Wednesday, November 24, 2010
The Cover Quilt for my new Color Book - AT LAST!
Good Morning All,
My apologies for being away for so long. Isn't it amazing how the days fly by? I've been so busy that Thanksgiving just snuck up on me. I'll have to do my shopping today after work!
Here, finally, is the quilt that I will use on the cover of my upcoming color book. I'm very pleased with the results. It was worth doing it over.I love the lines and shapes but especially the color.
It began with a piece of white cloth. I marked the long vertical lines as well as the circles but that's all.
Then I layered it with two layers of silk batting and a colorful backing fabric. I stitched around the marked circles and the long, wavy lines. Then I went back in to each circle adding all of the detail free style (no marking), just stitching whatever came to mind. All of this was done with a 40 wt. black cotton thread.
Then I stitched a different design, in a different color, in each of the background sections using a thinner, 50 weight thread.
Then I colored each of the circles using Promarkers and Fabrico Markers. I tried to make them as colorful as possible using a mixture of pure hues, slight tints and slight shades. Then I colored in the background areas. Each was done in a color slightly lighter than the thread used in that section. For this I used the Promarkers and Tsukinenko Inks.
One of the things that can happen with this technique is the ink or markers can bleed into an adjoining area. When this happens, I simply thicken up the stitch lines using various widths of satin stitch and viola, problem fixed!
I love, love, love doing this technique. My two favorite things; free style machine quilting and coloring - it's a little like being a kid again!
Have a glorious Thanksgiving!
Till next time,