This project was sheer fun, and, occasionally terrifying. I signed up for Helen Godden‘s class during last year’s HandiQuilter Virtual Academy in June of 2020. Now, I did watch some of the videos at the time, but I knew this project required more time than I had then. So, in the summer of fewer obligations, I am loving catching up on things put aside for when there are fewer deadlines. Since this was a once-and-done event, you can’t sign up for this but you can sign up for Helen’s classes on her website.
Before the class was even held, prepped the pattern from Helen and readied the fabric. This was my first mistake. The class list says unbleached muslin, but I am on an island in Maine, so I improvised. It was the beginning of the pandemic. I followed her instructions and traced the pattern with a sharpie! To say it was a difficult thing to make myself do, that would be an understatement. Unfortunately, I think the starkness of the project and other things in the project queue caused me to stare for months at this prepped project. Finally, in the summer of fewer sewing commitments, I decided I would tackle this project.
Helen taught the class on a sit-down HandiQuilter Sweet Sixteen, but I did mine on Tabitha, my HandiQuilter Simple Sixteen on a frame. Now, this is good practice on a large machine; but for the purpose of precision, quilting this project on a domestic machine may have been smarter. The areas were kind of small, and I struggled.
However, I persisted and then turned to the painting of the fabric. You can do this before, but mine was painted after.
I did not have the Derwent Inktense pencils until recently, which, was also another part of the procrastination. The painting did help me get past my foibles and I grew to really love this piece.
The colors bled a little, due to the fabric not being unwashed muslin. I have not tried that, but Helen says she has no problem when she uses it. As I looked at a few other videos after completion of the project (before would have been better), I realized I used too much water. This was the rabbit hole I fell down over the past two weeks and I am really rather thrilled.
But, all in all I love it. This little bird is happy, and I am too. I learned a few things and I have a fun piece. I am guessing this will be in my husband’s space. He loves it so it can be his if he likes! I can definitely see doing more with these.
Coming Up on the Blog:
Destination QAL – 7/20 and 7/27
Tips and Tutorials on the 22 – 7/22