Problems and how to fix those
Once my quilt was squared off, I realised that I did not have enough little flowers in my foreground. The quiver tree also looked a bit lonely on its rocky hill!
To fix the flower problem, I needed the following:
- Inktense paintsticks
- Fabric medium
- Small paintbrush with hard bristles
To create more flowers in the foreground, I simply put a dab of fabric medium everywhere and used Inktense paintsticks in yellow, orange and red to represent the flowers.
To lend more interest to the quiver tree on the rocky hill, I needed:
- Ruler foot #72 and couching inserts
- One Of a Kind Yarn in interesting colours
- Copper and dark brown shades of machine embroidery threads
- Free Motion Open Toe Embroidery foot #24
- Inktense pencils
- Fabric medium
I couched the leaves of the aloes with the One Of a Kind Yarn and free motion embroidered the stems. Afterwards the aloe flowers were drawn using the Inktense pencils.
My quilt was ready for binding! I cut strips of binding one and an eight inch wide and, using Edge Stitch foot #10D and the dual feed, I sewed my binding on the right side of the quilt after adjusting the needle. Of course, I had to remember to change the stitch plate! What a dream that was!
The fun part of this quilt was to make it shine! I used all the drop-shaped crystals in the Crystal tin and Wonder Invisible thread to sew
all 24 of these onto the quilted ‘rain’ of the background. This took quite a long time to do. I could have used Button Sew-On Foot #10D and do it in a jiffy but sadly, I didn’t think of it until much later! So remember, if you ever have lots of crystals or buttons to sew on, use Foot #10D!
Completing a quilt
A quilt is not complete until it has a sleeve for hanging and a label sewn on the back. This was the next step as well as the final one in creating CRYSTAL RAIN IN NAMAQUALAND.
I digitised my label but before attaching it to my quilt, I added the final bit of shine to it! I clamped the biggest crystal in the tin onto my label before I sewed the label onto the back, bottom leftside of the quilt.
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