The students are starting on the first step of their wall art quilt, stitching the background of their piece.
Altered stitching was completed on the background piece. This student used three colors to add even more texture to her background piece. Pretty, isn't it?
After the background stitching was finished on the insert piece, the ground cover section is added. Decorative stitches that look like little flowers are added in a zig-zag pattern, from their default setting.
Next, students completed stitching flower stems for the spike flowers, using an altered stem stitch.
This student didn't have some of the built-in decorative stitches on her sewing machine, so she put in her flowers with a free-form thread painting technique. It was difficult to tell that the flowers were done free-form, they looked so good!
Students used a built-in petal stitch to stitch the spike flowers. This stitch gets altered and elongated by pushing the fabric through the machine. A quilting foot is used to accommodate the build-up of threads that occurs by stitching across petals more than once.
Spike flowers and scallop flowers have been stitched, centers have been stitched, and the stems and leaves have been stitched. The last step on the insert piece is to add three different types of yarns to separate the flowers from the ground cover. I call that the bushes section.
This is the first of two projects given in the book. Some of the students asked if we could have another class on the second project next year. Yeah! Let's do it again next year! This is a wonderfully fun project to make!