After quilting the grass, I stitched some decorative quilting lines to the scroll work.
Bohin marking pencil but got tired of erasing my lines after stitching, so I changed to an orange chalk pencil. When I was done quilting, I tried brushing away the chalk, it did not go away. I used a stiff brush, then a cloth, then a wet cloth and scrubbed at the chalk lines. The color finally seemed to go away, but I noticed that the yellow quilted thread seemed to be stained kind of orange. Not sure that I was okay with that, I decided the orange either needed to go away completely or I needed to work with it. Since I didn't know how to make the orange go away, I decided to use a yellow ocher colored pencil to accentuate the stitched center with some deeper color.
I was unsure if it would be a total mistake or if the added color be okay, but now I think the extra quilting lines and color gave just the right amount of subtle complexity to the sky to help balance the very detailed lower portion of the quilt without competing with it.
I considered just doing a turned edge to finish the quilt, but I thought I needed to have something that was a little more flashy or "guild-ed"?, so I decided to do a corded edge, twisting several fibers together that would incorporate the colors used in the quilt. After blocking and trimming the quilt I laid out several yarns to audition them.
The first thing I needed to do was prevent any quilted threads from unraveling around the edge of the quilt. To do that I stitched a straight stitch, very close to the edge around the whole quilt. Then I used metallic gold thread in the top and brown thread in the bobbin and zig zag stitched around the edge of the quilt twice with a fairly tight stitch but not a satin stitch. Sometimes a dense satin stitch around the edge of a quilt can stretch it and make it ripple. I was not too concerned with making a solid gold edge around the quilt, just add some extra sparkle next to the cording.
Wow! Looks absolutely fantastic! I wish I a quarter of your talent. Thank you for sharing the process with us, it has been very insightful & inspirational.ReplyDelete
Your work is absolutely inspiring. Thank you for giving us a peek into your thought process as you've created this wonderful piece.ReplyDelete
What a fabulous piece! I love it when something unexpected happens in the process ( like having to deal with the colour not coming out ) leading to added dimension that was not originally intended.ReplyDelete
That subtle change in the center of the scrolls does add a little balance and something "extra" to the background. So generous of you to share this process in such detail...Thank You
Oh Judy, this is amazing! I too think the extra dimension in the scroll work is a plus. It makes the sky as interesting as the rest of your lovely piece. I'm looking forward to the "finished" photos.ReplyDelete
What a wonderful piece! And what a generous spirit to share the process, "mistakes" and all. Thank you! The edging definitely echoes the luxury of medieval tapestries and paintings. Great job!ReplyDelete
ABSOLUTELY STUNNING! You are so generous and talented. It's such a WOW!ReplyDelete
LOL - AND you baked cookies! Amazing!ReplyDelete
Judy - I've enjoyed following the progress of the quilt. Thanks for sharing, especially the problem solving! and the finishing of the edge. <3 judiReplyDelete
very nice Judy...I loved seeing your quilt progress and how you did it and what you were thinking. Beautiful!ReplyDelete
I like the corded edge a lot! It makes it seem more akin to a tapestry than a quilt - closer to your inspiration pieces. Thank you so much for posting the progress of this quilt. It's been inspirational and enjoyable.ReplyDelete
Jojo, the kids did most of the cookie making this year ;-)ReplyDelete
As always! A fantastic, wonderful quilt and beautiful workmanship to match! Great job, Judy!ReplyDelete
Stunning. Thanks for sharing this process and including all the details.ReplyDelete
truly beautiful. Thank you for sharing with us allReplyDelete
I've been a lurker on your blog for a long time and always appreciate your artistry and generosity in sharing your process. This quilt is spectacular and I have so enjoyed watching its creation. Thanks so much!ReplyDelete
So beautiful!!. I have enjoyed following the process...I hope to see it "in person" someday.ReplyDelete
Very Yummy! Really good work.ReplyDelete