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I seem to be on a kind of manic roll here...I must have been building up to break out in some new directions because I can't stop working in this (nice clean) sewing room.
Today's experiment actually started yesterday morning. My sister had requested a piece similar to Experiment #3, so I thought I would try a variation: this time I would create a "base fabric" of collaged, felted silk, and then play off that with some flowers and vintage blocks.
What I didn't realize was the power of habit...put a pile of fabrics and a machine in front of me, and I will start crazy piecing. And that is essentially what happened here, only instead of sewing my patches in the usual way, I felted them on one by one. This created the frame for my mandala-esque collage.
This time I used a vintage hankie as well as one of my own printed flower mandalas along with the cut out flowers from commercial fabrics. Then I added the Grandma's Flower Garden blocks. All of these elements were machine appliqued on.
Bringing me to this point...here I have pinned some rickrack along the edge of the hankie.
I didn't have the lace I wanted to give me a white scalloped edge against the rickrack, so I decided to mimic it with silk ribbon detached chain stitch. I will add to this later.
I didn't want to machine quilt over my felted silk...but it isn't exactly stable and could eventually pull off...plus I thought it would be fun to at least allude to crazy quilting by emphasizing the edges of the patches with hand-stitching.
I just used herringbone throughout the piece for two reasons: one was I wanted a kind of consistent, overall look to keep the frame in the background; the other reason was that if I used only herringbone, I could work fast, not having to make any stitch decisions. Speed CQing!!
Allowing the edges of the patches to stay ragged was really different for me. It almost felt like I was working with torn paper instead of fabric. Weird, but fun.
Which brings me to this stopping point (It is a nice day and I just have to get outside.)
I'm not sure what will happen next...!!!