Thursday, 28 March 2013

TGIFF! - Snow Crab Nebula

Welcome to TGIFF! The wonderful Lynne from Never Too Hot To Stitch is hosting today so if you get a chance, head on over, link up your own recent finish and/or see the other fabulous Friday finishes.

This project began a few weeks ago with my first snow dyeing experiment. Yellow, ringed with red and then purple snow dyes turned this:


Into this:

This looked like one of those NASA images from space to me so I decided to see what I could do to accentuate it with some free motion quilting.

I used June Tailor fusible polyester batting for the first time. As this piece was going to be a wallhanging, I figured that I would be fine with some stiffness from the fusible. At first, my machine occasionally skipped a stitch, which was frustrating. Then I changed my needle and all was fine. I was surprised at how much the batting flattened down though. Despite the poly batting being about a 1/2-3/4" thick, it flattened right down to about what I'd expect from my regular Warm & Natural. It is stiffer though, which it fine by me because I like it to hang straight.

For the quilting, I did swirls, pebbles, wishbones, loop-d-loops, stars/satellites, and ribbons. I put the information I learned from Angela Walter's Free Motion Quilting Negative Space class on Craftsy to good use in mixing up the swirls and pebbles and moving from one type of motif to another. I'm very happy with the quilting, especially after the first sad attempt at the centre nebula - happy dance!

I used a variety of Aurifil colours in the yellow, orange, red and purple families (#2277, 5009, 1103, 2581, 1240, 1243, 2140 to be specific) in the front and black thread in the back. I just love the sheen of the Aurifil thread against the colours of the fabric. It's hard to see the quilting in the photos so feel free to click on them to enlarge.

I faced it using Susan Brubaker Knapp's Non-Mitred Facing, which I've used on a number of pieces.

Snow Crab Nebula - Front
My husband suggested I call it Snow Crab Nebula since it was created with snow dyeing. What a perfect name!

Quiltography: "Snow Crab Nebula," by Michèle-Renée Charbonneau, Ottawa, 19" by 21", 2013.

Snow Crab Nebula - Quilting Detail
Snow Crab Nebula - Quilting Detail
Snow Crab Nebula - Quilting Detail
To keep with the theme, I used some solar system fabric for the back.
Snow Crab Nebula - Back

Linking up to TGIFF!, which is over with Lynne @ Never Too Hot To Stitch.

I'm also linking up with Leah Day's Free Motion Quilting Friday -- fabulous projects too so check it out!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend and Happy Easter to those who celebrate it!

19 comments:

  1. Gorgeous. Helps prove that quilting makes the quilt!

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  2. Looks awesome M-R! What a great way to keep the fabric intact and to practice some FMQ!

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  3. Fantastic!!! I do like that name too.

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  4. It's seriously gorgeous!! I love the dyeing and the quilting is beautiful!!

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  5. This pice turned out great, I love what you did with the quilting and the backing is perfect!

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  6. Very inspiring, they dyeing and the quilting which is really fabulous wowrk!

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  7. gorgeous, love everything about it

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  8. Love the quilting on this!

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  9. Just stunning! The dyeing, the quilting, everything fits perfect! Great work.

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  10. Definitely wow! Your quilting is great!

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  11. That's fab! Awesome job and the name is also great! Everything just fits, well done.

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  12. So pretty! I love how the quilting came out on the backing fabric too.

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  13. gorgeous, your FMQ is fantastic!!

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  14. Fabulous. Simply fabulous. I've done a similar hand-dyed piece whole-cloth quilt that looked like the inside of a cave with stalactites and stalagmites emphasized with freemotion quilting, but your FMQ is wonderfully playful as well as well-done. Congratulations!

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  15. That is a pretty spectacular quilt!

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  16. Holy wow - I love how this turned out! Your quilting choices really highlight how beautiful your fabric ended up…!

    And brilliant name. Hubby gets a huge thumbs up.

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