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  • Playing with Thread, adding layers.
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    Sharon Keightley
    I love to design my own quilt patterns and share them. I am a confessed lover of vintage and reproduction fabrics, my favorite thing to do is applique.

Playing with Thread, adding layers.

Playing with Thread, adding layers.

Vintage Heart is a design that has been in my design folder for quite some time waiting for the perfect project. 

Playing with thread, fabric and quilting ideas is so much fun. I had no real plan for this design other than trying out new and old techniques to create a vintage look.

First I made the background out of fabric strips approx 2 inches wide with some a little smaller to get a varied look. I love to mix up the background, using tone on tone fabrics. I ironed a washaway stabilizer to the wrong side of the background. Then I chose a selection of fabrics for the applique.

I used the 1/4 inch tape maker from Clover to make the main heart vine, and free motioned the other vines and curlicues using a decorative thread, I used a 40 weight polyester. I used the method shown in the Tutorial for glue baste applique here to turn the edges of the applique.

Playing with thread adding layers|Sharon Keightley Quilts

Playing with thread adding layers|Sharon Keightley Quilts

Playing with thread adding layers|Sharon Keightley Quilts

I used a polyester embroidery thread to embellish the applique hearts before they were stitched to the background. 

I then added some metallic thread to the vines and curlicues to give them more dimension and a bit of sparkle. Once I had the applique stitched and the free motion vines and curlicues stitched I placed a layer of batting under each heart and stitched around it with wash-away thread. Then trimmed the batting leaving only the heart shape beneath each heart before layering the quilt top, backing fabric and batting for quilting the Vintage Heart Quilt.

I chose a very fine 100 weight polyester thread with the bottom line 60 weight polyester thread in the bobbin to quilt the Vintage Heart Quilt. The thread sinks into the quilt only leaving a quilted impression without taking away from the effect of the heart, applique and decorative thread work.

 Playing with thread adding layers|Sharon Keightley Quilts

Playing with thread adding layers|Sharon Keightley Quilts

Vintage Heart Quilt | Sharon Keightley Quilts

This little Vintage Heart Quilt was so much fun to make. Sometimes you just got to play !!!

Happy Stitching

Sharon

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    Sharon Keightley

Comments on this post (4)

  • Oct 27, 2017

    Lovely Sharon, I really like the greens and purples/plum colours together.

    — Sandy

  • Oct 27, 2017

    This is so beautiful Sharon. I love your work!

    — Colleen Coffman

  • Oct 27, 2017

    Thanks for narrating your steps. I am generally guilty of being in a hurry to get to my next project. Maybe now, I will take more time. Ha. Nice job!

    — Sharon Palmer

  • Oct 18, 2017

    Beautiful! Love this so much!

    — Audrey

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