I used a "jelly roll" -- 2.5" strips of fabric from a collection called "Comma by Zen Chic for Moda" -- along with other coordinating odds-and-ends from my stash. Using a quilt-as-you-go method, I covered 36" x 45" of batting in a LONG week. Those strips and odd-sized chunks cover the front, while a single piece of fabric backs the batting.
|Quilt piecing in progress, the last week of April 2013.|
We started needle work in class the next Sunday. Oh boy. I spent the whole time trying to sew a single stitch. It must have seemed like I was in way over my head. I had no idea how to stitch between layers of fabric. What the heck do I do with a knot on a finished back?! I was used to going up and down through the fabric, instead of just through the top layer. By now, I've adapted, but I probably won't do handwork that way again. I'm uncertain about the stability of beads attached to the quilt. My solution is to cheat and tie off in the back -- fortunately, a creme color like the bead thread.
Fabric covered, ready to hand sew. And what on EARTH am I going to do with a 3' x 4' beaded thing I can't wash? I chopped it in quarters. It was exhilarating. That sounds insane, I know. But chopping that bad boy up was freeing and such a good choice. Now I have workable chunks that will eventually become wall-hangings, I guess. Shrug.
On evenings and weekends for the last two months, you could find me at a Starbucks either with embroidery supplies or beads. I am particularly enamored with the feel of the cashmere...thread...floss...what do you call it?
Some of the fruits of my delight -- I mean labor.
|I love the contrast of the embroidery floss and satin ribbon |
against the black fabric.
|Auditioning bead placement.|
|Playing with black on black. Not a success.|
|I'm not delighted in my bead work, but it'll do.|
|Ze knots of -- how do you say? -- French.|
|Cretan stitch, executed somewhat cretinously.|
|I want to eat these berries. They are probably poisonous.|
|Stem stitch, variations on lazy daisy, French knots.|