I showed you my "Museum" or "Ethnographic" quilt more in a survey recently; now, as I proceed, I like to give you some close looks which probably make your hair stand up about the irregularities of my stitching. Actually, I don't plan, but improvise; I don't iron, but fold and press the edge with my fingernails; I keep it on my lap or on a small wooden board which you can see in some of the pictures when I find it a nuissance to cut up my thread because it went through the tablecloth.
|I enlarge the quilt by adding strips as a support for |
the new piecing
|Instead of ironing small scraps, I fold them by sharpening|
the crease with a fingernail.
|Looks almost like ironed. But I did not burn my fingers.|
|As you see, the edges are very irregular and torn, they |
need an equalizing strip.
|Fine steel pins are indispensable for this technique.|
|I connect the pieces with very small, bead-like stitches.|
|These bridges are split by another seam for a 3D-effect. They|
also make the whole piece more flexible.
|Sometimes I added very small appliqué bits which become|
3D when surrounded by quilting stitches.
|Here, I integrated the appliqué into the print on the fabric.|
|Very small scraps can be used in this mosaic piecing.|