Majesty for Machine: Vibrant
Different fabrics: Flower Fields collection, Island Batik/2015.
Same pattern: Majesty, Medallion IX, 36" x 36".
But with a totally different look (than the hand version).
I love these bright, playful, joyous fabrics. But I have to admit that when they arrived, I was a little worried. The fabrics didn't have the contrast to each other that I thought they would from the digital images I viewed to select them. This is where I trust God, and hope that what is different, may actually be a creative blessing in disguise.
So, the adventure begins. This version will be constructed by machine using our trace, iron, snip & stitch process with Appli-quilting.
I start by laying my soft fuse on the full-size, black and white pattern, with the paper side up, and trace all the shapes in the design using my pencil.
Then I iron the soft fuse with the design on it onto the wrong side of my top fabric.
Using my small sharp scissors, I like my N5100B 4" bent handle Kai scissors, I cut out the shapes in the design.
Next I peel the paper off and iron the top onto the right side of my background fabric.
To Appli-quilt, I layer the fused top, my batting and backing. When I machine stitch, covering the raw edges, I will machine applique and quilt in one step.
This combination of fabrics is bright and vibrant, (which is what I wanted), but the values are so close, its hard to see the pattern design, (not quite what I wanted). It is full of bright, saturated color. Once appli-quilted I know the design will be seen, but I envisioned greater definition.
So, I started brainstorming. What color thread should I use? Did I want the piece to have a subtle, yet vibrant look or see more distinct shapes?
As I pondered the piece, I started envisioning it with different colored threads. My thread drawer did not have the right thread colors, so I gathered the piece up and took it with me to Jo-Ann's to play with threads.
I think this will work, creating something different than I first imagined, but still lovely. We will have to wait and see together.
This piece is off to be appli-quilted by the EOB Machine Elf, so we have to live in suspense to see the final results.