|My Completed Foundational Stippling Piece, From the Back|
The concept behind Leah's Foundational Designs exercise is to quilt a meandering path through the entire area you are quilting and then go back and "wiggle" back and forth across that line with either rounded or deliberately jagged stipple quilting. I had a fat quarter of red Eiffel Tower print fabric lying around the studio that I had previously machine appliquéd with the letters of our last name for a carpool tag -- something to stick in the dashboard area when we're picking up the kids so they know which student to send out to which vehicle. I already made a solid black fabric version of my "Too Cool for School" carpool tag into a quilted pillow that you can see here, and I'll probably give that one to Bernie for his car and keep this red Eiffel Tower version for the Mommy Ride.
|Invisible Quilting -- See Why I Showed the Back First?|
I didn't want the quilting to be too visible on this piece because I thought it would just be fighting the busy print (which I love), so I chose a red shade of 50/3 Gutermann cotton thread and made my initial meandering quilting path so that it went around the Eiffel Towers, never through them. I like the way this made the towers puff up a little without emphasizing them the way that outline quilting would have done... but I didn't intend for my quilting to be THIS invisible! You can't even see the quilting when your nose is 2" from the fabric!
|Lesson Learned: Matching Quilting Thread to Background Fabric = INVISIBLE Quilting!|
As of right now, I have ten challenge exercises completed and just two left to get done in the next three weeks. Are you rooting for me?