Nellie"s Needles

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Seam Details and Embellishments

I thought you'd like to get a closer look at the details of the seams and embellishments on this quilt. Beads, sequins, and spiral springs have been sewn onto the surface of the quilt this week. The spiral shaped paper clips were stitched on individual pieces before constructing the top. All photos are clickable for an even closer view.
Note the "spill" of beads scattering into the dark side of the blocks on each side of the center section.
The painted and stamped red strip in the photo below is from a piece of fabric gifted to me by Arlee of Albedo Design Journal. The day that it arrived I was struggling to get this upper left corner section of the design to work. It was just the right color and pattern to fill in and work around to make that happen. It appears in two other places to carry through with repeating elements. I was too excited and busy working Arlee's fabric in that I didn't snap a photo of the whole piece. I used all but about a square inch of it.

Sequins with metal beads and the springs added to the bottom section of the quilt.
The silver was painted onto a B&W circle/spiral batik fabric to carry through what I had done to the background of Sheila's block.
Now to clear off my cutting table so that quilt can be squared up. My next step is binding it, adding a sleeve, and the making the label. Whew! This quilt has demanded much more work and time than I imagined it would.

10 comments:

Beverly said...

I love the metallic threadwork joining the pieces! And the paper clips, and beads-- a wonderful lesson on how much more you can do AFTER the piece is quilted!!

Doreen G said...

It may have taken a bit longer Nellie but it sure is well worth it.

paulahewitt said...

its great to see the closeups!

arlee said...

Glad to see the effect in use :} lookin' mighty fine, Miss Nellie!!

McIrish Annie said...

It came out fabulous! Thanks for sharing the composition and your thoughts throughout the project.

Lise said...

I've admired the closeups!! Thanks for sharing your work.

ACey said...

am another person who has really enjoyed the opportunity to gawk at the details of this piece.

Micki said...

Love all the paper clips. Thanks for showing more details of this fantastic piece.

teodo said...

Nellie, it's true this quilt has taken much of your time.............but it is so different, it's a painting and I would like to see it with my eyes touching it with my hands.
ciao ciao

Shirley Goodwin said...

This is looking really good, Nellie.