After a month of piecing I really felt the need to do some FMQ, so I decided to repeat the little exercise that Patsy Thompson had set in SewCalGal Freemotion Quilting Challenge in December 2012. This time I chose black fabric...(see my previous version HERE)
Also tried Don Lin's method of marking the fabric with black tulle which was demonstrated on SewCalGal Freemotion Quilting Challenge during April 2012...yes, that worked absolutely fine. I used a white marker to trace the design on the black tulle, heat set it and transferred it to the fabric with a silver pencil. To spice things up a bit I decided to do some trapunto...now that was interesting. Probably should have done a bit more reading around that. I only used one additional layer of cotton batting and secured the design with water soluble thread. I cut away the batting with my little embroidery scissors and was quite amazed that I did not cut into the fabric...after layering and basting the piece I then chose a light orange thread to stitch out the design, trying to stitch next to the white water soluble thread...this was really hard to do and I must say the white thread was very distracting. Once finished, I sprayed the design with water and the thread dissolved, however....yes, there is always a however, the thread might not have been the best quality and while it dissolved, it left some sort of sticky residue in some places and I also noticed that in some places it had pulled up the bobbin thread slightly, so I had these tiny white dots everywhere. Also, in retrospect, I should have put two pieces of batting behind the design as it hardly showed at all...
Not to worry, I then stitched over my design in white thread and again in the light orange thread just for good measure (as you can see I had quite a bit of fun with it) to have a look what this would look like and to cover up some of those more suspect areas. To my amazement it turned out quite nice...if you like your design to show up like a chalk drawing (ha, ha...). And then I played...this was so relaxing...did some microstippling and started filling the piece with various borders. My stitching is a bit 'wonky' in parts, not having FMQ for a while, but I soon got back into the rhythm of it.
I just love FMQ...the effects you can achieve with thread are just amazing.
Linking up to Leah Day's Freemotion Quilting Friday to have a bit of a look what others have been up to.