There was something about this technique that instantly intrigued me. Which I find so odd because I am such an A-type personality that loves knowing exactly how to do something and favours clean and simple, modern lines. Also, this project pushed my boundaries of patience. I periodically had to step back and just let my project “sit” so that I could think about what I liked and what I didn’t like, why something worked or didn’t work.
Overall, I absolutely LOVED this whole process and the finished result.
I started with an outline of a basset hound profile. Then you cut out tons and tons and tons of flowers and other interesting pieces that have been applied to lightweight double-sided interfacing.
You can see how the process evolved as I worked on it and just let the design come together. I realized pretty early on that there needs to be a clear colour definition among the different features. And it was Leslie that pointed out that the addition on a half flower might might the eyes look more droopy (one of my favourite features!).
Once I was ready, I tried out a number of different colour backgrounds. I didn’t want anything that competed too much with the overall design and black Moda fabric seemed to bring out the nose and pouty mouth of my basset. It also allowed me the opportunity to play with some free motion quilting.
There were so many quilting options I could have gone with and probably no wrong answer. I really wanted my basset to pop so I just quilted an outline around the key features of the basset and then did my major free motion work on the background.
I’m so excited with how this turned it. Maybe it’s the detail that makes it such a interesting piece to look at. A friend even asked if I would consider putting it in an upcoming quilt show at the end of April. I’ll be interested to see what kind of comments I get back on it.
What new quilting/sewing techniques have you tried that really pushed and challenged you?