I am committed to showing my learning curve on this blog. You don’t always get what you want (Rolling Stones in the background, giggle)! Case in point, I began working on this piece and ran into some…issues. It’s based on a childhood memory I have of Lilly of the Valley surrounded by ferns in my childhood home. I’m making this piece for a purpose but it’s also kind of a test for a much larger piece.
The center is wholecloth and my thought was to really focus on the puff of the quilting to tell the story, not the thread. Well, just a few choices got in my way….Yes, it’s pretty, but the central motif has become visually confusing in the area surrounded by the frond. I echo quilted in there instead of doing the bubbles and I really don’t like it. Also, the frond curls into the middle leaf and that too is a bit off-putting. Ugh. Simple little decisions, not so great results!
The echo quilting can be easily but slowly ripped out, but I’ll have to live with the collision between the frond and the middle leaf.
I used Superior Metallic for the central motif, a size 80 titanium topstitch needle and 100 wt Superior Silk for the bobbin, bubbles and echo quilting. BTW, the Superior metallic and the 80 titanium needle worked beautifully together, nary a problem. The center fabric is purchased hand dyed Radiance (cotton/silk blend) and the border is hand dyed silk noil from Linda M Designs, pulled from the “well aged” section of my Personal Fabric Museum.It is one of my mantras that I don’t rip out my stitches unless it’s grievously wrong- I think this qualifies. I love echo quilting but it doesn’t work in the center of this piece.
I think I will rip out the center echo quilting and try again, putting bubbles in there. I’ll show my work as I go. This was supposed to be a quick little romp…