Today is Work in Progress Wednesday and I am reviving an old project. This project was derived from an art book study in value.
They say, “Value does all the work and color gets all the credit.”
It was a perfect project for my hand dyed fabrics. The reason I abandoned the project was that I fused the pieces with regular Wonder Under. Because there are so many layers in some areas, the squares are as stiff as cardboard and resistant to free motion quilting.
I still have the pattern I designed, so I’d like to try this again. Should I fuse it again with a light weight fusible? Should I appliqué it-by hand or by machine? What will I do with it once it’s finished? These are the design decisions that went unanswered before and landed this project in a bin in the basement. Can I resuscitate it this time? What would YOU do?
Maybe I’ll just go make a pie…
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Today, I have an easy (beginner) pattern for you that is a real work horse. The Twisted Rope looks great on any quilt. It is a classic look. Wouldn’t it look great on a nautical quilt? When I stitched the variation in the center of this quilt—with the squiggly fill-in lines–I thought it would look great in red on a Christmas quilt–like candy canes. (I will add a tutorial in December of the candy cane variation.) This pattern can be scaled up or down depending on your quilt.
For this tutorial, draw two lines 1-1/2 inches apart.
Begin stitching on the left rail. Stitch upward several stitches and then sweep across to the other rail. Stitch ON the rail for approximately 1/2 inch. Stop here.
(NOTE--In order to keep a smooth stitched line, do not stop in the middle of this “sweep”. If you need to adjust your quilt, wait until you are at the top of the sweep and before you are ready to change directions.)
Next, stitch down a few stitches, then sweep back to the left rail again, stitching ON the left rail toward the first sweep line, but do no close the line. Try to make your second “sweep” parallel to the first one.
Now stitch ON the rail line approximately 1/2 inch and begin your next sweep to the right rail. Again, try to keep this line of stitching parallel to the first two “sweeps”.
A nice way to vary this pattern is to change the spacing between the “sweeps”. In the examples above, the spacing is even. In the examples below, the sweep from right to left is just a few stitches above the previous line of stitching.
After completing each column of twisted ropes, stitch a straight line on both the right and left rails to close the gaps and give the rope more definition.
This pattern looks great paired with a curvy motif.
Easy and fun! (Can’t say that about stippling, now can you?)
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Now turn off your computers, and get stitching!
See you tomorrow, I am reviving an old apple project and I need your advice…(Don’t forget to submit YOUR questions for OPEN LINE Friday.)