|Front on top; back on the bottom (with little bits of tissue paper)|
I pulled threads from the leftover cuttings and made another piece of thread fabric. Using a fabric backing had pros and cons. It's stable and opaque, but bulky, can't be easily appended together, it's not reversible and some of the fabric edges fray when cut). I understand why some tutorials instruct using water soluble stabilizer on both sides. I will do that next time.
I didn't have much left stabilizer left, so I tried a tissue paper backing. The tissue didn't all disintegrate or pull out, but I like this result better that the fabric backing. It's a bit thinner. I can easily sew small pieces together to make a bigger piece. This was a dense chunk, but I considered what a looser "weave" would look like. You'd be able to see the fabric it's appliqued to through the gaps. Oh! So many ways to play with this!
I have laid out my main project - have the colors picked, the hearts all cut, it's ready to piece. Raw edge applique seemed the way to go with this. I've never done that before - I don't like how messy it looks. But these pieces are messy! I felt a clean edge would clash with the rest of the hearts. As I pondered how to applique it, I also thought about how to quilt it on the new machine. So many things new things I've not attempted before - did I want to risk trying them out on this quilt?
I stopped my work to make a smaller version with the extra pieces.
A practice run was the thing to do! The hearts seemed so thick when I cut them out, but they flattened as I stitched them to the fabric. They spread out a little, too. I'll need to keep that in mind for my "real" project.
I picked a quilting pattern for the mini quilt but couldn't imagining what it would look like even after I doodled it several times over. I've seen people use dry erase markers with plexiglas to help visualize their quilting. Turns out I had a bunch of old clear report covers (I use the spines as chew-guards in the guinea pig cage) that worked great for this. I need to buy a fine-tip dry erase marker, but I some dry erase crayons did the trick for now. I drew the waves side-to-side, but the up-and-down orientation makes me think of confetti. We'll see if I like it as much when I stitch it.
Once I finish with the little one I'll be ready to tackle the real thing. I'm loving how it looks.
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