Friday, February 5, 2016
Second in a series
I wrote yesterday about a new piece that I made by heavily machine-stitching onto heavy fabric that I then folded and sewed into a pyramid. Immediately I started on another one, working to improve the technique.
In #1 I noted that it was hard to get the heavily stitched fabric to stay in a crisp fold, so my plan was to build the folds into the fabric, so to speak. Instead of cutting a single fabric base that would have to be folded into the pyramid, I cut the shape into four separate triangles and sewed them onto a lightweight fabric. This way no matter how heavily I stitched over the fold lines, they would be much thinner than the rest of the form and presumably fold much more easily. This new technique also has the benefit of being "layers held together by stitching," which is good enough to get you into most quilt shows, whereas #1 wouldn't qualify.
I liked the effect in #1 of laying down a contrast color and later covering it with lots of stitching in my main colors. Rather than find scraps of contrast fabric, in #2 I simply chose a print fabric with several different colors.