First I played with acrylic felt and made a couple of samples that mirrored the book's:
|Felt shapes on felt
Square & triangle are felted wool bat
Exes are acrylic felt
|Felt on felt -- from front to back
and back to front -- to blend colours
|A little 3D - felted bat, felted to fabric
Following my instruction booklet, I got the needle cover off, and loosened the screw that holds the container for the needles. You have to take it out of the machine in order to remove and replace needles. The instructions were unclear on exactly how to remove it so I called my trusty dealer, and Judy walked me through the process. We talked about the power of the machine and how 12 needles really distress and distort the fabric quickly. She suggested I not use all 12. Who'dda thunk it? So I took out the 2 broken ones and one other, so that I was down to 9 -- or 75% capacity. Much better drive the next time out!
And I really like how the sheer fabric puckers and folds -- and how the felted folds look. There's potential here:
I played a bit more yesterday afternoon with sheers on sheers, and a single layer of sheers, but have taken no photos of those samples because there wasn't a great deal going on.
My brain became a bit overloaded with the results to date, so I took a break Saturday and part of yesterday afternoon to work on the piece I'm calling The Door Quilt -- for want of a better title at the moment. It's for an old, drafty door in our parish church, and consists of pieced panels in the colours of the liturgical calendar.
|These panels have been sewn together
and will go across the top of the piece
~ 42" wide by 20" long
|Green panel #1
~ 22" W x 55" L
|Green panel #2
~ 22" W x 55" L
The green panels will be quilted separately and then attached, side by side. This pair will then be attached across the top by the quilted blue/purple and red panels.
Overlaid on this quilted background will be a large motif...The finished size of the piece is expected to be 38" W x 72" long -- you can see I've built in extra width, which will be trimmed away as the piece takes shape.
Having just washed the backing fabric for all three sections, this afternoon's work consists of sandwiching the top section and perhaps beginning to quilt.
But for now? A good long jog in the mid-day autumn sunshine.