|11" x 22" June Challenge Piece, quilted with 40 wt King Tut variegated cotton|
The lettering was machine appliqued with the Jumbo Hoop on my Bernina 750 QE several months ago, and as you can see in the photo below, I initially did not have enough stabilizer and I floated an additional sheet beneath the hoop after the "U" stitched out. I was able to easily quilt out ALL of the puckering and wrinkles. This piece is destined to become a carpool tag to stick in the windshield when we're in the line waiting to pick the kids up after school. Plain white paper with black lettering just isn't fancy enough for me... ;-)
|Machine Appliqued and Pin-Basted Prior to Quilting|
|King Tut #906, Autumn Days 40/3 Cotton|
|King Tut in the Bobbin, Back Side -- YUCK!|
|50/3 Mettler Cotton in the Bobbin|
I decided to just make sure the front looked as pretty as possible for this exercise, but it I ever use this King Tut stuff again I'm going to have to do a lot more tweaking to get an attractive stitch with it. I don't really like the look of heavy weight quilting thread anyway, so I'm going back to my skinny threads after this!
It does look cool from the front, doesn't it? I tried to follow Cindy's advice about balancing curved line designs with straight lines. This finished piece measures approximately 11" x 22." I've decided to make it into a pillow cover (which will hide the ugly stitches on the back) so it can serve double-duty for extra lumbar support. Also a 10" x 20" pillow is just the right size to wedge between the windshield and dashboard so my carpool "tag" can be clearly read by school staff who are calling out names on their walkie-talkies.
I'd like to thank Cindy Needham for providing this wonderful tutorial, and SewCalGal for hosting (and extending) the 2012 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge!