My DH set up my sewing machine in the diningroom so that I could spend some time playing. You see, my foot is broken and I’m on non-weight bearing orders until I get another x-ray on May 1st and have another consultation with the orthopedic surgeon.
The first week after my fracture I had my foot elevated and finished the hand quilting on this. I’m not sure if you can tell but I’ve used sage green thread to quilt the feathers.
It was then time to figure out what’s next. What’s the quilt asking for??
During my convalescence I’ve enjoyed some quilting classes on Craftsy, an online teaching platform. One course by Cindy Needham “Design it, Quilt it” was probably the best course I’ve taken on machine quilting. She uses the phrase “Sunshine and Shadows” when planning how to quilt a piece. In looking at the above picture, she would say it’s all sunshine. It needs more. The feather is nicely hand quilted and I love what I did but it really does beg for more. It really doesn’t stand out at all.
Cindy uses a technique called scribbling to create the shadow which makes the sunshine pop. Here’s what I mean:
See how the feather now pops? It’s the sunshine. The scribbling creates the shadow. It’s very densely quilted and will hopefully soften once laundered but for now, it makes my block pop and that’s exactly the effect I was looking for.
Here’s how I accomplished it. Firstly I ‘draw’ my boundaries so I know where I can scribble and where I don’t want to.
Then I do some loose free motion quilting to basically flatten it. I had a few puckers in some of my blocks but this technique is meant to reduce the puckers.
And then I filled in the area.
Then I move to the outside of the feather and repeat the process until the whole background is flattened by the scribbling which then makes the feather pop. I’m so happy with this technique and absolutely loved Cindy Needham’s class on Craftsy.
Here’s a view of the quilt taken a little further back. I’m also sewing cathedral window quilt designs on the Irish chain part of the quilt.