Last week I posted photos of the confetti landscape class I took with Sally Manke. By the end of class I was quite pleased with my project. It began with this photo,
a layer of backing fabric, thin cotton batt, confetti, and fabric strips. After three hours it looked like this:
The problem was that class was over and we had to transport this very schnibbly unfinished piece home. I covered it with tulle, per Sally’s instructions, and pinned a lot but I wish I’d pinned more. I also wish I’d listened to the teacher. She advised we bring large cardboard rectangles to enclose it and transport it flat. I cheated and after pinning it well, rolled it around a tube. By the time I unrolled it many of the confetti pieces had migrated to areas where they didn’t belong (sometimes teachers make the worst students – ugh!). So I attempted to lift the tulle and that didn’t work as well as I’d hoped (Mary Alice’s comment last week was correct, but I read it too late). In the end I did enough rearranging to be acceptable.
When I finally got to the quilting process, which holds the confetti in place under the tulle, there were fewer poppies than I’d originally planned, but I was happy enough with my first effort.
Next it was time to square the piece up for binding. I always square my quilts up through all three layers, and then add the binding. In this case I had a new problem. There were oodles of confetti bits waiting to be freed to flutter around my studio when the edge was cut away.
So I took a marker and drew the lines where I wanted the edge of my quilt to be, crossing the lines at the corners.
Then I sewed the binding on along the marked lines, mitering the corners as I went.
Once the binding was on I rotary cut along the marked lines (being very careful not to cut the binding).
The quilt was removed from the excess backing and batt, and taken outside so the schnibbles could be shaken free.
The binding was stitched to the back and my landscape was complete!
It was a good learning piece and I’m looking forward to making more! Especially if I don’t have to transport future pieces prior to quilting. Thanks to Sally for a great class – I highly recommend her classes!