|October FMQ Challenge Piece, 15" x 15" Silk Taffeta with Double Batting|
This month's tutorial was courtesy of the very talented quilter Teri Lucas. Some of the interesting twists for the October challenge were:
- Teri suggested a silk or silk/cotton blend fabric for the sample instead of a quilting weight cotton. I found a yummy scrap of terra cotta silk taffeta that was leftover from a client's drapery project years ago, so that's what I used for the challenge.
- I almost missed this, but Teri directed us to put TWO layers of batting in this quilt sandwich, a bamboo or needle-punched low-loft polyester batting closest to our backing fabric, and a layer of wool or silk batting on top of that, just beneath the silk fabric. I found some thin Mountain Mist poly batting and layered Hobbs Tuscany Silk batting on top of that. I attempted to baste this much-thicker-than-usual sandwich with safety pins, but that was a disaster -- I ended up using 505 Temporary Spray Adhesive between each layer to prevent shifting and distortion.
- Teri also wanted us to play with different threads, which I don't normally do. Since the silk fabric had a sheen, I decided to experiment with a box of forgotten Sulky rayon 40 weight embroidery thread. I used the same thread in the needle and in the bobbin, and reduced my upper thread tension down to 1.5 in order to get a nice, balanced stitch on both sides of my quilt sandwich.
|Pebbles, Nautilus Shells, and Feather-Like Leafed Thingys|
|Meandering, Jester Hats, Feather-Like Objects and Today's Date|
One last look:
|Completed October Challenge, approximately 15" x 15"|
Thank you, Teri, for sharing this wonderful tutorial with us! It was a lot of fun.
Brava! Loved your work!
I have been putting this off, because I am NOT going to do a (dumb) name in the middle of my piece, even if it's practice. Maybe a peace sign (ha ha) since that is my generation.
I purchased Cindy Needham's Craftsy class and I am loving it. Even OLD (cough cough) quilters can learn new tricks, and I am pleased with the valuable instruction.
Love how the piece came out! I'm jealous....guess I'll have to try again!
This is a beautiful piece! I love the motifs, and the thread really adds to the lovelieness.
This is gorgeous Rebecca! Now I will have to redo the lesson and follow directions this time. LOL! I have used Sulky rayon many times, and I do love the sheen of it.
Your piece came out so beautiful! I didn't change threads on my piece. Love your different patterns and effect of the threads. Just lovely!!
Oh wow!! now yours is stunning!! I really appreciate you stopping by mine and the lovely comment you left. The filler you liked is paisley...I took a class last week; and she showed us that one. I am afraid mine is nothing compared to yours, but getting more relaxed with it. thank you
What a beautiful piece. Love the collection of designs. You did a great job on this challenge and perfect balance of designs. Love it!
This is a beautiful sample Rebecca! Such wonderful stitching and your hands are very steady to produce that wonderful movement of the piece. Don't feel badly about having several months to make up - I'm also going to be very busy in December making up what I've missed over the past couple months.
I really like your piece - well done on producing such a lovely piece of work. You have blended the different motifs/stitches. I'm at the drawing stage of mine and am really enjoying the inspiration from the other blogs like yours.
This is absolutely scrumptious!!!! Great job, Rebecca!
Wow, your quilting is gorgeous! I love the different stitch motifs you've used.
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