


I chose a rusted scrim for the pattern on the top layer and silk, muslin and hand dyed cotton and tea dyed velvet.....


..... stitched around the marks made on my rusted scrim in free motion straight and satin....


...cut top layers away to reveal the lovely orange cotton...


...and finally free machined around the shapes ( I actually stitched through my finger for the first time ever while I was doing this-not recommended! ), luckily no blood dripped on the fabric!!

It was much more 'dense' using these fabrics instead of wadding and my top thread kept breaking but I am fairly pleased with the result and also with the new threads I purchased in London.

I have just arrived home from a visit to the cinema (Orange wednesday) and the dinner is cooking while I write this blog. We went to see The Monuments Men and really enjoyed it!! 

Now enjoying a glass of red... CHEERS!