Nellie"s Needles

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Don't Fence Me In

The cowboy boots were an exchange of blocks with my Thursday Bee of the Smoky Mountain Quilt Guild back in 2002.
I'm remembering this wall hanging was made in 2004. All my paperwork is in Knoxville, so that's my best recollection. It was when I found the barbed wire fabric that I knew how these blocks were to be set and the title presented itself.
The lyrics to the song are machine embroidered around the border that features cowboys and campfires. My method is to write out the words on tissue paper with a thick tipped Sharpie pen. I then use a temporary spray adhesive to stick it wrong-side-up to the wrong side of the fabric. A fairly thick thread is wound on my bobbin and a finer one threaded on the machine. The stitching is done with free-motion embroidery from the wrong side. The thicker bobbin thread forms the words on the right side of the fabric. There's also a description and photos of my writing process in this posting.

The wallhanging was gifted to my neice who lives in Texas. The barbed wire fabric was passed onto to Joyce for her farm critters quilt.


Granny Fran said...

I love your quilts! Your body of work is unbelievably gorgeous. Your blog is mind boggling.

joyce said...

I was interested to see how you quilted the barbed wire fabric. I'll be getting to that stage on my Farm quilt later this week I hope. Yours looks wonderful.

teodo said...

ciao Nellie,
I really like your quilt.
I like all your quilts....maybe because you use subjects which are so different!
Very good!
ciao, ciao

Auntie A said...

Is the actual name of the barbed wire fabric "Barbed Wire?" I so, do you know what company or designer produces it? I have searched for fabric with barbed wire for a cowboy quilt I'm making for a nephew, and have had little success in locating any for sale by that name.

Nellie's Needles said...

Reply to Auntie A:
I'm sorry I don't have any information about the barbed wire fabric. I checked the small piece that's leftover and the selvedge with the manufacturers name is long gone. Sorry.