5/1/12

Top-Stitching

It should be no secret to anyone who reads this blog that I am a terrible artist.  By that, I mean I can't draw worth beans.  So whenever I need to do something like free motion quilting, or top-stitching beyond just going around the edges of applique, I approach it with fear and loathing.  That's why I did everything under the sun today before forcing myself to the sewing machine to sew.

My task was to do something with the butterfly wings in my latest doll quilt.  Here's the quilt as it stood before I started sewing today.


I've spent the last several days looking at butterfly images online.  This is one I found on Shutterstock that I wanted to model my stitching after on at least one of the butterflies.


So I used my Bohin Chalk Pencil (which I can highly recommend) to mark the wings of my butterfly and then turned my zigzag stitch loose on it.  Actually, I was in complete control at all times.  As much as "complete control" is possible in my life, which usually means, "out of control".  In any case, this is what I came up with.



It isn't exactly like the one in the image, but I figure there isn't a butterfly in existence that looks exactly like the one in the image.  Mine should be in good company.

There are still two butterflies to go, and I'm going to do something a little simpler for their wings.  Each one will be different.  Having this one finished has boosted my confidence significantly.

Also, I'm washing fabrics for the May NewFO I'm planning to start.  I wanted to make at least one flannel quilt this year.  Quite some time ago, I put out a call on the Quilting Board to swap my scraps for flannel scraps.  My plan was to make a scrappy flannel quilt, but I didn't want to go out to buy a bunch of flannel, and I didn't have a lot of flannel scraps.  The women on the Quilting Board came through with great gusto, as I knew they would.  Now I have boxes and boxes of flannel scraps, and I'm only just now getting around to using them.

So yesterday, I washed a bunch of different fabrics, and I'm hoping to get started on my flannel quilt sometime this week.  Here are the fabrics I'm going to use.  The one on the left is for the back.


When I started the NewFO Challenge, it was really just a tongue-in-cheek idea.  But it actually is helping me get these long-ago-planned items into the pipeline rather than just sitting around in boxes.  And speaking of NewFO's, have you linked up yet?  Any new project started during the month of April qualifies, and no finishes are required.  Even if you didn't start a new project, take a look at what others have started.

Okay, now I'm headed for the showers.  (All that top-stitching really makes a person glow, you know?)  Actually, we're taking Mae out to dinner for her birthday.  TTFN (Ta Ta for now!)

8 comments from savvy and entertaining friends:

Diane Wild said...

I think your butterflies are going to be mah-valous. Have fun with them. Use some metallic threads maybe. Lookin good.

Teresa in Music City said...

I think your design and the way it looks on the butterfly is perfect! It has an angular feel which goes right in line with the rest of the quilt. It will be interesting to see what you do with the other two :*)

Kate said...

Great stitching on the butterfly! You deserve a treat too for tackling the unknown. Hope Mae enjoys her birthday dinner.

Judy1522 said...

Your butterfly is beautiful can't wait to see what you do with the other ones.

WoolenSails said...

That is a good way to do the stitching. I think black would look nice on the colors and give it a stained glass look.

Debbie

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

I think this looks great! You're a fantastic artist!

Mrs.Pickles said...

wow I think that is pretty darn great!

MooseStash Quilting said...

I feel your pain, my drawing is horrible, and I am terrified to even try, so congrats to you for stepping up to the plate and doing it. The look fabulous too. So is this a lesson to me, if you don't try, you can't fly???? Sneaky girl you are!
:-)