Tickling the Ivories
Quilting the Piano Key Border
Have you ever taken in so much in just one day you felt like a different person when you fell into bed? I had one Aha Moment after the next yesterday, and was so geared up I could barely eat supper. Seriously, me not eat? You can read about my first experience batiking with a tjap over on "One More Thing Before I Dye." Not eating meant I woke up starving at 2 A.M., and I quilted the next 2 hours until the family started getting up for work.
Here is a close up of the finished chocolate dotted border. There were places the rust colored Perle cotton extended into it, and others where I used the mint.
I didn't plan all the quilting out beforehand. I know most people do, but I try to stay open to ideas I get while in process. For instance, I know many quilters would only choose to quilt down one side of each 'key' in a piano key border. That would have worked with the batting I used--a bamboo/cotton blend, but I though visually it would look better with both sides of each key quilted.
To reduce the number of times I had to flip my frame, and a large, heavy quilt, I work with multiple needles and lines of thread. Here I have 3 going. I've quilted down the rows with each, and will turn the frame and bulk just once. When I'm done with the up and down sequence, I knot and bury all 3 at the same time. Knot the threads again at the same time, and continue. It sounds awkward, but I've timed it, and it's a great time saving method.
Last, but not least, I'm doing some secret sewing for Fall Market. Here's part of a background I'm constructing, and I've been snapping my photos in black and white for a balance of value. It's interesting to work this way without regard to the color. There's been so much behind the scenes sewing this year, it's hard not to show you something.
I hope you're all working on something that excites you. I feel like this fall is just full of possibilities! Have fun!
Come on, Doxie girls.
Let's go sew.