I really loved working on the Heart and Feather Whole cloth quilt along with Leah Day, that I finished up this last weekend, so I decided to start another one, and put Don's transfer technique to the test.
The first step was searching for a design. The goal is to complete the tutorial/challenge in the month that it is posted, and since today is April 30th, the last day of the month (procrastinate much?), I didn't really have time to design my own motif. But I did find these really cute love birds online.
I played around with some different fabric ideas, before I decided on a teal blue marble fabric. I used two fat quarters and ironed, starched, and basted my quilt together. Then I just laid the embroidery hoop with my design on top and traced the design onto the fabric (through the tulle) with a marking pen. My pen is a frixion pen that disappears when you apply heat (I also suggest washing after ironing to make sure you get all the chemicals out).
It might be hard to see in the picture, but when you lift the hoop, you should have a nice motif drawn out on your fabric. Since you have to trace this motif twice with a pen, I think it is a great opportunity to figure out and practice which directions that you will be going when you sew the design. By the time I actually stitched it, I was very familiar with the design and how I would have to move the quilt around to avoid a lot of travel stitching.
After tracing the love birds motif, I also added some flowers in the corners.
Here is the finished quilted design. Again, it's a little hard to see in the pictures. Well, it's a little hard to see in person right now too because I used matching thread (Parakeet by Coats Clark). I'm sure it will be a lot more visible once I've done some micro-FMQ in the background spaces, but that will have to be done another day.
|I liked the look of the contrasting white thread on my green marble heart and feather whole cloth, but I know that traditional whole cloths use matching thread on matching fabric (usually white on white) so I wanted to try that look this time, just with blue instead of white.|
Here are some closer pictures to help show more of the detail.
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