Goals are good — deadlines can be overwhelming. That’s life. I have a solo exhibit opening October 1st and I set myself the goal of having a significant number of new works completed. It’s crunch time and I have two pieces yet to finish.
I’ve shared some of my grandmother’s fine hand work before and even incorporated her Forget Me Not piece into a quilt top earlier this year (see the top here). This quilt is all about Grandma’s embroidery for me. The viewer will naturally see it first so the goal is to use quilting to enhance the embroidery in a way that truly showcases it, not the quilting stitches.
There are three steps and two design ideas for the quilting. The first two steps of the quilting are outline: one line right at the edge of the embroidery (the so-called ‘in-the-ditch’ style) and then an echo line of that stitching.
Using a silk thread the color of the background fabric, I have stitched so close to the edge of the embroidery that you cannot see it here. That stitching made the embroidered motif absolutely pop — and that ‘pop’ factor will only continue if I achieve my goal. The stitching you see easily is the echo line. Echo quilting is not something I’ve done very much of so it was quite unnerving.
The embroidery section of the quilt measures 20″ x 20 1/2″ and the quilting just this far has been a days’ work — 6 hours. It was tedious but worth it.
Stay tuned for developments.