Things that are relevant for this commission:
1) include a trout as the free motion stitched image
2) the person it is being given to likes blues, greens and orange
3) this art piece is to be a reminder of his summer fishing on Kootenay lake
|Textile Art by Eileen Gidman|
'Autumn Waters of Kootenay Lake'
Sew and flip method: After sewing the first strip onto the textile art, turning and pressing, I am marking a line that I want the next strip to abut to. This keeps the strips perpendicular.
|Be CAREFUL when trimming off the excess fabric to not clip into the backing fabric.|
My friend Lorraine just made this thread catcher for me and I can not believe how MUCH TIME IT SAVES in not having to bend down each time searching for the trash bin on the floor. Thank you Lorraine+++.
The first three strips are sewn on and I know I want the last two strips in the end position so I am auditioning fabrics for in between. Trying two different blues here.
|Remember the darks. This darker strip makes the printed strip stand out more.|
I narrowed the binding strip down to two choices. The complement of the this blue binding strip is the golden colour. There is a lot of the golden colour in this piece so I think the blue would be a good choice of binding.
|A 2 1/4" full width strip of binding material is folded in half and pressed. Yes I know some people don't press here but I find it easier on these smaller quilted projects.|
|Sewing the binding onto the perimeter, mitering the corners and stopping where I started sewing on the binding.|
The 'mini quilt' is folded in half, wrong sides together and the ends of the binding are joined. Hint: Sew really close but avoid catching any fabric between the binding.
Turn the binding to the back and pin in place from the front. I leave pinning the corners until the end. Miter them at the back and pin in place for top stitching.
|Top stitch with coordinating thread.|
|OOPS, I forgot to include the label. A little 'unsewing' to do.|
|'Cool Waters of Kootenay Lake'|
Textile Art by Eileen Gidman
Another choice for the commissioned 'mug rug'.
|This sample was glued to a 8 1/2" X 11" folded piece of cardstock to create a card. I use a good quality glue stick otherwise the paper can buckle.|