In July I fused this beautiful hand dyed (by Esterita Austin) silk organza to the gold Radiance. I love the way Mistyfuse fuses. It was easy to handle and leaves the fabrics with a lot of flexibility. There’s enough body that marking the diamonds and circles will be easier than if I was just marking the Radiance. Several months ago I purchased some copper Radiance from Shiisa Quilts not quite certain how I was going to use it. When it arrived I knew it needed to be paired with Staten Island Sunset.
After weeks of not doing any quilting in my studio I finally had a little energy to work a little on this project.
First I pressed the misty fuse to the copper. Lesson: parchment is better release paper than say, butcher paper which has a waxy side to it and adheres to the fusible rather than allowing the fusible to adhere to the fabric.
Lesson 2) a cooler iron works a little better than a very hot iron.
Next I hand cut a long curvy cut to add a soft rather than hard line when fusing the two fabrics together. I laid the copper just over the edge of the silk organza thus taking care of that raw edge. The upper raw edge will end up in the facing after the quilting.
My friend and mini group member Sandra has this beautiful gold/blue/gray crinkled organza that she shared with me which covers the line of the copper and I’ll add a little more here and there. Not exactly sure how yet but I have a clearer definition of how this quilt is going to come together.
I really think this is working nicely and can hardly wait to get quilted. I’m not entirely certain when I’ll get this marked and basted however I’m going to set some goals with this quilt.
I have the silk and bamboo batting that I need to get the quilt basted. I just need to make a decision about how much copper Radiance I’ll keep as part of the quilt. I’m thinking about 18 – 24″ . Right now I have the entire width of the copper attached to the quilt and I know it’s too much.
I’m still thinking about thread color and what will pop against the already colorful background of this quilt. I’ll bring this quilt to MQX if you’d like to see the progress. I’ll be teaching Beginner Quilting, And now What?! and Let Your Foot Loose be Fancy & Free. On Friday, as long as all of the planning works out I’ll be in the Bernina Booth.
Happy New Year!