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Quilting on Midnight Deals

I think when I’ve got lots to do there’s always the danger that I don’t know where to start and then end up doing nothing. I’ve got lots of pieces on the go for this exhibition already but it seems more sensible to focus on one at a time.

This is how the quilt All the Midnight Deals is looking today.

It’s a wholecloth piece and the design is a digital collage that I made using elements from my sketchbooks. I digitally printed it onto cotton fabric and I’ve layered it up with wadding and a cotton backing. As you can see from the distortion on the left I’ve started the quilting there. Once all the quilting is done the quilt will shrink more evenly and hopefully be flat-ish again.

Here’s a close up of the quilting on that lettering section. You can see it’s a mix of hand seeding and freehand machine quilting.

The seeding takes hours but I hope it’s worth it. I like the larger mark that the seed stitch gives and the crunchy looking texture.

There are some areas that I’m enjoying already, like this one where the lettering looks like it’s layered up, appearing and disappearing behind sections. Look at the difference between the quilted side and the unquilted fabric!

Working on the machine today I’m starting to tackle the blue lines of these poppy seed heads. I don’t think there’s much option other than to stitch along these lines which will visually reinforce them. I’m using a blue thread to make the seedpods seem even bluer.

Thanks for dropping by today to check in on progress. Hopefully there will be more to show you very soon.

Bye for now, Laura x

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