Some in the quilt world are living by the mantra "Put a bird on it" - for me, it is usually butterflies or dragonflies. I have also used the fancy stitches on my machine. You still need to use some sort of stabilizer underneath the quilt when using these stitches. I used tear away first on a couple of rows but this is somewhat problematic because it is a PITA to get all the bits out of the embroidery. I have now had a go with the wash away stabilizer. I will wash the quilt when I have finished everything, after clipping the wash away as close as possible to the stitching. I use the vylene type wash away.
The butterflies and a couple of the big flowers have been added after I did the quilting. This means the design is visible on the back. The first design I added, I didn't think and used the blue thread in the bobbin. It is okay, but then I wound some bobbins with the colours in the flowers and used them on each colour change. They are not offensive is all I can say!
Included in the sets, are some quilting outlines. It is hard to photograph blue on blue. Basically, it is a bird with leaves on each side. There is also a flower and leaf outline and a single flower and leaf.
I have added flowers to the design file for the single baby on the branch. He looks good either way.
I am now working on a 5inch x 7inch set. I am please the way they look in yellow. I used gold metallic for the head and tail feathers.
Each design set consists of at least 20 designs and will be available in 360 x 200, 300 x 200 and 5 x 7 (sorry, I think that is 180 x 130 - I flip between metric and imperial measurements - not necessarily in a good way). If there is a single design you are interested in, then you can email me here for pay pal details. Single designs will be available for $3 each, the full set will be $20.
Norm is giving the quilt a bit of loving and a stamp of approval - who am I kidding - it is soft, it is in the sunshine, it is a perfect storm. He has seen my new suitcase and has struck as the phantom piddler once again. I am currently waging chemical warfare with him. He is under constant watch and is spending a lot more time out in the cat run.
Well, back to the machine, bird nest squares to do next in 5 x 7 and then I am hoping to finish the quilt to take to the Guild tomorrow night for show and tell.
Bye for now.