So, you're back? Good. Wipe the drool off your keyboard and let's get down to business! Wendy's tutorial covered an allover motif she calls Jester Hats. I spent at least an hour trying to doodle repeating jester hats on my iPad before I began quilting.
|My Jester Hat doodles, drawn in FREE Paper app for iPad in the waiting room at the pediatrician's office|
|More Jester doodles in Drawing Pad app for iPad|
I used a pretty fat quarter of batik fabric with ugly Bob the Builder backing fabric and a scrap of Hobbs Heirloom Tuscany Silk batting, a 75 Schmetz Quilting needle, and 40 weight YLI variegated machine quilting thread for this sample. You can see the jester hat pattern better from the back... and it looks much better from a distance. Trust me!
|My Jester Hats, Backing Side Up|
I had trouble visualizing the jester hats, so then I tried thinking about them as the number 3, or as chubby little baby tushies, or mushrooms that turn into the horns of a ram. With the contrasting thread color against the backing fabric, every awkward "oops" jumps out at you. But if I was stitching this in a thread color that blended into the background fabric, I think you'd just get the effect of the pretty texture without the mistakes being so glaringly obvious. Here's what the sample piece looks like from the front:
|My Jester Hat Sample, Right Side Up|
|The View from 6"|
Meanwhile, I'm about halway finished with the free-motion paisley fill on Lars's Drunken Dragons quilt. I'm a little nervous about how densley quilted the circles are compared to the rest of the quilt, and I hope that the whole thing will get softer and snuggly again after I wash it for the first time. I do like the way the paisleys look, though, and I never would have believed that I could quilt this design at all if you'd asked me a month ago. If I can learn to quilt paislies, then surely I will learn to quilt jester hats with more practice!
|FMQ Paislies on Lars's Drunken Dragons Quilt (In-Progress)|
Okay, enough blogging -- back to quilting!