Brightening Life with Creativity,
one day at a time...
I have a bad case of Spring Fever!
A few days ago, the urge to create something bright and happy struck me!
Here's where I started.
What's that saying about humble beginnings? :)
I drew a very basic flower shape on some freezer paper (I always have a box of it on hand!). I purposefully made the sections large so that I could try out a new technique I've been thinking about.
I traced over my original lines with a thicker pen and labeled all of the sections.
Can you see where I got the name "Paint by Number Applique" from?
Next, I used a pencil and traced the design on to a piece of Sulky Cut-Away Plus.
On to the "painting" part! I used acrylic paint, more Cut-Away Plus, my gelatin plate and some stamps and stencils to make my "fabrics" for the applique.
I used my original paper pattern and traced the shapes on to the appropriate colors.
I cut the shapes out, leaving a little edge to get caught in the seam.
Another awesome thing about using the Cut-Away Plus for this type of applique is that there are no raw edges to turn under like traditional cotton fabric!
Next step? Sew it all down!
I set my machine to make a medium satin stitch and worked layer by layer.
The only exception? The sky layer, I straight stitched on the edges.
Now for the free motion stitching!
I used some Sulky 30 wt cotton threads and my vintage Singer 301 from the 50's for this part.
LOVE that machine!
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I used eight different spools of thread to add dimension and then I finished the edges in a satin stitch.
Here's the finished piece:
I'd love to hear what you think!
Is this technique something you might try?
Are you attempting to free motion quilt with your machine on top
of a table like this?
Getting the bed of your machine flush with the table surface will help eliminate drag, improve your free motion quilting and help your shoulders not be so sore!
Here is how I have my Janome 6300 machine set up:
I actually have a Gidget I table butted up to a Gidget II table, which holds my 6300. The Gidget tables are a great, affordable option for flat bed sewing. I use the Gigdet I when I use my Singer 301 machine, but otherwise, I leave it empty so I can have the extra depth of work space. Another benefit? They are easy to fold up and light weight, making them convenient for traveling or setting up in another room.
Here are two more views.
You can see how nice and flush the bed of the machine is to the table and the acrylic insert that fills in the gaps. Without the insert,
my fabric would constantly be getting lodged where it shouldn't!
This particular insert also allows room for my knee lift bar to work with the table. If you have a knee lift that you use, don't forget to mention it when you order! ;)
You can find out more about the Gidget tables and
the custom inserts at the Arrow website.
Fiber artist, wife to a wonderful husband and mom to 2 awesome kids
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