Mixing it all up
As you may know, I really like to learn and try new things. I especially love mixing up all kinds of techniques that aren't usually found together, such as embroidery, improv piecing, beading and FMQ. That's what Exit Strategy is all about! Here's what's been happening to that piece.
|Adding FMQ to Exit Strategy 1|
Block 1 is about triangles and organic straight lines (i.e. not so straight 😊 ) I only have the top triangle block to FMQ. I'm not sure what I'm going to do there yet, but I'm likely to follow the path of the fern print.
|Block 1 - the triangles|
|Block 2 - Texture and contrast|
|Block 2 - At an angle to see more of the texture|
|Block 3 - A more structured block|
|Block 4 - Still considering my options|
Making Triangles - Shuttered Windows & Openwork
When I first wrote a post about this piece, I said that I would explain how I made these triangles. I read about this technique in "Exploring Textile Arts" by Creative Publishing International (2002). I combined two techniques. The first is a type of negative or reverse appliqué, like when I made a Mola piece (see Related links). The other technique, what I call "thread lines," is used in Openwork but can be added on top of the open triangle window.
|Shuttered Windows and Openwork|
- Draw a triangle on the fabric.
- Decide which side of your triangle will be the "flap", then cut one of the other two sides of the triangle following the line.
- Place a contrasting piece of fabric, face up, under the drawn triangle.
- Sew over the entire outline of your drawn triangle.
- Cut the other side of the top fabric of your triangle (make sure it's not the flap).
- Move the flap of the triangle (the uncut side) out of the way.
- Sew a zigzag, satin or decorative stitch around the two cut sides. If your top fabric does not fray, you can add your thread lines before this stitch.
- Thread lines: You will be following the previously stitched line around the two open sides of the triangle. Using a straight stitch, back stitch a little, then lift your sewing foot and extend the thread across to the other side of the triangle. Back stitch the thread in place and continue to where you want the next thread to cross the triangle. Keep doing this until you have the number of threads your want.
- This can also be done by hand.
- Pleat the flap of the triangle and use a button or bead to keep it in place.
One Monthly Goal (OMG)
Exit Strategy 1 is my March monthly goal. I need to have it finished by March 31 to place it in the Out of the Box's Fibre Fling 2020 Exhibit and Sale.
What I learned
- Some of the FMQ designs practically shouted out to me but some are keeping very quiet. I'm going to have to listen carefully to those quiet ones.
- I will be adding some embroidery, particularly to Block 3. I'm hoping that it will be easier to FMQ after that.
- See the Exit Strategy page for a description of the project and links to all posts.
- "Exploring Textile Arts" by Creative Publishing International (2002)
- Dust Off a Quilt Book Blog Hop Mola Style, February 21, 2019
I'll be linking up to the March OMG linkup, as well as a number of great parties. Let's see what's going on in quilt land😊 What I Made Monday, Colour and Inspiration Tuesday, Midweek Makers, Put your foot down, Needle & Thread Thursday, Peacock Party, Finished or Not Finished Friday, Off the wall Friday, Can I Get A Whoop Whoop?, Beauty Pageant, Friday Foto Fun, Oh Scrap!, 15 minutes to stitch 2020, Monday Making, Design Wall Monday,
Free Motion Mavericks
We had some wonderful projects link up last time. Mel Beach experimented with using two threads at a time in her FMQ while Caryl Quilts is really practicing her FMQ and getting lovely results. If you didn't see their post, check them out!
|Caryl Quilts - FMQ an improv scrappy tablerunner|
|Mel Beach - playing with thread combinations|