This is my weekly journal quilt 46/52 2008, 6″ x 8″. This is an exploration of techniques for a larger piece that I am working on. As I have been making a larger version of my journal quilt 41/52 2008, as often happens, I realized the need to make changes and alter things for a larger scale piece. I needed more depth and layers in the piece, so I decided to add MUCH larger sheer leaf shapes on top of the smaller batik leaf layer. Please note, for the purpose of this journal quilt, the brown/rusty sheer, is not in a much larger scale, so that I could actually see more of the play of the sheer layer. I don’t often work with sheers, so I am both excited and nervous. I used this journal quilt to test out my ideas about how to technically work with the sheers and this piece.
One the top left sheer shape, I tried using fray-chek on the edges, spray basting it, and putting the yellow quilting stitches over the sheer. On the top right sheer shape, I tried using fray-check on the edges, spray basting it, and keeping the yellow quilting stitches under the sheer, and adding brown solid triangle quilting on top of just the sheer. On the lower right shape, I tried not use fray-chek on the edges, spray basting it, keeping the yellow quilting stitches under the sheer, and adding brown solid quilting on top of the sheer echoing the leaf shape.
Up close it was hard to gauge, but from far away, I like the yellow quilting stitches on top of the whole piece, It feels like one more layer and gives it some more contrast. While the sheer isn’t fraying tragically on the leaf without fray-check, I am still going to use it. The zig-zag edge stitching covers up the shininess of the fray chek, and it will give it more durability in the long run. Wish me luck!