|Catching Some Rays|
In my quest to use thread in a new way (and avoid hand sewing), I rediscovered my sewing machine manual. Wow, this thing does everything except make breakfast. I’m sure I was lured by the promise of decorative stitches and embroidery when I purchased the machine, but truth be told, I rarely use anything other than a straight stitch.
Well, thanks to Martha, things have changed. At least on this quilt they have. I used a variety of decorative stitches to machine applique the leaves on the sea grass. I used another one to stitch around the largest fish. Unfortunately, the stitching isn’t as prominent as it was before I discharged the quilt.
I hadn’t done that before either: discharge after assembling the quilt top. Maybe not my brightest moment. I admit, the process required patience, prayer and a pinch of recklessness. At the last minute, in an attempt to redeem my faded threadwork, I used a decorative stitch to sew the binding.
The last bit of innovative thread work on this quilt was inspired by Sue Dennis years ago. I had just met Sue at a SAQA event in Houston after she had finished show and tell of a beautiful piece with a wonderful thread element. I can’t remember many details other than the thread work: undulating curves with holes and organic shapes that looked like modern lace. I asked her how she had created it and she said she stitched the shape on water soluble stabilizer and then rinsed it out and stitched it down.
I was still a very new quilter and I was sure it was more complex than I could manage, but I determined to try it one day. Well, I finally tried it on this quilt! I made a crab completely from thread and I had a great time doing it while thinking about a chance meeting that inspired me years before. Thanks Sue!
“Catching Some Rays” is a whimsical look at life and light underwater. 24” W x 48” H.