Monday, 11 June 2018

Working on something new....

For some little while now I have had an idea floating round in the back of my mind that I have been wanting to try.  Well, you know how it is, life is busy and the idea gets pushed to the back of your mind but, it keeps popping back up, reminding you that it needs some attention.  So I have finally given my idea some attention.

My first landscape quilt

I just love all the different styles of textile art and quilts that you see on the internet.  There are some seriously talented people about!  One style that I particularly like are landscape quilts and you may recall that I tried one of those fairly recently and told you about it in my last post. I will definitely be trying another at some stage too. Another style that I really like are the more abstract pieces which often feature flowers or seed heads and I have been itching to have a go at one.

Practice quilt (including butterfly design)

At the end of last week I sorted out a small free-motioned quilt that I had made as a practice piece to audition quilting designs for a larger quilt that I was making for a friend. I had thought that this little practice piece would make the perfect back drop for some applique which could be quilted over and turned into a textile art quilt (well, that was the plan but it is a bit of an experiment!) 

Quilted butterfly

The small quilt was already quilted but, one of the designs was a butterfly which I didn't really want in the background of what I was planning.  So the first thing I had to do was unpick the butterfly quilting.  I then re-quilted the area with the same background pattern that I had quilted the rest of the quilt with.

Practice quilt with background requilted
and applique shapes added

Now I have added some applique shapes and the idea is that I will quilt over the applique to create seed heads and leaves.  So far I have just quilted over one of the seed head pieces but, I am really enjoying myself and I like the results so far!  I'll let you know how the experiment progresses!

Applique seed head with quilted detail 

In the meantime, I have also finished stitching the next stitch to be added to the 'Sew Simple Things Sampler' designed by Serena Boffa Soda of La Casetta Nel Bosco I am really loving the pretty design.


Thank you for visiting and have a lovely week.

14 comments:

  1. Hi Christine wow your landscape piece is amazing ,you do such beautiful work,well done my friend xx

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    1. Thank you so much Shez! Have a lovely week! Christine x

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  2. Beautiful work Christine! Both projects look fantastic!
    I’d really love to be able to free motion quilt like this! I know the theory but when I’ve tried it doesn’t all come together. What sewing machine do you use?
    Hugs,
    Barbara xx

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    1. Thank you very much Barbara! I use a Bernina 770 QE but I have also had good results on previous machines. I struggled with FMQ for many years and it only really clicked into place when I set myself the target of 15 minutes practise every day!! Keep trying! Christine x

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    2. Thank you, Christine! I really need a new sewing machine! My stitches are quite uneven, although not bad enough to notice on most things. My machine has been serviced within the year but it didn’t help. The 15 minutes practise sounds a good idea ..... I will have a go!
      Hugs, Barbara xx

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    3. Glad to help Barbara! Hope you try out the FMQ I had nearly given up and just gave it one more try... with dedicated practise and it all just suddenly clicked! Hope it works for you too! Christine x

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  3. Gorgeous and inspirational Christine x

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    1. Thank you Lynda! It was a lot of fun! Christine x

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  4. Oh, that's clever. I love the seed pod. So interested in what else you do here.

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    1. Thank you Karen! I have had a lot of fun with this experiment! Christine x

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  5. Oh ja, das sieht sehr schön aus mit den Applikationen. Eine wunderbare Idee.
    Liebe Grüße
    Monika

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    1. Thank you Monika! I really enjoyed trying this and a great use of the practice piece of quilting! Christine x

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  6. Ooooh - I like your new experiment! I never would have thought of quilting over top of quilting (for lack of better words to describe it!). It's very effective and I really like how it looks.

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    1. Thank you Mary Anne! I like how it looks too and I can't wait to show you the finished piece... I am really chuffed with it! Christine x

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