|One wedge of the 8-point star (in pieces).|
TIP: When doing circular motifs (mandalas) think about how you will fill the corners. Check out my quilt "Galaxies" in the gallery of Spirals. There is lots of quilting around that mandala, but it doesn't show and leaves the whole quilt a bit flat.
I didn't think ahead before taking this photo. I should have done it before adding the sleeve and label, but I am not going to take it off for another photo and then have to sew it on again...unless there is a VERY good reason to do so.
I learned from another quilt that feathers don't show up well on black unless done with a light thread. I used a light blue, but I still wasn't happy so I painted every feather with iridescent turquoise PaintStix using a small stencil brush. Although I tried out the idea on scrap fabric ahead of time, I started painting with trepidation because once the first stroke of paint went down, I was committed to do the whole thing. In the end I was very pleased and feel that it really adds a lot to the quilt. In the photo above of the back you can see the quilting with blue thread only. Scroll back to the first photo and you can see how it looks on the front with the PaintStix embellishment.
TIP: Have fun! Make every quilt a circus, enjoy the process, go with the flow, and try something new.
Sew a happy seam this week.