Yesterday I took a break from scheduled quilts to finish my Disney Quilts Swap quilt! Despite not being perfect and having a few hiccups - I am still very pleased with how it turned out.
I wish I could say it was my very best quilting but I have learned something about myself - I work better with a plan. I winged it with this one and if I were to do it over again I would defnitely do some things differently. I do try to do my best with everything I make - and I tried to make this little quilt something pretty - so I really hope my swap partner likes it!
Of course I quilted a wrinkle in the back (you can bet I'll be putting the label there) and some gunk came flying off my quilting foot and I can't get the darn spot out so - I'm going to use a really professional method called "stick something over it". LOL I thought I had seen some really pretty 3d butterfly appliqués at one of the craft stores...I think with this being so frilly and girly it will look nice.
I have discovered I ADORE quilting satin! It's a little finicky on the domestic - this is small so I quilted it on the Juki....even with basting the slippery satin wrinkled on me and I didn't even realize I had stitched in a nice deep wrinkle until I was finished. The deadline is Wednesday so I just literally don't have TIME to rip it...so a label it is! :)
I used my Derwent Inktense pencils to color in Ariel - and I actually traced this image onto the white muslin (with a few changes...it's actually a Christmas coloring page and had holly with berries and other Christmas elements to it that I removed) and just colored in the areas with fabric medium and ink. I did go back and add black to the eyes which I'm not sure if I'm happy about or not - but there's nothing I can do about it now. I don't think it's terrible...but I might have been better off leaving them blank and open!!! LOL
The richness and shininess of that satin quilted is unbelievable to me. I am really anxious to try this on the long arm with an even more intricate design. This is a scrap that was gifted to me with a big box of miscellaneous fabric a year or so ago...so it's really lovely heavy - probably expensive dressmaker's satin. I have toyed with the idea of quilting up some dupioni silk...but holy cow is that stuff expensive. Until I have a really great quilt in mind...satin might be a great affordable alternative for me. Very very lovely! It also comes in more colors!
So this was a ton of fun. Something different but still it has my style and taste in it! I will take a snippet of the full package to share before I send it off. My swap partner also likes Alice in Wonderland and Lilo and Stitch. I bought a cute pin of Stitch when we were in Disney World back in September and also brought home some other goodies for her...while out and about today I might see if I can't find something of Alice to stick in with her little package. :)