I had an idea for the quilt I wanted to make for the Schnitzel & Boo round 3 mini swap but it didn't seem to fit right with my partners taste in fabric. My swap partner is a big Lori Holt fan liking white backgrounds and clear bright colours. So instead of an orange peel multi-coloured project I decided to give this technique a try.
Pennydog Quilting in this months Popular Patchwork magazine. It involves chopping up fabric with your rotary cutter and using fusible to hold some of the pieces in place. Cover with sheer net and quilt over it.
I really liked the idea of it for clear bright rainbow colours so thought I'd go for it with letters instead!
I printed these using a font called Berlin Sans FB Demi and used them to cut templates from fusible paper and trace on the fabric background (Kona Snow) with an air erasable fabric marker. It allowed me to place the fusible letters and then sprinkle the fabric pieces in place.
I initially thought about using the water soluble stuff that you quilt over and then washes out but i couldn't find any so I stuck with Kerry's instructions and bought some fine lightweight tulle that is used for wedding veils! It practically disappears over the bright white fabric.
To keep it in place I handstitched around the letters with perle cotton. I hoped this would give the letters some definition too.
Thankfully after trimming around the letters and cutting into the net the tension in the piece relaxed quite a bit.
I was quite careful on the basting too and spray basted the back, wadding and top together. Then I made sure it was a smooth as could be and pin basted near the letters too.
It worked a treat and flattened it back into shape!
Even under the net the pieces move quite a bit so a dense quilting pattern is recommended. I decided I'd try coloured matchstick quilting.
I had previously made a cushion and used this technique with just white and quickly got bored with it. Changing up the colours and straight line quilting this small piece went very quickly and was really lots of fun!
I used 9 different threads, 3 variegated and 6 solids in colours close to the rainbow letters. Threads were Auriful 40wt and YLI 50 wt. I used a light and a dark and spaced them 1/8" approx apart.
This round in the Schnitzel & Boo mini quilt swap is trying to support animal rescue which is a subject near to my heart. Our Basset Wilbur is a rescue that was very close to being put to sleep. If it wasn't for the volunteers and kindness of Ash Animal Rescue, Wilbur would not be with us. Even he decided to leave his mark on this quilt!
Every now and again Wilbur gets bored of sleeping and eating and wants some attention (Bassets are incredibly lazy dogs!). He has a long bony nose that he likes to stick under your arm and flip very quickly into the air. It's funny most of the time except when you have a cup of tea or are quilting. There is one really wobbly line because of this that I'm calling the Wilbur wobble. As it is a special cause we are supporting I decided to leave it be and not rip it out!
Charly, on the other hand, spent the day watching out for the neighbour's cat and tearing into a new toy my cousin sent from the states as part of a Christmas parcel. The rest of us were ignored completely!
Leaving me to crack on and finish the quilting complete with Wilbur wobble. I was quite surprised by how much the letters changed with the matchstick quilting. They got well and truly squished and G in our sewing group described them as organic looking. Not what I expected!
I chose purple for the binding and finished it up with a label on the back prepared for the quilt swap by Ali. I can't show you the label as it is a secret swap and this mini is going in the post this Friday!
Really hope by partner likes this. It's not quite the clean and crisp Lori Holt style that I intended but it was a real learning and quilting exploration all the same! I did put a bit of work into it and tried my best to make it work. I hope to make up for it by adding in lots of goodies. Fingers crossed she's not expecting something completely different!