Archive for the ‘Machine embroidery’ category

Slow Progress

April 29, 2012

Because the weather is so wonderful, the deck is being rebuilt, and the vegetable garden calls, little time is being spent in the studio. “Cover Lovers Askew” has been embellished with a fancy satin stitch and is ready to quilt and there she sits – waiting.

Challenge #7-Music “A Nightingale Sings”

January 20, 2012

The latest Uncommon Threads challenge was Music. While at our retreat last fall,I played with some “birdie” fabric and lacy stuff that Merrilee brought, then put it away. How serendipitous! I pulled it out and created my challenge from what she gave me.

The dots are beads and the blue wings are hand embroidered with metallic thread. A real nightingale is just another brown bird, but with such a beautiful name I think it should be more colorful! My free hand machine quilting is getting better but still not what I want it to be.

The title, “A Nightingale Sings” is from the title of the song, “A Nightingale Sings in Barkley Square.” You should hear Nat King Cole sing it. Oh my! You can view the rest of the groups’ work here.

Machine Enhancement

January 17, 2011

It’s been a long time since I’ve done any machine embroidery and I’d forgotten how much fun it is. After printing the grackle on fabric, I highlighted the bring colors with freehand machine embroidery then ironed wonder under to the back of the bird and fused it to the art quilt.

The blue and yellow at his feet has been cut away before fusing to the background. Here’s a detail:

He shows up on his background much better now. I also, just slightly, painted/rubbed a little interference gold on the stitching to make it a little more sparkly but that doesn’t show in the picture.