- Layering one of my hand dyed fabrics under the quilt top
- Using a slightly shorter stitch length
- Stitching less dense designs in order to create larger, unquilted areas
Then I grabbed my trusted seam ripper and thread snips and went to work carefully trimming away sections from the solid black quilt top to reveal the colorful hand dyed fabric underneath. These pictures do not do justice to the transformation process--it is truly magical!!!!!
|Mod Mola Metamorphasis|
For the nearly 60 members who are signed up, I am sharing three of my favorite Walking Foot WOW! notions:
1. Machingers Gloves:
These amazing gloves have rubber finger tips which helps you grip and control your quilt sandwich as you stitch out the various designs. While wearing my Machingers gloves, I no longer need to maintain a death grip on my quilt sandwich, thereby allowing me to relax and enjoy the quilting process. It may feel a bit funny to be wearing gloves for quilting, but let me tell you that whenever I take off my gloves and try to resume quilting without wearing the gloves, I immediately feel the tension in my shoulders/back. The gloves come in 4 different sizes (Extra Small, Small/Medium, Medium/Large, Extra Large). And as you can see below, the white gloves don't stay pristine for long. While I have had some luck putting on the gloves and washing my gloved hands using Dawn or Palmolive dish detergent, I usually treat myself to a new pair every year or so. In fact, one of my older pairs (2+ years old) started to experience rubber rot and I would find little bits of rubber flaking over the top of my quilt.
|Machingers Quilting Gloves|
During the workshop we discuss options available for securing started/stopped lines of quilting including my personal favorite method of tying a knot and burying thread tails within the batting layer. Using a self-threading needle makes this process quick and easy. While there are several different brands of Self-threading needles out on the market, I love the Sench brand side-threading needles because they are super easy to thread and I have yet to experience any shredding of my threads! In fact, I am able to bury 4 or more threads at once, cutting my time in half!
|Sench Side-Threading Needles|
I love, love, love these thread snips! They are ergonomically friendly to use and their curved blades allow you to trim thread tails very close to the surface of the quilt top. They are also the secret behind my Mod Molas, as the curved tips allow me to hug up along my stitch line and trim away swatches of the top layer of fabric.
|Havel 4 3/4" Snip-EZE with Curved Blades|
August will certainly be a flurry of Walking Foot WOW! fun. I will be sure to take lots of pictures to post everyone's samplers (especially the before and after Mod Mola transformations!!)