I last finished with this piece in this stage: ready to be quilted. (You can read about it here.) Then the whole Pfaff divorce happened. (Read about that disaster here.) I had decided to do a cross hatch quilting, my largest to date and then avoid the FMQ disaster.
I really wanted the flower to be puffy and tried something that I wasn’t sure would work.
I put a layer of batting under just the flower, quilted around the raw edge without any backing, then cut it out right next to the edge. I really need small, sharp scissors for this but made due, added that to the supplies I need list. I then made quilt sandwich and basted it as normal. The flower still had a double layer of batting.
I started the cross hatch by marking 1 inch lines along the bottom and sides of the inset. I only wanted the cross-hatch design on the white background so the appliqued items would really stand out. Next I took the 6.5″ square I was using and made diagonal lines with my quilt marker (this comes off with water & was a great purchase!) I quickly graduated to a longer ruler. Some of the line were not perfect, I just drew the correct ones and planned on following those.
I used this attachment that came with my machine (in the foot compartment) but I am embarrassed to say I have no idea what it is called. I will call it the “width measurer distance thingy?” I secured it to the width I needed and used it as a crutch to make sure my lines were parallel and happy, like little soldiers. It was VERY helpful.
I had only drawn lines up so far, partially in fear and I was just planning on trying the whole thing out. It was working so great I just continued with my “width measurer distance thingy” and skipped over then items I did not want to quilt.
I do have to say that the ric rac stem is adorable but such a PAIN! See all these skips over it? To do it again in the same way I would leave it off until all the cross hatch quilting was done and then attach it! UGH!
When I got to the small portion of the top I had to re-draw the lines. My “width measure distance thingy” was only so good!
After I completed all one direction it looked great… and I needed a break. I have to admit, I seriously considered just doing it the single direction. (See the double full flower?)
I took it to the design department (that is the hubs) and told him I was thinking of only the single direction. He actually said: “Sure, if you only want to half-ass it, that looks fine!”
I did refrain from throwing something at him. In exasperation, I told him, “You really know what to say to me to get me to do something!”
He was right, again. I hate that.
So I decided to actually calculate what it takes to NOT half-ass something:
- 1 spool of bobbin thread
- 40 minutes of sewing
- a few deep breaths, maybe a word or 2 under my breath
- and a gazillion cut threads
Here is the finished product:
MUCH better in a cross hatch design! So glad did not “half-ass” it! The double full flower worked out too!
Next was the border quilting. I had planned before the divorce to do a cool swirly border design and now decided on a simple double frame. I used Fantastico, 40wt thread in a variegated yellow. I LOVE veriegated threads!I did stitch in the ditch in white right on the border and the yellow for the double frame.
Here it is finished before being bound.
A few detail shots:I bound it in white, it really made it pop! Don’t you think?I added bee antennae with a fine sharpie marker. If I wait to do it as handwork – that will NEVER happen.
I wanted the large flower to be off the edge and onto the binding. I left that part not fused and waited until it was bound. I then unstitched the edge that was there that just held everything in place.
I stitched the edge, twice – like the rest of the flower, over the binding. It was thread painting to finish the edge. It worked out just as I had hoped!
Take that Pfaff for my machine not doing FMQ! I will just have to explore other quilting techniques for the time being.
I am SO HAPPY with the results!