While teaching my design workshop last week somehow the subject of bad or ruined pieces came up. I told my students if you could only see my "bone pile"...the pieces that have gone wrong while working on them. Not everything I do comes out beautiful...I throw SO much stuff away. But other "bones" are worth keeping to work on at a later date. This piece is one of those
About three years ago I started working on this gorgeous linen and due to "I have no idea what happened" it was a mess. The whole outside border went wonky on me and I was certain it was beyond anything in my power to fix. So in a fit of frustration one night I took my rotary cutter to it and cut off about 18" all the way around. GASP! Did I reeeeaaaallllllyyyy just do that??? Yep.
Well, now that "Cinderella" is done, rather than start something brand new I started digging thru my bone pile of half-finished/half-destroyed projects and this one poked it's head out and said "it's time to finish me now". So I painstakingly ripped out all the embroidery...
I found a beautiful vintage Battenburg lace hankie that fit the bill to cover up the disaster I had created in the middle. I put Bosal stabilizer on the back to make it more stable. Notice that I extended the stabilizer to include the Battenburg lace. This will help protect it during the quilting process so I hopefully don't snag it on something. Once I'm done quilting I will carefully trim the stabilizer back to the solid linen leaving the lace exposed.
Sticking with my original idea of a design from Elly's book I found this beautiful design and enlarged it to a whopping 2 1/2". This will be quilted in the middle and the whole unit placed on top of the mess. I will quilt a pretty background on the hankie once everything is set and then add beads of course.
Big Hugs, Cindy :)
Sunday, February 15, 2015
Digging in the "Bone Pile"
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I wish my bone piles were half as good as yours! This one is going to be outstanding.
Just found your Ultimate Stencil on your new page...how helpful....I ordered it and also linked you on my blog.....you are blessed!!
Your process is so brilliant!! This is going to be stunning.
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