This past week my small quilting group got together to exchange gifts. I had known about this for over 2 months, but just couldn’t wrap my head around what I wanted to do.
Then, I remembered a blog post by Emma in Australia where she had machine quilted ornaments, resulting in this gorgeous quilt…..
I had been very taken with it and decided to play with something similar for my gift. I started out by free-handing some ornaments and practicing my quilting….
As it ended up, I wasn’t that happy with the resulting product so decided to make a few changes.
I got online and found drawings of lots of interesting ornaments. I cut a few out and started playing with an arrangement. I quickly found that I wasn’t happy with vertical arrangement so started playing with a horizontal one…..
I fused a thin interfacing to the fabric, traced the designs on it and started looking for appropriate threads…..
I did the first round of thread painting, only to find that there was a lot of puffiness to the piece……
SO….here is another opportunity for creativity…..I decided to Trapunto the ornaments to give them some more dimension (and to relieve the puffiness). I used two layers of a high-loft batting…..
…..and then basted it with a wool batting and started quilting. When I got ready to quilt the background, I had planned to do an overall pattern but was afraid that it would be too flat so opted for straight lines instead.
Here is the final product…..
…..with a few close-ups…..
And, excitingly, my friend Deb was the winner!!
In return, I received this wonderful Christmas pillow from Brenda……
Thanks Ladies for a FUN evening!!!