I’m Back to Sewing, Finally

I’m still coughing my head off, but I am now able to follow a train of thought for more than five minutes. That means I am becoming reacquainted with my sewing machine. Since I have had no artistic breakthroughs for new work I am quilting the pieces gathering dust in the fabric closet.

Under the needle this week is “The Left Coast.” I wrote about designing it, but now I am trying to add texture with quilting. I gathered about 15 spools of thread to use and began with walking foot quilting. The past two days have been all FMQ. To make the process simpler I am using Superior Thread monopoly pre-wound bobbins. It’s wonderful not to have to change bobbins when I change thread color, but the stuff is hard to see and a pain to rip out.

I have added a bit of red to the sky and water to give a sunset effect, and some white for waves. I haven’t yet sewed on the islands as it’s hard to sew around them. If I add them it will be after the rest of the quilting is done.

Quilted but without islands.

Two different arrangements of islands.

Detail of water

Detail of cliffs in foreground.

I’m still uncertain about the islands, but prefer the second arrangement above to the first. If I use them I will need to add some whitewater around their edges. Time on the wall may benefit my decision making process. In the meantime, I have pressed a variety of leaves to use with my gel plate.

I’m linking to Off The Wall Friday.


Filed under Art quilts, In Process

14 responses to “I’m Back to Sewing, Finally

  1. Jane Herbst

    I’m glad you are feeling better, Joanna, and are back to stitching! The quilting/thread-painting adds good dimension to the rocks and celebrates the colors and designs in the beautiful fabrics. The red & white touches in sky & water add light and movement to that part of the quilt. If you decide to keep the islands (I’m rethinking my “island camp” position!), I like your thoughts of the 2nd arrangement and adding reflected light.

  2. So glad you are feeling better. I’m enjoying watching your design process and I love this piece.

  3. Good to know your recovery is coming along enough for at least some art to spark. I always enjoy seeing how you quilt pieces and this is looking great. Gel printing leaves for more projects sounds so fun!

    • Just don’t look too closely at the quilting. Actually, I think what I’ve done is more sketching with thread. I sketched some rock formations from Big Sur photos, but pretty much winged it from there.

  4. Your quilt is a great example of the use of lines. It is lovely!

  5. Warning: Just my opinion!!!! This piece is so lovely and I am still in the ‘No Islands’ camp. They are completely unnecessary and distract from the peaceful flow. If you ‘need’ something in the water, put some tiny pieces of white cheesecloth to simulate whitecaps. It’s beautiful!

  6. Oh, and P.S…..I’m glad you’re feeling better!

  7. Definitely the second island arrangement. Have you tried some islands that aren’t so dark?

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