NOTE: I’ve got another post this week here.
I’ve been working on this white silk quilt for some time, maybe a year on-and-off? I recently restarted it and I’m doing fills around the feather tips. This is a great example of how much impact dense quilting can have on what it surrounds.
Those feathers are looking pretty blah, like they are going to fade into the background. But I’m not done! BTW, those dots are trapunto’d.
Filling in those tiny areas really makes an impact.
See how those feathers tips pop with dense quilting next to them?
That is a pretty dark color and if I had used a thicker thread, this quilting would have looked pretty spider-webbish. I tried tiny bubbles as a fill but they were not nearly as effective as the stipple. I’m not a big stipple fan but in this case, it was the perfect choice. I’m using super skinny 100 wt silk thread.
I’m still not done. I’ll go back in later and add some sort of subtle color to the puffy ends of each feather to make them look more voluptuous. I’ve not yet settled on what medium I will use to get that effect.
I’ve got some problems ahead with this quilt. This is silk, and no, I did not think to color test all those swatches of fabric in the inserts. You just know there is a bleeder in there. And given that this is silk, there’s not a lot to do about a bleed. Silk cannot tolerate all the normal things you do to take a bleed out, by the way. I see the possibility of an overdye in my future.
And to add to my possible problems, I used blue wash out marker which must be washed out, meaning the quilt has to get wet, ugh. Just spraying it “away” is not enough. The marker will migrate to the batting and reappear as an ugly stain that will not come out if the quilt ever gets hot enough to set the stain (like shipping my quilt in a hot month). So it’s a crap shoot as to whether this quilt will be a go. I sure hope so, I do love it!
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