Monday, January 16, 2012

chickadee and scrappy socks

I had 2 appointments today, so my studio time was very short. I did  some of the machine quilting on the chickadee piece.

It is going OK, although there was an issue with the machine skipping stitches. All was fine on the test piece, so I'm guessing that the paint stiffened the fabric enough to cause the jumping. I was using a quilting needle and switched to a top stitching needle which seemed to do fine. I think it could have been smaller than the size 14 that I had to use. I read on another blog that titanium needles are supposed to be good for painted fabrics so I will try to get some.
I do like how the quilting is looking around the birch trees.

I'm not completely happy with the raw edges either. If I had backed the pieces with fusible, there would be less fraying. Some people like the really raw edges; I'm just not used to it.

I finished the first scrappy sock as well and started the next one. Aren't they wild?


Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

The chickadee is gorgeous!! You are very good at these pieces.

My Sweet Prairie said...

Ooh that turned out really nice!
and those are my kind of socks! love em.

By the way - did you get self-threading needles yet?
~Monika K.
sewing in Saskatoon

Debbie said...

The chickadee is beautiful and just love the birch trees as well. Great job.

Leslie McNeil of MarveLes Art Studios said...

Oh gosh, I LOVE blue and chickadees! It looks so darling. LOVE what you've got going. Am going to try a FRESH titanium next time I work on some painted fabric. LOVE your birdie!