Friday, September 11, 2009

Seed Stitching

 Queen Anne's Lace
8.5 x 11"

Back in June, I posted this bobbin-sketched journal quilt , but I decided that it needed "a little" something extra to make it really pop.  I didn't like the waviness in the background caused by some bad interfacing. So, I started seed stitching it, placing my stitches fairly close together.  Well, about seven hours later (for a 8.5 x 11 inch quilt), I finally finished.  Who knew that seed stitching took so much time?

When I decided to add the embroidery, I had already "finished" it, so I got a bit of draw in and some warping.  I mounted it on my 1x2 stretcher bars (like I do my weekly quilts) and that helped a lot. I like how the dense stitching really makes the flower puff out, giving it a trapunto effect, but I think that next time I decide to seed stitch something, I'll put a bit more space between the stitches. 

This quilt is off to Visceral Gallery in Centerville, where I hope it will be juried into the Color Restrained show.  And I'm off to Cleveland for the SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) Ohio North Conference.  Yippee!!


norma said...

That really looks good! That seed stitching makes it pop and is reminiscent of seed pods blowing in the wind.

LaughingLG said...

Norma, thank you so much, I thought of that as I was working on it, but not when I designed it. A happy accident.

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