Quilt Testers In Action

Quilt Testers In Action


Saturday, January 16, 2010

A Good Dog

This week's Creative Cue was "heel". I used my sewing machine to do a free-motion sketch of my Dad, and his old dog Oreo. Oreo passed on not quite a year ago. He was a good dog, even if he did flunk obediance school.


This time, instead of tracing paper, I put my drawing on Solvy dissolvable stabilizer with a marker, and then layered it with fabric, and a heavier tear-away stabilizer. Then I free-motion stitched with black thread. It was nice not to be picking small bits of paper off the drawing with tweezers. Two things that I found to be an issue were:
  1. The Solvy was sort of stretchy, so I had to be careful not to pull and distort my image.
  2. It was hard to see my stitches, as they seemed to sink into the Solvy. I couldn't easily check the tension. In some places I had to go back and add more stitching after dissolving the stabilizer. This was because I discovered that I had only stitched those areas once, and I like the effect of a double or triple line of stitching.
Still, I would probably use the Solvy again, unless the drawing were a very intricate one that might be too easily distorted.

I hope you like this one, I am pleased with it. Can't wait to see what the next cue will be.



Sue Bleiweiss said...

This is great!

Terri Stegmiller said...

That's a wonderful sketch! Thanks for participating.

Doreen Baros said...

You've got such good control of your material for this free motion piece. It turned out great. Such a good memory behind the story for the art.

Raphaela said...

This is just great. Your ability to draw and free-motion quilt is amazing.

Karen said...

Thank you all for your kind comments. It's nice to know someone is looking. And, I reallly enjoy checking out your works in return.