|Ryan Holdridge, Eagle Scout with Mom, Christina|
This week has been a bit of a push... Not only did I work on my UFO Waterfall quilt, I wanted to have my 5 x 7 Artist Challenge Piece be able to coordinate into the salsa quilt theme. I'm pretty excited about the result so far. I've decided to not finish the edges of these salsa blocks, since I will be piecing them together into a full quilt.
The process for making this started with a photograph of a tomato. Actually, I picked out photos for each of the nine items (tomato, onion, cilantro, peppers, tomatillo, lime, chili pepper, corn, and onion.). I then removed backgrounds and resized the photos to fit the 5 x 7 format in Photoshop. I then printed the photos (2 to each page) on COTTON from VV Prints -(add link and type of cotton).
|Start of thread painting the tomato|
I then hooped my tomato. When you are doing machine embroidery, it's important to use stabilizer (I used two layers-one of Pellon Stitch N Tear the second OESD Heavy-weight cut-away Embroidery stabilizer) to help ensure you embroidery won't get misshapen. You also hoop opposite from the way you do with hand embroidery, so the fabric is laying along the bottom of the hoop, rather than across the top edge. This way the fabric is flush up against the sewing table.
|"Tomato" stitched on marked background|
After completing the tomato, I turned to the background on which it would be placed. I knew I waned to have the names of each fruit or vegetable printed out on the background, so I decided to try my friend's process for text (see note on how to do this with Marylee Drake's 'Celebration' quilt.) I picked a fun Font to go along with the Salsa theme and stitched it onto the background.
|Adding decorative stitching|
|Added freemotion quilting|
|Coloring edge of embroidery so it can be turned under|
|Turning edge under using Roxanne Glue Baste-It|
|My completed 5 x 7 piece "Tomato"|
This week my blog was featured on FreeMotion by the River! Thanks, Connie!
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Quiltsy Check out the wonderful seed stitch info on their Jan 17, 2013 post.