|My Feathered Wreaths|
This month's challenge was brought to us from the amazing quilter Paula Reid. Paula posted a video clip demonstrating her "fluff and stuff" method for maneuvering quilt bulk on a domestic sewing machine, which I really appreciated. She also posted a feathered wreath block design courtesy of The Stencil Company for us to practice with this month. I've never quilted on a marked line before, and I've never quilted any kind of feather before, either, so I spent the last 29 days doing some serious procrastinating. You would be amazed at all of the "urgent" things I "had" to do before I could think about attempting this challenge... ;-)
I decided to trace the design onto my fabric with my light box, using four different marking untensils: Disappearing Pink pen, Disappearing Purple Pen, Blue Chalk Pencil, and Pink Chalk Pencil. The two disappearing pens disappeared as soon as I'd finished marking the designs, so I had to go over them again. The pink chalk pencil was so faint on my fabric that I could barely make out the lines as I was quilting, but the blue chalk pencil worked fairly well. My plan is to serge the edges of this sample and toss it in the wash after the markings have sat for a week or so, to see whether any of the markings remain after washing.
The verdict? Not as bad as I thought! For the first wreath, I tried to eliminate backtracking the way some others did for this challenge, but I found it very difficult to maintain an even space between individual feathers, so for the other wreaths I backtracked as carefully as I could. It's not perfect, but it's passable. When the markings are gone, I think it will look pretty good. Here's the back side:
|Backing Side Up|