In the last two weeks I've linked multiple times to The Duchess, a quilt I started in 2008 and finished in 2009. Because I've linked to it so many times recently, this quilt has been on my mind a lot and I've finally taken the time to update the page written about it right here.
You can now watch a 40 minute video on The Duchess being created. Everything from marking the surface with Fine Line pens, basting, quilting with water soluble thread for trapunto, soaking the quilt, blocking, and finally attaching seed beads and lace.
Because we're working on our little wholecloth I figured it's a pretty fitting thing to share right now as you work on the outline of your Heart and Feather Wholecloth.
You'll see a lot of steps in this video that we're not doing this time around because we're not making the motifs puffier with trapunto. I figure I'll throw that technique at you sometime this summer.
It's funny to watch the video again because many things have changed in the 4 years between then and now. For one thing, I wasn't very good at making videos or lining up the camera so I apologize for the bad angles!
Also you may notice in the video, the first part of the quilting is demonstrated on a Bernina Activa 240, then I sold that machine halfway through the quilt and purchased a Juki TL-98QE.
I also mentioned using a quilting hoop and Gutterman cotton thread, both of which I definitely don't use now. It's amazing how opinions can change in just a short length of time.
I've also updated the story of how this quilt came to be totally ruined by a stupid mistake I made in caring for it.
Yes, The Duchess is completely ruined. This is what the surface looked like last summer when this photo was taken. It's now so delicate it must remain in storage rolled in the top of my closet. Areas on the surface are now so brittle, the fabric literally crumbles when you touch it.
You can read what I did to ruin this quilt right here.
In truth, I don't even like hanging it on the walls because it's very depressing to look at. This is a good example of a totally ruined project.
So as you work on stitching the outline of your wholecloth, you might wiggle off the line a bit, but that definitely won't ruin your quilt.
A quilt can only be ruined if it can't fulfill it's intended function. The Duchess can't even be hung on the wall now, so it's definitely ruined. So long as your wholecloth fulfills it's intended function as a gift, a table decoration for Valentine's Day, a wall hanging, then no matter what happens, you will have a successful project.
Now it's time to go quilt, make some mistakes, and have fun. Remember - it's just fabric, thread, and batting so don't make it harder than it has to be!
Let's go quilt,