I put together some scrap sandwiches of white fabric, batting, and backing. I practiced fast stitching and slow moving. It was amazing how much I improved with just a little practice. I still didn't believe I would ever be capable of the beautiful free-motion designs I was seeing on quilts, but at least I was making progress.
I took one of these scrap practice pieces and decided to paint it. After I painted it, it was too pretty to toss, so I thought I would practice some art quilt techniques on it. I:
- Cut green, painted fabric into very thin, wavy lines, then straight-stitched them on.
- Found an old lino stamp I had carved of a fish and stamped paint onto fabric. Attached it to StS2, cut it out, and appliqued it on.
- Bought some water-soluble stabilizer, sandwiched yarn & other fibers between two pieces, and stitched a grid over it. I dissolved the stabilizer, cut out the "ocean floor" pieces, and stitched those on.
- Couched some green silky fibers on.
- Added white beads of various sizes to look like coral.
- Sewed beads to the fish.
- Appliqued a jellyfish on over some tiny copper threads and off-white yarn fibers (those became the tentacles).
- Made some fan coral out of painted cheesecloth.