|Self Portrait Quilted|
When I opened my Aurifil Artisan 2023-2024 Welcome Package the big bold cone of 2225 Salmon and large spool of 1104 Neon Orange immediately caught my eye and I knew they would pair perfectly to quilt my recently made Self Portrait fabric collage.
|Aurifil Artisan 2023-2024 Team|
You may have seen on my Instagram feed and stories the unboxing of this beautiful selection of thread including thread weights 80 wt, 50 wt, 40 wt, Forty/3, 28 wt, 12 wt, floss and monofilament - and the assortment of colors, just wow!
I'm not sure how else I would have been able to decide on which weight and color to start with for our first challenge so it was nice to have a clear direction.
|Color 2225 Salmon Cone|
It made sense to simply use a cut off chunk from a quilt project since I only needed a small piece. Hobbs 80/20 batting and flannel backing did the trick.
Another light bulb moment happened when it was time to bind. Years ago I picked up a roll of ready made double fold bias tape from our local quilt show sale.
For the hand stitching of the binding to the back, I used 2692 Black 50wt.
|Finished Self Portrait|
The close crop at the top was intentional when I printed the pattern to cut out but I'm not sure it looks as successful as I had hoped it would and my forehead feels awkwardly interrupted in the composition. Experimenting is a good thing when trying new techniques and there's a lot that I am pleased with especially my threads - so it's all good.
Orange you glad that I turned my UFO into a finish? I know I am.
Happy Stitching, Karen