|Zinnias in the Rain ©2015, 18" x 48"|
My embarrassingly late entry for the "Thread" Gallery - where we were challenged to do something new, to us, with thread. I chose to do some free-motion machine embroidery. I'm not a big quilter, beyond the parallel lines and border stitching and thus have never taken the time to learn to free-motion sew very well. So this seemed like the perfect opportunity to try it!
Zinnias started by intuitively piecing neutral commercial cottons and linens with some green hand-dyed fabrics. Rough floral shapes were cut from organza and sandwiched between the pieced background and silk organza and quilted with vertical parallel lines. Then the sketchy, free-motion embroidery was done over the colored organza bits. It got much easier between the bottom, where I started, and the top. I felt like a gained a lot of control over stitch length and smooth curves. My hat is off to those that can cover and entire quilt in intricate flawless patterns! I've learned a lot - and still have a long way to go.
|Back, before facing|
|Bobbin work, detail|
Materials: Commercial print cottons and linens, synthetic and silk organzas
Techniques: Intuitive piecing, layered organzas, machine quilting, free-motion embroidery and bobbin work
Cycle: Seasons; Spring/Summer, Growth and Rain