Wednesday, January 4, 2012

I need help

According to Random Number Generator, the winner of the giveaway is:

#9 Jan - "Oh I love give aways by my friends, cos I know they are always great things. Please enter me Erin, if I am allowed cos I am across the Pond of course. I wont be cross if I cant. I will still be your friend.  Happy New Year by the way."

Jan, I think I have your address already, but please send it again just in case.  Thanks to everyone for entering and for reading my blog.


I haven't gotten a ton of sewing done lately because I got it in my head to clean and rearrange my sewing room.  It would have been OK, if I hadn't gotten into the closet...I can't believe how much stuff I have!  I did take two pieces of fabric of questionable material to Goodwill, but here's the problem.  While at Goodwill, I thought I'd just peek around for some more pillowcases for more shopping totes.  Yikes!  I walked out of there with eight of them! (It's a sickness, isn't it, this fabric addiction of mine.  I felt like a hoarder bringing fabric out of corners where I didn't even know it resided yesterday.  And then I come home with MORE!)  
(there's only 7 shown, but that's because there are two of the solid pink pillowcases)
The only sewing I have done is to finally get the top and bottom borders added to my Birdie Stitches BOM quilt.  I'm stopping there for now.  I don't think I want more borders, but we'll see.  If so, I'll need to get more muslin as I've run out.

although now that I look at it, I should probably add some white on the two sides, just for balance
 What I should really do is use up some of my fabric as backings, sandwich up some of my quilt tops and do some simple machine quilting.  Some of my quilt tops have been languishing in a cupboard for years - it is time to make them full-fledged quilts!  And time to come to terms with the fact that as a hand-quilter, I will never finish all the quilts I want to finish.  I need to diversify.

Here's a question - how do you quilt a top with embroidery on it?  I'd love to finish up this Birdie Stitches quilt, but I am stumped.  The embroidered bits are about 8" square.  It seems like sewing over them would mess up the embroidery, but isn't that too big a space to leave un-quilted?  Help!  All suggestions are welcome.

10 comments:

Barb H said...

Erin, I recently quilted an embroidered wall hanging. I did a stipple around the embroidered parts and I was satisfied even though there were spaces left unquilted. Or you could do a simple grid across the embroidery that might look okay. Or you could simply outline the embroidry lines. Maybe you want to try out some techniques on samples--draw or stitch some embroidery on a sample and see what looks good in various quilting techniques.

Livin' Blue Quilter said...

Hi Erin, since you are a hand quilter, echo quilting around the embroidery might be an option. I have seen it done and it was quite stunning. Robin

Char said...

Erin here's one that's quilt as you go. I like the quilting it doesn't interfere with the embroidery. Maybe you could try something like it.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/57713781@N03/6340693343/in/pool-1564486@N20/

Happy New Year!

quiltfool said...

Hey, Erin. Beautiful quilt. If it were up to me, I would quilt it loosely, maybe a grid pattern, in the pieced blocks. I would not quilt over any of your embroidery. I would quilt around it (think the outline of a cloud) and maybe put a little something (a bird maybe?) with white thread in the larger blank spaces of your embroidered blocks, but I would not go over all that hand stitching. It will be fine if you don't quilt this one with the same density all over and will make the embroidery push forward and the grid quilting will pull all the pieced blocks into the background. Lovely work. You should be very proud. Lane

Taryn said...

I've seen quilts with echo quilting outline the stitching and with cross hatching. Both looked very niced. Congratulations on your almost finished flimsy.

Shay said...

I couldn't have left those pillowcases there either .They're darling. And you're not a hoarder Erin - you kind of swapped out some of your old fabric for pillowcases. And those pillowcases will become beautiful totes so it's all good.

I wouldn't quilt over the embroidery at all-it would be such a shame. I've quilted in the ditch around blocks before and it works just fine even at 8 inches as long as you have quilting in the other bits. Plus it's only every second block so I think you'll be fine! Good luck.

jan said...

OOOOOOOOOOO Thank you so much Erin. I am so so lucky today.
Bless you. Happy Dance...
jan x

jan said...

You could always use Monofilament thread, the quilting would be there but no colour of thread.....
It really depends on the wadding you are using, some 'break up, more than others. I believe there is a wadding now where you can leave 12" unquilted. hahahaha as if.........
If I lived near you I would do it for you cos you are so lovely and your quilts are always happy quilts. jan xxx

joe tulips said...

I haven't had much experience with this. I always thought you shouldn't go over the embroidery. So I avoided it on a few things I have...and I am not that happy with the items. Then I had a big stitched piece and did the cross hatch machine quilting right over all the embroidery. I liked how it turned out! I am no longer afraid to go right over the stitching. I think the birdies would be fine if they were stitched right through. I like even quilting, no big chunks of no quilting. This is tough one. I am not sure I helped at all.

Kim said...

Go over to Bunny Hill Designs and look how the quilting was done over her redwork designs.....divine!
( let me know if you can't find it)

Hey not every creation is a winner......at least it looks like a bird of some sort....and its for a child it is not going to be a heirloom for goodness sakes....its the thought that counts.

Happy Sewing