Sunday, October 14, 2012
It is hard to tell from this photo, but the quilting is done with a programmed stitch - a few straight stitches, then a few zig zag stitches, then repeat this sequence. This made the quilting MUCH more interesting.
The other bit about the quilting is that the initial quilting lines were done with a metallic sparkling thread. But after a while the metallic thread kept shredding and breaking and causing ALL sorts of problems (and some bad words).
But of course by this time - I was committed to the sparkly thread. But WAY too frustrated to continue fighting with it. Luckily I had a variegated thread that had the same colors - and did not shred! So I used it. Will someone notice..... maybe...... but who cares!
Since my goal was to add interest to the plain background fabric, I decided to use a more flamboyant pattern of quilting - especially around the globes above Luna's head. I think it makes it look like the globes are sort of vibrating with energy. I am very pleased with that.
And I added some deep purple fiber across the globes and many beads around the edges. And gorgeous beads in the center of each globe.
This is a detail of the lips and the earrings.
Sooooo - a big project - lots of challenges - but fun. This was initially meant to be a sample for a class that I am teaching - but the store owner selected the Alyssa quilt because this one got a little too complex with embellishments. We don't want to frighten folks away from what is sure to be a fun and easy class to entice people into trying art quilting. I wonder what I will work on next???? barbara