Majesty for hand
As I work on my patterns I am often struck with impressions, a feeling or a phrase that echoes in my head. Working on Majesty has been no different. The fabrics were a serendipitous gift for this new design for Island Batik, as I had originally chosen a different combination. But God saw things differently, and worked His way. My top fabric is from the Meadow Collection, and the background fabric is from the Cookies N Cream, Spring Collection 2015.
When I found the "right" size, 36", for this design, I saw four crowns surrounding the center and kept hearing the line from a worship song; "Majesty, Worship His Majesty". As I worked in the fabrics I was sent, I kept hearing 2 phrases from America, the Beautiful: "Purple Mountains majesty" and "Amber waves of grain". I love when layers of meaning come forth in an artistic endeavor.
I lay my amber waves of grain background fabric on my pattern with the wrong side facing up. I traced the design onto the wrong side of my background fabric.
Then I layered my purple mountains majesty top fabric on my background fabric, with both right sides facing up.
Time for needle and thread. Using my No. 7 sharps and my thick thread in a color that contrasts my top fabric, I begin to baste on the drawn lines of the design. I start in the middle and work out.
Once basted, I cut away the top fabric inside my basted shapes, clip my points and curves and begin to sew. Again, I start in the middle and work my way out.
I love this phase. I never grow tired of seeing the pattern design revealed as it peaks out of the top fabric. This is when I can really see how the pattern is going to work in the fabric. This is what spurs me on to keep stitching...to see the piece come alive.
I clip every other basting thread in a section I'm working on so I can easily remove my basting thread as I needle-turn under the raw edge. In this process, the basting line becomes the stitching line.
For the stitching, I use a No. 11 Milliner's needle and thread that disappears on my top.
I am not a thread snob. I want a thread color that matches my top fabric. I’m also a quilter on a budget, just like most of us. So first I look in my thread drawer and on my thread racks for the right color. If I don't have it, then I take my piece to a local store and find a thread that is the right color.
If you find a thread that is close, but not quite right, go with the one that's darker, rather than one that's lighter. It will disappear better as you sew.