I am working on one last sample for my International Quilt Festival-Long Beach class: “Lazy Daisy Table Topper”. We’ll make this adorable table topper in class, but it’s really about the technique.
This is such a fun class-it’s a forgiving, creative and versatile technique. There are some openings in that class yet my “Yes You CAN Free Motion Quilt” class is full. I really want to share this technique and fill the class!
This latest idea percolated to the surface inconveniently at 2AM yesterday. I started with some drop dead gorgeous hand-dyed Radiance (silk/cotton blend). I wish I knew who the dyer was-I bought it at Pacific International Quilt Festival last year.
I am using the same free motion/cutwork technique that we’ll be using in class at Long Beach. In this case I had to mark the motif as it’s too complicated to do free form. I have backed it with cotton and fused the two together.
Now I get to free motion-the fun part! But there are decisions to be made about which thread to use. I definitely want to use variegated thread, but should I go with cotton or poly?
Then there are color/value decisions to be made. High value contrast? Or a more subtle look?
If I go with the cotton, it is really going to sit on top and shout. I’m kind of liking this combo.
I am pretty sure that I am going to walk around the show at Long Beach in a garment that highlights the technique. I may even wear something that suggests the viewer ask me about my class and how they can learn to use this technique on their own-shameless? Yes, I would really do that. I want to fill that class!
So back to the latest project-what’s your vote on thread choice?