Back to some hand quilting. I got the Fantasy Garden quilt top basted
As always I used safety pins.
For this I used white backing and Hobb’s Tuscany Wool batting.
This top is very busy. The fabrics have so much going on that no matter what I do the stitches are not going to show much.
Lately I have been doing a lot with contrasting thread. when the fabric has a subtle print stitching will show.
For the new one the actual stitches aren’t going to show because of all the pattern.
Sometimes this situation leads to what is called “quilting for god” which means that you are investing a lot of time quilting but the only one who really knows it is there is god because no one can see it.
So how to quilt it?
This brings me back to the batting choice. The batting I used is quite thick , it has a higher “loft” than cotton. Even though it is thicker it is lighter and easier to quilt than cotton, it has to do with the fibers, there is more air space between them in wool.
I selected a lofty batting because the stitches wont show much (not at all from even a short a distance) but the texture will show.
the quilting stitches indent the batting and create a textured surface.
here is one block
one large square and lots of half square triangles.
for the triangles I am quilting it by the piece. Simply stitch inside the seams on each triangle.
I am using white 40 wt hand quilting thread and a size 10 Bohin sharp needle. Why white thread? Because when there is not a predominant matching color I always use white or off white. I could have also used black.
The stitches in the tiny triangles do not show much but the texture does. It is very hard to get a true view of that in a picture, particularly when I have just a few stitches done, but it does show on the back.
On the squares in the center of the blocks I will hand quilt around the flowers and leaves in the fabric. I will post detail pictures of that when I get some more quilting finished.
I am just about ready to do some more piecing with this fabric.
Here I have divided it up into 2 rows 1 light and 1 dark. Sometimes we only see color and value becomes obscured. Value is defined as the relative lightness or darkness of a color. To sort by Value, or light and dark, it helps to ignore color.
If you are not sure you have your fabrics divided by value try eliminating color by taking a picture in black and white.
Can you see how some of the fabrics actually have less contrast than we can see in color. I will rearrange them to improve contrast before I start piecing.
Teddy (freshly back from the groomer) has a new trick. When I get up from my quilting chair he jumps on.
He wants to be sure I don’t forget to take his picture.
Now back to more of that invisible quilting