I am finally getting some time to work on my latest piece. I decided I want the quilting to have less loft and dimension and instead have more stitched illustrative details, so I am using wool felt instead of batting. Luckily I had a big piece of yellow felt that a friend gave me during a recent purging that was just the right size.
I placed a layer of Mistyfuse between the felt and the painted top and did the same with the back. I wouldn’t do this with batting because the fusible web penetrates the batting, glueing both the top and back together reducing the loft of the batting, but for this project that is not a problem.
For the back I used left over fabrics that had mistyfuse already adhered to them from the Agave quilt I made several years ago. I don’t do fusible applique very often so the fabrics have just been sitting on the shelf not getting used.
For the quilting on the cups, I am using back thread in an illustrative way, using it to create more visual dimension that looks more like drawn lines.
That’s it so far, I don’t think I will make very fast progress on this piece right now. I have a very busy couple of months ahead of me, not only with the holidays, but I need to start clearing out possessions and get my place ready to put on the market in January. I am planning to move back to California in the spring. I need to stop living in the limbo I’ve been in the last three years and take my life back and that begins with moving and getting my divorce finalized. Never thought I’d be starting my life over at this age, but hey if it doesn’t kill ya, it will make you stronger right?