What a superb play day yesterday was! 40 degrees and hard rain outside, cozy sewing room with pretty fabrics, ribbons, and lace inside, emailing on and off with my buddies, listening to good music as the rain poured down...it was pretty darn wonderful.
I call my project "Garden Lace" because all the flowers in the fabrics are indeed from my garden, and the dominant element to go with them is from my lace collection, which I have been shamefully ignoring lately.
To construct my little quilt (which as I said last time, will be another contribution to the Alliance for American Quilts Crazy about Quilts contest, which I do hope lots of you will enter), I used the same machine applique technique as I did for "Elle and Dave", which will be written up in the next issue of CQMagOnline, going live on April 25th. This is a fast way to work.
I needed solid trim to go between my fabric patches but wanted to use lace...so....
I got out some ribbons of various widths, some likely lace pieces (the short bits were perfect), and my Steam a Seam fusible strips in both 1/4" and 1/2" widths. (If I had had the Lite version of my Steam a Seam, that would have been better for embroidering through later, but I used what I had on hand.)
This shows the ribbon with the Steam a Seam on it below, and the lace I'm going to iron it to above.
Here's another one...
This is ironed on, viewed from the back.
Here it is from the front.
And here's the batch of them.
Most of these pieces of lace were short and I loved using them up this way.
The ribbon colors were chosen to go with my floral fabrics....
I do like how unified this looks. Controlling the elements going into a crazy quilt gives it some order...and I always love that balancing act between order and chaos....
I'm going to enjoy hanging some embroidery off the edges of the laces. Toward that end I just happened to have ordered some lovely new threads from Maureen Greeson's new website. Her prices are very good and her service is excellent. Visit her here:
and you will be glad you did!
She carries exactly the kind of supplies I love! I encourage you to check out her new site. ;-)
More rain on tap for today....you know what I'll be doing!