So I have a new obsession.
It surprisingly involves lots of handwork – Something I used to be quite impatient with, but am now thoroughly enjoying. This obsession came about in June, when I went to the Minnesota Quilt Show. There was one booth there that was fresh and bright and sucked me in right away. Three kits later . . . and I thought I was set for handwork for the next 2 years.
Wrong! A short few weeks later, and I had all the handwork done on this project.
It was so much fun to do, that I had it done way sooner than I thought I would. The pattern is called Painted Lady. You can find the pattern here and the kit here. Everything is done with wool, except the background is a woven. (In person, the background is a better color, but it didn’t photograph well.) I don’t remember a time where I have even bought a kit or made the quilt just as the pattern is written/shown, but I liked this one as is. I love the fact that though the design uses wool, it is not primitive as most wool projects are. The colors are bright and the design is modern, so it has a different feel.
When I bought the kit, I figured I would skip all the putsy handwork. As you can see in the photo above, I followed the pattern and did all the details. This project was kind of like a good book, I was enjoying it so much, that I didn’t want it to be over just yet – so why not go all out?
I quilted it just like the sample in Fiberworks booth – a 1/2″ cross hatch, right over the applique and stitching. This is just an Iphone photo from my Instragram feed, but it really shows the quilting.
This isn’t a great photo either, but it shows how I did the crosshatching. You do the stitching in one direction first, then take it off the machine, turn it and add the stitching in the other direction. It’s a design that takes no skill, so even a beginner can do this quilting.
One of the other things I tried on this design, was the thread that the designer used. The thread is thin, so I used two strands, matching up the repeat so the color variation showed. I used to hate variegated thread, but I loved what it added to this project. Isn’t it beautiful?
That’s all for today. This isn’t the end of wool applique that will be shown here – I have 3 more projects going that use wool 🙂