Friday, February 20, 2015

Garden of Gold

My 2 year old granddaughter has been here all week, so a busy week, hunting for bears, making caves, baking cupcakes, reading books and trying to keep a 2 year old entertained inside when it's 8 degrees outside.
 This is a sample from a workshop I used to teach on free motion machine quilting. The sample was made with one of my hand dyed fabrics and quilted with a mylar thread; It was so pretty, I hated to just toss it and thought I could extend it into a bigger piece.
 It had already been quilted, so I needed to add a piece of batting of the same weight on the left side. It was a little tricky but it worked.
 I then added some green batik fabric to bottom and left side to make it a size I thought was pleasing.  A backing fabric was added to entire back, quilting more heavily in the green area and then using a monofilament, I went back and quilted lightly the area already quilted with a metallic thread, just enough to catch the back.
 This stabilized everything and held everything on the front to the back. You would never know I used the 2 battings at 2 different times.

 I bound it with the same fabric and think it came out pretty nice. Sometimes when I'm in a cleaning out mood, I tend to throw out things I shouldn't. I'm glad I did rethink this piece.
Hope you've had a good week and staying warm - good quilting weather, if nothing else.


  1. Brilliant.....can't wait to see it in person!!! That is if winter is ever gone and we can all get out of our houses!!!

  2. I really like how you augmented this - very attractive finish! Thanks for sharing the mechanics of how you did it.

  3. Judy, This is a really clever salvage operation for a piece of beautiful quilting. The shades of pink and green, combined with the big flowers in the FMQ design, all combine to give an overall impression of tropical lushness. Totally wonderful.

    Thank you for linking up with Free Motion Mavericks!

    Love, Muv