Friday, July 24, 2009

Thought, Opinions, Advice - Please?

Before I start, I'd like to remind you to go over and visit Penny at Sew Take a Hike for this if you haven't already! You don't want to miss it!

A while back I posted this Halloween stitchery by Meg Hawkey at Crabapple Hill Studios. If you haven't read her blog - Knot-y Girls Stitchery Club - it's a lot of fun! I had finished the stitchery but didn't have a solid plan for how to finish it. The pattern shows it finished as a framed picture. I was going to do that until I saw Pat Sloan's new line of fabric, Arabella! Not only did I know I would use this fabric to finish the wall-hanging, I believe this is one of my favorite lines of any fabric ever! Pretty strong statement, huh! This fabric "speaks" to me! I love fall and fall colors - but there is also something in the design that speaks to me! I don't know what it is - but Pat, if you ever read this, thank you from the bottom of my heart for coming up with the design and colors!

I ordered a fat quarter bundle of the line and contemplated a piano border which would really set off the stitchery colors. I totally winged this border! There are a couple of little imperfections - some of you will notice, some won't, but this quilt will never be in a show - only in my home for total enjoyment at Halloween! The binding will be the same inner border fabric - hard to see, but there is a tiny pale-green dot in it.

So what I would like to ask you is how would you quilt it? I thought about a simple cross-hatch with clear thread all over. My only problem with this is the little leaves, made of wool felt, which are only tacked down for effect. Do you think cross-hatching will ruin this as well as the poem itself? The quilt will be hung, so it's going to need something to keep it from eventually "slumping". Have any thoughts?

31 comments:

Fiesta said...

Candice, this is lovely. I have absolutely no idea on how to quilt it.

Kigwit said...

I wouldnt try to quilt the embroidery. I would just do the open space around it and hope for the best.

It's really cute!

Libby said...

I think the cross hatch is just the right plan. I've recently come across a couple of other blogs with cross hatch on stitchery that look great. As for the leaves - would you be able to sort of pull them out of the way. I really like the dimension they bring to the piece.

sewtakeahike said...

Hi Candace, you really outdid yourself on that border, I love it!!! After seeing it all together and the 3 dimension the leaves give the wall hanging, I would definitely not stitch over the embroidery and leaves, not even with invisible thread. Why not do some random patterned free motion quilting in each fabric of the border (different quilting for each "piano key" so it is pretty heavily quilted and then do invisible thread stippling for the top (in the embroidery/leaf section) AROUND the poem. Really though, it's going to look great however you decide to do it!!

Purple and Paisley said...

oh, your stitchery is gorgeous! i'm with the majority of your commenters - i wouldn't quilt over the stitchery...just the border and up to the poem...should keep it from slumping, don't you think?

Linda said...

Just gorgeous Candace. I've had this problem before, to quilt or not to quilt through embroidery. The simple answer is, if you don't quilt through it, you'll regret it later, especially if you ever plan on washing the item. Where there's no quilting it distorts out of shape and ruins the whole project. I never used to stitch through my embroidery, but have since changed to the "just do it" theory, and am so glad I do. I use the same colored thread as the background fabric and once it's all done it doesn't take away from the embroidery at all. If you're still not sure ask Stina about her friend who chose not to quilt through her applique quilt, totally ruined after it's first wash. Although this item may not be washed, like you said you don't want it drooping or sagging. Just my 2 cents worth.

Lisa D. said...

I don't have any opinion to offer about the quilting, but your stitchery is just as cute as can be. And you're right, that fabric is perfect!

Darlene said...

Well, it's darling and I love your border!

I think that crosshatching or meandering through the stitchery would be perfect. Once it's quilted you won't notice the quilting at all - it just provides texture.

Stephanie said...

I have no advice on quilting it...looks like you already got some good thoughts. I just want to say it's absolutely fun and gorgeous!!!

Kim said...

Could you frame this piece? No quilting at all, just have it mounted and framed. The glass would keep it clean. Turned out real nice!

ferne said...

I love this and have to go check out Pat's fabric as I love fall colors too. I was thinking that I would cross hatch up to the stitchery and then maybe outline a few details in the stitchery like the arch and the pumpkins.

You sure can get a lot of advice from a blog can't you?!

Ulla said...

The wall hanging is lovely, but I don't have any opinion about the quilting question.

Melanie said...

That looks wonderful Candace. I am a fan of Autumn colours too.

I am a wuss when it comes to quilting. If the embroidered section is small what about using an iron on stiffener so it doesn't distort in the wash then quilting the rest of the wallhanging?

It is so beautiful.

Quilt Hollow said...

Check out Wendy's last post over at Snippets of A Quilter. She did a fantastic job stitching over her embroidery and it looks wonderful!

Sherri said...

I love your quilt! Love the cute cornerblocks with strips of border fabrics! I think Linda's advice sounds wonderful on the quilting.

Lisa @celebrate CREATIVITY said...

Just beautiful. What a lovely project! Delicious fabric color combinations too.

Allyson in Alaska said...

Candace, it's gorgeous! I wouldn't quilt the stitchery part. Unless, maybe tacking down the leaves through all layers to stabilize it and give a bit of dimension. The border is perfect. Great colors. I would use a fun variegated thread for the outer border quilting. There are so many delicious threads out there. A good mix of golds, oranges, browns and greens would be great on this.

CJ said...

Sure is cute! I have no quilting suggestions for you though.

cockermom said...

Gorgeous stitchery! I would definitely NOT quilt over it! I think I would do a loose cross hatch over the borders and into the main panel just a bit so kinda make it look like a spiders web. (but that's just me :p)
No matter what you do with it, it will be darling.

Carrie ~ said...

Well I just love your stitchery and the border really finishes it. You have some good quilting suggestions. I guess my gut says cross hatch for all the same reasons as spoken before me. It is simple and doesn't take away from you handwork. Enjoy! I love Meg's blog and her website is full of good stuff.

Kay said...

You have so many ideas you must be sorry you asked :) I almost hate to add to the cacophony, but here goes anyway: Don't quilt the outside and not the inside; uneven does not look good. How about light machine stitching in the border; it won't show anyway so the exact design probably doesn't matter. The hand quilt the center. Hand quilting won't distort the embroidery much, so you could probably do a cross hatch, or how about a line of quilting between the lines of the writing? Sort of like an underline.

Have you used the method of putting Press N Seal down on the piece and sketching the quilting design on that with a marker so you can see what it might look like? That would be a good place to start.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

I'm not much help in problems like this. I can't think of the best way to do it. But it is lovely and I can see why you want to treat it with the best care and make it the best it can be. I'm sure you'll decide on the best way!

Mel said...

stunning Candace! I love the classic look of cross hatch quilting! I too love Arabella, it's a great line!

Carrie P. said...

I have seen Anne Sutton quilt through her redwork. What about echo quilting the outside part of the vine using it as your guide and cross hatch in the center and just stop at the vine. Make it a wide cross hatch. Just an idea.

Kaaren said...

I love all things Fall as well, Candace. What gorgeous colors in that fabric line and the border you created is stunning.

I just completed a redwork mini quilt for a swap that I'm in and I quilted it in a cross hatch pattern and went right over the redwork stitchery. That's how they originally did the quilting on redwork and I just love the effect and how it turned out.

I used regular ecru color quilting thread and if one of my stitches was going to cross over a red stitch to the point where it looked too obvious, I either shortened or lengthened the stitch as was necessary.

I would do the cross hatch quilting on your wall hanging as well and just travel under the wool felt leaves. By not quilting them, I think this would add interest and dimension.

Whatever route you decide upon, I just know it will be spectacular. Heck, it is now, even before you are finished.

Jackie said...

Oh Candace! This is PeRfEcT!

I wouldn't quilt it but would instead frame it in a jet black frame. It's so pretty!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

All I can say is that your stitchery is wonderful and it seems as if Linda has been there and done that, so I like her advice, If it was me I would cross hatch it all! But I like that look.

Wendy said...

I've had so many quilters say to me don't quilt over the stitching. I completely think it's not the best solution. If you don't go over the stitching everything "pops" and then it look awful. I went over the stitching on the PDG's and I'm very happy with how it turned out.
I hope you'll show it again after you've quilted it. I love your Halloween stitchery.

Gran said...

First off your stitching is beautiful! Well Done! I can see why the Arabella is your favourite fabric now.

Did you use a stabelizer on the back of your embroidery? If so, what?

Are you machine quilting or hand quilting?
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If quilting by machine you might want to think about the "clear" thread. Does it create the effect you want with your hand made, earthy piece?

There are 100% cotton fusible interfacings (medium weight) available for backing. With a good application of heat it would adhere to the whole back (borders & seams included) making it stable to then go on and machine quilt. I have done this after my embroidery had borders applied and have been very happy with the results.

If hand embroidering I would not use the exta backing of the interfacing I mentioned.

Whether machine or hand embroiderying, I have seen and liked the effect of cross hatching and using the same colour of thread as the back ground of the stitchery in the stitchery area. The green border could have some cute little vine thingy on it in dark thread. The border could be gentle swirling vines, the piano key stitch or even stitch in the bitch.

Well, that is my "2 cents worth." It is late and I am sure tomorrow I will probably kick myself for not mentioning something or other.

What ever you end up doing, I feel confident you will "surrender" and it will all turn out the way it is ment to be.

Thanks for asking - I enjoyed reading everyone comments!

Karen said...

I haven't been keeping up on my blogs. I had to comment anyway; what a beautiful stitchery! It will be so nice on the wall come fall. BEAUTIFUL job, Candace!]
Karen

pratima said...

Hi Candace, your stitchery is so delicate and beautiful :)