Some quilting books I ordered came in and I drooled over them for awhile. Then I managed to make some time to work on Lady Melinda. I have been putting off the next step because it involves fusing and there is no going back, easily, once something is fused.
I don't like fusing. For small pieces it works well, but for larger pieces I think it makes the fabric stiff and I don't like the way fused fabric looks when it's quilted. So what I do, instead of using a large piece of fusible web on underside of a particular piece of fabric, is turn the edges under as if I were going to applique (slightly larger than a typical quarter inch seam allowance). I mark with a water soluble marker, then put pieces of steam-a-seam right along the edge and overlap my pieces before pressing.
This is a photo of where I put the steam-a-seam:
Today, I fused most of the pieced part of Lady Melinda to a large piece of RTD white cotton.
I stitched the staff and am pretty happy with how it looks.
It looks a little funky in this photo because I haven't turned the edges of the pennant under, yet:
I deliberately left the cloak ends raw (although I need to trim them up).
I think I may put something up under the bottom of the cloak so you can see the boat and the water beyond it in a 3-D effect. I will need to keep that in mind when I am quilting it so I don't quilt it down without thinking about it.
After I fuse the pennant to the cotton, I will draw in the face, hair and arm with water soluble marker. From there, I will likely add invisible thread to a few places that look like need it. The next step after that will be to add some resist to the edges of the clothing, body, and hair, then paint on a light background. Probably just a light, light blue but I haven't decided, for sure. After that dries and I heat set it, I will draw in the quilting lines on the dress, cloak, boat, water and hillside, and take it out to the barn to the longarm.
More fun bluebird photos from the birdcam:
My son and his lovely wife (and my grandson due in February) are taking a fall vacation on the coast of Maine, which is where her father lives. He has posted several gorgeous foliage photos and I have enjoyed them, so much. I don't miss Virginia's climate but sure enjoyed the fall foliage, every year. Our leaves around here are mainly turning brown and yellowish. They will soon fall off, looking dried out and elderly. Probably could use some Boniva and Fish Oil.
Due to the early winter winds, most of the leaves in your yard in Oklahoma didn't start out there. In contrast, back in Virginia, the leaves would often fall straight down, making a yellow ring around the tree. It used to remind me of the children's story about Little Black Sambo (the title of which drives the politically correct wild but I don't know what else to call it - hope I don't offend). In that story, a tiger treed him, then walked round and round in the hot sun and melted into butter (Which Sambo put on his pancakes). When I would examine the fallen leaves in Virginia, they'd feel plump, robust and full of stunning color. It was always surprising to me that they would fall off the tree, anyway. I mean, I knew they would, but I associated the dropping of leaves with age for some reason. Leaves dropping in much of Oklahoma look like they have fought the good fight but are giving up the ghost. Old soldiers. Leaves dropping in Virginia look like they are all dressed up to go dancing.
Off to go sit on the back patio with a glass of red wine and feel the air push up the thunderclouds. I hear thunder rumbling and Pearl is having a canniption.
Happy Quilting, Penny, Evelyn and Pearl