I used this quilt to continue with my free motion quilting practice. This was a top I did with left-over French General fabric from a few years back. Once finished, I thought it was boring so I rusted it on a tractor and with other various rusty bits. Much better with the rusting, in my opinion.
In the center, I did the pivot patterns from Leah Day . Tear drops, pointy drops, swirlies…..I think I did about 4 different patterns.
In the narrow border, I used Deborah Louie technique of making swirls by utilizing the shape of a 6. It was a piece of cake. Love it.
In the outer border, I did my own design that I’m calling ‘oil slick’. It’s swirls with wiggles. I could also call it ‘carnival glass’ because it reminds me of that also.
I pieced the back so in some areas – there was a lot of seams/fabric to quilt through. Add the rust on top of that and I had some thread breakage problems. Plus, I was using a cotton thread – which my Janome doesn’t really like.
Thoughts on quilting on rusted fabric: it’s not easy. It really has a crunch. It’s hard on the needles (I changed needles a couple times during this quilt). It’s probably hard on the machine too. I made sure to dust it out more frequently because I’ve read that the rust will shred off and get into the machine.
All in all, I like it. Right now I have it hanging in the veranda. There’s something about having a quilt hanging outside that I really like.
Now….it’s time to get back to my dye pot. Neighbor Gail scored a HUGE MOTHER OF A POT for me at an OP shop for $8 and then when we were down doing some fencing – I found this awesome tree that was shedding it’s bark – which was red – and so I did up a few rolls and WAAAAALAAAA! The fabric is absolutely to die (dye?) for! I feel like such a mad scientist right now…..all I need is a white lab coat and an evil laugh……hahahahaha