Thursday, January 10, 2013
What I do know is that if I really want to, I can approximate any of the runner-ups another time, thanks to the digital gods.
What I do know for a fact is that this piece was built on two pieces of thick, synthetic mattress pad which is terrific (especially for large pieces) for its stability, but grisly to do hand stitching on. When the layers of cloth on top are three, four, even five in places, as this one is, hand stitching becomes tortuous.
The plan is to peel this off the base, one pin at a time, and then relocate it onto a piece of black fleece.Stitching through damask over fleece is like sewing butter -it's lighter, more flexible and very portable.
I've got an acre of warm and natural cotton batting hanging around and I love it but experience has taught that hand stitching through vintage cloth over a cotton batt is asking for gross bearding, especially bad when the piece is mostly very dark. I'll save the cotton for baby quilts.