Can Raindrops Be Quilted?

Today is the quarterly reveal of The Endeavourers art quilts.

Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head
was the Challenge theme for this May 1, 2019 reveal.

How did I endeavour to sew this challenge theme? 

I'll give you the rundown here:
(Please know the beads were added after the quilt was completed.)

  • I used a fat quarter of dotted, light grey fabric for the background (suggesting raindrops all around). 
  • I sketched a lady wearing a dress and a hat. (This is a summer day.)
  • I used Steam-A-Seam 2 on the back of the fabrics for the arms, hat parts, hair, and dress. 
  • After pressing the pieces in place on the background fabric, I appliqued each with a small zig-zag stitch. 
  • I placed the quilt top on a piece of batting and used the free motion foot to machine quilt grey thread lines in the forefront, making little raindrop swirls every inch or so as I moved down the piece.
  • I placed the backing fabric (a darker grey dot) underneath what I just quilted. Then I quilted straight lines between the raindrop swirl lines. But these were mid-ground, so I did not quilt over the woman. I stopped and started so my needle and thread would not sew over any part of her.

  • I added the binding, which matches the backing fabric. I bind my quilts completely by machine. You can read and see how I do it HERE.
  • Finally, I used Aileen's Jewel-It (no afilliation) to glue a glass bead in each raindrop swirl shape to give the piece sparkle, as one might see from a raindrop in an unexpected summer shower. (Note: I think it would have been easier to have sewn the beads, so they would have been exactly where I wanted them.)

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Celtic Thistle said...

You have put so much thought and work in to this piece Nancy and it has turned out beautifully.

piecefulwendy said...

This is very fun; it looks like raindrops falling! Nice interpretation!

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

I like your piece a lot. Thanks for sharing your process. The beads look great on the rain too.
xx, Carol

Janine @ Rainbow Hare said...

This is beautiful and so expertly made. I enjoyed seeing your details in this post. I especially think the glass beads were an inspiration :)

FlashinScissors said...

Hi Nancy,
Sorry to be late commenting on this piece but I missed it back in May. It’s beautiful, and reminded me of Sunbonnet Sue!
I love the fact you glued all those sparkly bits on but you said it would have been easier to stitch them on! You can never tell at the beginning, can you? And the. You get too far too change!
She’s lovely, well done!
Barbara x