I am continuing to build momentum to prepare myself to make the fox wholecloth quilt for my husband and me. I really want to make the quilt this month and have it done before the new year. Beyond getting comfortable with my thread choices, I needed to decide how I was going to outline the foxes. My husband and I brainstormed a lot of different ideas, but the proof is in the quilting, right?
I grabbed some Kona Cotton (this green is Fern), a portion of a full size template for one of the fox’s tails, and my Aurifil Forty3 thread to test out some of the ideas. One thing I learned: full size on these foxes is a lot smaller than I keep imagining them in my head! I can do this! (I need to keep repeating that mantra this month.)
I had thought that a small series of pebbles or loops might be a good way to quilt the outline, but it honestly did not create a strong sense of line or edge.
I am illuminating the quilting here with a small light cube from enevu [non-affiliate link]. It’s an LED based light that has low, medium, and high settings for white light and then a color switching mode. It was fun to pause it on green for this photograph, but it was hard to color correct the image afterwards. ha! Anyway, I’m thinking that the cube light will be a small, portable, and fun option to take with me on my travels in Wabi-Sabi Overland, so hopefully it’s a helpful light that you will see more of in 2019.
In the end, what I liked best was stitching forward about 10 stitches, backing up about 5 stitches, going forward about 10 stitches and repeating that over and over and over again. It’s a way to kind of loosely “sketch” the outline and quickly build up 3 passes of thread in one area. I think it creates a nice bold outline and I like that it gives it a bit a “hand of the maker” look to it as well.
I also have one more bed quilt design in the works for my husband and me – we like to sleep with 2-3 quilts year round, so I need to have all these done and ready to use when we start our traveling! I am quite excited to have received the needed curve templates from Jen Carlton-Bailly. My design requires the 6 1/2″ set, but I’m sure all the other template sizes are going to come in handy for future projects. This new pattern design will be released to my Patrons as a free “thank you” pattern in February 2019, and it will go on sale for everyone else at the same time.
I really think that curve piecing is gaining more and more momentum. Have you sewn with curves before? I have done a little bit in the past. What I have done has either been improv or I have used paper templates, so I am really excited to have templates to use with my 28mm OLFA rotary cutter now.