Sunday, April 20, 2014

Help needed to understand my feedback! Yikes!!

I am beginning to think I am getting dumber with age. I just got my feedback from EB and each time I read it I think it means something else. Not sure still.

Here is my blocked quilt and her feedback.


gorgeous colors, and love the flow and the doubled lines.
My only suggestion for a change would be to use a different fabric of the arch as for the  support lines off the pillar as I'm adding them together and wondering why one of the support lines (don't know the correct term) bends over sharply in the middle   - so a little clarification at that point would be good - especially as the blue X really forms a focal point.  I think also it might be worthwhile to look for a fabric for the "opening" at the bottom that gives us more a sense of distance...
love the big arching curves!!  and this quilt is a good size: 25" x 38"
It has great presence!”

So I am confused as to what she does not like. Maybe you are better at figuring this out than I am. If you are please post a comment.

Here is a photo of areas I thought she was referring to. Not sure any of these are what she meant.

Is she referring to the dark blue line that curves sharply to the right (pink arrow pointing at this in the photo) or is she talking about the arch on the left hand side near the X? Is she talking about changing out the medium fabric there or the dark fabric there (marked with a ? mark on the photo).

At this point I am thinking she is  talking about the dark blue line curving sharply to the right (arrow pointing at), but I am not sure. Or does she mean all of the dark blue on the support pillar that is on right hand side? Would that be better with a dark green or a different dark blue?

Not sure what she means about distance in the lower opening. In a landscape that means to go lighter with less contrast. Not sure what that means inside in a church. Does that mean lighter or darker?

Any ideas? I did send her an email telling her I was confused about my feedback. Hopefully when she replies I will have a better ideas of what she means.

Additional feedback from EB.

“it is sometimes difficult to do this without being able to point exactly at it...I'm referring to the V shape that is in green and blue BETWEEN the 2 Xes - it's a beautiful Gothic Arch, I don't have any problem with it, but the way it intersects with the pillar on the right - just in your little mockup looks a little odd.

re the loss of's quite possible that what the photo shows is not what will give you the best sense of distance...again I'm looking on my monitor and in reality it might be Very if in the real piece you definitely get a sense of distance with those two "beige" pieces then I'm sure they're fine.  It's just such a lovely abstract of the pillars, arches and light in a church that getting that sense of distant space beyond is worthwhile.  But again, I stress, I am looking at a small photograph and you are the best ultimate judge.  Good luck!!!  a very nice quilt indeed.”

Thanks for your help sorting this out. I am still confused.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Did I invent something new???

I have been using Totally Stable ( an iron on tear away stabilizer) for years when I machine appliqué fabric pieces with invisible thread.  In fact I buy it by the bolt instead of in little packages. Lately I have been using it to create the pattern pieces for raw edge appliqué. I trace the piece I need and iron it to the right side of fabric that has been backed with Misty Fuse. My latest quilt, however, has such large pieces that I did not want to use fusible and preferred to turn under the edges. So I figured that I would be working with lots of freezer paper to do this. I decided to try using Totally Stable instead. It works great!!

So now I can use it instead of freezer paper. It is much easier to see through to trace the pieces than freezer paper is and I think that it sticks better to the fabric. The following photos show you what I did.

Tracing the pattern piece.

 Ironing the pattern piece to the right side of the fabric. I have notations on the pattern to show where I need to turn under the edges and where to add fabric to make sure this piece will fit under other pieces. For the turned under edges I have cut the pattern about 1/4 inch wider than the piece.

The piece cut out of the fabric with the pattern still ironed to it.

Now I finger press the edges that need to be turned under. I make cuts in the seam allowance where there are curves just like you usually would do when doing any turned under appliqué. This finger pressing makes a pretty sharp crease in the fabric.

 Once I am done with the finger pressing I give it a good press with the iron.

 Here is the edge all pressed and ready to go.

 Tearing the Totally Stable off of the fabric to give the piece one last press.

Checking the fabric piece against the pattern to make sure it looks good.



Pinning the piece to the design wall.  Not many more pieces to go!!







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