I received my thread order from Superior Threads and was happy with some new colors. I'll be using them to complete my Avenue of the Giants quilt. I'm especially happy with the new varigated Fantastico colors. (By the way Superior has honored me on their blog as a "Superior Star". Whoopie!) Superior Stars
I've been working on another forest scene - it's at the quilting stage. I used a plain black backing fabric and have changed the bobbin thread some...not as much as on top, but you can see that the design shows up pretty well.Lots more to quilt but I'm hoping to have it done in a couple of weeks. Here is the sneek preview of the back...
I've been majoring on Superior Threads for some time. When quilting a piece, I make do with what's on hand, but a couple of times a year I need to restock the quilt rack.
So I pulled out the cards from Superior to compare and see what's missing. I love the Trilobal threads because they have a nice shine which calls more attention to the embroidery and quilting.
I use huge amounts of greens and browns each time a forest scene is in the works and a big variety is what I prefer to do. I'll be comparing what is here and what is available to place the order. Here are some of the thread cards from Superior I have to check out. Pretty, yes!? I'll show you a picture when the new stock arrives. Have a good day!
For a patio for my quilt, I decided to paint the squares instead of piecing them
So first I found a fabric that sort of had a similar color and a bit of texture.
I drew my lines onto the paper side of freezer paper...and numbered them.
Then I cut the freezer paper apart on the lines and pressed them all down onto the right side of the fabric.
I pulled off a checkerboard pattern of the pieces; mixed paint in terra cotta and brown and dabbed the paint on with a sponge.
I let it dry and then put back those pieces and pulled off the others. This time I mixed the colors with a bit more brown, hoping that the finished piece would show a pattern. (I should have used a bit more).
When I quilt it I will define the lines a bit more, but I'm fairly peased with the results.
Here are a couple of books you might enjoy taking a look at....
Quilted Devotions by Lisa Cogar
This pretty new book has 24 Biblical Blocks featured as well as examples of setting them into quilts. Some of the blocks are traditional, and some brand new designs. I was really drawn to several of the blocks. It’s inspiring to see how well she has adapted her art to highlight her faith. Instructions are clear and easy to follow. You could make a large quilt or a small wall hanging.
It’s a Wrap II by Susan Breier
New baskets, purses, lids and handles. So inspiring! Using clothesline and fabric strips Susan teaches you to make beautiful projects of many varying designs. Looks like fun to me!
These are some happy students from a class for quilting the painted Hibiscus...5 of the students came back to quilt their painting. Here they are before the quilting process. Aren't their paintings pretty?