The post from September 12th was to show you the preperations for the Pumpkin appliqué; patterns, ironing and detail drawing. Now the sandwich for quilting has to be made.
I want to frame this quilt, using a large wooden frame, which I hade in stock for a while*, and measured the inner side of the frame = 38 cm x 68 cm. The frame itself measures 50 x 70 cm.
I will place the frame horizontal, because I like the landscape effect. I have purchased a couple of wooden frames and framed quilts before; it’s a big difference, comparing to the regular way we finish our quilts. If you are looking for frames, just check ware houses or your local frame shop, depending on your budget.
For this project I will add borders to the background/appliqué; I will use different widths, for whimsical effect.
The wide borders are yellow/orange/green. I had to sew strips together, because they were not long enough. This won’t show when the quilt is done, because I will add more items to cover this up. The top is ready: I have placed it onto the frame, to check if everything is large enough, even though I have added extra seam allowance.
I’ve made the sandwich, using a cotton quilt fabric at the back and a polyester batting, with medium loft. Top of the quilt on top, pinning it and I am ready for quilting: because of the medium loft of the batting, the quilt may shrink a bit. I have added extra width to the end borders to compensate that.
Quilting starts in the centre and I will work my way to the sides: I have made a first row of quilting stitches, ‘drawing’ shapes of trees and houses, as if they can be seen in the distance. I have used MIRAGE/Wonderfil: 30Wt Rayon in randomly colored, variegated colors. And of course I have used DECOBOB/Wonderfil for the bobbin: that is really great to use with áll my decorative threads.
Mirage 28 – black/grey’s is the first color I have used. Because of the randomly colored thread, I have backed up often while quilting, to get certain coloring effects. I wanted to have a blurry effect, so that the shapes I was quilting could only be recognized if you look from a distance. Sometimes it is not important that you can see details, just the outlines.
I’ve quilted the borders too with color 31 – I quilted almost up to the sides of the borders: parts of this will be under the quilt after framing. A scalloped, decorative border is added along the small purple accent border. And I have placed some silken leaves, which I have partly quilted to hold them in place.
At the picture above, you can see that the leaves are not quilted completely, to get a 3D effect. I love these effects, using ready-made silken leaves or flowers on my quilts. I have purchased these at a Garden Centre: all year round I am looking for beautiful leaves and flowers… you never know when you will use them.
Using thick thread double, I am threading a large needle, work from one side to the other and pull the sides to the back, so that the quilt is placed under tension. Starting from the middle, working toward one side,
Checking every now and then if the borders are ok: they will not be of the same width, but a border should be of a certain measurement along the sides. I am measuring 7,5 cm for the bottom border, and this should be so from left to right. I can shift the quilt a bit, if the size is not right.
I can use the paper sheet which came with the frame too: I don’t need the glass though. I will use the paper as a template: cutting a small strip off one small and large side. This paper will be on top of the fabric I am using for the back of the frame (I want to cover the tension threads): the fabric is cut 1 cm larger than the paper template.
For extra effect, I have used a lot of Hotfix stoness! I love the sparkle, specally when the light hits these stones at night.
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*Sometimes I purchase special frames, to finish my quilts. Binding quilts and hanging them on a wall is ok, but framing them can give an extra bold effect: the wood of this frame adds depth and color, which I wanted.