05 August 2013

Hello Monday, we meet again

Design Wall Monday is here again. I spent most of the past weekend in my sewing studio and it shows!

I spent a lot of time this past week canvasing the big box stores and the quilt shops for some go-with black fabric. I was having a hard time because everything was too black. In a Eureka! moment. I remembered that the bandana is a poly/cotton blend. And so, that is what matched the best. Go figure.

The coping strips were added to the bandana to square it up. Looking a bit closer at that silly thing I see that the words and the floral band aren't centered. But then, it is a bandana and if you fold it diagonally (before the coping strips were added) then both the words and flowers would be visible. It is what it is *shrug*.

I drew up a rose to match the ones in the bandana. I had a hand-dyed pink fabric that I dyed a couple of years ago that worked very well as the rose. I fused the rose, leaves and stems using a light weight fusible that I cut into donut type shapes. I don't really like a lot of fusible because it makes the applique too stiff.

This was a very good opportunity to use up bits and bobs of thread in the bobbins as I satin stitched the rose onto the background. If you use this satin stitch applique technique it is very important to use a stabilizer. I use freezer paper as a stabilizer behind the background fabric because it is easy to apply and somewhat easy to remove when done. I thought the rose was a bit 'flat' looking so I added a bit of shading with a dye pen and it sure made it pop.

It will be a couple of weeks before I can work on this again as I will be working my day job for the next eleven days. It is sculpture show time again, so you know where you can find me.

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  1. You did a good job matching the color of the bandana. Your roses look beautiful. Have fun at the sculpture show.

  2. I went wandering through your posts--wow--you are multi talented. I hope your quilt is a great success for such a great cause.

  3. You amaze me, Paula, well done! WOW!!