|From left: muslin, cotton velveteen, crinkle cotton, wool batting|
After straining the leaves from the dye bath, I bundled some of them up and have left them to percolate in my sunny back window, which faces south:
I've decided to leave them indefinitely, poking and turning them over from time to time, rather like basting a slow-cooking pot roast!
iMeanwhile work continues on The Door Quilt. On Friday and Saturday I worked on the central motif:
First, I created a template using more of that laminate plastic recycled from my daughter's office. I layered fabric and batting together and cut out the shape on my bedroom floor:
I enhanced the centre quilted motif with a bit of extra padding -- "Trapunto lite", as it were.
Then I quilted the rest of the piece and put it up for audition against the already quilted background:
|Central motif ready to apply to background quilt|
Finished size of piece: 38" W x 73" long
It fit! So...I turned the edges under all the way around and pinned it down, ready for hand stitch. At this point, the blanket stitch in gold metallic thread runs almost all the way around the piece. If I keep at it this afternoon -- and I intend to -- it'll be finished and ready for trimming (the white centre hangs over the edges of the under-quilt) and binding.
As I stitch I'll be catching up on the WIP Wednesday posts over on The Needle and Thread Nework. Won't you join me? :-)