Background beginnings

I had a few available hours today, so I dove in and made a start on the background. The basic outlines are now in place. Tomorrow I finish it off!

This was the fourth month of SewCalGal’s 2012 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge. This month guest teacher was Don Linn. He introduced a method of tracing your design onto tulle or netting with a permanent marker, and then using the marked tulle to trace the design onto your quilt with a washable blue marker. Since I was working on a deadline for this project, I used it for my April challenge. I modified Don’s the method slightly, however. I traced my background design onto Sulky’s Solvy water soluble stabilizer, which is a translucent, mesh-like material. I pinned the Solvy to my quilt top and stitched my major motifs right through the stabilizer. Then I was able to gently tear away the Solvy, leaving my quilting lines behind. In this instance, I was able to remove all of the Solvy just by carefully tearing it away, but if I had areas I could not remove, I could have dissolved it with water to remove all remaining bits. In any case, I think the modified method which I used fulfills the main lesson that Don was trying to teach, which was “to use the [tracing] technique to create a stencil” and then to “use free-motion quilting to stitch along the marked lines.”

If you would like to see the finished quilt, you can see it on the April 26 entry.

Here is a close-up.

10 Responses

  1. Lisa

    The background is beautiful. Already it pulls the light into the mother and baby! Great job!

  2. Susan O. Schaller

    Love the sheen off the background fabric. Knew your instincts would guide you toward a fabulous conclusion.

  3. Sharon Driver

    Like the light of God shining down ….

    I would say “great work” but it’s so much more than that….

  4. Jean B

    Great work! Love the background and how it gives off different light effects. Is that the hand of God I see?

  5. Malini

    Hi Maria,
    Your quilt looks stunning. I’m curious about how you got that picture onto the fabric. I love your background color fabric. Your quilting looks awesome!

    • Maria

      Thanks, Malini! The entire quilt including the image and the background are hand painted with Tsukineko All-Purpose Ink.