After several weeks of indecision, I have taken the plunge and started to quilt my old butterfly tablecloth. I don't think it is terribly old, as the embroidery is done by machine, but it is pretty and I can only hope I make a decent job of it. The tablecloth was very inexpensive, as it had a small hole in the middle. I have fused a small patch of cotton behind it and strategically placed some lace butterflies (another eBay purchase) over the top to disguise the hole. I used Superior Monopoly to sew them down.
I decided I didn't want to use trapunto for this project. The stitching twice aspect gives some potential for a lack of tidiness on my part, not to mention the extra work, so I thought I'd try a double batt for this project to see if I like the effect and whether or not it is a viable alternative. I am using a layer of Hobbs Tuscany wool on top of a layer of Hobbs Polyester.
I have done very little stitching so far, but I am getting a nice puff. I won't know if I'll get the light and shade I want until I start the background fillers. I still have quite a bit of blank space around the motifs and edges so will need to break these areas up, before I background fill them. I haven't decided what stitches to use for the fillers, yet...so I still have a lot to think about. It would probably be better to work out ALL the design aspects first. I would probably end up with a more coherent design, and wouldn't have that slightly queasy, anxious feeling in the pit of my stomach! The irony is that in real life, I am very risk averse. I look three times before crossing the road, etc...but when it comes to quilting, I fly by the seat of my pants! Perhaps it's because if I make a bad design decision, no one will die! :)
I normally use Isacord for my main quilting, but have decided to use white Superior Bottom Line this time...another experiment.
A corner of the tablecloth
The first few stitches
The lace butterflies that hide the hole in the cloth
I am finding the design aspect one of the most interesting and most enjoyable parts of each tablecloth project. I enjoy the quilting most of all. I love the purr of my little, old Bernina 1008 as we stitch along. It is very therapeutic and a bit compulsive.
Happy stitching, all!