Saturday, January 14, 2012


When in May I was with my friend Kelly I started a number of tops. Her studio is much more spacious than mine and it is a pleasure working there. Now it is time to turn these tops into quilts. Right now I am working on The Letter. Background is dyed a light blue to resemble an airmail letter. Size of the fabric is around 40"x50" (1 mtr x 1,25 mtr). This fabric was taped to a piece of board with duck tape. I forgot to take pictures of the process, but the next step was to apply a layer of pancake mixture over it as a resist.  A messy process, but fun to do. While the resist was still wet I copied a part of a letter my late husband wrote me. I did the writing with the back of a paint brush. This was left to dry for 2 days. The resist was washed off and I got a nice craquelé effect in the background of the letter.
Now it is time to do the quilting. Using an all over design would not be fitting, so I decided to keep it simple and only outline all the individual letters. Here you see a detail of it:

It is a time consuming process. Especially as I don't like to doublestitch at the beginning and end, but prefer to hide the thread ends. I can assure you, there are a lot of thread ends :-)). Most of my time last week was taken up by it and I am not even half way.

1 comment:

Lynn said...

Wow, I am impressed. Love the crackle effect, and your hand stitching is quite lovely. You will be pleased by the time it's all done and proud of your self. but it will take patience. The over all look is letter perfect grand!