Thursday 4 February 2016

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 79 - Smokescape

Unusual choice of subject, I admit, but this piece was an experiment to see whether two layers of thermal curtain lining would be suitable for stitched landscapes, instead of a calico and wadding sandwich.

Last week I had just a small section quilted, but the curtain lining was so resistant to folding and frilling that I was able to take the safety pins out from the corners and carry on working without them.

The material held so firm that I was able to quilt right up to the edges.  Here is a photo taken before I had straightened off the edges.

Another great advantage was that the work is easy to grip, so no need for gloves, and I shall be able to quilt landscapes in the summer without getting hot and bothered.

Binding was out of the question - it was far too thick - so I cut along the edges to get a clean line all around, and then attached the zigzagger to the treadle.  This was the first time for ages that I had used the Singer 15K for anything other than free motion quilting.

There was still about a quarter of an inch all round outside the zigzagging, so I then sliced off the surplus as close as possible to the grey zigzag stitching.

All I needed to do then was the hand stitched birds in the sky, and the job was finished.

I am not going to fret about the few stray threads at the edges.  I am going to convince myself it looks arty.  Otherwise I might resort to clear nail varnish, unless anyone has any better ideas.  Suggestions please!

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Here goes for week 79...

The post in Week 78 that really caught my eye was Carole's fabulous quilting of a gorgeous blue top based on Haida art.  If you haven't seen her blog post yet, nip over now and see more photos.

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  1. This landscape may be dreary, but your work is lovely! Great job.

  2. I love seeing your finished stitched landscape! I looks great!

  3. Nice! Is that the type of lining that has a rubberized backing?

    1. No, not rubbery, it's the fluffy backed stuff, with the fluffy sides placed together.

  4. Replies
    1. Thanks Carie! It's definitely the North, isn't it?

  5. Muv, please see if you can find Fray Check instead of using nail varnish. It's much softer. Also, how weird is it that you're using curtain lining and I just altered our draperies and hence have the same sort of lining left over? I'd never have thought to try it, but I will now.

    1. Thanks Linda! I've never heard of Fray Check, but I'm not big on products, I'm more of an improviser.
      Have a go... I'd love to see what you come up with!

    2. I improvise like crazy (an inherent quality of my German ancestry--oh wait, Scandanavian ancestry LOL), but Fray Check has been around over here for a long, long time, so it's just part of my repertoire. It's really helpful.

  6. This turned out wonderfully - It is so amazing what one can do with thread!

  7. Hi Muv, what a great way to experiment. It looks great.



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