This isn't an UFO, just an 'in progress'. What I am anxious to do is find someone else 'out there' that is doing thread lace applique' like this. I am excited to discuss methods and fixes and ideas!
The pins are holding everything together on my design wall. I have painted the sky, and am in the process of 'nailing' it all down, inserting more 'snow' for slides and depth. A bit of the process is shown on my blog, http://quilts-artfromtheheart.blogspot.com
This is so neat. I will be following this closely. I tried working with Solvy, but either I wasn't ready for it yet, or I was really not doing it right. I still have a roll of it. Mayhap this will inspire me.
Thanks, Kathleen. I do hope you will get a 'lightbulb' moment and share your trials and errors with me!
With this much scribbling going on I found that a single layer liked to tear. I got to where I would sew some zig zags and 'swirly loops' then go back over it with the appropriate scribbling. Toward the end I just gave in and started adding scraps of Solvy to the base so I had two layers to play on. That was better. If you bought a whole roll of Solvy, you must have had plans...what were you going to do? :?}
lol, I can't remember, but I'm pretty sure it was similar to what you're doing. I think I have a couple of pieces that I started somewhere up here, but heaven only knows. Double thickness is probably what I need to do. I remember being very frustrated with it. The role was very cheap, but I can't even remember where I bought it. It has been awhile.
Dear Kathleen, I would greatly appreciate your input on what to do with the sky quilting...I have a set of progression pictures on my blog that shows pretty clearly what a roadblock I have built for myself!
Hi Lindy - have you tried doubling up on the layers of Solvy? I have done quit a bit of experimenting with free motion sewing on Badgemaster. It takes very dense stitching and does not require a hoop when the feed dogs are dropped. You could also try sandwiching the piece you have already done between two layers of Solvy for added strength as you progress with your piece.
I too look forward to seeing the results!
P.S . - and hopefully his will teach me to follow links before commenting! I LOVE the sky background. I think the puffiness adds to the cloudy look and (in my very untrained opinion) you don't need to do a lot of quilting in the sky - maybe just some wavy lines here and there and perhaps a row or two of echo quilting above your "scribble" to blend the areas together.
I am looking forward to seeing more photos as you progress!
You don't know how much I appreciate your 'holding my hand' through this experiment! I think the 'some quilting' is a good start. It will get me past the fear of messing up the whole thing. I haven't touched Pasayten in 2 days, because of this fear! How do whole cloth quilt makers survive their style?! :?}
It was 'fear' that made me do the painting of the sky first, because I had no confidence that I could do a decent job of it. If there is something I learned, it is to do the scenery application first, masque' the land/sky boundary, and paint the sky last. And being me (not always the best thing, since I am lazy to some degree) I didn't do a test piece of satin sky, didn't test the paints' ability to be water resistant...didn't - you see how I will go at this more intelligently next time 'round!
Thanks to you, I will head to the shed this morning, take a deep breath, and go at it!
Hi Lindy I am at the moment doing a wall hanging which needs a bit of thread lace applique and other inspiration. Am in France at the moment and the sunflowers are just beginning to bloom which gives me some inspiration to create. Happy sewing.
Quine, be sure and post your work. I would love to see sunflower lace!!!
Got my nerve up, kept chanting, "think clouds, think clouds" and DID IT!
Your chant worked like a charm! I love the clouds!
The clouds look great. And the great thing about fabric is that you can always go back and rework it - not that I think you need to, but the option is always there which should give you a little more freedom and much less anxiety!
(I did some glass fusing a couple of weeks ago - NO margin for error. I like softer, more agreeable fabric much much much better)
Thanks for the encouragement. I had so much time and experimenting into this piece it was important to me to like it when done. And I do. Phew! "?} I wonder if my daughter will recognize the satin, organza, et al from her wedding dress leftovers in this quilt?
For a more stable Solvy, I learned this from instructions that came with a small package of Solvy: Cut two or more layers of Solvy the size that you need. Put a press cloth on your ironing board, then add the Solvy layers. Add another press cloth on top of all the layers. Press (up and down motion) with a hot dry iron for just a few seconds. Repeat until the entire area has been pressed. Now, you will have a nice, firm stable piece of Solvy that you can stitch into very nicely. I made a needlelace sea fan this way. Fun! You can also layer thin fabric, like tulle, within the Solvy layers. I didn't try it, though.
A sea fan! Fantastic, Conbon! Thanks for the Solvy tip. My latest trip to the warehouse in Portland, OR I purchased a bolt of water soluable foundation that looks woven. I haven't tried it yet, but it looks to be more 'stable'.