More cording

Before the corded quilting samples get put away I thought I’d show just a few more close-ups – (still grappling with new(ish) phone camera)

This piece was going to be just corded but I ended up adding a very small amount of stuffing to the enclosed spaces and I was very pleased with the finished effect.

This sample is ready for a close-spaced and interesting background and I might just be in the right mood to do that, so I’m keeping this sample out on the worktable.
This was a sample I made to show the use and effectiveness of closely-spaced corded lines. You can also see at the left hand side that it is not advisable to have heavily stitched areas and open spaces – too much distortion. Better to have the same density of stitch across the whole piece.

And here’s the reverse side of a 1960’s piece of Italian quilting, complete with heavy ballpoint or carbon pattern markings. Now I’m off to gather up class notes, worksheets and patterns and write a Zoom lesson plan – coming soon!

Still here!

The letup from lockdown seems to be a perfectly weird set of almost new experiences – switching between feelings of things being normal, not normal, really difficult, almost forgotten and a hefty dose of detached chaos. No stitching, I still can’t settle or focus – so I’m substituting garden chores instead. Thank goodness for the reliable Pioneers and the Thursday at Three crew. The past couple of weeks the Pioneers have been looking at corded and stuffed quilting, boutis, trapunto, Italian quilting and we’ve enjoyed touring through history, costume, techniques and equipment. So, with no new stitching to show you, I’m referring back to corded samples from several years ago. First, part of the reverse and then the front of a favourite piece I did based on the centre of a Welsh wholecloth quilt followed by a detail of one of my designs worked as Italian quilting using muslin backing and a very soft twist wool to “cord”.

I really should remove all those tacking/basting threads!

Ten years on …

A lovely surprise today to see Carla’s post on her blog – all about some of the stencils she uses in her wonderful quilting.  When Carla and I first made contact through cyberspace that was a lovely surprise too!  – it’s always good to know that someone likes your work and to see your designs used is a really uplifting treat.  Back in the days when I designed for fabrics it was a big thrill to walk around a quilt show and see that people had actually bought “my” fabric and chosen to use it, and it’s the same with quilting designs.  Seeing one of “my” designs used in a quilt is like a chance meeting with an old friend and it always feels good.  So, if you’re already familiar with Carla’s work you’ll understand how good I feel when I see how she’s used some of my stencils.   Her post has also made me dig back through my files and find out what I was working on then – can’t believe it was ten years ago! – here’s a couple of other designs I did around the same time –

All this delving into files somehow turned into delving into old quilting samples, which led me to look again at the feathered square motif that was on one of the stencils Carla showed, and reminded me that my hand quilting was not too shabby at this time (remember, we are talking ten years ago!)  –

The corded and quilted piece is now (I think) finished – again, this started off at least ten years ago (wonder if there’s a theme going on here?)  and has only just been hauled out of its hiding place.  The design is closely based on the centre of a vintage Welsh quilt that I own,  and it was featured as a pattern by Colonial Homes.  The addition of cording has made a difference, the effect is subtly richer than it was with just quilting, and I’m pleased with the result, even if it has taken a while!

One of the next things to do is resurrect another sample from the same pile and see if that will respond to similar treatment – or, I could add even more cording to this piece !  It’s decisions all the way!