08 January 2014

Free motion begins

Now this looks better. Backing cut and pinned in place.


             
I thought I might use these cool clips to hold back the other circles in the strip. It was a brilliant idea but I ended up losing them after a while.

On DMTV yesterday, Linda Kemshall really emphasized sampling and testing before starting a piece. I have had this half circle kicking around so I sandwiched it up with batting and an actual piece of the backing material. I needed to warm up my free motion as well and see how the colors looked on the actual circle.



The color is way off. A blizzard today has covered my skylights so I am working in artificial light - again! It is hard to see but I free motioned the purple in the Superior thread, periwinkle, that I used to assemble the quilt. It matched - almost too well. I used a nice olive rayon embroidery thread. I used this because I had it, the rayon looks good and is also a very thin thread.



This is the olive rayon thread.



I have been having CONSTANT problems with the thread catching and breaking and after repeated re-threading I finally gave up and changed machines.
This is a brand new Janome and I can't figure out why it won't sew.



Here is the first motif. I did the image in the periwinkle (fair) and the circles in a gold color. The gold is OK but not as nice as the olive. I will however use it again, I'm sure.



This was all done in olive and I like it. You can also see a bit of the purple  sewn in a meander like vermicelli. Of course the second circle will always look better because of practice. I am enjoying the time I am taking and just the process of actually sewing and enjoying myself after so long. Very satisfying!




Last 2 circles of the day 




 Two green and one gold thread I am using.


I just finished the last 2 blocks so now I am finished the the first strip.




4 comments:

  1. Oh, my... how beautiful your blocks are with the stitching and designs! I hope your thread problems are behind you... nothing worse than fighting thread! Can't wait to see this one done, and I'm really glad you are feeling up to the task!

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  2. LOVE your quilting designs, especially the next to last one!

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  3. all the circle's are special motifs, the color of your thread makes its beautiful and I hope that the problems with your Janome are history.

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  4. Wonderful...I love it!
    A Happy New Year!
    Carmina

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