Crystal Rain in Namaqualand – Looking back
Quite a number of people asked me how I created some of the elements that are on the Crystal Rain in Namaqualand quilt. Firstly, I’m going to tell you how I created the pebbles/rocks on the quilt. This is such a quick and easy way to add some interest in your work!
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For this, you will need:
- Two layers of ‘rock’ coloured fabric. I find batiks work the best.
- A layer of Loomtex batting
- Matching thread
- Foot #97D with the dual feed.
- Cut the shape of the rock from all three layers
- Put right side of fabric together with batting on top.
- Sew a narrow seam all round twice.
- Cut little nicks out of the small seam.
- Cut a slit in the back but be very careful not to cut through both layers!
- Turn right side out and hand-sew slit shut.
Creating the Pink Daisies
- Use 100% pink cotton thread and ‘draw’ daisies on synthetic felt, using your machine as a drawing tool.
- Soldering iron with a sharp point and singe around the edges of the daisies.
- Silver metallic thread and foot #24 and sew the daisies in place using a circular movement.
Creating the Blue Daisies
You will need:
- Two layers of pale blue organza
- Permanent marker
- Pale blue 100% cotton thread
- Yellow thread
- Soldering iron
- Draw daisies on the Avalon.
- Hoop two layers of organza in an embroidery hoop.
- Thread your machine with blue cotton thread top and bobbin.
- Free motion stitch using foot #24 on the drawn lines.
- Soak Avalon out and wait for it to dry.
- Use soldering iron with sharp point to singe around the edges.
- Use yellow thread to stitch in spiral in centre to attach daisies to quilt.
I auditioned a couple of background fabrics to see what would work the best for me. I also placed some of the elements before sewing these down to get a feeling of proportion.
Putting the quilt together
Someone also asked me how I put the quilt together. After the background was quilted on the Q24 to look like rain, I placed the green foreground that I created earlier from recycled threads and Avalon, at the bottom of the piece and I positioned the quiver tree. Using foot #73, I sewed the quiver tree in place. Once that was done, I stitched through the green foreground. Now that everything was in place, I could position my 3-D daisies. These I only pinned on as I was going to use Foot #21 and zig-zag stitch to couch the stems in place. Foot #72 and couching inserts and straight stitch made life so easy when I couched the foliage! Only after all that was done, could I sew the daisies in place. The aloes happened next.
Once all the stems and leaves were couched on, I could sew the pebbles in the foreground in place by hand. All the elements were on the quilt and I could bind the quilt. I then sewed all the crystals in place and finished off the quilt by adding the label and hanging sleeve.
I hope you will be able to make use of some of these tips on how I created the elements on this quilt and use it in your art quilts!
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