Inspired by Sharon's painted wedding quilt, Linda requested intertwined letters for her bride and groom.
We discussed adding paint, but decided the letters would be perfectly visible without.
First, the entire quilt was stitched with a panto, except for the space we'd chosen for the letters.
Using a font found in Word, I printed each letter and then used my copier to resize them. I traced the K onto tracing paper, and then I was able to position the I and trace it, too.
By pinning the traced design to the quilt, I could then "trace" again with the needle. The needle cuts the paper so there is never any to pull out of the stitches - love that!!!
Doodling in my scribbler led to the idea of using brackets to surround the letters. I drew them freehand and joined four together to make a frame, which I then echoed. Random wavy lines filled in around the frame.
And then the question . . . do I fill in around the letters, or leave things a bit puffy?
On one hand, the letters are clearly visible - the whole point!
On the other, my inclination was to add more quilting - it's what I love!
Time to stand back and consider the corner of the quilt in context.
The rest of the quilt is quite puffy.
It is meant to be a cuddle quilt.
The filler would need to be dense, which would have flattened the corner considerably. Would the corner look as if it didn't "belong" with the rest of the quilt? Would it feel like a piece of cardboard?
After a quick consultation with the quilt's maker (who helpfully said she trusts my judgement - ha!), I decided to love the puff!
It's easier to ADD quilting than it is to remove it, so . . . if Linda ever decides it needs more, that option is always available.
This cozy "plus" quilt is also Fresh off the Frame. Here it is, laid out for trimming. The fabrics are flannels and homespuns - I just wanted to wrap it around me and never let it go! *snuggle*
Frozen quilt update
Alice's Frozen quilt raised $775.00 for our local Women's Shelter!
(click the link to see the quilting in progress)
This was the third-highest price garnered at auction that night. A diamond ring and an Oilers jersey came in ahead of the quilt for top bids, so I think we did okay!
Plus, Alice got a sweet ribbon out of the deal!
Alice blinged up the panel with crystals, which totally took care of the castle issue. A tiny crystal on each turret made it feel finished!
It was dark in the venue (Festival of Trees - lit mainly by the trees!), but I tried to take a photo of the crystals anyway. (Hey, a girl's gotta try!!) See them in the trees, on the dress, and on the castle?
My camera could just catch the sparkle from an angle. I think they added the perfect, finishing touch.
Dayna, one of our quilting friends, created an entry for the Festival that I must share!
It is not fabric, but . . . well, take a look. Isn't it gorgeous???
This photo absolutely does not do it justice.
The peacock feathers sparkled with colour, adding glamour to an already spectacular sculpture.
That's it for now! I hope you are having a beautiful week.
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