Friday, June 25, 2010
It's been awhile since I worked on my Mosaic Quilt, now dubbed "Z's Under the Trees," due to travels, my garden, midday heat in the studio, and other distractions. The main distraction was that I wanted to outline the details in black thread, but not being sure how it would look, I didn't want to ruin it without doing a test of the technique first.
To test it, of course I had to make another mosaic quilt. This one is from a photo of flowers I took on the island of St. Thomas a couple years ago. They were against a blue wall, but I took out the blue in Photoshop, because I didn't want to use up all my blue ink when printing.
After printing the photo (11x14), I taped a firm but translucent interfacing on top of the paper, leaving the details of the photo perfectly visible for fusing on my bits of randomly trimmed, hand-dyed fabrics. I chose to trim curves on the pieces representing the petals and leaves.
Next step: Stitching. I took off the paper before doing any sewing. I wanted the stitching lines to be loose, not exact. Easy peasy, I can do that! I used very thick thread I had on an old spool, and my Janome 6600 handled it just fine. The interfacing was firm enough to work as a great stabilizer, and the tiny bit of puckering was easily pressed out. I fused on thin batting and did echo quilting with monofilament, and zigzagged the edges - OK for an experiment, but definitely not great, as far as I am concerned.
Here is the finished test sample. I think I will dabble with adding a bit paint here and there.
As far as adding black stitching lines to the much larger Z's Under the Trees, I am going to go ahead with it, but with trepidation, especially on the face details. Maybe will use a color other than black in those areas.